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.
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.
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.
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.