PORTO | SOARES DOS REIS NATIONAL ART MUSEUM
Rua D. Manuel II 4050-342 PORTO
Soares dos Reis was Portugal’s first national museum when it opened in 1833. Located in the Carrancas Palace, in Miragaia, one of Porto’s most historic areas, it became Portugal’s first art museum. Today it displays one of the finest collections of Portuguese art, including a gallery of pieces created by the Portuguese sculptor António Soares dos Reis, after whom the museum is named. The art collection houses a diverse mix of painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, furniture, textiles and glass from the 16th until the first part of the 20th century. The majority of its paintings are from the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Carrancas Palace is a historical building in its own right, dating from the end of the 18th Century when it first belonged to a wealthy Portuguese family who then sold it to the Portuguese Royal Family. The Portuguese Royal family used to stay here when in Porto and it was even occupied by the French and subsequently the English during the Napoleonic invasion.
The 'Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis' houses a beautiful and varied art collection inside an impressive palace and is well worth a visit.
The Museum's opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 till 18.30 (last admission: 17.30). Closed on Mondays.
Entrance fee: €5, half price for students.
MY PORT WINE DAY – in FEBRUARY AND MONTHLY
IVDP – INSTITUTO DOS VINHOS
DO PORTO E DO DOURO
PORTO & DOURO WINE INSTITUTE
On the 10th of every month | 10th February 2016
On the 10th day of the month, in February and subsequently on the 10th of every month, discover My Port Wine Day at the Instituto de Vinho do Porto - Porto and Douro Wine Institute. When in Porto, immerse yourself in Port and learn about the different styles and how to drink it. Join the monthly presentation and tasting where they will offer you a glass of Port or a discount in the shop.
Loja de Vinhos do Douro e do Porto:
Rua Ferreira Borges, 27
4050-253 - Porto - Portugal
Tel: +351 22 2071669
'ESSÊNCIA DO VINHO' WINE FAIR
PORTO | PALÁCIO DA BOLSA
AT PORTO'S FORMER STOCK EXCHANGE BUILDING
25TH to 28th February 2016
Essência do Vinho wine fair returns in February to the grand building of Porto’s former Stock Exchange: Palácio da Bolsa, dating back to the 19th century. Essencia de Vinho is now in its 13th year and is Porto’s largest wine fair. This year it will run between 25th and 28th February presenting 3000 wines from 350 wine producers from Portugal as well as other wine regions. The wine fair provides the opportunity to get to know and to taste many different wines and participate in other wine related activities and events run by respected specialists. The international jury will name their Top 10 Portuguese wines of the year.
In addition, to the wine event, don’t miss out on a full visit to Palácio de Bolsa which is one of Porto’s leading monuments. This neoclassical palace is located in the centre of the historical area of Porto that is classified UNESCO World Heritage.
Timetable for ‘Essência de Vinho’ wine fair:
25th February – from 3pm until 8pm
26th + 27th February – from 3pm – 9pm
28th February – from 3pm until 8pm
COLISEU DO PORTOBefore the Casa da Musica existed, the ‘Coliseu do Porto’ was a firm fixture on Porto’s cultural map. Inaugurated in 1941, it is Portugal’s largest theatre house with 3000 seats. Various styles of artists perform in this classical concert hall including dance, theatre and music. In February, the Coliseu will be showcasing:
5th February 22:00 – Paulo Gonzo – a successful Portuguese pop singer, musician and composer, he has been producing music for 2 decades and is appreciated by men and women of different age groups.
20th February 21.30 – The Glen Miller Orchestra – an upbeat concert providing 2 hours with this big band of 20 musicians and singers showing a return to the music of Glen Miller and the 1930’s.
24th – 28th February inc. Miguel Araujo and António Zambujo –– 2 independent Portuguese singers and guitarists have come together for a special concert tour. Well known artists in their own right, they will be singing, playing guitar and reciting individual songs as well as songs they have produced together.
MIGUEL BOMBARDA ART CIRCUIT
19TH March - 16H - 20H
Miguel Bombarda is in the heart of the artists’ district in Porto and is full of art galleries, cafés and arty designer shops. Art and design is an important part of life in Porto and this area showcases Porto’s creative energy as well as its cool, laid back atmosphere.
Every two months, the Miguel Bombarda cultural circuit holds a contemporary art party in which the art galleries and shops simultaneously launch new collections and products. With it, the occasion also attracts street musicians, DJ’s and artists promoting their creativity.
The Miguel Bombarda circuit comprises the following streets: Rua Miguel Bombarda, Rua do Rosário, Rua do Breyner, Rua D.Manuel II and Rua Adolfo Casais Monteiro and the next simultaneous gallery opening will take place on Saturday, 19th March. The area is fun to visit at any time, but the next simultaneous launch will be in May.
COLISEU DO PORTO
Before the Casa da Musica existed, the ‘Coliseu do Porto’ was a firm fixture on Porto’s cultural map. Inaugurated in 1941, it is Portugal’s largest theatre house with 3000 seats. Various styles of artists perform in this classical concert hall including dance, theatre and music. In February, March and April, the Coliseu will be showcasing:de Vinhos do Douro e do Porto:8th + 9th March - 21.30 – 23.00
– the spectacle of musicals written by the Brazilian artist Chico Buarque
– one of the iconic names in popular Brazilian music today. The show launched in Brazil in 2014 and is the official touring concert coinciding with the artist's 70th birthday. Chico Buarque is a well known singer, composer, guitarist, dramatist, writer and poet, best known for his music, which often includes social, economic and cultural commentary on Brazil and Rio de Janeiro in particular.
23rd March – Paula Fernandes – the 31 year old Brazilian singer, songwriter and arranger is very popular in Brazil and has performed many duets with leading international artists.
24, 26th and 28th March – Miguel Araujo and António Zambujo, two big names from Portugal’s current music scene, performing together in this special touring concert. Well known in their own right, they will be singing, playing guitar and reciting individual songs as well as songs they have produced together.
COLISEU DO PORTO
Before the Casa da Musica existed, the ‘Coliseu do Porto’ was a firm fixture on Porto’s cultural map. Inaugurated in 1941, it is Portugal’s largest theatre house with 3000 seats. Various styles of artists perform in this classical concert hall including dance, theatre and music. In April, the Coliseu will be showcasing:9th April – 16.30 and 21.30 The Dance Group STOMP
– a unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, this UK percussion group uses everyday objects and body movements to create a playful, exciting and energetic theatre performance.
15th and 16th April – Ana Moura - this young and talented Portuguese Fado artist has created a strong following in Portugal as well as attracted the attention of international stars. If you want to sample some of Portugal's famous Fado music, then you will undoubtedly enjoy this concert.
'SÃO JOÃO' FESTIVAL
PORTUGAL'S LARGEST STREET PARTY
23rd and 24th June 2016
The Festival of 'São João', as it is known in Porto, or St John’s Festival – is one of a kind and sacred to all of Porto's inhabitants. It is both Portugal, and Europe’s, largest street celebration. The festivities start early evening on the 23rd June and continue until late into the night, culminating in the highlight of the magnificent firework display close to midnight. Locals begin the celebration in a combination of street parties, barbecues of grilled sardines, mini concerts and parades, to private parties in people’s houses. To get in the festive mode, we suggest you head to Porto’s historic city centre just a ten to fifteen minute walk from The Yeatman.
Alternatively, join in the fun at The Yeatman where there is also a tradition of celebrating São João. Choose between one of the exceptional São João dinners, specially prepared by Chef Ricardo Costa, or Dick’s Bar’s with its informal appetisers. From wherever you choose to enjoy São João at The Yeatman you will be sure to have the best views of the city's firework display taking place on the River, right in front of your eyes. The following day, the fun continues with the famous 'barco rabelo' boat race between the Port houses, which can be watched from the riverside area, either from Gaia or Porto, just a few minutes from The Yeatman.
MARÉS VIVAS MUSIC FESTIVAL
14TH, 15TH and 16TH JULY
Marés Vivas is one of northern Portugal's best music festivals, taking place annually not far from The Yeatman, in Vila Nova de Gaia. The festival will welcome a mixture of Portuguese and international bands – and so far confirmed are Elton John on Thursday 14th July; and Belgian DJ/ music producer, Lost Frequencies, and the Portuguese artist Dengaz, on Friday 15th July. Watch this space as new artists are confirmed.