The year of the rooster

The year of the rooster

As part of the 54th Worldwide Sketchcrawl, Portuguese Urban Sketchers met in the most international square in Lisboa to join and sketch the Chinese New Year celebrations. There is no formal Chinatown in Lisboa, as opposed to many other cities in the western world where the Sketchcrawl will take place. But the Martim Moniz square is doubtlessly where the Chinese community is most present in the country. What stops it from becoming a proper Chinatown is that many more immigrant communities share the square as a hub, and they all add to the cultural…Read more
The USk Manchester Symposium finale

The USk Manchester Symposium finale

USk Manchester Symposium day 4 / Simpósio USk em Manchester dia 4 After lunch and after the afternoon lectures, activities and sketchcrawl, the sketchers gathered in the All-Saints Gardens, close to the Benzie Building of the Manchester School of Art. The four day event that brought nearly 500 participants from 44 nations was near its end. The official pictures of the final gathering were taken by the slightly sloped grass field of the Gardens. Then, small and large groups of sketchers took hundreds of pictures and selfies by themselves. These unofficial pictures grouped sketchers of common language, of common countries or…Read more
Live from the USk Manchester Symposium #1

Live from the USk Manchester Symposium #1

USk Manchester Symposium day 1 / Simpósio USk em Manchester dia 1 By mid-morning of the 27th of July, sketchers started to gather in the streets around the Benzie Building of the Manchester School of Art. A few of them sat around to sketch the atmosphere and some of the iconic buildings of and around the Manchester Metropolitan University. A meio da manhã de 27 de Julho, vários desenhadores começaram a juntar-se nas ruas em torno do Edifício Benzie da Manchester School of Art. Alguns deles polvilhavam os passeios, desenhando o ambiente e alguns dos edifícios icónicos…Read more
Road to the USk Symposium #3

Road to the USk Symposium #3

USk Manchester Symposium day -2 / Simpósio USk em Manchester dia -2 The morning in Liverpool was spent revisiting some places from the day before, such as the Mann Island Buildings, designed by Broadway Malyan, or Bold Street, with Saint Luke's Church peeking from afar. Also, taking a tour through the city bookstores and comic book stores, always a must. A última manhã em Liverpool foi passada a revisitar alguns lugares do dia anterior, tais como os Edifícios de Mann Island, projecto da Broadway Malyan, ou a Bold Street, com a Igreja de São Lucas…Read more
Festival Med #4

Festival Med #4

One concert I was personally eager to watch - especially after getting to know the artists in the afternoon - was Capicua. She has written some of the best and most relevant lyrics that has been sung in the past years, and the play with words in a northern accent is a delight to listen to, as befits a hip-hop artist from Porto. Capicua brings with her one hell of a crew which includes the energetic backup singer Marta Bateira, best known in Youtube by her character Beatriz Gosta. The surprise of the show was that each song was being…Read more