Amarante has a profound connection to poetry and literature, fruit of the amount of eminent writers that were born or lived in the city, such as Teixeira de Pascoaes (1877-1952), António Carneiro (1872-1930) or Agustina Bessa-Luís (1922-). In the last few years, the Municipality has been developing a policy to foster reading practices, beside several actions to value the city’s literary heritage and its native authors, of which the case of Teixeira de Pascoaes is a paradigmatic example.
On the other hand, literary creation, and poetry in particular, is fomented through the Grande Prémio de Poesia Teixeira de Pascoaes, a prize instituted by the Associação Portuguesa de Escritores (APE) with sponsoring from the Amarante Municipality, and awarded yearly to newly published works written in Portuguese by Portuguese authors.
Concerning this commitment, several interchanges with the music field have been encouraged. For example, on culture mediation activities, by the Albano Sardoeira Municipal Library, there has been a clear increase in the use of music as a stimulus to reading among children and the youth. It is frequent in the Library the occurrence of concerts and the launching of books integrating music performances.
On the other hand, actions promoted by the Municipality alongside local cultural agents, link emblematic works of Amarante’s native writers with typical musical instruments in original approaches, in order to value and acknowledge the city’s immaterial heritage. Examples of this are the declamation sessions of Teixeira de Pascoaes’ poetry combined with ‘viola amarantina’ music.