About 50 Portuguese designers, 15 of them from the Alentejo, “stuff” the Évora Creative Market, an urban market that opens today in this Alentejo city. Fashion, jewelery, decoration, design, ceramics and gourmet.
The initiative, which runs in the 2nd edition and lasts until Saturday, is promoted by the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation (FEA) and is held in Páteo de São Miguel, a patrimonial space located in the acropolis of the city and where the institution has its headquarters.
According to the FEA, this year’s event is attended by “about 50 exhibitors” who will showcase their “original and creative author products” in areas as varied as fashion, jewelery, weaving, decoration, art, design, ceramics and ‘gourmet’.
The concept of ‘street food’ is another of the ‘ingredients’ of the initiative. The Praça da Restauração is filled with “bold and creative projects”, whose gastronomic proposals will be able to be accompanied with the wine from the Adega Cartuxa, from FEA, the organization said.
The exhibitors of the various sections come from “all over the country, with emphasis on Oporto, Lisbon and Algarve”, as well as the Alentejo, in particular from Évora, “represented by about 15 projects,” he said.
In this urban market, with free tickets and that opens at 17:00 today, the organization stressed, visitors can “contact creatives and artists” and “purchase their products as well as learn how these unique and original pieces are made” , in workshops conducted by the authors themselves.
The program of the event, besides the exhibition and sale of products, the gastronomy of ‘street food’ and the workshops, also includes concerts and street animation.
The musical poster begins at the official opening of the market with the performance of the Swing Station, whose show is “an invitation to return to the crazy 1920s, whose revolution in the ways of being, fashion and sociability have created endless opportunities for creativity and innovation”.
Following are the jazz sounds of the Mazarin at 7:00 p.m., and at 9:30 p.m., Swing Station perform again.
On Saturday, the market opens at 11:00 a.m. and a “Round by the Market” is scheduled at 18:00, “packed” by the Alentejo cante, performing at night the group Pedro Jóia Trio, “one of the most prestigious projects of Portuguese music “.
The Évora Creative Market, according to the foundation, is “an open space for the dissemination of innovative projects and products that combine traditional processes” with “the creativity and irreverence of the contemporary urban universe.”
In this “dialogue between the old and the new”, it is intended to promote “small creators with innovative and original ideas”.
The initiative is part of the FEA project “A pause for heritage”, which aims to create animation actions that favor the enjoyment of urban spaces, through its appropriation by the community and the visitors of the city.
“This dynamic contributes in a positive way to the revitalization of historic centers, constituting a structuring factor of the logics of urban regeneration,” said the foundation.
Located in the historical center of Évora and “with a high symbolic load”, the FEA recalled, the Páteo de São Miguel is “a space that, over the centuries, was shaped by successive occupations and served as a setting for the remarkable events of history the city and the country. “