Walk&Talk returns to São João square with a Temporary Pavilion signed by Ilhéu Atelier, by the duo Rita Sampaio and Afonso Botelho Santos, which welcomes the public and opens up to the city as the main stage and meeting and socializing point.
In early 2020, Walk&Talk launched to select a partner responsible for designing the project for the new Pavilion. The Jury, composed by W&T Artistic Direction and Manuel Henriques of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, selected the project by Ilhéu Atelier from among 74 proposals submitted. Due to the pandemic, the project was postponed and will now be built for Walk&Talk 11.
According to the architects, the Pavilion "assumes itself as a performance". The pavilion changes throughout the day, according to the different moments of the festival, inviting different audiences. The Pavilion has a single volume that assumes its presence with its entire length, in front of Teatro Micaelense. The Pavilion is open and does not impose a limit. It dialogues and appropriates the public space, with the surrounding square, the theater, and its stairs becoming integral parts of the Pavilion.
The Pavilion consists of a simple wooden structure, in a succession of equal frames, easy to assemble and dismantle. Its production is the first manifestation of the festival due to the desire to reach a social dimension, in a performance that combines the knowledge and mastery of local carpentry, the strength and the common effort to continue to create meeting spaces. The repetition of the structure results in a covered space with sequences of interspersed pillars and curtains that adapt to the different uses of the Pavilion, in the shade of blue.
The first Walk&Talk Pavilion was created in 2018 and conceived as a temporary structure intended to inhabit Largo de São João, next to Teatro Micaelense, in the center of Ponta Delgada. The Pavilion recovered the activation of the public space as the central axis of the Walk&Talk program, proposing an alternative space, in its shape and location, and a stage for the main dynamics of the festival, such as conversations, performances, parties, and concerts. In 2019, Artworks & GA Estudio collective were selected in the first edition of an international architecture competition, which involved twenty invited studios and, in addition to the winners, had as finalists the studio BUREAU and PMPG - Pedro Mosca & Pedro Gonçalves, Architects. The project was inspired by the traditional Azorean cloak in its concept and shape.