Epicentro: Milagre

SEPTEMBER 27, 2020 - JANUARY 10, 2021
Arquipélago – Centro de Artes Contemporâneas

Exhibition with works by: Berru, Francisco Lacerda, João Ferreira, Tito Mouraz, Vincent Moon and Priscilla Telmon
In the Azores, in a time when the earth shakes every day, the appearance of a new island is said to be imminent. The miracle of a new territory boosts a new future, even if the planet’s transformation by the hand of man pushes us to the earth being submerged, the end of the world and the complete unknown. One lives within an uncontained beauty, a volcanic paradise erected by the overwhelming power of nature, magical and unexpected.
Nature, people, tradition and history are connected in a fascinating geography of power games. Earthquakes and volcanoes, an unfailing but also unforgiving sea, wind, rain and mist which appear as threats of transformation to a safe and recognisable world. It’s feared that the earth will suffer an irreversible death, and through that an identity matrix is defined, which wrestles with the strength of its own hands against instability, insecurity and the uncertainty of life and the elements.
Centuries-old rituals bring together communities around practices of faith and belief, to resist adversity and Nature’s unknown. Men and women are initiated into promises, cults, rites, praises and prayers to gods and places. They do it as a way to explain the world, a way to interpret signs from above, a way to endure the signs of the times.

Processions, empires, pilgrimages, dancing, singing, the adoration of images found in sea - traditions of immersion and cult, redemption and protection, fear and punishment.
Epicentro: Milagre doesn’t fit within the boundaries of what we know of natural law, thus sliding towards faith, belief, delirium, imagination about creation and destruction of nature and culture, the amazing divine, tremor, terror and “what god wills”. The exhibition regards the way in which the specificity of the island molds a cultural identity, “Azorianness” in the image of Vitorino Nemésio, present artists whose work and research incorporate the documentary, the fictional, fantasmagoria or the invitation to immersion.
Artists who work with sound, photography, cinema and installation as triggers of the creative process, and who were challenged to artistic residencias, experimentation and research, production of thought and performance, to create a plurality of perspectives about this natural and cultural territory. 
The are gazes from within and without, the ones which now assault the Archipelago, as an exhibitional and performative epicentre. They explore their own dimensions of artistic creation and presentation, contributing tot he reflection and confusion about what we think we know about the island where we stand, and they create an incomplete set of Azores miracles which renews and expands a contemporary art collection. 













  • Tremor 2020 cancelled owing to coronavirus concerns  - see you in 2021

    Following the guidelines from the General Directorate for Health and the Government of the Azores regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) containment measures, it is with deep sadness that we inform you that the seventh edition of Tremor Festival is cancelled.

    The exceptional situation that we are experiencing at a global level is undeniable. It demands the adoption of all preventive measures necessary to avoid situations that may negatively impact public health. We tried to do all that was within our power to make Tremor 2020 possible, but, as a festival experience committed to its audiences and to the Azores, we could not have taken any other decision than to act responsibly at a moment of particular difficulty for the cultural sector at local, national and international levels.

    We are aware of the impact that this decision will have on those who had already organised their travel to the Azores, and this is why we are willing to offer ticket refunds within the guidelines clarified below.

    On our side, we will continue to work to make Tremor an unique event and to make sure that, in 2021, we return with a new programme that can make São Miguel the focus of a transformative musical and cultural experience. This cancellation puts a heavy financial burden on us and, for this reason, we have decided to extend validity of Tremor 2020 tickets to the next edition of the festival. We invite all ticket holders to consider this option. Please see below for further information and instructions. 

    We extend our heartfelt thanks to all artists, agents, institutional partners, media, suppliers and the production team who worked with us to make 2020 a memorable edition. We are also deeply grateful to our audiences who have supported and believed in our work, and the tireless team who have helped us realise our ideas.

    To all, see you next year! Care and love #tremoréamo


    Procedure for returning tickets:

    Anyone wishing to return their ticket must perform one of the following actions within a maximum period of 60 days from the date of cancellation (until the 10th May 2020 at 11:59pm).

    For tickets purchased at points of sale (FNAC, CTT, WORTEN) - please send an email to info@tremor-pdl.com with the scanned ticket (s), with their barcode visible, plus identification number for later refund.

    For tickets purchased at La Bamba Record Store, please send a scan of your tickets with the numbering visible, together with your IBAN (bank data), full name, identification document number and tax identification number to info@tremor-pdl.com and please send the physical tickets to the following address: La Bamba Bazar Store a/c Tremor Festival, Rua Manuel da Ponte 23, 9500-085 Ponta Delgada  for later refund.

    For tickets purchased at BOL Online: Buyers will be contacted by email from March 13, 2020.

    NOTE: All reimbursements will be made by bank transfer

    Procedure for keeping the ticket and extending the validity period by 1 year:

    After the 30-day period, unclaimed tickets are automatically transferred to the 2021 edition of Tremor, the bar codes being automatically updated for the new edition.

    Information or questions can be sent by email to info@tremor-pdl.com


    When and where is Tremor 2020?
    Tremor 2020 happens on March 31 to April 4, on the island of São Miguel, Azores, Portugal.

    How do I get to Tremor?
    São Miguel is a two-hour flight from Lisbon and Oporto, and a six-hour flight from Boston. Ponta Delgada’s João Paulo II Airport is only ten minutes from downtown, and is serviced by several national airlines with both direct and easy connecting flights.

    When and where can I purchase tickets?
    Tickets for Tremor 2020 are currently sold out.
    When is the final programme and the distribution of acts per days and venues communicated?
    The first announcement is communicated on December 10, 2019 The distribution of the artistic programme per spaces and schedules is revealed on March 10, 2020.

    Are there any age restrictions?
    Tremor 2020 is an all-ages event. Entrance of children under 3 is allowed, when accompanied by their parents. Passes/tickets will be required for patrons ages 12 and older.

    How do tickets work?
    Each Tremor ticket must be exchanged by an official Tremor wristband placed on your wrist by an organisation member of the ticket office.  We don’t take reservations. A daily pass is not available, nor special priced passes for groups or  single tickets for specific concerts. Exchanges happen from March 30 to April 4th in several locations and schedules in São Miguel Island.

    Wristband exchange:
    30 Mar - 04 Abr at La Bamba Bazar Store
    Rua Manuel da Ponte, 23, Ponta Delgada 
    12h-8 pm

    After 8 pm at:
    31 Mar - Arquipélago – Centro de Artes Contemporâneas - 8:30 pm - 01 am
    01 Abr - Coliseu Micaelense -  8:30 pm - 02 am
    02 Abr - Coliseu Micaelense- 8:30 - 02 am
    03 Abr - Açor Arena - Vila Franca do Campo 6pm - 02 am
    04 Abr - Coliseu Micaelense - 8 pm - 02 am

    The wristband will grant the holder access to activities, depending on the capacity of each venue. The wristband is personal, not transferable and its use is mandatory. Each venue opens 30 minutes before. Make sure you arrive early to the most sought after concerts. 

    What is the dynamics of the festival? How long do the concerts last?
    Tremor is a festival that invites the spectator to make choices and define an artistic itinerary between the different artistic proposals and discover new artists, the island and its different hosting communities. It is impossible to see everything because a lot of concerts happen simultaneously. We discourage you to try seeing everything, so that you have a richer experience. Each venue has limited capacity and the simultaneity of concerts offers the audience always something to see. Concerts last around 45 minutes, this duration might vary depending on the artist and repertory.

    Do I need to rent a car?
    It’s up to you. Though we advise you to do so, because renting a car is the easiest means of transportation in the island. You will be freer to move around and participate in all the festival’s activities happening around the island in different locations. On saturday, April 4, all activities will be happening in Ponta Delgada and will be within walking distance. In the city, you have a great selection of excellent restaurants. Tremor has a special deal with Wayzor, the official Rent-a-car of the festival. Festival ticket holders have advantages to use this service. Conditions and reservations here.

    Is public transportation available?
    Once you land in the airport, you can hop on a taxi to your accommodation or Ponta Delgada’s downtown. Ponta Delgada downtown is serviced by a mini bus system. The island is serviced by several public transportation buses that take you to Sete Cidades, Furnas, Ferraria, Vila Franca do Campo, Nordeste, Povoação, Ribeira Grande. You can find route maps and additional public transportation information in the Tourism Office in Ponta Delgada’s main avenue, Avenida Marginal.

    Are there buses for the concerts?
    The festival’s organization will make available some transfers for concerts, if those happen outside Ponta Delgada, in other townships of island of Sao Miguel. This offer does not apply to the Tremor na Estufa sessions. Times and prices to be announced soon.

    Where should I find accommodation?
    Most Tremor’s activities take place in Ponta Delgada, we advise you to stay in town. Please note that the island offers incredible accommodation solutions, for all pockets and types of experience, which can be seen in the section TIPS. The festival does not have a camping site, however the island has several camping sites which can be seen here.


    What is Tremor Todo-o-Terreno?
    Tremor Todo-o-Terreno is a set of two site-specific experiences that invite the audience to do a hiking trail and discover original sound creations, recorded and live, by commissioned artists. Its attendance is limited and registration is required. Registrations open on April 2 at 10:00 a.m. (Azores time) and will be announced on all Tremor digital platforms (website, app and social media) three hours before the start. Each person can only participate in one trail.
    On the night before the event, participants are sent an email with place and hour of departure and the specific needs of participation. 

    What is Tremor na Estufa?
    Tremor na Estufa is a set of surprise concerts in surprise locations. Names are announced in the festival’s lineup but not given a venue. Meeting point: Parque de Estacionamento da Madruga, Av. Antero de Quental, Ponta Delgada. If you’re out of Ponta Delgada and prefer to go to the place of the concert without going to the meeting point, the surprise location is revealed through the festival’s digital platforms (website, app, social media) each day at 11 am. Each participant must get to the concert with their own means of transportation. We advise participants to be ready and take an umbrella, rain jacket, comfortable clothing and shoes. Carrying a valid ID card is mandatory. You cannot drink or smoke in the locations, nor drink or eat. Entrance can be subject to security check.

    Is there any free entry activity?
    Yes. Annually, Tremor always offers a set of free entry activities upon the capacity of each venue. The free entry activities of Tremor 2020 are:

    March 31, 7 pm Coliseu Micaelense - Escola de Musica de Rabo de Peixe + Jerry The Cat- Abertura oficial

    April 3, 7- 11 pm Surprise concert / Surprise Location - Tremor na Estufa 

    April 4, 2 pm- 5 pm Estúdio 13 + Blacksandbox Skate Park - Mini Tremor powered by A.C. Cymbrom, SA

    Do you take credit or debit cards?
    Ticket sales will only accept cash. Some bars and  venues, though not all, will accept credit/debit cards. There are numerous banks and ATM machines located throughout Ponta Delgada downtown area and all around the island.

    Will alcohol be available at each event/venue? Can I smoke inside?
    Most events will have a bar with beverages available, but some institutional venues will not be serving alcohol, nor its consumption is allowed under their premises. Each venue will have a sign with the restrictions, the same applies to smoking, which varies from place to place.

    What about safety and medical needs?
    If you need medical attention, please alert an event organiser, venue staff, or member of our security staff and we will assist you.

    Can I volunteer in Tremor?
    Yes, every year Tremor opens limited registrations for those who want to collaborate with the festival in various functions. Registrations are done https://voluntariadojovem.azores.gov.pt/ from Direcção Regional da Juventude and will be subject to selection.  Only the selected participants will be contacted until march 15. 

    I'm a journalist and I want to cover the festival, how do I do it?
    Journalists should contact the festival's communication team, presenting the outlet for which they write, a proposal to cover the festival and / or content to be developed before, during or after the festival. Proposals should be sent to tremorpress@gmail.com. The number of press passes available is very is limited due to the very small capacity of the festival.

    I am an artist; I have a band; I want to make a partnership proposal; I had an idea to do in Tremor; I have a venue for a concert. Who do I talk to?
    Proposals should be addressed to the curatorial team and organisation – info@tremor-pdl.com – until December 10th prior to the festival. Each proponent will have a response according to the programme of the artistic direction set for each year . Incoming proposals sent after the set date will only be analyses for the following year.

    Tremor is aware of all the recommendations and guidelines that DGS and the other competent entities have given concerning the procedures to be followed in order to avoid and prevent a possible spread of COVID-19 in events. The festival is already taking the necessary steps to, during its realization, apply the rules and recommendations that DGS and WHO determine, at that point, as being the most appropriate to avoid possible outbreaks. These recommendations can be read in detail on the institution's website, where they explain clearly that they are, at this point, mainly related to sanitation precautions.The website also contains recommendations addressed to citizens, which we advise you to consult.

    Still didn't find an answer to your question?
    If you need more information or have additional questions, please check our "Tips" section or contact us directly at: info@tremor-pdl.com.

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