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SQUARE: four-city event in Portugal unveils creative partnerships and international artist callout

17 April 2024, 16:38 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

SQUARE, a brand-new celebration of independent artists and grassroots music communities across the continents bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, is scheduled to take place from 29 January to 1 February 2025.

The four-day event will unfold across four locations in Portugal: Braga, Barcelos, Famalicão, and Guimarães. Positioned to contribute to a more diverse and representative music industry ecosystem, SQUARE will serve as a unifying platform, bringing together local scenes with artists and industry professionals spanning the continent of Europe and beyond. In response to the evolving music industry landscape, SQUARE distinguishes itself as more than a conventional showcase festival.

Square aims to showcase the finest emerging talent through collaborations with local, national, and international partners, including gig.ROCKS! (PT), FMM Sines (PT), Nyege Nyege (UG), Sinsal (ES), COSMOS (NL) and Coquetel Molotov (BR).

The open call for musicians and bands interested in participating in the inaugural edition of SQUARE will commence on 16 April 2024. The festival seeks artists residing and working within the continents bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. Submissions encompassing diverse musical genres, lineup configurations, and languages are encouraged.

The selection process will be overseen by the event's programming team, with results expected to be announced by the end of August. Successful applicants will receive a performance fee of €750 (on submission of a valid receipt or invoice), catering, accommodation (for artists residing more than 60 km from their venue), technical rider, and backline.

For further information and submission guidelines, visit

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