The WFA - WALKING FESTIVAL AMEIXAI was the first event of its kind to be held in the Algarve and possibly the first in Portugal. The first edition took place in 2013 and since then has been repeated annually.
The concept of the event is not original and was inspired by the walking festivals that regularly take place in Europe. However, the main theme of the festival invokes - the Southwest Script- it´s unique and exclusive in the region. The Southwest Script is an intriguing and primitive form of communication composed of 27 distinct signs carved from the bottom to upwards and from the right to the left, in blocks of stone that were fixed on the ground (stelas) and found between the Mú and the Caldeirão Mountains.
The WFA has a wide-ranging programme that includes walks for all audiences, workshops, lectures, moments of relaxation, public art actions and musical animation.
The WFA is organized by QRER - Cooperative for the Development of Low Density Territories, Algarve Tourism Bureau, Loulé City Council, Ameixial Parish Council, Proactivetur and ESTELA Project.
THE SOUTHWEST SCRIPT
This is considered to be the oldest (and still not deciphered) written form of the Iberian Peninsula (and one of the oldest of Europe), little being known about the society and culture behind it. Geographically set in an area in the South of Portugal, the main concentration of stelae seems to be located away from the Eastern Mediterranean cultural centres of the first millennium BC. The data collected over the last century related to this phenomenon is being now complemented by new findings emerging from field surveys.