Festivities have begun in the northern Portuguese city of Guimarães in what is expected to be a massive celebration of the arts. For 2012, Guimarães is the European Capital of Culture. Throughout the year, a multitude of events in performance, music, visual arts, design and architecture are scheduled. Visitors from across Portugal and around the world are guaranteed to be entertained and enlightened.
Each year, the Council of Ministers of the European Union awards the title of European Capital of Culture to two (sometimes three) European cities. The first city was Athens in 1895. For 2012, the honor goes to Maribor, Slovenia, in addition to Guimarães.
Events will unfold throughout the year in four key themes:
21 January – 24 March – A TIME FOR ENCOUNTERS
25 March – 24 June – A TIME FOR CREATION
25 June to 15 September – FREE TIME
16 September to 21 December – TIME FOR REBIRTH
Within these periods, four programming clusters will play out covering: City, Community, Thought, and Art. And, within the area of art, four key disciplines of music, performing arts, art and architecture, and film and audiovisual will each be represented with numerous events.
To get a sense of what to expect, check out this Guimarães 2012 promo video:
For more information, visit Guimarães 2012 website, or contact organizers below.
To locate Guimarães, click here to open a Google map.
Fundação Cidade de Guimarães
Palácio Vila Flor
Av. D. Afonso Henriques, 701
Phone: + 351 300 40 2012
GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 41.437223, Longitude: –8.295462