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Other Lands

Other Sounds


A Residential Course for
Collaborative Arts Practice in Góis, Portugal

August 28 - September 09, 2019​

An intensive residential course in Góis, Portugal, bringing together visual artists and musicians to work collaboratively over eleven days, creating new works combining photography, moving image, music, and sound art.

The summer of 2019 marked the last time Curiosa would hold Other Lands Other Sounds in the beautiful mountainside scenery of Góis, Portugal. Over eleven days we brought together a cohort of artists from diverse backgrounds and artistic disciplines to collaborate through cross-arts experimentation and collaboration.


Violinist, Croatia


This collaboration was always open for everyone, always supportive and giving you strength - this was a life-changing experience… This opened my eyes, ears, and my heart.  Thank you!


Visual artist, Brazil


I want to thank you immensely for these 12 days of intense diving. I will carry a piece forever, all of you in my heart. Thank you for showing me such a musical, inspiring and light environment. It is worth every second, every moment, every movement and every laugh.


Pianist, Malta


This course is a wonderful way of bringing creative practitioners together, offering us a safe space to create collaborative projects of real artistic value. Kate, Filipe, and Bea are excellent workshop leaders, offering the right balance between challenge, inspiration, guidance, and lovingly holding all the participants together. 


Visual artist, The Netherlands


I want to thank you for facilitating a truly beautiful environment… There was no judgment, pressure, or competition. The quality is really high. I hope you keep doing this!

Our Home - Góis, Portugal

Curiosa offered this course in partnership with Raizvanguarda, a non profit arts cultural organization based in Góis, Portugal, a beautiful mountainside village. Within the last half century, many of Góis' residents have moved to larger towns, leaving surrounding villages largely empty, yet there remains a vibrant cultural life in the town and municipality. It is visited by locals and tourists all throughout summer for its river beach, with crystalline clear water and beachside cafe bars. Every year Góis also hosts a motorcycle festival which brings thousands of people to the town. There are many hikes up into the surrounding hills, as well as short day trips to nearby ravines with cliff-side diving and beautiful picnic spots. 


Kate Smith, Producer

 American multi-genre

singer and workshop leader

Kate Smith is a versatile singer and producer who has worked in New York, Beijing, and London. She earned her BA in Film and East Asian Studies at Columbia University (2009), studied Classical Voice at Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2015), and recently completed her MMus in Leadership at Guildhall (2017). Kate’s work focuses on creating dramatic performances that cross genre-boundaries through creative collaborations. She is currently developing a new project marrying improvisational dance and voice, THAT! Ensemble. 


Previously, Kate was known as the “singing madame” of Beijing’s cabaret scene (Global Times), in addition to being a bilingual Mandarin-English video producer for brands including Volkswagen and Ogilvy. Kate was also a regular on the Beijing music scene as a member of The Confectionaires, Honky Tonk Angels, Moonglow Burlesque and Contraplans.

Filipe Sousa Portuguese composer pianist workshop leader

Filipe Sousa, Course Leader

Portuguese pianist, composer,

and workshop leader

Filipe Sousa is a Portuguese pianist/composer and workshop leader based in the UK. He works with artists and communities of ranging age, ability and background. He founded Quest Ensemble and has been commissioned to create sound installations and to write for music ensembles, film and dance. Filipe regularly leads workshops and presents work in the UK and across the World.


Trained at the Lisbon Gregorian Institute, Hot Club Portugal, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, his work as a composer and performer is often concerned with motion and movement, driven by a strong sense of rhythm. His background is in classical and jazz piano, but his interest in the details and minutiae of sound has taken him into the realms of sound art, sound design for dance and theatre, composition, and performance. Filipe is interested in performance as experience and in generating immersive sound environments. 

beatriz m barrio visual arts photographer teacher arts therapist

Beatriz M Barrio, Course Leader

Spanish photographer, teacher,

and arts therapist

Beatriz M Barrio is a visual artist and art therapist based in Madrid, Spain. She is interested in the therapeutic qualities of art making and believes in the healing power of creativity. She combines her teaching activity as coordinator of the International Contemporary Photography Master Program at EFTI School of Photography in Madrid, with her practice as an Art therapist and the organization of creativity workshops.

She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Complutense University of Madrid (1996), and has received fellowships to complete her studies at Leeds Metropolitan University (1995) and at the School of Fine Arts in Athens (2000). She was also granted “La Caixa Felloship” to fulfill a Master of Fine Arts at New York University (2002). She has participated in group shows in United States, Greece, and Spain. She is a Gestalt Therapist, a Río Abierto Corporal and Transpersonal Therapist and collaborates as a professor at different Art Therapy Schools in Madrid.  


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