Date: 1 November 2002
1 - 24 November 2002
Following the first, highly successful festival last year, Atlantic Waves 2002 hosts the largest ever celebration of Portuguese music, outside Portugal itself. Atlantic Waves 2002 features many of Portugal's most distinguished artists performing a breathtaking variety of music from contemporary fado to experimental electronica, cutting edge jazz to urban folk and upfront dancefloor house. Many of the artists will be performing in the UK for the first time.
The festival will be hosted by some of London's most prestigious venues, including the South Bank Centre, ICA, Cargo and Spitz.
The programme for 2002 includes:
Mariza, Lula Pena, Blasted Mechanism, Gaiteiros de Lisboa, Danças Ocultas, Mário Laginha, João Paulo Esteves da Silva, Pop Dell' Arte, Mike Stellar, DJs from Lisbon's famous Lux Club and many others…
UK Press comments on Atlantic Waves 2001:
"A new chapter in the life of leading Portuguese artists” (Jazzwise Magazine)
"Stunning, simply stunning" (Jools Holland on "Later" BBC2)
"Instantly impressive stuff… highly recommended" (Folk Roots Magazine)
Portuguese Press comments on Atlantic Waves 2001:
"A veritable national first-team of music" (Visão Magazine)
"One of the most important Portuguese cultural events overseas this year" (Público Newspaper)
"Full of curious English and enthusiastic Portuguese until each deserved encore" (Diário de Notícias Newspaper)
Editor's Note: The Portuguese community in London is one of the capital's largest and best hidden. Portuguese is the fourth most spoken language in the Borough of Westminster (only English, Arabic and Bengali are more popular) and there are also substantial Portuguese communities in Camden and Lambeth (where Portuguese is the Borough's third language after English and Yoruba). The Portuguese community in London is striking in its diversity, from the political refugees of Salazar in the 60s and early 70s to more recent migrants from the mainland or the island of Madeira. Portuguese music shares this variety and depth.
Atlantic Waves invites you to celebrate this vital ingredient in London's cultural mix.