Meet the stockists: Manifesto
Much to our satisfaction, we regularly hear from new shops specialising in independent magazines – a sure sign that indie publishing is thriving.
One of the latest additions to our stockists list is Porto’s wonderful Manifesto, which opened last month at Matosinhos market, where fishmongers and farmers sell their fresh produce. We spoke to Manifesto’s Eduardo Madeira about northern Portugal’s brand new indie mag hub.
What are you hoping to achieve with Manifesto?
We live in a society filled with information, where what’s happening in the moment is king. We felt the need for a place in Porto which would inspire people to slow down. Somewhere to sharpen our curiosity and creativity. And this is how Manifesto was born. Like Delayed Gratification, Manifesto aims to be an ambassador of the Slow movement.
What’s special about Manifesto?
Our store was designed to make people decelerate. That’s why we offer a wide range of independent magazines which were carefully chosen to inspire the modern reader. Manifesto is also a documentary photography gallery where we want to unveil works that inspire reflection and trigger action. At the moment ‘Crónicas da Atlântida’ (Chronicles of Atlantida), a project about the Azores islands, is taking over our gallery. We also serve specialty drip coffee for our customers.
Is print dead?
Thousands of people are embracing print. New magazines are born nearly every day and they’re amazing. The high-end design, the journalistic standards, and the paper itself take the reader experience to another level and people are loving it. At the end of the day, paper is still the most sublime medium to publish on: whether it’s is a poem, an illustration, a short story or a photograph.
What’s the indie mag scene like in Portugal?
The Portuguese reader is quite loyal to traditional press. Nevertheless, the indie scene is raising curiosity in readers and has been growing fast. Magazines like Monocle, Kinfolk and Cereal are very popular here. But even more exciting is the emergence of brand new magazines made in Portugal such as Gerador, Tema, Inside, Pli, Nevoazul and Casa Mãe. Gerador is a bestseller here.
What’s your personal favourite?
My passion for the outdoors makes Sidetracked one of my favourites. Reading those articles and looking at those pictures closely makes me want to jump out of my chair and go outside.
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