Ubatuba

Ubatuba, located on the northern coast of São Paulo is a city of great cultural, social and religious diversity. The importance of traditional communities - caiçaras, quilombolas and indigenous people - weds migration streams from diverse backgrounds, intellectuals and artists based in the area, entrepreneurs seeking quality of life, self-employed professionals in escape route from the big cities. It has a priceless natural heritage, with the highest proportion of rainforest cover in the state, and more than four centuries of history.

A large proportion of the population uses bicycles as a means of everyday transport. The city has about a hundred fantastic beaches, and an immense biodiversity. Civil society actively participates in the discussion of the current state and the development of participatory plans for the future.

An optimistic reading points to a promising future, with high quality of life, social justice and sustainability. However, some important issues need attention, as the high dropout talent due to the lack of alternatives after high school graduation, the low self-esteem felt by all strata of the population, the uneven distribution of the results of the commercial exploitation of its touristic and natural attractions and the problematic relationship of the society with its territory, due to unclear mechanisms of regulation and reconciliation between traditional uses of natural resources and environmental conservation.

In such a scenario, more important than applying a primer of predefined solutions is to imagine different futures. It´s also key to identify, develop and support local talents, promoting their full development through intellectual and technical improvement. Tropixel Festival proposal, articulated by Ubalab in partnership with a nationwide organizing committee, is to act at this crossroads, providing an intense process of exchange and collaborative construction between local initiatives and proposals from different parts of Brazil and the world.

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