The Amarante Municipality has in recent years searched for ways to strengthen a local policy of social inclusion and cohesion having music as its basis.
On one hand, it directly supports transportation for students of artistic education, namely in music and dance schools, thus assuring that all of the local children and youngsters have equal access to artistic formation and fruition.
On the other hand, the City Hall promotes music diffusion through a program of free festivals and events available for everyone in public and heritage spaces.
These events favour not only access to regular music experiences, but also to qualified historic and heritage locations, such as the many churches in Amarante’s historical centre, the St. Gonçalo’s Square, the Museum Amadeo Souza-Cardoso, or the cloisters of Amarante’s City Hall building.
Lastly, the Municipality has also invested on tackling social exclusion by means of projects which cross different subjects (artistic, social and cultural), such as the ‘Amarante de igual para igual’, an awareness campaign promoted by the city’s Divisão de Acção Social, that organized various artistic workshops, of which music was a theme worked on. This campaign has already had two editions, in 2015 and 2016, and gathered about 2500 students from all over the municipality.