The relationship between music and the visual arts in Amarante dates backs, at least, to some of the celebrated paintings of Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso (1887-1918), where local traditional instruments such as the ‘rabeca’ or the ‘viola amarantina’, are depicted.
Nowadays, this exchange between the fields is still nurtured, namely within the Museum Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso itself, where concerts are regularly scheduled and held inside its premises, motivating a mix between artistic languages and audiences.
On the other hand, the well-known paintings of Amadeo which feature music instruments are used as subjects for education projects in schools throughout the municipality.
Other initiatives of a more occasional nature have been held both by the Municipality and by local entities connected to the arts and culture, favouring connections between music, the visual arts and other artistic fields. A suitable example is the initiative taken by the Associação para a Criação of the Museu Eduardo Teixeira Pinto, which promoted a number of artists exchange programs, namely with Galicia through the project “Cultura que une”, proposing a bridge between visual artists and jazz musicians.
Also the Associação Grupo de Amigos of the Biblioteca-Museu Amadeo Souza Cardoso has developed throughout the years – though not regularly – initiatives stimulating the interaction between music, visual arts and other artistic languages.