Festival Iminente

Created in 2016, Festival Iminente combines the new music with the new art in an experience of intense collective intimacy. Iminente is everything that is happening or is about to happen.


After making its way around the world via London, Shanghai and Rio de Janeiro, Festival Iminente returns to the Panorâmico de Monsanto, in Lisbon, between 19 and 22 September, for four days of collective cultural intimacy. The city’s highest point will be welcoming 100 artists of 11 different nationalities from the visual arts, performative arts and music, both established and upcoming talents, gathered around the concepts of identity and diversity. The urban festival of art and music, co-organised with the Lisbon Municipal Council, is curated by Alexandre Farto aka Vhils and the Underdogs platform, and this year includes the special collaboration of Shaka Lion in the musical selection. In its fourth edition in Portugal, the festival returns to show the very best of what’s going on in the different subcultures connected with the urban scene, with a line-up that brings together established artists with innovative projects and new talents who are emerging in Portugal at the moment.

During the festival’s four days, music acts and visual artists, b-boys, performers, contemporary dance and talks will make their way through its five stages. The usual half-pipe will also be present on the grounds for demos by some of the best Portuguese skateboarders.

“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.

In terms of musical line-up, Tiago Silva, the festival’s director, asserts that “diversity is present during the four days, with a very eclectic programme that ranges from trap to hip-hop, fado, experimental projects and world music. This year we also set up the Festival Iminente channel on Spotify to promote a close communication between the artists and the public throughout the year.”

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 festival’s mission continues to be focused on its consolidation and growth, from Lisbon to the world, concludes Alexandre Farto: “We want to help establish the Portuguese artists or those who want to work from the country. Because we might do things in other countries but our base is still in Lisbon, it is here that we work all year round.”


  • Price: day tickets, 15 euros.
  • Venue’s maximum capacity: 5,000 people per day.
  • Tickets on sale 2 September at Ticketline and usual outlets.
  • Opening hours: Thursday to Saturday from 3pm to 2am, Sunday from 3pm to 10.30pm.
  • Mobility: access excluded to vehicles. Free transport from Sete Rios and Pólo Universitário da Ajuda.
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The quintessential urban festival of art and music, Iminente is curated by Alexandre Farto aka Vhils and the Underdogs platform. Created in 2016, the event gathers the multicultural creative talent that is flourishing in Lisbon and is spreading throughout the world, bringing the lusophone matrix into dialogue with other artistic expressions. With a global vocation – it has passed through London, Shanghai and Rio de Janeiro –, it returns to the Panorâmico de Monsanto in Lisbon between 19 and 22 September 2019.

Alexandre Farto aka Vhils is a world-renowned artist. Born in Lisbon in 1987, he has developed a unique language that has become his artistic signature. Destroying in order to create, he removes the surface layers of materials, like a contemporary urban archaeologist, and makes visible the invisible. His work is present in the public space of over 30 countries and is regularly exhibited in galleries and cultural institutions around the world. He has directed one stage production, several short films and music videos for bands such as Orelha Negra, Buraka Som Sistema and U2. He founded and co-directs the Underdogs platform, the creative unit Solid Dogma and Festival Iminente, having also curated various other events and exhibitions.

Underdogs is a cultural platform based in Lisbon, Portugal, that works with artists connected with the new languages of urban-inspired graphic and visual culture. Established in 2010 and consolidated in its present form in 2013, the project rests on three complementary areas: a gallery with an innovative exhibitions programme; the production of original and affordable artist editions; and a public art programme that promotes art as an everyday experience, complemented with a scheme of guided tours and an educational service.

Located in the Monsanto Forest Park, in the former installations of a restaurant, Lisbon’s Panorâmico functions as a monumental scenic viewpoint with its 360º view over the city. The highest point in the city is a seventhousand-square-metre building designed by architect Chaves da Costa with ceramic panels by Manuela Madureira. First opened to the public in 1968, it was reopened in September 2017 and has been hosting Festival Iminente since 2018.