Torres Vedras, in 2019, Viseu in 2020, and Aveiro in 2021, will receive the next editions of the ART&TUR Festival.
The news was announced during the presentation of the 2019 edition, held in Santa Cruz, Torres Vedras.
The 2019 edition of the ART&TUR Festival comprises four components in its program: “Art&Film”, “Art&Talk”, “Art&Factory” and “Art&Show”. Highlight to the “Art&Factory” that this year, comes with a new initiative. In addition to the world competition focused on Schist and Historical Villages, there will be another purely Portuguese competition – the “Amazonian Connection” – in which each team of participants will produce two films, in order to bring together the homonymous municipalities of Portugal and the Brazilian Amazon, namely Alenquer, Aveiro, Bragança, Óbidos, Ourém, Porto de Mós, Santarém, Soure and Viseu.
Carlos Bernardes, Mayor of Torres Vedras, praised ART&TUR mentioning that it is now a “reference event, which helps to promote cinematographic destinations that people can visit.” On the other hand, “it helps to combat seasonality, since it promotes territories throughout the year, and not only at specific times, demonstrating a strategic and integrated vision.”
António Almeida Henriques, Mayor of Viseu (2020), also praised the “continued logic of the location of the Festival, which allows the following cities to take advantage of the previous edition to promote themselves” and the fact that “the mayors cooperated more and more with each other, defending their territories.”
José Ribau Esteves, Mayor of Aveiro, who will host the Festival in 2021, emphasized that “ART&TUR is an excellent pretext for bringing together fantastic territories. It is a privilege to be from the Center of Portugal. Aveiro will be a good heir of the work to be done in Torres Vedras and Viseu.”
Pedro Machado, President of Turismo Centro de Portugal, pointed out that “Turismo do Centro took this project with heart and soul” and that ART&TUR is a strategic bet. We need to feed the tourism industry, which means to structure and increase the tourism offer. This Festival is part of this strategy, since it is a very strong asset for the region.” Pedro Machado also recalled that cinematographic tourism “is a powerful instrument” of promotion, since more and more tourists want to know the scenarios of films and series that they have seen on the screens.