For this 8th edition of Westway
LAB, the Westway PRO Conference sets the scene for the Iberian Focus that will
be the theme of Westway LAB’s 2022 edition. Looking ahead to a way forward
after the harm that the pandemic has wrought on the music eco-system, and live
music in particular, Westway LAB that cross-border performances must restart
gradually, close to home.
And so, now more than ever, it is
important for Portugal and the several regions that make up the rest of the
Iberian peninsula, come together in a more useful, meaningful way, pondering
Iberian actions such as co-creation, developing new works and projects
together, and creating a sustainable, diverse and more equal environment for
artist exchanges between all Iberian regions.
We thus approach this 8th edition
from April 7th-10th in Guimarães - our 2nd hybrid edition - as a preparation,
an anticipation and in anticipation of better and more fruitful times to come.
Our hugely successful 2020 hybrid experience reached more people digitally than
Westway LAB has ever brought together physically since its start in 2014. And
so it is with the usual high degree of positivity, creativity and enthusiasm
that we present the future-facing Westway PRO 2021 program.