Regional Directorate for Culture of the Alentejo

The Regional Directorate for Culture of the Alentejo (DRC Alentejo), based in Évora, is a peripheral service of direct administration of the State, endowed with administrative autonomy.
The mission of the DRC Alentejo is, within its territorial circumscription and in articulation with the services and central organisms of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, in the area of culture: the creation of conditions of access to cultural goods; monitoring of activities and supervision of artistic production structures financed by the services and organisms in the area of culture; monitoring of actions related to the safeguarding, enhancement and dissemination of the immovable, movable and intangible cultural heritage; the support to museums.

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School of Arts, University of Évora

The School of Arts of the University of Évora is a dynamic structure committed to the development of creativity and innovation, where bold artistic experimentation is complemented by rigorous scientific research. We strive to develop in our students the ability to question their artistic practices, to investigate in their realm of activity, and to evolve through the intersection of both paths.
Through its formative offer in Architecture, Scenic Arts, Visual Arts and Design and Music, the School of Arts of the University of Évora strives to provide a continuous, systematized and integrated learning process, preparing its students to the challenges of modern society, globalization and competitiveness.
Its faculty comprises some of the most renowned specialists in the artistic and scientific areas in which it operates; as a consequence, the School has affirmed itself greatly in the past few years, at the regional, national and international levels. Come and visit us; we’d love to meet you!

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Contemporary Dance Company of Évora (CDCE)

The Contemporary Dance Company of Évora (CDCE) was born from the desire of the choreographer and dancer Nélia Pinheiro to develop in Évora, an artistic project of community intervention, through a strategy of CULTURAL DECENTRALIZATION.
The journey was started in 1989 by the professional groups' Dance In (1989-1991) and Oficina de Dança (1991-1994), driving a research-creation work that, in 1994, generated the basis of sustainability for the creation of CDCE as a repertory company.
Currently, CDCE has established a regular artistic program in the region, articulated with some municipalities, encouraging the creation, training and dissemination of dance among the public, young and of other age groups, that has been conquered in the Alentejo. This work of a globalizing nature foments the decentralization of Portuguese dance, the promotion of integrated cultural development and the contribution to the blurring of cultural asymmetries.

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Culture KirC Festival

Preparatory event Feb 23rd to 25th

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CHARTER

The CHARTER Alliance reunites leading academic and training, employer and policy stakeholders in the European cultural heritage sector. The Consortium is formed by 21 full members, 7 affiliate partners and 19 associate members, of 14 EU states.
The project will use strategic collaboration and innovative methodologies to bridge the gaps between educational and occupational systems and employer needs, to reduce skills shortages, and overcome the paucity of cultural heritage statistical data. The project will collect data on five knowledge areas to identify core and transversal competences, including digital, technological and green adaptation skills.
Moreover, CHARTER will create a comprehensive sectoral skills strategy and build a lasting cultural heritage skills alliance in Europe. ADRAL and Alentejo Region, as affiliate partners, will play a key role on reinforcing the regional dimension of the Sectoral Skills Strategy on Cultural Heritage.

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EUbyLakes artists

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Nélia Pinheiro
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Clara Passarinho
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Cleopatra David
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María Pascual
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Marta Ortigosa
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Amadea Kovič
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Anam Ranjha
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Burim Ajdini
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Antonio Terán Pando
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Fatmire Pulaj
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Gisela Ferreira
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Jo.S.Patkhulaeva
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Katerina Davi
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Konstantina Timpanidou
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Marta Porretta
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Oksana Zamora
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Sinikka Hurskainen
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Shkurte Ramushi
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Fotini Chamalidou
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ALENTEJO

Music

Friday, May 7 th
Cante Alentejano (UNESCO recognized Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity)

Participants and invited speakers, while having dinner on Friday’s evening will have the opportunity to listen one of the great musical forms of Portugal, Cante Alentejano.

Cante Alentejano is a powerful choral tradition with deep roots – dating back to Renaissance-style Gregorian chants of the 15th century or perhaps even earlier (some scholars believe it a cultural legacy of the Islamic presence in the country).

In 2014, UNESCO recognised Cante Alentejano as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, which has sparked interest both far and near in rediscovering this music.

The organizers will invite a choir, group of 15 people giving a small concert without instrumentation, with two soloists singing in different keys.



Site visits

Historical center of Évora

The best way to see the city is on foot, walking through its narrow streets lined with white houses, discovering along the way the monuments and details that reveal the history of Évora and its rich heritage.

Participants will have an opportunity to explore he Historic Centre of Évora, capital of the Alentejo Province, Portugal that has been shaped by more than twenty centuries of history, going as far back as Celtic times. Évora is also remarkable for reasons other than its monumental heritage related to significant historic events and that’s why it was picked as site activity during this event.




Electric bike trip to visit nature and see pottery

For a long time, Alentejo region and the city itself promoted smooth, new generation, sustainable mobility, which are: e-bikes. During Saturday's afternoon, another activity is being proposed. This activity aims at encouraging participants and citizens in Évora to exercise while enjoying the pollution-free outdoors in Alentejo, as well as to promote Évora as a tourist destination which combines history and culture with nature conservation. The plan for this activity is to see São Pedro do Corval, in the Interpretative Center of Pottery - Casa do Barro. São Pedro do Corval, the largest pottery centre in the Iberian Peninsula, is a village with many lives made around clay. It currently has 25 potteries in operation, and its existence dates back to the period of Roman and Arab domination.

As the place is located in Évora district (but out of the city center), participants interested in joining, will have the transport to Reguengos de Monsaraz provided. The welcoming parish of Sao Pedro do Corval is only a few miles from Reguengos de Monsaraz. Sao Pedro do Corval is the prime land of Alentejo pottery and is great to be discovered by e- bikes. Cycyling by the streets of this hospitable village of Sao Pedro do Corval, the welcoming nooks await for the visit. Charming potteries to visit Alentejo tradition. Extraordinary craftsmen pieces are made in a potter’s wheel, baked in wood ovens. Then, they are painted by hand with the golden colours of Alentejo. This is an attractive space for the territory, contributing to affirming the Alentejo as a privileged region and a driving force for cultural tourism.




Eco-activity - planting trees to compensate CO2

Each time we get into our car, or board an airplane, we contribute to the emission of greenhouse gases, of which CO2 is the most well-known. CO2, often referred to as carbon, is a major influence on the temperature on Earth and the “global warming” effect. One of eco-friendly options to compensate the carbon emissions that participants will produce by travelling to the event will be to plant trees in a city /or its surroundings.

This ‘go-green’ activity will surely be a perfect way to engage not only participants of this event but also the citizen's- families and students that will be actively participate in this social activity and at the same time- be a part of such a great ‘project’. Establishing trees provides numerous environmental benefits. They will store carbon dioxide, helping prevent further climate change, while providing shade and reducing flooding. New trees will provide habitat for species, promoting biodiversity, as well as improving soil and water quality.