São Francisco Convent
São Francisco Convent was created as a monastic house in the 17th century to host the Franciscan community, whose primitive facilities of the 14th century were destroyed by the waters of the river Mondego.
This is the place where the troops have been quartered during the French invasions. Later it was converted into a wool factory, and finally became a dynamic, contemporary and cosmopolitan space devoted to cultural events, international conferences and conventions, seminars, other scientific and academic events and performing arts shows. Today it is recognised as an International Center for Contemporary Arts with its exhibition spaces and an Educational networking service for the community.
The refurbishment and expansion project of the Convent was signed by architect Carrilho da Graça and the Church reconversion project by architect Gonçalo Byrne: two Portuguese architects with a widely recognized international work.
On November 22 and 23, the São Francisco Convent 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 educational and networking programme.
Address: Av. da Guarda Inglesa 1a, 3040-193 Coimbra, Portugal. See map.
University of Coimbra
The University of Coimbra is a public higher education institution with more than seven centuries of experience both in teaching and research. It was founded in 1290, in Lisbon, by King Denis. In fact, the University of Coimbra is one of the oldest universities in Europe, as it was part of a group of fifteen universities which opened their doors during the 13th century. In the beginning, there was a period of uncertainty concerning the location of the university, Lisbon or Coimbra, but in 1537, during the reign of King John III, the University was transferred to Coimbra. The University of Coimbra was the only Portuguese University until the 20th century, in a long journey of tradition, modernity and innovation.
Throughout its long and rich history, the University of Coimbra embraced a fundamental role regarding the impact of the Portuguese language and knowledge around the globe. From the architectonic point of view, the University comprises a magnificent ensemble, with remarkable and unique elements from different periods of its history. Due to the outstanding value of its heritage, in 2013, UNESCO listed University of Coimbra – Alta and Sofia as a World Heritage Site. The Schools Courtyard, the Science Museum and the Botanical Garden are the three major nucleus you can’t miss.
On November 21 evening the University of Coimbra will host all Festival delegates a welcome drink to toast to the beginning of Bea World 2018. Participants will have the chance to register and collect their badge in order to skip the queue on the next day.
Address: Largo da Porta Férrea, 3000-447 Coimbra, Portugal. See map.
(Photo credits: Arquivo fotográfico TCP)