Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Priolo Fest announces bird endangered in Ponta Delgada

Last Saturday was held the PRIOLO FEST in the Gallery/Bar Arco 8 in Ponta Delgada, to publicize the International Crowdfunding campaign "Let's Preserve the Azores Bullfinch" which aims to raise funds to continue the preservation work of the Priolo and the Laurel Forest, developed by SPEA since 2003 in São Miguel.

This event featured exhibitions on the Priolo and its habitat and with the participation of several local artists, including Fungis Magic Truxis, Hassim Vaio, the Soap Bubbles girls, the clowns Chuvisco and Luna, DJ Zuga 73 and DJs YUZIN. The event was also supported by the Gallery/Bar Arco 8, Radio Atlântida and Topografia Aníbal.

The activities began at 5pm with exhibitions and many surprises for the many children that appeared. Parents and children were delighted with the Magic Fungis Truxis who built Priolos with balloons and held a performance of circus arts, Hassim Vaio helped to make art with boxes and paintings on the theme of the Priolo "Priolarte" and participated in games organized by the SPEA team. Some children even brought a reminder of Priolo, a shaped face painting.

During the afternoon and evening, the Chuvisco, from "SPEA" (being a Clown is to love) conducted an Atlas of Rare Birds-and with it made them laugh. Also the Soap Bubbles Girls surprised everyone with enormous soap bubbles and with all forms.

Around 10pm there was a moment of poetry entitled "Priolando", written by Carla Verissimo who shared with those present her message to the mural "Let's save the Priolo: Leave a message.". Then Luna came in, with "Open Beak and Wings in the Air", a fun activity that caused dozens of people to learn to fly.

Through the night, it were presented documentaries on the Priolo and conservation work that has been developed by SPEA and partners in San Miguel. The videos shown were "Priolo" - A film about the Azorean bullfinch and "Priolo - Behind the scenes", performed by Madalena Boto, the debut of "The Priolo Atlas 2012", authored by Aidnature.org, and two short films authored by Yaiza López on the work done by the LIFE Sustainable Laurel Forest Project.

The party continued with music by Zuga 73 and DJs YUZIN, that filled the Arco 8, in a night of dancing and animation, where the last sound heard was the singing of Priolo. Throughout the afternoon/evening over two hundred people got to know better this treasure of São Miguel and the Azores and learned to priolar!

The Priolo thanks all the participants for your interest in this important conservation work and all partners for their contribution to this event.

Learn how to contribute to the Crowdfunding campaign HERE

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