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A OFICINA – Centro de Artes e Mesteres de Guimarães

Retábulos, Teatro Oficina, photograph Paulo Pacheco

A OFICINA – Centro de Artes e Mesteres Tradicionais de Guimarães

A Oficina is a Public Interest Cooperative whose majority shareholder is the Guimarães City Council; nevertheless, its team and management/programming services are fully independent. It manages and programs Centro Cultural Vila Flor (music, performing arts and new circus, art gallery), Centro Internacional das Artes José de Guimarães (contemporary art and José de Guimarães collection), Casa da Memória de Guimarães (territorial interpretive centre, heritage and crafts), Centro de Criação de Candoso (artistic residencies), Espaço Oficina (theatre workshops, Theatre Degree laboratories of Universidade do Minho and creation), Teatro Oficina (theatre company) and a Cultural Education and Mediation servisse (which runs through the whole programme and includes two artistic education school projects).

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Circus, Dance, Music, Performance, Puppets, Theatre

EGEAC – Empresa de Gestão de Equipamentos e Animação Cultural

Room Luís Miguel Cintra, Detail, Teatro Municipal S. Luiz, photograph Estelle Valente

 

EGEAC

For over twenty years, EGEAC has been promoting, preserving and organising Lisbon’s cultural events, through its street activities and management of such facilities as the São Luiz and LU.CA theatres, a number of museums and art galleries, and landmarks like the Monument to the Discoveries and the São Jorge Castle. An entity with a wide-ranging involvement in the city, EGEAC organises a programming that is multidisciplinary, encompassing, inclusive and democratic, while aiming at being an active and receptive operator that works in both the contemporary sphere and the more popular fields.

Its goal and mission is to be the leading name in terms of cultural creation and divulgation in the city of Lisbon, a reference as concerns the management of cultural spaces and events, an agent of heritage valorisation, and the activator of an artistic and cultural network. EGEAC intends to create a unique, distinctive cultural personality for Lisbon, stimulating artistic creation and divulgation, supporting major cultural projects and facilitating the communication between the city and its local, national and international audiences.

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Circus, Dance, Music, Performance, Puppets, Theatre

Erva Daninha

Vasco Gomes, Enxada, Erva Daninha, photograph Susana Neves

COMPANHIA ERVA DANINHA

Companhia Erva Daninha appeared in 2006; its work is focused on the search for new ways to create and perform circus numbers, attempting to turn virtuosity into a means for the communication of ideas. The company’s main concern is artistic creation. Its repertoire includes several shows for the stage, public spaces and alternative venues. Besides this, Erva Daninha’s work also includes training and programming in the area of Contemporary Circus (Festival TRENGO). Since 2015, it is a resident company at Teatro Campo Alegre, as a part of the Teatro em Campo Aberto initiative (Teatro Municipal do Porto / Porto City Council). Companhia Erva Daninha has the continued support of República Portuguesa – Cultura / Direção Geral das Artes.

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Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém

Centro Cultural de Belém, photograph Hugo Santos Silva

 

FUNDAÇÃO CENTRO CULTURAL DE BELÉM

The Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), an architectural project by Vittorio Gregotti (Italy) and Manuel Salgado (Portugal), is run by a Foundation dedicated to the promotion of culture, particularly Portuguese culture, in its many artistic manifestations.

Located in the western part of Lisbon, by the river Tagus, the CCB was inaugurated in 1993, after hosting the European Union Presidency.

The CCB consists of various buildings, separated by streets, squares and bridges; the whole is a living space in which people work, stroll around and enjoy the creative capabilities of the greatest artists of all time.

In this space, where contemporary forms of expression are highlighted, visitors are offered shows of music and singing, dance and theatre, art exhibitions and a multiplicity of activities dedicated to various audiences and ages.

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Fundação de SERRALVES

Circus, Dance, Music, Performance

INAC – Instituto Nacional de Artes do Circo

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INAC – Instituto Nacional de Artes do Circo

Instituto Nacional de Artes do Circo is an international centre dedicated to the arts of the circus. Based in Vila Nova de Famalicão, its mission is to boost and promote Contemporary Circus in Portugal via its Professional Course, to create shows through its Cia Umpor1 project, and to offer artistic residences to Portuguese and foreign companies. INAC also supports emerging artists, by organising the CUPULA Circus Village Festival in Arcozelo (Vila Nova de Gaia), as well as its Circo de Papel project, hosted in a heated 1800m2 tent with 330 seats. INAC is exclusively dedicated to the development of artistic creations for all audiences, thus divulging the circus across the various layers of Portuguese society.

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O Espaço do Tempo

O Espaço do Tempo

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Salto – International Circus School

Salto – International Circus School

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Teatro do Bolhão

Vestígio, Teatro do Bolhão, photograph Pedro Figueiredo

 

TEATRO DO BOLHÃO – Training and Production Centre

Teatro do Bolhão was founded in 2003 by a group of 15 professionals with important careers in various areas of theatrical creation and production, as well as a wide artistic and ethical common ground, defined during their work at ACE Escola de Artes. The company pursues an eclectic creation model, that includes the rereading of classic drama, the divulgation of new authors and the pluridisciplinary work of Joana Providência. Housed since 2015 in Palácio do Bolhão, a classified historic building that holds its two auditoriums, Teatro do Bolhão is a space for creation, programming and autonomous, differentiated hosting. Also of note is the work of its Educational Service, which serves children, school groups and informal visitors.

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Teatro Nacional de São João

Teatro Nacional de São João, photograph João Tuna

TEATRO NACIONAL SÃO JOÃO, E.P.E.

Founded in the 1990s, the Teatro Nacional São João (TNSJ) has sought, under the direction of Ricardo Pais, to pursue an organic approach to its mission, focused on developing a unique artistic project, assembling optimal conditions for theatrical creation, an engaged partnership with the Portuguese and European theatrical universes and a particular emphasis on the communicability of its shows. A member of the Union des Théâtres de l’Europe since 2003, the TNSJ also comprises Teatro Carlos Alberto, an important platform for collaborations with Porto theatrical companies and for many Portuguese contemporary stage creations, and the São Bento da Vitória Monastery, a 17th-century monument that hosts theatrical performances and other events in the TNSJ’s programming.

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Teatro Viriato – CAEV

Teatro Viriato

TEATRO VIRIATO – CAEV

Teatro Viriato is a cultural structure for the programming and production of performing arts, run by Centro de Artes do Espetáculo de Viseu, Associação Cultural e Pedagógica and directed by Paula Garcia. Since 1999, it also hosts Companhia Paulo Ribeiro. An object lesson in cultural decentralisation, its programming features many Portuguese and foreign shows of music, theatre, dance and new circus, as well as various educational activities, operating within various local, national and international networks. Teatro Viriato supports Portuguese artists via co-productions and residency support, while also helping professional artists who wish to reside in Viseu. Since 1998, it enjoys the financial support of the Viseu Municipality and the Portuguese Government.

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