The 36th FantasPorto International Fantasy and Science Fiction Film Festival is back, and as they say, bigger and better. Established and up-and-coming producers, directors and actors join together with film buffs of Portugal in a celebration of the weirdest, the scariest and most fantastical movies from the last year.
Essência do Vinho (“Essence of Wine”), the largest event in Portugal celebrating and praising national wines of distinction, returns to the Palácio da Bolsa in Porto, 26 February to 1 March. At this 12th edition of the popular exhibition, sit in on wine talks and workshops, chat with over 100 wine experts...
See what’s new, innovative and exciting in the world of Portuguese art and design at Experimentadesign 2015. EXD 15, as it is better known, is an international biennale featuring design, architecture, and cultural and creative socioeconomic projects. Events, exhibitions, conferences and discussions take place in venues throughout Lisbon, Porto and Matosinhos. EXD 15 runs from 12 November to 20 December.
The Wrong Weather Gallery in Porto plays host to a group exhibition featuring works by Portuguese artists Manuel Forte, Pedro Matos and Ricardo Passaporte. Entitled “Just Because They Don’t Do What We Do Doesn’t Mean It’s Wrong”, examines perceptions and details that, once taken out of context, may provide a new meaning and contemplation.
The very first edition of Queer Porto debuts in Portugal’s second largest city on 7-10 October. 28 films from 13 countries have been selected for the festival. The United States is the most represented, with five films, followed by Brazil, Lebanon and France, with four films each. Films selected for the Official Competition include:
The mushroom cloud, symbol of the atomic bomb, meets the virtual cloud of the information age in a new exhibition at Serralves Contemporary Art Museum in Porto. “Under the Clouds” explores the interrelated effects and affects of these two clouds on life, work, leisure, love, and on images, bodies, and minds.
In Portugal, the month of June is a time to celebrate popular saints with religious and festive celebrations. Perhaps the largest, most fun and silliest festival can be found in Porto…the Festival of São João de Baptista. Activities include traditional to current musical concerts, boat races, parades, art exhibitions, and a giant fireworks spectacular. In 2015, the São João festival runs from 23 May to 4 July.
NOS Primavera Sound, in Porto,is one of Portugal’s premier music events. For 2015, organizers have announced such notable performers as Patti Smith, interpreting in full her iconic work “Horses”, and the return to the stages of the cult band Ride, among many others. Nos Primavera Sound will roll out at the Parque da Cidade between the 4th and 6th of June.