From 1-3 of June, don´t miss the Serralves em Festa, in Porto

Visit Oporto and take part in one of the biggest contemporary arts festivals, that offers activities for all ages and for the whole family.

During a non stop 50-hour period in June, Serralves em Festa presents hundreds of artists, in a wide array of activities in the fields of music, opera, dance, performance, theatre, new circus, literature, cinema, video, photography, workshops, guided visits and exhibitions.

The festivities aren’t confined to the premises of Serralves - they extend beyond the Foundation’s walls and inundate the streets of Oporto’s Baixa zone with street theatre, music and lively entertainment.

Don’t miss it!

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Until June 30th, don´t miss Lisbon Under Stars - Immersive Spectacle

Lisbon Under Stars is an immersive and multidisciplinary spectacle that will value Lisbon’s culture and heritage. 

Lisbon Under Stars - Nos Bastidores - Behind the Scenes from OCUBO on Vimeo.

Proven to be the ideal stage for Lisbon Under Stars, Carmo’s Ruins provide a new way of experiencing the city’s history. Created and produced by OCUBO, in an institutional partnership with the Carmo Archaeological Museum, Lisbon Under Stars is a multidisciplinary experience that brings together multimedia projections, virtual dancers and visual effects, to the sound of great Portuguese music.
​It is Carmo's own walls, transformed into a three-dimensional screen and in the voice of Catarina Furtado, a great portuguese host, that tell us this adventure, over more than 600 years of the city and Portugal. Historical landmarks as the Battle of Aljubarrota, the Age of Discovery, the earthquake of 1755 or “Cravos” Revolution are just a few moments that make up this immersive show.
Each moment of this unique journey will be emphasized with Amália Rodrigues, Fernando Lopes Graça, Luis Freitas Branco, Madredeus, Salvador Sobral and Zeca Afonso’s notes. Lisbon Under Stars also has the special participation of Mariza, a renowned fado singer, and great names of various Portuguese musical styles, such as Rão Kyao, Teresa Salgueiro, Symphonic Chorus Lisboa Cantat, Symphonic Orchestra of GNR and Tocá Rufar feat Paulo Marinho, whose songs and performances, will be part of this virtual experience. Also Clara Andermatt Company and National Ballet Company’s dancers, with choreographies by Clara Andermatt, will interact with the walls of the Ruins.
But that's not all.
The show will also include urban art works by Add Fuel, Daniel Eime, The Super Van by Vanessa Teodoro and Alexandre Farto aka Vhils that will contextualize Lisbon of nowadays. The spectator is involved in this inspiring audiovisual and sensorial experience, which always has up in the sky the stars to remind us of the Universe’s true dimension and our human conditions in space and time. At the centre of the event, the public can move freely through space, see, hear and appreciate different perspectives of this time travel, in this emblematic cultural landscape that are Carmo’s Ruins, which always have up in the sky the stars, reminding us the Universe’s true dimension and our human condition in space and time.
​There under the stars, 629 years ago, Carmo Church was born. Resistant to time and testimony of an immense history, that turned it into one of the most beautiful landscapes of Lisbon.
Today, under the same stars, its powerful story full of adventures is revealed.

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20th Anniversary of Expo'98: From May 25th to June 2nd

The 20th anniversary of Expo98 will be celebrated with multimedia show under the Canopy of the Portugal Pavilion, at Parque das Nações.

Alongside the multimedia show from 25 May to 2 June, the olharapos will be present at 21.30 and 22.30 to entertain spectators before the first show and during breaks between sessions.
As in 1998, we will also be paying tribute to water in a performance embellished with fountains and a water screen, 30 metres long and 10 metres high, onto which videos and images will be projected that will recall the highlights of the Lisbon World Exhibition.
This is a show with three moments, narrated by Eduardo Rêgo: first, it will recall the reconstruction of this area of eastern Lisbon, then it will celebrate the 1998 exhibition and then it will reflect on Parque das Nações today.
Finally, it will reaffirm the belief that Expo'98 affected how the world began to see Lisbon. It could even be considered the most daring project of the twentieth century, with its unprecedented urban rehabilitation plan – from nothing, an international case study emerged from a truly degraded area.
The largest aquarium in the world and a modern transport hub were built, as well as a new crossing over the Tagus that is one of the greatest engineering works in the country.
For four months, the flags of 146 nations were symbols of a universality witnessed by more than 11 million visitors.


Don´t miss between May 17-20 2018, the WRC Vodafone Rally de Portugal

Come and witness the great skill and expertise of the world’s top drivers, who will be racing along the roads and tracks of Portugal, competing in the Portugal's Rally.

The Portugal’s Rally is the sixth stage of the International Automobile Federation’s (FIA) World Rally Championship, and it is expected to be one of the most hotly disputed events of the season on the European continent.

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Botanical Garden of the National Palace of Queluz wins Europa Nostra Award 2018

The winnersof the 2018 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s top honour in the field, were announced last 15th of May, by the European Commission and EuropaNostra, the leading European heritage network. 

The 29 laureates from 17 countries have been recognised for their impressive accomplishments in conservation, research, dedicated service, and education, training and awareness-raising. The rehabilitation of the Botanical Garden of theNational Palace of Queluz is among this year’s winners. 

As a contribution to the European Year of Cultural Heritage, this year’s Awards put special emphasis on the European added value of the selected heritage achievements. The winners will be honoured at a high-profile Award ceremony on 22 June in Berlin, during the first ever European Cultural Heritage Summit.

Citizens from around Europe and the rest of the world can now vote online for the Public Choice Award and mobilise support for the winning achievement(s) from their own or another European country.

The winners will be celebrated at the European Heritage Awards Ceremony, co-hosted by European Commissioner Tibor Navracsics and Maestro Plácido Domingo, on the evening of 22 June at the Berlin Congress Centre. Seven Grand Prix laureates (each of whom will receive €10,000) and the Public Choice Award winner, chosen from among this year’s winning projects, will be announced during the Ceremony.

The Botanical Garden of the National Palace of Queluz
The Botanical Garden of the National Palace of Queluz, built in around 1770, was destroyed by catastrophic flooding in 1984. In 2012, work began on a research project studying the feasibility of the informed reconstruction of the garden based upon the documentation available and the identification of the ornamental and constructed features displaced during the flooding along with the restoration of the other remnants. The botanical collection was established with support from Botanic Gardens Conservation International and involved various European partners. The restoration was entirely self-financed by Parques de Sintra through recourse to funding obtained exclusively from that generated by the welcoming of visitors and ticket sales.

Jardim Botanico do Palacio Nacional de Queluz | PSML_Luis_Duarte
«This project was highly successful in rediscovering and recovering a garden otherwise thought lost. To this end, recourse was made to archaeological research, analysis of the remaining garden fragments and of the existing documentation», the jury noted.

The archaeological excavation to obtain further information took place prior to beginning with the restoration of each aspect of the garden, which enabled the conservation team to make informed choices in terms of the landscape design and architecture. 

The works included the reconstruction of four greenhouses and the restoration and conservation of the painted tiles and other stonemasonry features, such as the ornamental fountain and its surrounding statues. These pieces were returned to their original places in the garden. The process of restoration included working on the walls, the pavements and the introducing of new power supply, water management and security systems. Work also extended to producing an educational and interpretative project.

Jardim Botanico do Palacio Nacional de Queluz | PSML_Luis_Duarte
«The project is an excellent example of interdisciplinary collaboration that also involved the local community. The dissemination of results was strong and enabled the conclusion of the project. This shall create greater awareness as regards the results and guarantee their sustainability», the jury highlighted.

Queluz hosted one of the four botanical gardens built in Portugal in the 18th century, with connections to some of the longest established botanical gardens in Europe during the Enlightenment period, such as Padua (Italy), Madrid (Spain) and Amsterdam (Holland). The discovery of the index of the species originally cultivated in 1789, a list of all the plants known to the botanists of that period, completed the research and drove the researchers to enter into contact wtih botanical gardens across Europe in order to source plants from their seed banks and plant collections.

The meticulous studies and research of the archaeological features and the recovery of the remains, the detailed examination of the existing structures and the absolute respect for the original layout turn the reconstruction of the Botanical Garden of the National Palace of Queluz into a European case study for the methodology applied to the rebuilding of a historical garden in the wake of a natural disaster.


The prestigious ARCO contemporary art fair returns to Lisbon from 17 to 20 May

In 2018, Lisbon will host the ARCO contemporary art fair, from May 17 to 20, at Cordoaria Nacional. This will be a unique opportunity for those who enjoy contemporary art, and will also be a good excuse to get to know Lisbon. 

Known as the city of light, Lisbon's special luminosity and welcoming ambience mean it is greatly appreciated by artists, photographers and film producers.

If you enjoy contemporary art, you will definitely like Lisbon. It is a centuries-old city with historical neighbourhoods that you simply must visit and where the recent works of architecture give you a new perspective of the space.
CCB | Turismo de Lisboa

In Belém, the neighbourhood filled with memories of the voyages of the Portuguese Discoveries in the 16th century, close to the iconic monuments of the Torre de Belém (Belém Tower) and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery), you must be sure to visit the Belém Cultural Centre, which houses the Berardo Museum. This collection of contemporary art features exhibits representing the most important artistic movements from the 20th century through to the present day. You can admire works by Duchamp, Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol, Bruce Nauman and Cindy Sherman, to name but a few. This is also the neighbourhood where the Museu dos Coches (National Coach Museum) is located. This unique collection is now housed in a modern building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Paulo Mendes da Rocha.

Museu Calouste Gulbenkian | Fundação Gulbenkian 
In the city centre, between the Chiado, the Bairro Alto and São Bento, you will find the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea (National Contemporary Art Museum) and the Júlio Pomar Atelier-Museum, alongside many art galleries and antique shops. Nearby, in the Amoreiras neighbourhood, a now-renovated former silk factory building houses the surprising collection belonging to the foundation set up by Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva, a notable 20th-century Portuguese artist.

To the north of the city now, in the Avenidas Novas neighbourhood, you will find the Gulbenkian Foundation. This noteworthy 1950s building stands in a large garden where the principles of modern architecture are clearly in evidence. The main building features auditoriums and offers a programme dedicated to classical and contemporary music. It is also where you will find the museum housing the collection of Armenian millionaire Calouste Gulbenkian, who so adored Lisbon that he made it his home. At one end of the garden is the Centro de Arte Moderna (Modern Art Centre). Ten minutes' walk away, Culturgest is a space where the most recent trends in the plastic arts are given pride of place.

Casa das Histórias | Turismo de Lisboa
Anyone choosing to stay in nearby Cascais will have the opportunity to visit the Paula Rego collection. Paula Rego is another Portuguese artist who has made a significant contribution to the history of art. She currently lives in England. The uniquely-shaped building called "Casa das Histórias" ("House of Stories") was designed by another Pritzker-Prize-winning architect, Eduardo de Souto Moura.

But just as importantly, you should be sure to simply spend some time strolling around the streets of the city, admiring the tiled façades and the various works of urban art created by designers and graffiti artists; for Lisbon is a veritable open-air museum where a surprise awaits around every corner.

Visit a museum on 18 May and celebrate International Museum Day

This Day, 18th of May, promoted by  ICOM - The International Council of Museums, is marked in Portugal with a great many initiatives and activities designed to raise awareness about museums in a different way from usual.

On this day, when admission is free and the opening hours are extended, take time to discover and learn about areas that are normally restricted. Join in a guided tour, take part in a workshop, atelier, theatre or dance show, performances among many other activities that invite you to come and enjoy a different experience.

On 19 May,  continue to celebrate during European Museum Night, an initiative that many museums are involved in as they open their doors to visitors  outside of normal hours.

This year the programme has been organised with the challenge set by ICOM in mind, the theme being "Hyperconnected Museums: New Approaches, New Publics." The aim is to respond to the interest museums have in strengthening their link with different sectors of the public, either by publicising their collections or by making people aware of the safeguarding and enhancement of cultural heritage by inviting them to participate in the events that museums organise.

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Lisbon wins Global Traveler award for Best Leisure Destination in Europe

Global Traveler, the only monthly magazine for business and leisure luxury travelers, announces the winners of its sixth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards at a cocktail reception in Los Angeles this evening, including that Lisbon, Portugal has been named Best LeisureDestination in Europe.

Portugal has been enjoying a recent slate of global recognitions recently.  Earlier this year, it was named ‘Most Welcoming Country’ by InterNations’s annual Expatriate Insider Survey.

In December, Portugal was named World’s Leading Destination at the2017 World Travel Awards, the first European country to win the title.

Travelers are also voting for Portugal with their passports and travel plans. In 2017, the country welcomed a record 20 million visitors, with 685,000 originating in the USA, also a record high.

Source: Global Traveler Magazine


Eurovision Village: From the 4th - 12th of May, 2108, in Terreiro do Paço, Lisbon