Call for Journalists

Each year we invite national and international journalists to follow and cover Walk&Talk Festival in Azores. Some of them have visited us several times. Most of them would like to come back.

We are aware of the limitations that cultural journalism faces, especially arts writers and correspondents, regarding publishing space, access and mobility to cover art projects and events that are currently showed all around the globe.

We also believe that press professionals are active actors in the contemporary art scene and that their work is essential, not only as information, but most of all because it favors the knowledge and comprehension towards the arts, the awareness and sustainability of art practices, artists, agents, cultural institutions, projects and events.

That’s why Walk&Talk is promoting this open call for journalists. We want to meet new medias and motivated journalists, invite them to Azores, introduced them to the participating creators, show them the works and projects that will be presented in this year’s festival edition. By doing this we aim to favor press mobility and the overall promotion of contemporary arts and its creators, reaching people from various geographies and spoken languages. Wanna come and cover the festival?

“It is in any case for 15 days an interesting laboratory, a place where a little crazy people gather to experiment and try to create a new relationship to art and culture, high and low, an event that her two young founders turn shortly. Perhaps, in their own disciplines, Avignon and Arles and were in their infancy, maybe in twenty years we will look with amazement and respect anyone who says "I was in Walk and Talk in 2011, 2015"...”
Amateur D’Art par Lunettes Rouges, Le Monde blogs (FR)

"The great Azores work of art are the people. In Walk&Talk festival the culture and knowledge of the Azorean people attribute meaning to the contemporary artistic visions. (...) The fifth edition of the Walk&Talk festival reflected it transparently."
Vítor Belanciano, Público (PT)

“It started as a graffiti festival in the Azores and is now one of Portugal’s most ambitious residency programs and public art projects.”
Javier Díaz-Guardiola, ABC Cultural (ES)

Deadline for applications: May 25th 2017, 00h00 CET

Who can apply: Cultural journalists, including arts writers, critics and theorists, working for online or offline magazines, newspapers, radio, television or any other form of media.

What we offer:
- 5 days media trip program at São Miguel, Azores, to be schedule with the selected journalist between 21st to 29th of July (maximum 4 nights’ accommodation and 5 days trip according to flights availability and schedules).
- Flights, transfer and accommodation in the center of Ponta Delgada city, with lunch and dinner at Walk&Talk Gallery.
- Full access to all Walk&Talk venues and activities during the media trip.
- Permanent support by our communication team on follow up, documentation and in site guidance.
- Walk&Talk Press Pack with daily photo reports, videos and extended documentation about the participating creators, program activities and festival venues.

What we ask for:
- Availability to travel to Ponta Delgada, Azores from one of the airports operated by Azores Airlines. Please check your departure airport here.
- Participation in 1 welcome briefing with the communication team along with a founder-member of Walk&Talk Festival.
- Participation in 1 thematic discussion focused on “contemporary arts communication” that will be open to the public.
- Publication of 1 article with a minimum of 1000 words about the Walk&Talk Festival.

How to apply: You just have to send us an e-mail to communication@walktalkazores.org with your application written in Portuguese or English that must include:
- A short description of your work proposal, one or two paragraphs will do.
- A list of special needs you may have to do the work, such us interviews with specific artists, sites you need to visit during your stay on the island, documentation and materials about past editions of the festival or any others.
- The name, type and, if applicable, the media URL you work for or collaborate with for this specific feature. - Two texts, articles or other types of journalistic works you’ve already published.
- Your direct phone or mobile number, address, e-mail and departure airport (please check your SATA departure airport here).
- Estimated date for publication of the proposed article.