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What not to miss this weekend in Matosinhos

Grandes eventos, como o WRC Vodafone Rally de Portugal, o Festival Internacional de Teatro – FITEI, o festival Literatura em Viagem e a 1ª edição do festival MOOD, terão destaque na vasta programação para este fim de semana, em Matosinhos. Veja aqui a programação completa

WRC Vodafone Rally of Portugal - Rally

The engines are starting to warm up for another edition of the WRC Vodafone Rally of Portugal, with the support of Câmara Municipal de Matosinhos.

From 11 to 14 May, 19 stages will be covered over a total of 1,636.25km (329.06 timed).

Exponor, in Leça da Palmeira, will once again host the operations centre and the assistance park for the 90 participating teams. The podium and prize giving ceremony will be, as usual, on Sunday afternoon, at the Matosinhos waterfront.

The 56th edition of the WRC Vodafone Rally de Portugal has as novelties a super-special of 2.28 km in the centre of Figueira da Foz, to close the first competitive day of the race, on Friday (May 12) and the new 15 km qualifying in Paredes, on Sunday (May 14), in a municipality that continues to host the traditional opening Shakedown of the rally, on Thursday (May 11), in the surroundings and inside the Baltar track.

When: 11th to 14th May 2023

Where: Exponor, Leça da Palmeira, Matosinhos

FITEI - "Iberia Sector 5" - Theatre

Integrated in FITEI, the Teatro Municipal de Matosinhos Constantino Nery receives the show "Ibéria Sector 5", by Carlota Castro, a Visões Úteis production.

Synopsis: Not so long ago, the Portuguese passport presented two personalities on the back of its front and back cover: Luís de Camões and Fernando Pessoa; images that later, thanks to the document's design, echoed through all the other pages.

Would it be possible to propose that artists from the performing arts occupy that position? Would such an intent be accepted by the Portuguese State? Probably not.

Why not? Because nobody remembers, because the memory of those ineffable moments disappears with the death of those who were present, and because without memory nothing can be inscribed in identity. To fight for the memory of performance - through its archive - is to legitimize the performing arts as a factor of identity.


When: 11th and 12th May, 9:30pm

Where: Municipal Theatre of Matosinhos Constantino Nery

LEV - Literature on the Journey - Literature

The 2023 edition of LEV - Literature on the Journey returned to Matosinhos on May 8th, continuing until May 14th.

The programme has 30 unmissable names such as Dulce Maria Cardoso, Gonçalo M. Tavares, José Eduardo Agualusa, João Tordo, António Carlos Cortez, Francisco Seixas da Costa, José Milhazes, Kalaf Epalanga, Karina Sainz Borgo or Teolinda Gersão.

In the 17th edition of LeV it is possible to see the exhibition at the Municipal Gallery of Matosinhos, "100 texts on a journey", the result of the project "The Journey and The Books", promoted by the Municipal Library Florbela Espanca together with the schools of all groupings in the municipality of Matosinhos. This exhibition shows, through QR Codes, 100 readings made by students, based on 100 texts about journeys by Gonçalo M. Tavares. It will also be possible, at the Florbela Espanca Municipal Library, to see the documentary exhibition "The struggle of the fishermen of Matosinhos during fascism" about the 71-day strike that the fishermen of Matosinhos carried out in 1959 and from which they emerged victorious.

LeV then goes to the municipality's schools and to the younger public on May 11th, 12th and 13th, with the already usual LeVzinho, which brings four special sessions to this public, guided by Patrícia Figueiredo, Joana Caetano, Mariana Rio and Marta Bernardes, and a program of activities for the younger public at the Florbela Espanca Municipal Library, throughout Saturday, May 13th.

For the general public, the proposed journey continues on Friday afternoon, May 12th, with the opening session of the debate tables, at 6pm, at the Matosinhos Municipal Library. The starting point is the "State of the World", with Álvaro Domingues, Carlos Magno and Francisco Seixas da Costa as protagonists, in a conversation moderated by Maria João Costa.

The programme continues until Sunday 14 May, the closing date of the initiative.

Participation in LeV is free and limited to the capacity of the space.

See here the complete programme: LeV - Literature at a Glance 2023 - Programme

When: May 8th to 14th, 2023

Where: Municipal Library Florbela Espanca, Matosinhos

MOODS – Festival

Part of the Sustainability and Society Forum, an initiative of the Global Media Group, in partnership with Galp, Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Inatel, the Bel Group and Matosinhos City Council, the MOODS Festival aims to create a national movement for social sustainability and intends to be a multidisciplinary event, with various sustainable cultural, training and educational activities for the whole family, from children to the elderly. There will not be just one space, but rather an organisation in 'alveoli', scattered around the gardens, where shows, workshops, activations and even pitches of innovative projects will take place. There will be initiatives such as Urban Farmers, street theatre, a Canned Food Store, new circus shows, music concerts, irreverent exhibitions, traditional games, informal conversations, among others.

When: Day 12: 2pm to 7.30pm | Day 13: 10am to 7.30pm | Day 14: 10am to 7.30pm

Where: Jardim Basílio Teles, Matosinhos


Matosinhos will once again be present at the bioblitz 2023, which will take place until May 14th at the serralves foundation.

The bioblitz is an educational and scientific event of reference, within the scope of education and awareness-raising for biodiversity, the environment and sustainability that seeks to make the fauna and flora of serralves park known, through the connection between exploratory, scientific, artistic and cultural methodologies - a contemporary narrative for sustainability, inspired by the sustainable development goal of agenda 2030 "to protect terrestrial life".

The workshops and environmental awareness activities take place at the following times: Monday to Friday at 9.30am, 10.30am and 11.30am and on Saturdays and Sundays at 10am and 1pm.

More information and registration at:

When: 8th to 14th May

Where: Serralves Foundation

Nossa Senhora da Hora Festivities - Popular Festivities

From April 28th to May 18th, another edition of the Nossa Senhora da Hora Festivities will take place, with folklore, dance, popular music, concerts, as well as fireworks, religious ceremonies and lots of entertainment.

When: April 28th to May 18th

Where: Senhora da Hora


Next Saturday, May 13, a Goalball action will take place, an inclusive sports activity, organized by Centro de Recreio Popular da Freguesia de Lavra (CRPF) in partnership with ALADI (Lavrense Association for the Support of the Intellectual Disabled).

An initiative with the support of Câmara de Matosinhos and Matosinhos Sport.

When: 13th May, 2.30pm

Where: Centro de Recreio Popular da Freguesia de Lavra and ALADI (Lavrense Association for the Support of the Intellectually Disabled)

3rd Walk for the Heart - Walk

The Heart Failure Clinic (CLIC) of the Matosinhos Local Health Unit (ULS) will hold the 3rd Heart Walk on 13 May at 10am in the Leça Green Corridor (starting near the Leça do Balio Monastery).

This activity, which includes a walk, a relaxation session and the distribution of a healthy snack, has as its main goals the reinforcement of the adoption of a healthy lifestyle, both for the treatment and prevention of this pathology, as well as the consolidation of education for patients and their caregivers.

The initiative, which also aims to mark the Month of the Heart, is dedicated to patients, their families and friends, as well as to all professionals of the ULSM and its partners who wish to participate.

An initiative with the support of the Câmara de Matosinhos and Matosinhos Sport.

When: May 13th, 10am

Where: Leça's Green Corridor

Matosinhos Sport Swimming Meeting - Tournament

On the 14th of May, from 9am to 1pm, the swimming schools tournament will take place at the 7 swimming pools and one swimming school invited by Matosinhos Sport.

When: 14th May, 9am-1pm

Where: Municipal Swimming Pool of Senhora da Hora

Fado Month - Tribute to Álvaro Martins

Paying tribute to Álvaro Martins, during May, several Fado shows will take place, in different places.

The entrance is free.

When: 6 to 31 May 2023

Where: Custóias, Guifões and Leça do Balio

"José de Lemos" - Exhibition

"Casa do Design hosts the retrospective "José de Lemos" dedicated to an artist who, for decades, was a case apart in the multitude of geniuses of 20th century Portuguese illustration. The exhibition is curated by designer Jorge Silva and displays a total of 52 pieces.

José de Lemos began his career in the press in 1927, leaving his modernist and highly contrasting style in the various newspapers and magazines in which he worked. Literature for children and the evening paper Diário Popular marked his life and work.

The exhibition is curated by the designer Jorge Silva and displays a total of 52 pieces that include drawings, newspapers, magazines and leaflets. The inaugural show starts at 4pm.

Organised by esad-idea, in partnership with the Matosinhos and Setúbal City Councils, the exhibition at Casa do Design was first presented during the Setúbal Illustration Festival 2020. From this exhibition also came the homonymous publication, co-published by esad-idea and Arranha-Céus".

More information at:

When: April 20 until September 17

Where: Casa do Design

The struggle of Matosinhos fishermen during fascism - Documentary Exhibition

This is a documental exhibition, with an organization shared by the Municipality of Matosinhos and the Directorate of the Regional Organization of Porto of the Portuguese Communist Party, seeking to make known and honor generations of fishermen who, in Matosinhos, fought for their rights and for better living conditions, while facing the repression of the fascist dictatorship that haunted the country for almost half a century.

Particular emphasis is given to the 71-day strike, between the 10th of April and the 20th of June 1959, from which the fishermen were victorious, as well as several other days of struggle carried out by the class, until the revolution of the 25th of April. from 1974.

When: April 1st to May 14th

Where: Florbela Espanca Municipal Library Gallery

The Museum is older than me - Birthday Parties

"The Museum is older than me" is an activity promoted by Casa do Bosque - Serviços Educativos da Câmara Municipal de Matosinhos, based at the Quinta de Santiago Museum, and consists in holding birthday parties for children between 6 and 12 years old, providing recreational and educational activities, which include a special guided tour to the Quinta de Santiago Museum or the Giant Waterfall and the completion of a workshop selected by the birthday boy or girl.

Fees in force: up to 15 guests (children), the fee is €6.00 per child; from 16 guests (children) onwards, the fee is €5.00 per child.

When: Saturday from 10h00-13h00 or from 15h00-18h00

Where: Quinta de Santiago Museum Architecture for everyone - Free guided tours

From next Sunday, Casa da Arquitetura promotes guided visits to Casa da Arquitectura. The initiative is free and will take place every Sunday at 11am.

When: Sundays at 11am

Where: House of Architecture

"Sneakers - Portuguese Brands from the New State to the Turn of the Millennium" - Exhibition

“Sneakers: Portuguese Brands from the New State to the Turn of the Millennium” is the exhibition that opened on February 11, 2023, at Casa do Design, in Matosinhos.

At a time when sneakers gain a global dimension as one of the icons of contemporary culture, Casa do Design inaugurates this exhibition curated by Pedro Carvalho de Almeida, to show part of the legacy of the national sports footwear industry.

Starting from a unique collection of more than 500 sneaker models representing a universe of 100 brands designed and manufactured in Portugal, this exhibition explores the cultural, social, political and economic significance that the brands represent. A brief historical context is proposed, an in-depth reading of the Sanjo and Cortebel brands, but above all the revelation of a surprising collection of other brands characterized by small series, models for different sports practices and the respective packaging.

The result of a co-production between the Municipality of Matosinhos / esad—idea, Research in Design and Art and the Institute for Research in Design Media and Culture (ID+), the exhibition simultaneously proposes a historical retrospective and a space for critical reflection, seeking to know how the memory of nationally made sneakers can be rescued, understood and preserved, and how the productive resources we have access to, material and immaterial, can be better used and creatively leveraged.

Between March and June, the role of the designer as a collector, the connections between design, industry and handicrafts, as well as the challenges and opportunities in sustainable development, are discussed.

Upcoming conversations:

April 22, Saturday, 3:30 pm–5:00 pm – Design and Crafts

May 27th, Saturday, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm – Design and Industry

June 17th, Saturday, 3:30 pm–5:00 pm – Towards an Ecology of Design

When: Until August 27, 2023

Where: Casa do Design, Matosinhos - Paços do Concelho Building, Rua de Alfredo Cunha, Matosinhos

We count on you! – Tell tales

Give wings to your imagination and come fly through the magical world of books and enchanting stories! During the Story Time, the stories, almost always simple narratives and short stories, are told in such a way as to enthuse and awaken the imagination of the youngest.

When: Saturday at 11am or 3pm

Where: Florbela Espanca Municipal Library

ECO-MERCADO – Organic products fair

On Saturdays, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, in Jardim Basílio Teles, there is a fair of vegetables produced in organic farming, where you can find healthier and tastier food alternatives.

More information: here

When: Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm

Where: Jardim Basilio Teles


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