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2013/05/30

Wallpeople 2013 Music Edition: Saturday June 1st

Wallpeople is an international project of collaborative art, born in Barcelona. The initiative tries to promote the creativity of people by inviting everyone to be part of collective exhibitions in urban spaces.

One of the basic reasons of Wallpeople is to return art to the streets and reclaim public space as a way of expression and citizen interaction.

Our events are an opportunity for all those who have something to show to the world and cannot do it in a gallery or museum. We use all the Internet tools to call attendees and create real-life experiences.

Wallpeople started in 2009 as an experiment that has grown year after year, reaching more than forty cities across the world. Behind the project, we can find Pablo Quijano and David Marcos, two advertising creatives who decided to support free art and leave aside commercial communication. Each edition has a different subject and this year it is the turn of... music.

Wallpeople 2013: Music Edition


Wallpeople 2013: Music Edition Promo from Wallpeople on Vimeo.

Music is a universal language. It moves us, changes our mood and gives colour to our lives. Music is magic, Music is ART. And we cannot imagine a world without it.

One of the most special things about music is that has no boundaries and is present in all cultures. It can have influence on and merge with any form of art or expression. Therefore, music will star in the Wallpeople 2013 edition. We want everyone to express his unique relationship with music, regardless of genre or style. We propose two possibilities:

1. Reinterpret a song in an artistic format of your choice: illustration, photography, text, painting, collage, canvas…

2. Create any work related to music in a general way: For example: a tribute to an artist, a concert, a musical moment of your life, your favourite style, musical origins…

Next June 1st, thousands of people will star in outdoors exhibitions across the world with their works, where they could show and study their creations. The streets will fill up with personal and authentic works with a common source of inspiration: music.

The event will be on Saturday June 1st, all over the world and in Portugal three cities will participate: LisboaPorto and Funchal 
Find more information at:
- www.wallpeople.org
- http://www.facebook.com/WallpeopleOfficialPage
- http://twitter.com/Wallpeople

- Lisboa  | https://www.facebook.com/Lisboa
Time: 5:00 pm a 7:00 pm
Place: Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara (Patamar Inferior)
- Porto | https://www.facebook.com/Porto
Place: No final da Rua Miguel Bombarda, no muro do nº51 da Rua da Boa nova
- Funchal  | https://www.facebook.com/Funchal
Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Place: Largo do Socorro, Santa Maria Maior. Junto à praia da Barreirinha!




2013/05/29

Azores distinguished once again as best "green" tourist destination in Europe

The archipelago of the Azores was once again considered as the best "green" tourist destination in Europe (QualityCoast GOLD).

As in 2012, the prize was awarded at an official ceremony that took place in Malta on Monday, the European Maritime Day.

The "QualityCoast" annual awards are delivered by the "European Coastal & Marine Union" (EUCC), following the evaluation of the sustainability of more than 1000 European destinations.

These destinations were evaluated by an international team that used more than 100 indicators comprising all aspects of sustainability, including nature, environment, local identity and culture, tourism and business, local community and security.

The Azores have led the top list of green tourism since May 2012.

The organisation of the "QualityCoast" awards stresses that the Azores have drawn advantage from their traditional production sectors, such as wine, cheese, fruit, tea and tuna. In addition, the Region has managed to overcome the economic disadvantages caused by the international ban on commercial whaling with the promotion of whale watching.

One should recall that the "QualityCoast" award, supported by the European Commission, is the largest international independent certification programme for sustainable tourism destinations.

Since 2007, more than 140 destinations in 23 countries, including coastal towns, tourist resorts and islands, have been selected for a "QualityCoast" award.

The "QualityCoast" awards acknowledge the efforts undertaken by destinations to preserve and develop tourism, not only in the visible aspects that are assessed, such as natural heritage, but also in the policies and management plans that take into account the principles for sustainable development.

The Portuguese town of Cascais was also one of the winners of the QualityCoast Silver, and all municipalities of the Portuguese West region (including Peniche, Torres Vedras, Obidos, Nazaré) received QualityCoast Bronze.  

See here the Quality Coast Brochure 2013

Source: Azorean Government Portal (Portal do Governo dos Açores)  and QualityCoast website.

Lisboa Loves Fado – The Heritage Fest

Lisboa Loves Fado 2013 is an event that combines the Word’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Fado with the Historical Heritage of Lisbon, specifically monuments and museums of the city. We want to bring Fado to new sceneries and atmospheres, offering a new way of enjoying Fado.

Lisboa Loves Fado will be included in the Festas de Lisboa 2013 program, which will take place in the month of June, and will occur in Monastery of Jerónimos, National Coach Museum and National Pantheon. A party within the fest!

More info at:
http://www.llf.pt
- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisboa-Loves-Fado

2013/05/24

SOULisboa | 104th Rotary International Convention

The 104th Rotary International Convention will be hosted in Lisbon between the 23rd and 26th June 2013.

The Host Organization Committee is certain you'll fall in love with Portugal!
This video will show you much of what you can see in Lisbon.

Lisbon - A Harbour for Peace!


The Rotary International Convention is held annually, aiming to bring together representatives of all clubs in the world for workshops and seminars for fellowship.

These conventions are intended to stimulate, inform and inspire all Rotarians and are described as the largest conventions in the world of the business tourism industry.

Divided into plenary sessions of work, areas of fellowship and sharing with commercial component as well as several local entertainment events.

From 23 to 26 June 2013 the Rotary International Convention will be held in Portugal, in the city of Lisbon. It will be the largest business convention ever held in Portugal it is expected the participation of about 25,000 people.

VenuesHouse of Friendship – Feira Internacional de LisboaRua Bojador 1998-010 Santa Maria dos Olivais, Lisboawww.fil.pt

Plenary Sessions – Pavilhão Atlântico
Rossio Olivais 2.13.01, 1990 Lisbon
www.pavilhaoatlantico.pt

More information about the 104th Rotary International Convention at:
http://lisboa2013.org/

https://www.facebook.com/Lisboa-2013-Rotary-Convention

Source: http://lisboa2013.org/

2013/05/21

SATA launching one-stop service from Boston to Porto – Portugal

Starting in June, the Azores-based SATA airline is launching one-stop service from Boston to Porto, mainland Portugal.

According to the announcement, SATA will offer wide-body jet service to Porto four times a week, from June to September, with a stop in the Azores in both economy and business classes.

Beginning April, SATA had doubled its weekly service from the U.S. to the Azores and mainland Portugal, including a new non-stop direct flight to Lisbon.

A recent agreement between SATA and U.S. Airways has also added new flight connections from Chicago and New York. In addition, SATA offers flight connections from San Francisco in partnership with Virgin America Airlines.

SATA also formed a partnership with Canadian Westjet, the second largest Canadian airline, to provide air services between the Canada and the Azores. Under the agreement, SATA offers flights between Canada and to Azores though Toronto and Montreal with connecting flights from Winnipeg, Vancouver, Calgary or Ottawa.

Since 1947, the SATA Group has provided air service linking the nine islands of the Azores with Portugal’s mainland. The airline has regular air service between the nine islands of the Azores, as well as to Lisbon and Porto in mainland Portugal, and to Funchal on the island of Madeira.

For more information, log on to the SATA Website at www.SATA.pt      

Source: Sata and Portuguese American Journal

2013/05/20

From 24 - 26 May, don't miss the Imaginarius – International Street Theatre Festival, in Santa Maria da Feira

The 13th edition of Imaginarius – International Street Theatre Festival will take over the city of Santa Maria da Feira between 24 and 26 May.

For three days, more than 400 artists from 16 countries will occupy and reinvent the public spaces of the “Capital of Street Arts” with 48 projects, 117 performances – all with free entrance – 25 national premières, 19 world premières and five self-creations.

More informations about the festival at:
- http://www.imaginarius.pt
- https://www.facebook.com/festival.imaginarius

                                        - http://www.youtube.com/festivalimaginarius

 





Source: ARPT Porto e Norte

2013/05/16

Joana Vasconcelos exhibition at Palacio Nacional da Ajuda

The name of Joana Vasconcelos needs no introductions and her work speaks for itself on the international contemporary art scene. After her success at Versailles, Joana Vasconcelos returns to Lisboa to present her most ambitious exhibition to date in the magnificent halls of Ajuda National Palace.

The dialogue between the artist's works and the unique interiors of the Palace promises to transform this key event into the most important contemporary art exhibit in Portugal.

The exhibition is held in the Palace's royal apartments and features the last decade of work by Joana Vasconcelos, bringing together iconic works such as "A Noiva", "Coração Independente" and "Marilyn", alongside more recent works not previously shown in Portugal, such as Lilicoptère, Perruque and War Games.

Last year, Joana Vasconcelos became the first woman and the youngest artist to exhibit at the Palace of Versailles, an exhibition visited by 1,679,000 people, making it the most visited exhibition in Paris in the last 50 years.

In Lisboa, Ajuda National Palace is no doubt the best setting to host this show. This magnificent work of Portuguese architecture, built in the first half of the 19th century, was the official residence of the Portuguese monarchy until the establishment of the Republic. In 1968 it opened to the public as a museum and is one of the most important Portuguese museums of decorative arts. The Palace still retains the royal chambers, beautifully restored to its original condition of the era.

Until 25 August, Thursday through Sunday, from 10am to 7pm, Saturdays until 9pm, at Palacio Nacional da Ajuda, Largo da Ajuda.
Normal ticket 10 euros, family ticket from 20 to 24 euros.
Free admission for children up to 6 years old.
Closed on Wednesdays

More information at:
- www.ilovelisboa.pt
- https://www.facebook.com/JoanaVasconcelosPNAjuda



Source: VisitLisboa






2013/05/13

Official promotional film “Oportonity City” awarded at the “Film, Art & Tourism Festival”, in Poland

Porto’s official promotional film - “Oportonity City” - has just been award with the second place in the category of “Tourist Film”, at the “Film, Art & Tourism Festival”, which took place very recently in Poland.



This festival is an extension of the International Tourfilm Festival and has as main goal to select the best productions of promotional films about tourism destinations, cultural heritage, arte and travel, from all over the world.

The films are evaluated by an international jury composed by specialists from the areas of cinema industry, advertising and tourism.

The festival is sponsored by the Polish Ministries of Culture and National Heritage and of Sports and Tourism, by the Institute of Film Art, and by the Polish Tourist Organization.

The promotional film “oPORTOnity City”, produced by Luís Araujo, has already been distinguished in 2012, with the 1st place in the category Cultural Tourism, on the 5th Art&Tour -International Tourism Film Festival, that took place in Barcelos.


Source: Porto Turismo

Save the date on your agenda: Viseu a 01 do 06

On June 1st starts the festival "Viseu a 01 do 06 " taking place in 2013 and in 2014! 24 hours non-stop of performance arts and the ideal excuse to rediscover the city of Viseu through the hands of Portuguese and international artists!

Promoted by Teatro Viriato and designed for the promotion of creation and artistic pleasure, VISEU A 01 DO 06 officially starts as "The First Feast" on June 1st and it ends in 2014. This event is focused on the public space of Viseu, engaging local, national and international artists. Throughout the day across the streets and the sky, from Parque Aquilino Ribeiro to Praça da República, from the Cathedral square to Largo Mouzinho de Albuquerque, there will be theatre, music, dance, contemporary circus (nouveau cirque) and tightrope walking.


"Esta é a minha cidade e eu quero viver nela" | "This is my city and I want to live here"
By Joana Craveiro
Teatro do Vestido
When: Starting at midnight June 1st
Where: From Teatro Viriato

VISEU A 01 DO 06 starts at midnight on June 1st with a performed walking tour across the streets of Viseu, which stands out as a poetical manifesto, built upon the experiences of everyday life and the venues of the city.

Performers let themselves be led by the streets, exploring them and unveiling their stories, while building a new city, a city where they want to live in and cling to, as described in the title of the theatrical performance.

An important note: choose comfortable shoes, because the show starts in Teatro Viriato across several streets and city venues.

“Uma carta coreográfica” | “A choreographic letter”By Madalena Victorino (PT)When: From 10:00 to 19:00Where: Rossio square

This exhibit is like a letter. A letter that is written with the body of each one and that emerges in the space of a SQUARE.

Ten artists will be all day long waiting for an audience wishing to move ideas, sounds, images, stories, legs and arms. A unique opportunity to see photography, to sing, to write and to discover the origins of DANCE.

Every hour the experience changes. Dress comfy clothes; bring your photo machine, a notebook and a pencil. Come along and bring your friends and surrender to the adventure of discovering your body again.

# Passagem #
PIA - Projectos de Intervenção Artística, CRLWhen: 16:00 Where: Parque Aquilino Ribeiro

Four old travel buddies departure from the universe of their solitude to free themselves from forgetting and routine. They walk along pending objects through their memories and affections to find the beginning of a new journey of companionship, feast and joie de vivre.

This tour is designed through an installation where both objects and matter gain a whole new meaning. It is a performance of physical theatre in wooden stilts. An invitation to contemplate a fantastic new world full of emotions and pure visual poetry.

# Les Blues de Travail  (FR)  |Le Voyage de Noces #When: 18:00 Where: Praça D. Duarte

The best clothes: checked. A polished Fiat 500: checked. An embalmed dog washed and combed: checked. All set for the honey-moon. But the unthinkable happens…the Fiat 500 breaks down and the newly weds face several obstacles. Its long-beloved car turns into a fearful enemy that comes to life and becomes an indomitable bull.

A truculent hilarious trip performed by an unlikely couple, an embalmed dog and a fanciful Fiat 500. Throughout the journey they dance, jump and fall on their both feet…Sometimes poetical, but always irresistible.

# OLivier Roustan (FR), Drumming- GP, Banda Filarmónica de Ribafeita, Conservatório regional de múscica de Viseu (PT) 
Uma Linha no Céu... Lembrando Jião Torto | A Line in the sky...Remebering João Torto When: 21:00
Where: In the Cathedral square

This show is all about flying: giving wings to imagination with a line designed in the heaven in the very same place where nonconformist inventor João Torto tried to defeat gravity 4 centuries ago.

This time this line will be paved by extraordinary tightrope walking artist Olivier Rouston, w aorld reference, who will “fly” to the sound of a contemporary music repertoire performed by three groups who come together specifically for this project.

# Orquestra Todos #When: 22:30 Where: Largo Mouzinho de Albuquerque

From multi-cultural Intendente quarter in Lisbon to Largo Mouzinho de Albuquerque in Viseu, this orchestra is an example of how local can become global. Orquestra Todos (meaning “everyone”, in Portuguese) is the result of an artistic intervention in the territory – Festival Todos – crossing and melting several musical and sound worlds of multiple cultural backgrounds.

A unique group that brings together musicians who play music from different instruments, traditions and settings, inventing a mix of sounds that constantly evokes the musical and cultural roots of Lisbon and the Portuguese-speaking world.

Organised by:Teatro Viriato http://www.teatroviriato.com/pt/  
In partnership withComunidade Intermunicipal Dão-Lafões http://cimrdl.pt/index.php 


Source: ARPT Centro de Portugal  



2013/05/08

Luxury, Trendy and Cool Shopping in Porto and Northern Portugal

During your stay, make sure to take advantage of the shopping in Porto. The city offers a wide range of styles, from traditional to the sophisticated and alternative.



Luxury, Trendy and Cool Shopping in Porto and Northern Portugal from Porto Visitors Bureau on Vimeo.


Download the brochure here  

More information at http://www.visitportoandnorth.travel  

Source: ARPT Porto e Norte

2013/05/07

Lisboa 2013 - Rotary Convention | 23-26 June 2013

More than 20,000 representatives from 150 countries will be in Lisboa from 23rd to 26th June to participate in the annual Rotary International convention. This will be the first time that the Portuguese capital hosts an event for this service to humanity organisation, and the convention will be the largest of its kind ever held in Portugal.

Rotary International members from all around the world will all gather at a single venue, the Pavilhão Atlântico in Parque das Nações, to address the question of how to eradicate poliomyelitis, a potentially fatal disease responsible for paralysis and deformities that is threatening primarily children in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Solving this problem is a priority for Rotary International.

"Lisbon – a Harbor for Peace" will be the theme of the convention, and the meeting is expected to inject around 80 million euros into the local economy.

More information at:
- http://lisboa2013.org/
- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisboa-2013-Rotary-Convention


Information and suggestions: info@lisboa2013.org Issues relating to Local Events: events@lisboa2013.org

Source: Lisboa Convention Bureau


Madeira: Active Tourism has a new reservations portal

Following the global trend for healthier lifestyles, which includes regular practice of sport activities, Madeira Tourism Board has been focusing its attention on the area of Active Tourism promoting this sector especially amongst younger people.

Currently, there are about 120 companies offering active tourism activities, a direct indicative of the growth of this sector in recent years and thus confirming its future potential.

In general, people are increasingly concerned about health and well-being, and the current trend is to bond travel habits to sporting activities. Visitors now seek places where they can combine rest and relaxation with sports, so that their holidays are enriched with unforgettable experiences.

Madeira's natural resources, climate, landscapes and tourist experience are ideally suited for practice of all sorts of sports ranging from calmer, more relaxing programmes – like boating, hiking along the Levadas or diving - to other more radical activities like climbing, abseiling or canyoning.

On this basis, Madeira Rural - the Rural Tourism Association of the Autonomous Region of Madeira - has launched the first reservations portal for Active Tourism for Madeira Islands. This portal, in addition to providing all information regarding active tourism services (whether at sea, on land or in the air), also allows you to make reservations directly online.

Read more at:
-
www.madeiraoutdoor.com
-
https://www.facebook.com/MadeiraOutdoor
- https://twitter.com/madeiraoutdoor
- https://www.youtube.com/madeiraoutdoor

Source: Turismo da Madeira

Rota Vicentina’s official website is already online

The official Rota Vicentina’s website (www.rotavicentina.com ) is now online, after a long period of production and content preparation. An interactive map, a presentation of the region, detailed descriptions of each route sections, rules and recommendations, tourist facilities, and much more are now available to respond to all questions and interests.

Also available on the website is information concerning more than 100 small local tourism enterprises, which are involved in the project. Restaurants, hostels, rural tourism facilities, camping sites, touristic activities, trade and other services can now be easily found.

About Rota Vicentina

Teaser Rota Vicentina EN - 30s from Rota Vicentina on Vimeo.

The Rota Vicentina, launched in May 2011, is a long distance path of 350 km along Portugal’s SW coast, promoted by the association Casas Brancas, in partnership with the association Almargem, the local municipalities and parish councils, local and regional entities, companies and individuals that have supported the project at various levels and made it a viable proposition.

It comprises of two paths: the Historical Way, running through the main towns and small villages of the region and the Fishermen’s Trail, a single track following the trails used by locals to get to the beaches and fishing spots.

Links:
-
www.rotavicentina.com/
- www.vimeo.com/rotavicentina
- www.youtube.com/channel/

Rota Vicentina’s video wins two more international awards


After the Golden City award received last February in Berlin during the ITB – the world’s biggest tourism fair- the Rota Vicentina promotional video received two more international awards, this time in Las Vegas, USA, and inRiga, Latvia.

The New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards ceremony, which took place on April 9th, awarded Rota Vicentina’s promotional video with a “Bronze World Medal”.

This is one of the oldest and most well known festivals in the world, with a jury of about two hundred experts of different nationalities.

In Latvia, the International Tourism Film Festival “Tourfilm Riga – 2013” awarded the video with the second prize for the “Commercial Tourism and Commercials” category, during a ceremony which took on April 27th.

The Rota Vicentina, as a sustainable tourism project, has already won other prizes including the Welcome to Portugal Award given by the LIDE, the Merit Award by the British Guild of Travel Writers and the Innovation Publituris “Portugal Trade Award” received in February at the BTL, in Lisbon.

About the video

Rota Vicentina - Full Version 5m30s from Rota Vicentina on Vimeo.

Combining nature with the existing tourist facilities, against a backdrop of quality and sustainability, is the main goal of this project. The video follows the same spirit, and this new international awards reveal the huge potential this project represents.

The video stands out for the authenticity of its message while promoting one of the most beautiful and well preserved European coastal areas‐ Alentejo and Vicentina Coast – and the most natural of all human physical activities‐walking. Truly stunning landscapes, getting in touch with nature and an interaction with the local inhabitants are the essence of this video on a par with the increasingly popular activity in Europe, which is travelling on foot.

Filming took place all over the region during 10 days, capturing countless images and locations from the north to the south, from the interior to the coastline. All the characters in the video are real southwest inhabitants, including the leading actor. The only exception is the narrator, José Fidalgo, who is a Portuguese popular actor. His voice gave a very unconventional mood to the film, reflecting the whole project’s philosophy. The soundtrack, entitled “Golden Days”, was produced by one of the video’s directors, Danilo Warick, and inspired by the atmosphere surrounding the filming.

About Rota Vicentina

The Rota Vicentina, launched in May 2011, is a long distance path of 350 km along Portugal’s SW coast, promoted by the association Casas Brancas, in partnership with the association Almargem, the local municipalities and parish councils, local and regional entities, companies and individuals that have supported the project at various levels and made it a viable proposition.

It comprises of two paths: the Historical Way, running through the main towns and small villages of the region and the Fishermen’s Trail, a single track following the trails used by locals to get to the beaches and fishing spots.

Links:
- www.rotavicentina.com/
- www.vimeo.com/rotavicentina
- www.youtube.com/channel/



2013/05/03

From the 3rd to the 10th of May, don't miss in Coimbra the ‘Queima das Fitas’Fitas’

Coimbra throws a ‘Queima das Fitas’ (Burning of the Ribbons) party for its new graduates. Put on your Faculty’s colours and have a good time!

This student celebration, that is held every year starting in May has become a Coimbra tourist attraction, attracting thousands of spectators to its parades, dances and serenades. These parties celebrate the end of the academic year and the beginning of the month of preparation that precedes final exams.

A wave of joy and enthusiasm crashes down on Coimbra when a throng of students gather in front of the Sé Velha (Old Cathedral) to hear the traditional serenade. This is the Song of Coimbra that officially starts the famous academic party known as the ‘Queima das Fitas’ (‘Burning of the Ribbons’).For a week, the city is the site of countless cultural events, with the most well known being, among others, the Sarau Académico (Academic Social Gathering), the Baile de Gala (Gala Ball), the Garraiada (Bullock Fight) in Figueira da Foz, and the Chá Dançante (Tea Dance).

Yet the most important and well-attended event takes place in the Largo da Feira. There, the grelo (student's badge consisting of a ribbon of the colour of his / her faculty) is burned in the chamber pot used during the initiation rites (praxe) that took place in students’ first year in university. The ribbons are burned in order to symbolise the new status of the graduates.

The celebration always ends with a joyful and colourful show. Students, riding in cars, wave to the crowd as they head towards the Baixa (downtown area), sharing their euphoria and irreverence with the city.

More information at:
- http://www.visitcentro.com/queima-das-fitas
- http://www.queimadasfitas.org/
- https://www.facebook.com/queimadasfitascoimbra
- http://www.turismodocentro.pt/