This Machine Surrounds Hate and Forces It to Surrender

“This Machine Surrounds Hate and Forces It to Surrender” is an itinerant programmatic cycle that proposes to address the issues of hate, prejudice, difference and freedom through new artistic creations.
The inspiration for this project was the singer and activist Pete Seeger. When in 1969 he inscribed “This Machine Surrounds Hate and Forces It to Surrender” on his banjo, he was alluding to the immense capacity of art to dismantle and subvert ideas and systems. It also reaffirmed its civic and political intention to fight against hatred, for democracy and for justice. He managed to do it in a way that was both poignant and subtle, simple and with countless layers of complexity.
Today, the debate regarding difference, inclusion, history, symbols and culture is based on various prejudices. If we don’t know how to question them, we can hardly
build a better democratic system.
The quality of our democracy depends on our individual creativity and collective imagination. We will try to involve different communities and we will promote workshops,
debates, residencies and performances that address discrimination, symbols and citizenship. Let’s dismantle the logic of the dramatic and frenetic polarization that we are experiencing today.

A project by ondamarela, co-produced by CAE-Sever do Vouga and CAO – Ovar and co-financed by the Direção Geral das Artes.

The Machine arrived in Ovar!

This Machine Surrounds Hate and Forces It to Surrender has arrived in Ovar.

Come and watch the performance, the PAR presentation and the final debate. There are still workshops for schools (already filled) and for families (few vacancies).
Two institutions are working on the performance directed by Ana Bento and Sara Yasmine, Cerciesta and Agitana-te. The rehearsals were also joined by musicians and people full of will and what will happen at CAO will be unique.
Day 26, 21:30, presentation of the performance.
On the 27th we will receive Marco Paiva, Catarina Neves and Maria Vlachou for the PAR performance and the debate.




This Machine was in Sever do Vouga

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This Machine Surrounds Hate and Forces It to Surrender
passed through Sever do Vouga. It left images, sounds, words, reflections, memories, thoughts.
To the extraordinary team at CAE Sever do Vouga, to the guest artists and to all who participated, our thanks. The Machine leaves LOVE wherever it goes, and now it goes to Ovar!
Photos by João Roldão

This Machine arrived in Sever do Vouga

Very happy that we are finally carrying out this project, we arrived this month in Sever do Vouga. The Machine will have workshops in schools, a workshop for families, an artist residency and a community show. You can follow everything here or through the social networks of CAE-SV and ondamarela.

February 25th

This Workshop Surrounds Hate and Forces It to Surrender

Schools (EPA)


February 26

10:30 am

This Workshop Surrounds Hate and Forces It to Surrender


Maximum number of participants: 15 participants


This Performance Surrounds Hate and Forces You to Surrender

Community Performance




February 27


This Pair Surrounds Hate and Forces It to Surrender

Artist Residency with Maria Inês Santos and Carlos Lobo



This Conversation Surrounds Hatred and Forces You to Surrender

Discussion moderated by Maria Vlachou