Mauro Amaral


Born in Lisbon in 1976 to Angolan parents, he has lived in Faro since he was a child. In 1998 he began his artistic career at ARCA, where until 2006 he developed numerous performances and artistic experiences in around 20 countries.

He has been the general coordinator and Artistic Director of Komboyo dos Lokos, an international street arts festival and travelling performing arts show, several times, as well as Artistic Director of the St John's Parade in Wroclaw, Poland, twice.

In 2010 he created the award-winning documentary "Ilha", co-directed with Carlos Fraga, about the fishing community of Faro beach and their fears of being displaced by the Polis Ria Formosa Project.

In the meantime, he returned to music, a path that led him to release the solo EP "Somos" in December 2016. He is about to release his first original album "Random Acts of Kindness".

In 2016, too, he returned - after a break of almost 10 years - to the performing arts, taking part in the programming and production of three editions of Baixa Street Fest in Faro.

In 2018 he created and directed the shows Euphoria 1 and Aquatropia.

He has also done painting, photography, radio art and video art.

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