PROVIDENCE – After a two-year hiatus between in-person events due to the pandemic, the International Portuguese Music Awards (IPMA) are planning to come back in force for their 10th anniversary.
âSince this is a special anniversary for IPMA, we are trying to make it the best IPMA year ever,â said David Saraiva, who co-hosts the IPMAs with JosÃ© âZach Xavier. “We think we owe it to our audience to entertain and surprise them, so I think people will be really happy with our plans for 2022.”
The IPMAs recognize outstanding achievements in the music industry by artists of Portuguese origin since 2013.
âI guess the saying ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ is still true,â Saraiva said. “It’s important to celebrate the milestones and we can’t wait to have a live audience again.”
This milestone will not only be celebrated in a new place, but also in a new state.
Previously hosted at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in New Bedford, the 10th Anniversary Show will take place on Saturday April 23 at the legendary Providence Performing Arts Center.
âAfter two years of virtual shows, and given that it was our 10th anniversary, we wanted to do something different,â said Saraiva. “The city center [Providence] has so much to offer and being able to have a Portuguese show at the iconic Providence Performing Arts Center should be something our community is proud of. On a personal note, I was born and raised in Rhode Island, so being involved in what I think is the very first Portuguese show in this venue makes it very special.
Full details and lineup for the 10th annual IPMA show will be revealed on Saturday, November 20 at a launch party to be held in the Rotunda Room at the Rhode Island Convention Center, located at 1 Sabin Street, Providence. The party will start at 8 p.m.
Tim, singer and bassist of the legendary Portuguese rock band Xutos e PontapÃ©s, will perform an acoustic set. Entertainment will also be provided by DJSON & DJ Prince of Phoenix Productions.
Aperitifs and hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be open. Tickets are $ 50 (or $ 60 day and at the door, while supplies last) and can be purchased at ipmaawards.com.
âThose in attendance on November 20 will also have exclusive pre-sale access to our show – this is where you can purchase tickets for IPMA 2022 before they go on sale to the general public. It’s a great way to secure the best seats, âsaid Saraiva.
He noted that moving IPMAs to Rhode Island could potentially open up new doors and opportunities.
“There is a whole segment of the Portuguese population in Rhode Island for whom attending the show becomes more doable,” he said. âI believe it is the state with the highest percentage of Portuguese population in the whole country. It should also open doors in terms of support from the business community, partnerships and sponsorship. “
The IPMA is currently accepting applications for the 2022 Awards until November 30.
âOur main goal is to help present artists of Portuguese origin from all over the world,â said Saraiva. “We’re quite surprised at the number of new artists that appear on our radar each year through our submissions.”
Prizes will be awarded in a variety of genres including rock, pop, dance, rap / hip-hop, fado and popular music. Awards will also be given for Song of the Year, New Talent, Video of the Year and People‘s Choice.
âMusic is an important part of our culture, so we encourage our Portuguese communities to continue supporting Luso artists,â said Saraiva. “We hope to see many new faces at IPMA 2022 in Providence.”
For more information and to obtain tickets, please visit the IPMA website at ipmaawards.com.