Talkfest'17: Presence of the Wacken Open Air Director + 10 news and Iberian Festival Awards Host

Thomas Jensen, the director of the festival Wacken Open Air, which is considered to be the largest heavy metal festival in the world, and which takes place annually in Germany, will give a special masterclass at the end of the first day of the event " How to (consecutively) implement a successful festival! At the 8 conferences will pass many speakers from different areas : Luís Araújo (President Turismo Portugal); Luís Mendes Alves (Manager Porto Lazer); Miguel Guerra (Sponsorship & Events Manager Meo); Miguel Miranda (President IPMA – Instituto Português Mar e Atmosfera) and Carla Simões (Management & Booking Director Universal Music Portugal). The presentations, which are divided into two areas, also have new content: > Professional which will include projects from different areas: Polishows - technological evolution and light quality, sound and visualcomponent by António Ponte (director); Cordas - World Music Festival (win trip to Portugal’s highest mountain) by Terry Costa (artistic director) and Marginal Voluntariado - the evolution of the area of volunteering in the next two years? by Miguel Lopes (director). > Scientific to give data from dissertations and academic studies: The experience in music festivals (2014, Filipa Queirós, UAveiro). The concerts, will take place on March 10th at Musicbox (Lisbon), with performances by: Throes + The Shine (dj set), Maze and Ditch Days. Party guaranteed. Currently, there are 47 program points confirmed in different sections that make Talkfest, and there are still many speakers to be announced.

CONFIRMATIONS (until now) Conferences (9 and 10th march) 1.Moderators José Carlos Araújo (journalist TVI) Marcos Pinto (journalist TVI) Ricardo Borges de Carvalho (journalist Sic Notícias) Rui Pedro Reis (journalist SIC) Sandra Rodrigues dos Santos (journalist Correio da Manhã) Tiago Ribeiro (Radio Host Antena 3) 2. Speakers André Rebelo (director Brunch Electronik Lisboa) Bruno Brito (manager APAV - Associação Portuguesa de Apoio à Vítima) Carla Simões (Management & Booking director Universal Music Portugal) Carlos Carmo (coordinator Festival Med) Carlos Silva (artist Karetus) Diogo Marques (partner Dot Global / Producer Vilar de Mouros) Fábio Lopes (director Buzz TV / Instagrammer and YouTuber) Filipe Pathé Duarte (professor / researcher Int. Relations & Security - consultant Visionware) Hélvio Braga (director Festival Maré de Agosto) Inês Magalhães (director MagaSessions & MagaFest); Luís Araújo (president Turismo Portugal) Luís Mendes Alves (manager Porto Lazer) Luís Salgado (producer Vagos Metal Fest / Amazing Vanilla Events) Márcio Laranjeira (founder Milhões de Festa / Lovers & Lollypops) Mariana Couto (booker We Are Music) Miguel Guerra (sponsorship & events manager Meo) Miguel Miranda (president IPMA - Instituto Português Mar e Atmosfera) Pedro Carvalho (responsible Transform-Arte / Zna Gathering) Pedro Cluny (sound technician) Pedro Pires (president Clube Criativos de Portugal / responsible Festival Iminente) Susana Sequeira (Owner MTSF Partners) Thomas Jensen (Wacken Open Air director) Von di Carlo (music producer / artist) Professional Presentations (9 and 10th march) a) Ticketea - the new role of ticketing companies: not providers, but partners. By: Ismael Garcia (CMO) b) Ecofestes - reusable cups have become mandatory for festivals? By: Hugo Moreira (director) c) Sofar Sounds Lisbon – new solutions of music supply. By: Inês Pires (City leader) and João Alvarez (City Manager) d) Go For Music - one flight, discover a festival, enjoy Portugal. By: Ana Luísa Costa (founder) e) Polishows - technological evolution and light quality, sound and visual component by António Ponte (director) f) Cordas - World Music Festival (win trip to Portugal's highest mountain) by Terry Costa (artistic diretor) g) Marginal Voluntariado- the evolution of the area of volunteering in the next two years? by Miguel Lopes (director). Scientific Presentations (9 and 10th march) a) The experience in music festivals (2014, Filipa Queirós, UAveiro) b) The influence of experiential marketing in building brand awareness – Nos Primavera Sound case study (2016, Tânia Cerqueira, IPAM) c) Portuguese festival goer profile and social environment in festivals (Aporfest, 4th edition, 2016) d) From the stage to the public: the protagonists of the communication of music festivals in Portugal and Spain (2016, Marco Silva, UMinho) e) Affective Connections with Brands - analysis of consumer relationships with summer festivals in Portugal (2015, Filipa Guimarães, UMinho). Seminars (9 and 10th march) How activate effectively? 360º Perspective - promoter, brand and public. By Manuel Roque (CEO Pitch) Documentaries (9 and 10th march) Benjamim: auto-rádio (2016, PT, 90'') O Dia em Que a Música Morreu (2016, PT, 25'') Mahala (2015, PT, 37'') Concerts (10 march, Musicbox) Throes + The Shine (dj set) Maze Ditch Days

The 6th edition of Talkfest - International Music Festivals Forum will happen in Lisbon (9 and 10th March) at the Museum of Communications (Museu das Comunicações) and in Barcelona (Macba, 16thMarch). This year Talkfest will have many professional activities such as Conferences (main section); Presentations (Scientific and Professional); Seminars; Job fair and Documentaries. One of the goals for this edition is to create more technical tools for professionals and enhance their networking as well as to create more convenience to visitors. Talkfest is considered an event of cultural interest by the Portuguese Government. See the aftermovie of 2016 edition HERE.

Iberian Festival Awards Hosts

Iberian Festival Awards will once again have hosts from each country. Pedro Luzindro (actor, comedian and screenwriter - Portugal) and Victoria Moyano (blogger and festivals community manager - Spain), being considered "new talents" in their areas and within their countries they will be responsible for linking the whole structure of the gala and making the interaction between winners, public and musical performances always with the good mood that characterizes them. The 2nd edition of the event will take place in Barcelona on the night of March 16 at the legendary MACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art. A gala (with musical performances and awards ceremony) will take place in the largest auditorium of the space, preceded by a dinner in the Restaurant En Ville. See the nominees HERE and vote HERE or in the FestivAll App (valid for only one response per electronic device). Until January 22nd you can choose the 10 finalists of the categories decided by the public. See the aftermovie of the event HERE. Iberian Festival Awards are a partnership with the UK & European Festival Awards, promoted by Festival Awards, Ltd.

APORFEST - Portuguese Music Festivals Association is the organizer of both events. Aporfest Associates (professionals/ companies) have free access to Talkfest and the Iberian Festival Awards ceremony. All info: or Tickets: For more information/ marketing proposals: | (+351) 217904720

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