Cultura Portugal

This page was established in response to the unavailability of the official Cultura Portugal domain, culturaportugal.com. Recognizing the importance of preserving and sharing the event’s legacy, we endeavored to compile and republish whatever materials we could recover. This includes several event programs in PDF format, available for anyone interested in exploring and appreciating this esteemed cultural tradition.

What is Cultura Portugal

“Cultura Portugal” is an annual cultural event series that showcases the richness and diversity of Portuguese culture in Spain. Typically spanning from September to December, these events have become a significant cultural fixture, celebrated annually for over a decade. Each edition of Cultura Portugal presents a multifaceted exploration of Portuguese arts and traditions, aiming to strengthen the cultural ties between Portugal and Spain.

The significance of Cultura Portugal lies in its comprehensive representation of Portuguese culture, encompassing music, literature, cinema, theatre, visual arts, architecture, and gastronomy. The event serves as a platform for both renowned and emerging Portuguese artists, offering Spanish audiences an in-depth experience of Portugal’s vibrant cultural landscape.

From classical to contemporary forms, these events showcase a wide array of artistic expressions, including music concerts ranging from Fado to modern Portuguese bands, literary events featuring Portuguese authors and poets, theatrical performances, film screenings of Portuguese cinema, and art exhibitions by notable artists. Additionally, there are seminars, conferences, and gastronomic events, which contribute to a deeper understanding and appreciation of Portuguese culture.

Overall, Cultura Portugal plays a pivotal role in cultural diplomacy, fostering cross-cultural understanding and exchange between Portugal and Spain. It celebrates the historical and cultural connections between the two nations and highlights the ongoing evolution and innovation within Portuguese arts and culture.

Cultura Portugal 2022

CulturaPortugal 2022, hosted by the Portuguese Embassy in Spain, featured a diverse array of cultural events spanning various disciplines and cities beyond Madrid and Barcelona. The program included a fado festival, dance performances, theater, literature, and youth music.

A notable highlight of 2022 was the celebration of the “Saramago year,” marking the reissue of the entire Saramago Library by Alfaguara publishing house with redesigned covers. CulturaPortugal also introduced the I Literary Residence Grant in Madrid, a collaboration between the Portuguese Embassy and the Camões Institute, offering a Portuguese author a stay in Madrid to work on a new literary project

Cultura Portugal 2021

The event for the year of 2021 included music, theater, literary meetings, exhibitions, and more. The theme for this edition was “Tempo de Cultura,” highlighting the importance of enjoying culture after the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Among the notable events were a literary meeting by the writer Lídia Jorge, a concert by Júlio Resende’s “Fado Jazz Ensemble”, and the Festival do Fado de Madrid featuring artists like Carminho and Camané. The event concluded with a theatrical performance of “Hamlet” by the Companhia do Chapitô, showcasing from December 15 to 19 2021. (Source)

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Cultura Portugal 2020

The “Cultura Portugal 2020” event, which took place from September to December 2020, was the 18th annual showcase of Portuguese culture in Spain. The theme of this edition was “Conectados” (Connected), highlighting the strong cultural ties between Portugal and Spain. The program featured a wide array of cultural events and activities across several cities, emphasizing the richness and diversity of Portuguese culture.

Key highlights of the event included:

  1. Music: The program featured several music concerts and festivals, including the Festival de Fado in Madrid, celebrating the centenary of Amália Rodrigues, with performances by Ana Moura, Cuca Roseta, and Fábia Rebordão. There were also concerts by Sara Correia, the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos, and the Orquesta Sin Fronteras, which combined Portuguese and Spanish musicians.
  2. Literature: The event showcased Portuguese literature through book presentations, discussions, and tributes to authors like Lídia Jorge and José Luís Peixoto. Notable events included the presentation of the book “Lo invisible” by Rui Lage and a monographic session on TURIA magazine honoring Lídia Jorge.
  3. Theatre and Performing Arts: The program included theater performances such as “Armazenados” by Teatro Art’Imagem and the Circular 2020 – II Encuentro de Teatro Iberoamericano.
  4. Cinema: Several Portuguese films were screened, including “Francisca” by Manoel de Oliveira and “Vitalina Varela” by Pedro Costa. There was also a special program featuring filmmaker Regina Pessoa.
  5. Visual Arts: Art exhibitions and festivals were part of the program, showcasing works by Portuguese artists like João Cardoso and Pedro Calapez.
  6. Circus and Contemporary Art: The event included a documentary on the FIRCO- Festival Iberoamericano de Circo and the Festival Proyector, which featured contemporary art and video installations.
  7. Additional Activities: The program also included seminars, conferences, and additional cultural activities exploring various aspects of Portuguese and Iberian culture.

Overall, Cultura Portugal 2020 was a comprehensive showcase of Portuguese culture in Spain, featuring a blend of traditional and contemporary arts, aimed at strengthening the cultural bond between the two countries.

Cultura Portugal 2019

The 17th edition of Cultura Portugal, held in Spain in 2019, featured a robust lineup of 42 events, showcasing the diversity and richness of Portuguese culture. This edition, which is the oldest and largest Portuguese cultural exhibition in a foreign country, included music, cinema, literature, visual arts, theater, and photography. The events were spread across various cities, including Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Cuenca, Seville, Segovia, and Vigo.

A notable aspect of the 2019 edition was the significant representation of female artists such as Cristina Rodrigues, Gisela João, Saskia Moro, Carolina Celas, and Maria João. Additionally, the centenary of the birth of poet Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen was a central theme, with several activities revolving around her work.

Cultura Portugal 2019 was also part of the “Celebremos Iberoamérica” festival. The program covered a wide range of disciplines, including literary roundtables with cultural journal editors from Spain and Portugal and seminars and forums commemorating the 500th anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the globe by Portuguese explorer Fernão de Magalhães and Spanish explorer Juan Sebastián Elcano​. (Source)

Cultura Portugal 2018

The “Cultura Portugal 2018” event, held from September to December 2018, was the 16th annual showcase of Portuguese culture in Spain. This cultural exhibition aimed to present a diverse range of Portuguese artistic expressions across various Spanish cities.

Key aspects of the event included:

  1. Music: The event featured a rich music program with notable performances by artists like Salvador Sobral, Rodrigo Leão, and the Gulbenkian Choir. The music ranged from Fado festivals in Madrid, classical music concerts, to contemporary Portuguese music festivals.
  2. Visual Arts and Installations: The program highlighted visual arts through exhibitions and installations by Portuguese artists. Notable exhibitions included the work of Helena Almeida and the installation “Casa Animal” by Musa Paradisíaca.
  3. Cinema: Portuguese cinema was represented through film festivals and screenings, including retrospectives of 21st-century Portuguese cinema and special screenings like “Chuva é cantoria na aldeia dos mortos” by João Salaviza.
  4. Theatre and Performing Arts: The event showcased Portuguese theatre with performances like “Enigma Pessoa” and a variety of dance performances by choreographer Rui Horta, reflecting the diversity of Portuguese performing arts.
  5. Literature and Poetry: The literary segment featured book presentations and poetry festivals, including the 8th Festival de Poesía de Madrid, highlighting the work of Fernando Pessoa.
  6. Conferences and Seminars: The event included seminars and conferences on topics like the Portuguese presence in Asia and historical comparisons between Spain and Portugal, providing intellectual and cultural insights.
  7. Design and Additional Activities: The 6th Ibero-American Design Biennial showcased Portuguese design. Additional activities included gastronomic events, promoting cultural exchange and understanding.

Cultura Portugal 2017

The “Cultura Portugal 2017” event, running from September to December 2017, was the 15th edition of the annual showcase of Portuguese culture in Spain. This event aimed to highlight the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Portugal through various artistic mediums.

Key features of the program included:

  1. Music: The event presented a rich musical line-up, including the Portugal Alive festival featuring contemporary Portuguese bands such as Gala Drop, Sensible Soccer, and Pega Monstro. Renowned Fado singer Mariza and other notable artists like Cuca Roseta and The Gift also performed.
  2. Visual Arts and Exhibitions: There were significant exhibitions, such as the “Vieira da Silva/Arpad Szenes – Confluencias” showcasing over a hundred works of these artists, and “O Sudário” by Cristina Rodrigues, a hand-printed textile installation. Additionally, a ceramic exhibition “Hablando de lo mismo/Falando da mesma coisa” featured contemporary works from Portuguese and Spanish ceramists.
  3. Cinema and Animation: The program included screenings of Portuguese films such as “África Fantasma” by João Samões and “Estilhaços” and “Nayola” by José Miguel Ribeiro. The Festival Márgenes also featured the Portuguese film “A fábrica de nada” by Pedro Pinho.
  4. Theatre and Performing Arts: The event showcased Portuguese theatre with performances like “África Fantasma” by João Samões.
  5. Architecture and Design: There was a focus on Portuguese architecture, highlighted by the lecture “Lisboa” by architect João Luís Carrilho da Graça and the exhibition “Carrilho da Graça: Lisboa”.
  6. Literature and Thought: The program included literary presentations and seminars on topics such as the influence of Portuguese culture in Europe.
  7. Gastronomy: The event featured live cooking shows under the theme “Sabores de Portugal”, offering a taste of Portuguese cuisine.