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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EGEAC – Empresa de Gestão de Equipamentos e Animação Cultural

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



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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Fundação Casa da Música

Casa da Música, photograph Alexandre Delmar


A building designed by architect Rem Koolhaas and opened in 2005, Casa da Música stands out of its surrounding urban context and has carved a niche of its own as an innovative artistic institution. Besides housing five musical groups – a symphony orchestra, a contemporary music ensemble, a baroque orchestra, a choir and a children’s choir –, it also plays an active part in supporting contemporary creation, via regular commissions of new works from composers. Its programming cycles feature major international names as well as emerging talents, covering all phases in music history and showcasing many musical styles. Casa da Música also has an Educational Service that offers a wide variety of musical experiences to its visitors.

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Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém

Centro Cultural de Belém, photograph Hugo Santos Silva



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

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Instituto Politécnico do Porto

Teatro Helena Sá e Costa


Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo (ESMAE) is an organic element of Instituto Politécnico do Porto; ESMAE provides training in the areas of Dance, Music and Theatre.

ESMAE hosts Teatro Helena Sá e Costa (THSC), whose mission is to divulge and promote the Arts, enhancing the individual process of learning and development, experimenting with new forms and providing support to budding artistic projects, both within the institution and outside it.

Presently, THSC focuses on presenting new creations and on the hosting of internal and external productions in the performing arts field.

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O Espaço do Tempo

O Espaço do Tempo

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OPART – Organismo de Produção Artística

Teatro Nacional de São Carlos

OPART – Organismo de Produção Artística, E.P.E.

OPART’s aim is providing public service in the areas of classical music and dance, through Teatro Nacional de São Carlos (TNSC) and Companhia Nacional de Bailado (CNB). The TNSC opened its doors in 1793 and remains today the only Portuguese theatre dedicated to the production and presentation of opera and choral/symphonic music shows. Its resident musical groups are Coro do TNSC (1943) and Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa (1993). As for CNB (1977), based at Teatro Camões, it presents important works from the international repertoire, from classical evergreens to pieces by choreographers like Balanchine, De Keersmaeker, Forsythe, Joos, Kylián, Limon, Van Manen or Spöerli. Concurrently, CNB has, for the past forty years, created a very personal identity for itself by making several commissions, largely from Portuguese authors like Armando Jorge, Fernando Duarte, Olga Roriz, Rui Lopes Graça or Vasco Wellenkamp.

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Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras

Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras


The Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras (OCCO), which was founded in 2000, is supported by the City Councils of Cascais and Oeiras and by DGArtes. Considered one of the best Portuguese orchestras, it plays a fundamental role in the cultural life of the abovementioned municipalities. OCCO has played in most Portuguese classical music festivals, and also in other European countries, such as Germany, Bulgaria, Spain and Italy, namely in several General Assemblies of European Festivals. Major Portuguese and foreign soloists have played with OCCO. In 2012, OCCO was awarded the Cascais City Council’s Medal of Cultural Merit gave for its contributions to culture and art.

OCCO was founded by its artistic director and conductor, Maestro Nikolay Lalov.

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Teatro Académico Gil Vicente

Teatro Académico Gil Vicente, photograph Ivo Tavares


The Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente (TAGV) is a part of the University of Coimbra. Since its opening in 1961, its cultural, artistic and educational mission has always been fulfilled between the City and the University. A public service venue, the TAGV offers a regular and varied programming, thus connecting Coimbra to various theatre, dance, music and film networks in Portugal and abroad.

Its projects, which stretch across time and have their own programmatic lines, which makes

them unique in the Portuguese artistic scene, include: Centro de Dramaturgia Contemporânea; Encontro de Novas Dramaturgias (Festival END); Abril Dança em Coimbra, Mostra de Teatro Universitário; and École des Maîtres, an international project of advanced training.

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Teatro da Didascália

O Guarda Mundos, Teatro da Didascália, photograph Paulo Pacheco


Teatro da Didascália

Teatro da Didascália was founded in 2008, in Joane, Vila Nova de Famalicão. Mostly focused on creative work in the performing arts field, it combines research and artistic cross-pollination to achieve a personal, innovative expression.

Besides creating shows, Teatro da Didascália also develops three projects of cultural programming: the Vaudeville Rendez-Vous international festival and the Territórios Dramáticos theatrical meeting, both intent on changing our use of public and private spaces by turning them into places where the arts interact with the territory and its communities; and Espaço FAUNA, a new creative project with regular programming that was created in 2018 at Quinta da Bemposta, in Joane.

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Music, Theatre

Teatro do Bairro

Teatro do Bairro



In the very heart of Bairro Alto, at 63, Luz Soriano Street, Teatro do Bairro occupies the space that for decades housed the rotary press of newspaper Diário Popular, right next door to the National Conservatory’s Music School. Located in a historically privileged hotspot of artistic experiences, it acts as a platform for various contemporary performing arts, with a diversified programming that invites the circulation of different artists and audiences. Besides its own productions, it also hosts outside shows, in the areas of theatre, music, film and dance. This interdisciplinary programming, which includes several in-house creations, allows for a number of welcome exchanges and cross-pollinations, whereby all participants are enriched. Teatro do Bairro is a place where citizens come into contact with the various arts and their creators.

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Teatro Nacional de São João

Teatro Nacional de São João, photograph João Tuna


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 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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