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International Festival of Art & Construction

IFAC2013. Where 250 participants take 20 workshops for 10 days in a very nice spanish village Covarrubias!

▼IFAC2013 is the acronym of Internatioal Festival of Art and Construction, it takes place in August 2013 in Covarrubias, Burgos, (Spain) a medieval village of 627 people.

▼IFAC is a space where you can exchange ideas and knowledge, designed for 250 youngsters from all around the world with some kind of relation to art and architecture whom will live together for 10 days, in a creative and integrative space of different arts, where debate, work and exchange experiences, in a context of analysis and recovery of rural areas, establishing a balance between academic, practical, cultural and social.

IFAC2013 is an initiative started by the non-profit association “Movimiento a la Autosuficiencia” (Self-Sufficiency Movement), who’s aim is to:

-Support avant-garde artistic and technological creations.
-Reverse aggressive over-consumption tendencies.
-Spread and encourage self-sufficient practices.
-Experience alternative building methods.
-Exploring and research of ways towards self-sufficiency.

▼The IFAC dynamic has three basic principles:

-Practical education: most part of the material will be used in a practical and experimental way. We encourage an empirical learning environment that will help the development of “collective thinking” through cooperation, integration and dialogue, creating a “horizontal atmosphere”.

-Creative freedom: free expression is encouraged by the rotation of participants through workshops, having the possibility of attending as many of them as desired, combining them. The presence of free time, with free access to all tools and material, reinforces this breaking of enclosed schedules, specific places or prejudice.

-Collective enrichment: IFAC is an exchange of knowledge and experience. IFAC does not believe in lineal transmission of knowledge, everybody actively participates in the decisions made in the workshops, fostering the emergence of parallel initiatives spontaneous and unpredictable.

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