Porto is one of the oldest European centres, and its historical core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. The western part of its urban area extends to the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. Its settlement dates back many centuries, when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire. Its combined Celtic-Latin name, Portus Cale, has been referred to as the origin of the name “Portugal”, based on transliteration and oral evolution from Latin. In Portuguese, the name of the city is spelled with a definite article (“o Porto”; English: the port). Consequently, its English name evolved from a misinterpretation of the oral pronunciation and referred to as Oporto in modern literature and by many speakers.
Today, Porto is one of Portugal’s foremost cities and is a truly breathtaking place. Its streets are full of churches with tiled façades, beautiful buildings of various styles, such as the Baroque and even brightly painted houses alongside the river in Ribeira.
Named European Best Destination in 2012, 2014 and 2017 Porto has much to offer and you will no doubt want to explore every corner of this increasingly cosmopolitan city.
Alfandega Congress Centre: the main Festival Venue
Alfândega Porto Congress Centre, a centenary building that used to be a Custom’s House, was recently rehabilitated by Souto Moura – winner of the Pritzker Prize. The venue surprises with its simultaneous tradition and modernity, with the entirely modern and fully equipped congress centre that lies in between its historic walls. It’s privileged location, in the heart of Porto’s historic city centre considered World Heritage by Unesco. Right by the Douro River the sights are exclusive and the nearby tourist attractions are several. There are 24 multifunctional spaces that spread up to an area of about 50,000 sqm, with translation booths, 2 private parks (east and west wing) for approximately 400 vehicles, a shipping dock and free access to the 3 permanent exhibitions – its cultural and museological side. This congress centre has been awarded through the years with several national and international awards which are the proof of the unique conditions of this building.
On November 16th and 17th, the Congress Centre will host the Bea World Festival. On the first day, it will welcome all delegates to attend the live presentations of the shortlisted events in front of the Jury. On the following day, it will be the hosting venue of the conference programme.
Address: R. Nova da Alfândega, 4400 Porto, Portugal. See map.
Porto Cruise Terminal: 16th November dinner venue
The cruise terminal is an important gateway of Porto and the North Region Portugal. It emerges from a dynamic territorial cooperation linking two main objectives: the improvement of port commercial efficiency by maximizing the attractiveness of cruise activity as a high growth potential segment and also a better urban integration. The terminal arises from an aggregate of actions comprising a pier for cruise ships up to 320m long; a main building with approximately 15.000m2 of floor area including the Science and Technology Park of the Sea of the University of Porto and, lastly, a public pedestrian access along the south mole linking the city of Matosinhos to the Porto Cruise Terminal. The Porto Cruise Terminal was designed by the Portuguese Architect Luís Pedro Silva and it has already won several national and international awards and recognitions, namely: Building of the Years Awards 2017 By ArchDaily and Best Public Building of 2015 by AZ Awards.
There couldn’t have been a better place to host the amazing dinner for all Bea World Festival delegates of the 16th of November.
Address: Av. General Norton de Matos, 4450-208 Matosinhos, Portugal. See map.
Rivoli Theatre: the Awards Ceremony Venue
The Teatro Municipal do Porto (TMP) is a project of the Culture Cabinet at the Porto City Council, constituted by two theatres, Rivoli and Campo Alegre. Following the cultural mission of the Municipal Executive elected in 2013, led by President Rui Moreira and Councilman for Culture Paulo Cunha e Silva, the TMP detains as a priority axe the balance between local, national and international multidisciplinary artistic production and circulation. Since January 2015, under the artistic direction of Tiago Guedes, the TMP has been reinforcing its position as primary reference for the Performing Arts in northern Portugal, with a focus in Contemporary Dance.
Presently, Rivoli hosts a national and international program, along with some of the city’s main events. Its Great Auditorium Manoel de Oliveira has the capacity of 728 seats and the Auditorium Isabel Alves Costa 158 seats. Rivoli is also equipped with a Studio, ideal for rehearsals and artistic residencies. The Café Rivoli, recently refurbished, is the perfect scenario for social and professional meetings.
Not only is the Rivoli Theatre a grand and inspiring venue in the heart of Porto, it is also the out-and-out place to be on November 17th. Here, on a triumphal night, creativity, innovations, effectiveness and best practices will be celebrated during an extraordinary Awards Ceremony.
Address: R. do Bonjardim 143, 4000-440 Porto, Portugal. See map.