IBLAW19: Fado Bicha performance and Q&A

11:00am - 12:00pm / Friday 1st November 2019
Type: Music / Category: Department
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During this event there will be a session in Portuguese for University of Liverpool students from 11am-11:40am. This event will then be open to the wider academic community for a short performance and Q&A in English.

Fado Bicha is an artivist project, created in 2017 by Lila Fadista (voice, lyrics) and João Caçador (instrumentation). The artistic creation is based in fado (a traditional music genre in Portugal) and draws inspiration from the underground settings of early XIX century, when fado was sung in brothels and cheap taverns and was the free expression of the outcast – morally and economically. Using fado as a versatile tool (going beyond the strict rules that were imposed to it), Fado Bicha gives voice to the narratives of the LGBTI community in Portugal, which are still so invisible. It is a political project of representativeness and questioning of social and artistic barriers, on the main premise of subverting heteronormativity. Even more so when fado is nurtured by a very traditionalist community. Changing famous poems and writing new ones is one of the processes through which Fado Bicha creates new stages for the experimentation of alternative narratives to sexuality and gender through music.

This event is part of Iberian and Latin American Week 2019.

Image: Teresa Lopes da Silva