Announced in July 2018 by the President of the French Republic and the Prime Minister of Portugal, the France-Portugal Season, which will take place simultaneously in both countries from July 2021 to February 2022, contribute to the consolidation of the strategic partnership between France and Portugal. Through a multidisciplinary joint programming, which will irrigate the territories of both countries, in the fields of culture, education, economy, sport, and tourism, the season will be a driving force for the rapprochement between the societies of the two countries, especially the youth.
While Portugal and France are preparing in 2021 and 2022 to hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union, the cross-season will be used to build a Europe of culture.
The first joint organizing committee of the cross-season will meet in Paris from 16 to 19 December 2019.
EMMANUEL DEMARCY-MOTA APPOINTED PRESIDENT OF THE 2021-2022 FRANCE-PORTUGAL SEASON:
Born in 1971, Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, has, throughout his career, put his skills in theatrical creation at the service of cultural and artistic exchanges between France and Portugal, home of his mother, the Portuguese actress Teresa Mota.
In 2007, he was the guest of the «Théâtre ville ouverte» programme at the Théâtre national de Porto and created a bilingual Franco-Portuguese troupe in the same year.
In 2001, Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota was appointed director of the Centre dramatique national de Reims, where he distinguished himself with more than 20 productions and unfailing support for young multidisciplinary creation. He took command of the Théâtre de la Ville-Paris in 2008 and created the Chantiers d'Europe festival. General Director of the Festival d'automne in Paris since 2012, he has been developing a territorial development project for the Festival throughout the Ile-de-France region.
JOAO PINHARANDA APPOINTED COMMISSIONER GENERAL OF THE 2021-2022 FRANCE-PORTUGAL SEASON FOR THE PORTUGUESE SIDE
A historian with a master’s degree in Art History, João Pinharanda was an art critic for the cultural weekly Jornal de Letras (1984-1989) and the newspaper Público (1990-2000). He has curated more than a hundred exhibitions in Portugal, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, France and Russia.
João Pinharanda was responsible for the programming of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Elvas (2007-2010) and, between 2010 and 2015, that of the EDP Foundation where he organized exhibitions and artistic activities, created and organized the EDP Grand Prix and the EDP Prix Nouveaux Artistes, and constituted the Art collection of the Foundation.
In 1998, he was appointed commissioner of Portugal, guest country of ARCO Madrid, and in 2017 commissioner of the Portuguese representation at the Venice Biennale, where he invited the artist José Pedro Croft. In 2018, he chaired the EUNIC Cluster in Paris.
He currently serves as Cultural Advisor to the Embassy of Portugal in France, Director of the Portuguese Cultural Centre Camões in Paris.
VICTOIRE BIDEGAIN DI ROSA APPOINTED GENERAL COMMISSIONER OF THE 2021-2022 FRANCE-PORTUGAL SEASON FOR THE FRENCH SIDE
Victoire Bidegain Di Rosa, a history associate and DEA holder of contemporary history at Nanterre-Paris X University, has been a producer, curator and artistic advisor since 2014.
Throughout his career, Victoire Bidegain Di Rosa served in numerous French embassies. She held the position of chargé de mission and head of the book office in Mexico (1998-2002), that of attaché of cooperation and cultural action first in Miami in the United States (2002-2006) then in Seville in Spain (2009-2013), before joining the French Embassy in Portugal where she served as Deputy Cultural Advisor (2013-2014). She also held the position of Technical Advisor in charge of International Cultural Affairs, External Audiovisual and Archives in the Office of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs (2007-2009).