19, 20, 21, and 22 September | Panorâmico de Monsanto, Lisbon

That’s right, it’s Festival Iminente once again. It might not even be such a good idea to gather in the same place activists of an emerging and urban culture. But that’s the way we are, we like to do what we believe in. New music and new art. Restless and explosive lusophone culture. Manifestos for freedom of expression and human rights. Diversity. At the Panorâmico de Monsanto, from 19 to 22 September, where the future has always been made.

After making its way around the world – London, Shanghai and Rio de Janeiro – Iminente is now returning to Lisbon for four days of collective cultural intimacy, reflecting on the concepts of Identity and Diversity. And there’s nothing like returning home.

During the festival’s four days, music acts and visual artists, b-boys, performers, dancers and talks will make their way through its five stages. In all it’s over 100 artists from 11 nationalities; from the visual arts, performative arts, and music, established or upcoming talents, in an urban festival of art and music curated by Alexandre Farto aka Vhils and the Underdogs platform, co-organised with the Lisbon City Council.


Abdel Queta Tavares (GW) | AkaCorleone (PT) | Ana Aragão (PT) | Blac Dwelle (PT) | Colectivo RUA (PT) | Francisco Vidal (PT) | Gonçalo Barreiros (PT) | Herberto Smith (PT-STP) | Maria Imaginário (PT) | Rita RA (PT) | Sara Morais (PT) | Sosek X Kaur X Coxas X Thiago Nevs (BR) | Tamara Alves (PT) | Thunders Crew (PT) | Vhils (PT)

A Nossa Cena (PT) | A-WA (IL) | Apollo G (PT) | Badsista (BR) | Beatbombers (PT) | Blackoyote (PT) | Bulimundo (CV) | Cachupa Psicadélica (CV) | Chalo Correia (AO) | Classe Crua (PT) | Common (US) | David Bruno (PT) | Dealema (PT) | DJ Firmeza (PT) | DJ Nigga Fox (PT) vs. DJ Marfox (PT) | Deau (PT) | Fado Bicha (PT) | Filho da Mãe (PT) | Força Suprema (PT) | Fred (PT) | Holly Hood (PT) | It’s a Trap Experience with Oseias / Young Boda / Syl / Circa Papi / 20chatear (PT) | Jair MC (PT) | Jay Electronica (US) | Jibóia (PT) | Just Blaze (US) | Kappa Jotta (PT) | Kumar (CU) | L-Ali (PT) | La Familia Gitana (PT) | Lab.I.O. Slam LxPoetas (PT) | Large Professor (US) | Linn da Quebrada (BR) | Maddruga (BR) | | Mayra Andrade (CV) | Mike 11 (PT) Mohamed Lamouri (DZ-FR) | Mynda Guevara (PT) | OMIRI (PT) | Palheta Jazz Trio (PT) | Papillon (PT) | Pedro Mafama (PT) | Praso (PT) | Rafa G (PT) | Rizan Said (SY) | Scúru Fitchádu (PT) | Shaka Lion Special Act (PT) | Sreya (PT) | TRKZ (MZ) | Vado Más Ki Ás (PT) | Vinicius Terra (BR)

“Anita Escorre de Branco” by Odete (PT)
“Brazilian Strip” by Mariana Barros (BR)
“From submissive to political: the place of the black body in visual culture – part 2” by Melissa Rodrigues (PT-CV)
Iminente B-boys Battle (PT)
Orchidaceae (PT)

“±Nothing is for Free±” installation by ±MaisMenos± (PT)
“No centro do vazio há outra festa” by Rita RA (PT)

“Youth and culture: does the new generation feel it is represented in culture?” – curated by Gerador
“VIH and PrEP: public interest or pharmaceutical interest?” – curated by Fumaça
“Right to housing: can the people still live in the cities?” – curated by Fumaça
“Historical reparation: is it possible to pay off the debts of colonialism?” – curated by Fumaça

Day tickets cost €15 and are on sale at Ticketline [CLICK HERE] and the usual outlets.
There are only 5000 day tickets – no festival passes – and, like previous years, there are no ticket booths or ticket sales at the gates.

Festival Iminente:
2016: Sold out
2017: Sold out
2018: Sold out
2019: Can you guess?


The festival’s entire curatorship is shared between Alexandre Farto and the Underdogs platform. The key concepts are Identity and Diversity.

“The idea is to bring together all these different forms of expression, promoting dialogue and the exchange of ideas – we gather all these manifestations of urban culture and create an experience of what is currently imminent in Lisbon. Many of these raise questions on identity or have their roots in the lusophone sphere, a key component in the festival’s consolidation from the very beginning,” explains Alexandre Farto.

This diversity is patent in the music line-up for the four days of festival, which materialises this motto with an eclectic selection ranging from old-school rap to the popular and growing trap faction, world music, and the most recent innovations in fado and pop.

Regarding the visual arts, the curatorial line for this edition of Iminente takes on the subject of Identity – both in terms of the reflection on the self and its specificities as well as in terms of belonging to a community, giving thought to political, cultural and urban identity in a space that also has a very strong identity.

The performativa arts – dance, performance, and breaking – as well as room for reflection – with talks on health, culture, colonialism, and housing – also have a stage in this year’s Iminente, being present in every afternoon and evening of the festival.

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