The Festival arrives at its 13th edition in 2019, adopting a new name and reaffirming its commitment to the moment of music and culture in Brazil and in the World.
In the last 10 years we have seen new musical expressions and behavior gaining a lot of strength not only in Brazil but throughout the world. These new expressions were fundamental for an aesthetic and curatorial renovation of the scene of independent festivals in Brazil, with the diversification of the programming and the inclusion of diverse musical styles and performances.
At the same time, very powerful events and new movements have emerged around the world positioning a new form of activism and struggle for rights, which has culture as a central axis and propeller. Feminisms, black and outlying activism, the struggle of LGBTs, defense of the environment, food militancy, among other struggles, present themes that depart from the culture to understand and dispute society, and this is reflected also in the musical expression and in contemporary art.
Grito has always been a festival connected to its time and the ongoing changes on our planet. Pioneer in its Integrated logic, collaborative and decentralized, the Festival has a trajectory of expansion and capillarization by Brazil and Latin America unprecedented, reaching more than 400 cities, from 40 countries, and articulating campaigns and actions very connected to all these transformations and new activist and behavioral expressions.
More than a Festival, Grito is the expression of a new project of society based on music and culture, which cuts across the 21st century by presenting collaborative and decentralized practices, and taking with it values and principles of transformation that inspired an entire generation in the Brazil and Latin America, and that in a way is part of the imaginary and the birth of important festivals around the world in the 60’s.
We know how ROCK and its form of contentious and transgressive expression have inspired generations around the world and have built an important basis for channeling feelings and desires for change and transformation. At the same time, it was a flight route and living space for a part of society that did not feel represented or involved by the popular rhythms that take over Brazil during the Carnival
But this reality has been transformed. Both the Carnival has expanded and started to count on diverse forms and expressions in its celebration, as other musical and cultural expressions occupy relevant space to channel the desires of change and young and critical feeling.
That is why as of now we are GRY FESTIVAL. Diverse, answering, critical and festive. A scream beyond a single style, but that can be of different voices, with different rhythms and melodies. That’s how we got to 13th. editing as if we were just getting started and ready to welcome anyone who believes that music is the best way to connect people.
After the beginning of the integrated editions in 2007, Grito grew exponentially and in 2011 reached the mark of 130 cities, in eight countries, moving two thousand bands and approximately two hundred thousand spectators. In 2012, there were 205 cultural producers, 37% more compared to 2011, involving the direct participation of 700 cultural producers from 15 different countries. Finally, in 2014, gaining global breadth, the festival reached more than 300 cities and 35 countries, having editions in several countries of Latin America, North America, Europe and Africa.
FORA DO EIXO/OFF AXIS NETWORK
Fora do Eixo is a Culture and Communication network that brings together collectives and partners spread around 300 Brazilian cities. In more than ten years of activity, it has promoted the creation of dozens of projects, which in turn stimulated the development of other networks, such as the University of Cultures, the Bank of Cultures, the Brazil Network of Festivals, the Mídia NINJA and the Grito itself.
With no master owners and sponsors, Grito is a collaborative festival based on free technologies. In 2019 happens in the period between March 1 to April 30. Independent producers can sign up to participate and conduct an edition in their city. The collaborative format allows more producers each year to share experiences and strengthen the local music production chain while creating connections at a global level.
The Grito seeks to democratize access to information and facilitate the production of each event offering booklets, tutorials and campaigns in the area of production, communication, sustainability and training. All content is made available for use by producers and also enables a direct channel of dialogue, aiming at the strengthening of a global music network.
Grito 2019 – 13th Edition
Date: March 1 to April 30, 2018