PalafitaCon has its second edition on October 22 at Dique da Vila Gilda

It is a segment that promotes culture, tourism, education, is playful, includes children, youth and adults, men and women. / Disclosure

Santos has been one of the geekiest cities in Brazil for years, according to a ranking published every May by Amazon Brasil. The e-commerce giant takes data from marketplace sellers in the electronics, home and kitchen, and accessories categories. The list lists municipalities with more than 100,000 residents and estimates the per capita base, output and downloads of digital books. There are geek events and projects available to Santos residents throughout the year. It is a segment that promotes culture, tourism, education, is playful, includes children, youth and adults, men and women. It enchants, includes and grows more and more.

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Attending the geek universe, however, requires travel and money. Some events are free, some are not. Even in the free ones, you have to spend money to buy comics, dolls. Not everyone can participate. Dique da Vila Gilda, for example, is the region with the lowest Human Development Index (HDI) in Baixada Santista. More than 26,000 people live on stilts on the banks of the Rio Bugra river.

With the aim of providing the experience of the geek world to those who do not have the opportunity to attend other events, PalafitaCon took place on August 17, 2019. The convention, conceived by cultural producer André Azenha of CineZen Cultural (he is also responsible for Santos Film Fest), is holding its second edition on 22 October, on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the premises of the Plínio Marcos School of Art and Culture, at the Arte no Dique Institute. And now it’s called Geek Comunidade Santos: PalafitaCon. “We intend, in the medium or long term, to start holding this geek event in other socially disadvantaged neighborhoods,” emphasizes Azenha.

“In 2018, we had an insight into the importance of bringing the geek world to Arte no Dique at the launch of Gibiteca at the 3rd Santos Film Fest, when we experienced a whole morning of activities with cosplayers, comic book distribution, film screenings, etc. . Hundreds of people participated. We spoke with members of the geek universe from Santos and they were all excited about the opportunity to further democratize access to this segment,” points out Event Production Director Paula Azenha.

Several activities have been confirmed. The Dym Art Studio team will create free sketches (character art made on the spot) for those interested. People will be able to search for the design of their favorite character. The Contos Lúdicos project will be responsible for RGP tables and board games, suitable for all ages. There will be lectures with Claudio Roberto Basílio, one of the organizers of the Santos Comic Expo, and Sarah Campos, from the blog A Sah te Indica, a gaming space supported by Moove Games, musical attractions that will present setlists of films, series and soundtracks cartoons and children, characters from the universe of Marvel, DC, Star Wars, Disney, among others.

2nd Geek Comunidade Santos: PalafitaCon is carried out through ProAC, Program of Cultural Actions of the Secretariat of Culture and Creative Economy of the Government of the State of São Paulo, with the support of Moove Games, Festa Encantada, Cine Roxy, Spiders da Baixada , the official fan club of Star Wars Baixada Santista. The event is produced by the Cinezen Cultural Institute. The team counts on the direction with André Azenha and Paul Azenha.

2. Santos geek community: Palafitacon

Saturday, October 22:00 from 10:00 to 18:00

Place: Arte no Dique: Rua Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 1349, Rádio Clube, Santos.
Free. Other information: [email protected] or through the page

In the first edition, names such as Ferréz, writer, author of Capão Pecado and other successful books, Alexandre de Maio, journalist, cartoonist and one of the directors of Catrac Livra, in the field of games, RPGs, distribution drawings, stands, exhibition, k-pop, music, cosplayers.

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