Portugal

4iS - plataforma para a inovação social

National Network
Portugal
Address

Campus Universitário de Santiago, Edifício I
3810-193 Aveiro
Portugal

Telephone
+351927853670
E-Mail
puis@ua.pt
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2012
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
  2. Democracy and community development
  3. Environment/Sustainable development
  4. Heritage
  5. Human rights
  6. International/Cultural relations
  7. Youth and education
General Information
4iS – plataforma para a inovação social (platform for social innovation) is a NGO, collaborative cross-sectoral platform that links organization, non-profit and for-profit, creators, artist and innovators. It has 30 collaborators and 10 executive board members. Our budget, around 100000€ per year comes from different national and international sources, such as, European commission, Local and Regional Portuguese governmental agencies and international foundations like Gulbenkian and Robert Bosch foundation.
Mission and Objectives

4iS – platform for social innovation aims to create a social value culture supported on social innovation practices through sharing of knowledge, services, projects and social enterprises. 4iS supports academic and non-academic communities by creating, developing and placing activities and cross-sectoral framework programs for social innovation, based on Sustainability, Active Citizenship, Culture, Creativity, Education, Employment, Social Entrepreneurship, Health and Wellbeing.

Main Projects / Activities

Promoter of the JUPT project in collaboration with University of Aveiro, Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission and UNESCO for promoting, inside Portuguese higher education institutions, the debate regarding citizenship and challenges of Portugal within the Lusophonic, Ibero-American and European communities. Co-coordination and execution of the Aveiro Entrepreneur Network (http://www.aveiro-empreendedor.pt/) – promoting programs and networks to support employability and entrepreneurship – and the EUniverCities (http://urbact.eu/en/projects/innovation-creativity/eunivercities/homepa…) and JOBTOWN (http://urbact.eu/en/projects/active-inclusion/jobtown/homepage/) projects within the URBACT network, promoted by the Municipality of Aveiro and the University of Aveiro. Promoter of the 2011 and 2012 editions of Ride for your Rights! (www.rideforyourrights.org). Promoter of the VivaCidade. Dress Up the City Voids within the Actors of Urban Change Program – a cross-sectoral project focused on urban regeneration through culture and participation (http://vivacidade.umnovolargo.pt/). Partner of the ARTERIA Project which aims to work artistically with cultural agents of several cities in central Portugal, in order to create a regional dynamic with local social impact and a proposed change on the relationship between the region and the national and international territory.(http://projectoarteria.blogs.sapo.pt/). Promoter and Coordinator of the 5th SALTA! - Aveiro Academic Theatre Festival in a partnership with the University of Aveiro Experimental Theatre Group (GrETUA).

Contact (1) Full Name
João Pedro Sousa Rosa
Job Title
Director
Head of the organisation
João Pedro Sousa Rosa

Absonus Lab

National Network
Portugal
Address

Av. Visconde de Salreu N: 304
3860-353 Estarreja
Portugal

Telephone
964425913
Telephone (other)
919396727
E-Mail
absonus.lab@yandex.com
E-Mail (2)
hugopaquete@yandex.com
E-Mail (3)
ericafrotafernandes@gmail.com
Mobile Phone
964425913
Mobile Phone (other)
919396727
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2022
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
General Information

Absonus Lab, a non-profit private association situated in Estarreja, Portugal, was established in 2022 with the primary aim of creating a laboratory for sound and musical experimentation. This visionary initiative nurtures a transdisciplinary dialogue where research, art, technology, and science coalesce to construct knowledge rooted in post-digital meta-methodologies, spanning both theoretical and practical dimensions. Sound plays a central role within a technocultural and intercultural ecosystem. Absonus Lab actively endeavors to craft strategies for the promotion, dissemination, and critical discourse of sound arts, digital media art, computerized music, acousmatics, and experimental electronic music within a contemporary framework. Their influence extends from local engagements with Hugo Paquete, a sound art researcher and educator, to collaborations with international artists. Funding is primarily achieved through project proposals, focusing on creative art projects. Absonus Lab has a production fund from Dgartes dedicated to developing an e-opera titled "Negentropy: The Last Man in the Wasteland." In terms of partnerships and relationships, Absonus Lab collaborates with both public and private sectors, sharing insights into the intersection of art and technology, particularly in the context of contemporary sound and music practices. Their collaboration protocol with the University of Algarve and the CIAC: Center for Research in Communication Sciences and Arts further underscores their commitment to advancing knowledge in these domains. A distinctive characteristic of Absonus Lab is its purposeful decentralization away from major urban centers. This approach encourages engagement and communication with surrounding communities, facilitating contact with contemporary sound and music artistic production and theory. This, in turn, contributes to the cultivation of a diverse and critical community of individuals, artists, and enthusiasts, not only in the Central Region of Portugal but also on a broader European and global scale.

Mission and Objectives

Production Absonus Lab organizes and creates art events focused on sound arts, music, art, and technology, encouraging experimentation in art. The goal is to showcase the wide range of meta-methodologies used in contemporary sound and technological music creation and their applicability as interventions and in understanding the contemporary social, artistic, and technological universe. This is achieved by involving activities with scientific, social, and artistic communities. Absonus Lab aims to support the creation and theoretical and practical research of artworks and studies, including artistic installations, compositions, and auditory experiences, such as sound arts, computer-produced music, and independent research and study programs. Electronic Music Laboratory The establishment of an electronic music laboratory that concentrates on music composition and production, connecting various fields of study, including acoustic ecology, acousmatic music, sound spatialization, post-digital music, microsounds, and maximal sounds. The focus is on extensive research in musical-computational informatics. Technological Development and Pilot Projects Promoting participation in creative programs and activities in the development of new technologies and research in art and society and their potential creative applications. Implementing research and pilot projects, promoting training programs, and collaborating with public and private entities in the community.

Main Projects / Activities

Artistic Creation Sound, art, and technology are considered gateways to knowledge through the process of listening and how this experience is shaped in the individual and their social relationships with the event and its context, identity, imagination, representation, and culture. Sound is simultaneously viewed as social and material, based on the social study of sound and contemporary social theories. It is understood within a framework where the world consists of "multiple essences" in a system of relationships between actors, including humans, animals, plants, geology, and technologies. It is comprehended through dynamic articulations and accumulations of various personal, cultural, and contextual meanings in a process of participation, interaction, and reflection. Connections are established between sound-music and other disciplines such as sociology, aesthetics, and technology.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

Absonus Lab's affiliation with the ALF Network promises to be a mutually beneficial partnership. Absonus Lab's unique commitment to the intersection of technology and cross-sectoral arts is poised to bring valuable innovation to the Network. This commitment is particularly noteworthy, as it bridges the realms of technology and the arts, offering new inputs for exploration and creativity. As a potential member of the ALF Network, our aim is to create connections within the local community, foster collaborations with kindred spirits and institutions, and explore promising opportunities. By participating in the Network, we not only stand to benefit from the collective wisdom and experiences of fellow members but also seek to contribute our unique insights, expertise, and available resources to further the Network's mission. We envision Absonus Lab taking an active role within the Network by sharing our groundbreaking methodologies, collaborating with like-minded entities, and collectively pushing the boundaries of art, technology, and societal architecture. Our commitment to innovation and exploration aligns seamlessly with the Network's aspirations, and we look forward to making a meaningful contribution.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

I believe that Absonus Lab possesses the potential to be a valuable addition to the ALF Network. Its commitment to the convergence of technology and cross-sectoral arts is particularly noteworthy. Absonus Lab's emphasis on sound and musical experimentation, coupled with the exploration of intercultural and technocultural ecosystems, represents both innovation and alignment with the ever-evolving paradigms of art and technology within the context of societal evolution and transformation. The objective of Absonus Lab to contemplate culture, communities, modes of production, and the aesthetic interplay between music and society is a pivotal undertaking in our swiftly changing world. This initiative recognizes the dynamic shifts in culture and society and aims to address them through artistic expression, technology, and the power of innovation. In my quest to join the ALF Network, I aspire to connect Absonus Lab with kindred spirits, institutions, and promising opportunities. By becoming an integral part of this esteemed network, we not only stand to gain from the collective knowledge and experiences of its members but also aspire to contribute to the ALF Network's overarching mission by sharing our unique insights, expertise, and available resources. I foresee Absonus Lab taking an active role within the Network, sharing its groundbreaking methodologies and fostering collaborations with other entities dedicated to pushing the boundaries of art, technology, and societal architecture. I eagerly anticipate the prospect of making a meaningful contribution to the ALF Network, establishing connections with fellow members, and collectively advancing the domains of art, technology, and social progress. Furthermore, I extend my gratitude for considering my application and look forward to the possibility of participating in the ALF Network's exciting initiatives.

Contact (1) Full Name
Hugo Filipe Rodrigues Paquete
Job Title
Sound Artist, Resarcher and Director at Absonus Lab
Head of the organisation
Hugo Paquete
Contact (2) Full Name
Erica Frota Fernandes
Job Title (2)
Production

Academia de Música de Lagos

National Network
Portugal
Address

Rua Dr. José Cabrita - Rossio de S. João
8601-905 Lagos
Portugal

Telephone
00351282082786
E-Mail
direccao@amlagos.pt
E-Mail (2)
dartistica@amlagos.pt
E-Mail (3)
dtomaz@amlagos.pt
Mobile Phone
00351918734560
Mobile Phone (other)
00351914016037
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
1986
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
  2. Heritage
  3. International/Cultural relations
  4. Youth and education
General Information
The "Academia de Música de Lagos" (AML) is a Non-Profit Public Utility Association, with facilities in four municipalities of Western Algarve: Lagos, Portimão, Lagoa and Loulé. It celebrates annually Sponsorship Contracts with the Ministry of Education, Programme Contracts with the referred municipalities and also with the Directorate General for the Arts/ Secretary of State for Culture of Portugal, having received several medals of recognition for its work, including Manifest of Cultural Interest by the Ministry of Culture since 1989 and Superior Cultural Interest in 2006. Having built an universe of more than 1000 students and 70 teachers, it is today the biggest music school in the south of the country.  The AML is also very much acquainted and driven by International Project Partnerships. In September 2012, the AML won the application for the 2013-2016 Art Supports Programme from the Directorate General for the Arts/ Secretary of State for Culture of Portugal, standing out as a leader organiser in the whole South of Portugal. It has also developed several European partnerships, including an INTERREG Project (2007). It has recently won "Tales from The Sea", Cultural Footprint | Arts and Education – First Steps, under an EEA Grant funded Programme (April 2015-February 2016);  the Fund for Bilateral Cooperation / Cultural Footprint - Arts and Education with Haugesund Kulturschole and Grieg’s Academy Bergen  (March 2014), reaching second place for the final project. It is also at the verge of acceptance of a Erasmus Plus Guitar Orchestra exchange with Escuela Fundacion Solidaridad (Granada, Spain) . AML has also developed a Comenius Bilateral partnership Project (in reserve list) with the "Conservatorio Profesional de Musica Cristobal de Morales" from Seville : "Al'Gharb-Al'Andaluz: Musical Heritage of the South-West Iberian Peninsula" project. The AML helds also Cooperation Agreements (hosting professional internships) with National Schools and Higher Music Education Institutions, including some international liaisons eg Royal Conservatory in The Hague (The Netherlands) and National Conservatoire in Tbilisi (Georgia).
Mission and Objectives

One of the main cultural goals of the Institution is the entwined path between arts and education, mainly music education with a varied set of instruments teaching, in classic and early music fields, towards an age spectrum up to 18 years old and with a minor representation in adult education. 
The main cultural drive is the valorization of the National and Regional Artistic production, through commissioning several works to Portuguese Composers, mainly: Bernardo Sassetti, Tiago Cutileiro, Pedro Louzeiro, Nuno Rodrigues, Armando Mota, Joaquim Galvão. The strongest concept in these music commissions is the enhancement and promotion of the Algarve's intangible heritage, through the orchestration of traditional pieces in an erudite way, e.g. "Concerto em Dó" for Piano and Orchestra, inspired by the regional theme "Baile mandado", (Armando Mota, 2011) , "Ti'Anita de Loulé", traditional music theme orchestrated for wind Instruments, voice and accordion, (Nuno Rodrigues, 2012), and “Gilda das Amendoeiras” (Nuno Rodrigues 2013), chamber music opera conceived in relation to the traditional Algarve tale (Lenda das Amendoeiras).
AML is also active in promoting Portuguese intangible heritage (fado and cante alentejano), putting together new emergent composers and ensembles such as Ana Pinhal, Manuel Maio (2014 and 2015) with traditional music groups such as Cantadeiras de Redondo and Grupo Etnográfico da Casa do Povo de Brinches (April 2015). It also aims at the internationalization of its ensembles, such as Ensemble Suest'Arte, with debut in Portugal and Spain for an INTERREG project in 2007 and a premiere in November 2015 in Georgia, for the EU Cultural Week, with a programme around Atlantic and Mediterranean Intangible heritage, including a partnership with the Georgian Polyphony IBERI Choir.
In these activities, the AML is responsible for the coordination of the commissioned works and the performances, putting together composers, students, emerging talents and professionals, and thus bringing together art and education as a whole.

Main Projects / Activities

The AML strives for keeping several orchestral ensembles, varying from 15 up to 100 musicians on stage, where professional musicians (teachers at the AML), are presented in stage along with their pupils, at a high quality level performance: Orquestra Clássica da Academia", “Orquestra de Sopros do Algarve”, “1001 Cordas”, “Orquestra de Percussão”, etc. Goal is to engage the youngsters, since early age, in professional performances, for audience reinforcement and education . AML has a wide portfolio meeting high quality standards of music playing with an intensive events annually agenda that includes music concerts, festivals, competitions, workshops and master classes (circa 300 events per year) with regional, national and international artists, namely : Festival Internacional de Percussão Cidade de Portimão [International Percussion Festival of Portimão], Concurso de Música Anatólio Cidade de Lagos [International Music Competition Anatólio Falé City of Lagos], Estágio Internacional de Cordas [International Strings Course], Estágio de Sopros (Winds Orchestra Course), Ciclo de Música Antiga [Early Music Festival] Sons Antigos a Sul.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

One one hand, the AML has a strong track record in promoting Mediterranean Intangible heritage in the fields of Music, being the most active private Association in the fields of Culture in the Algarve region.
One the other hand, the Algarve - AlGharb AlAndalus - is the strongest Mediterranean driven region in Portugal, mainly because of the strong Arab influence.
We would like to contribute in engaging in professional partnerships with other cultural institutions to promote the intangible heritage (early and traditional music) of the Iberian Peninsula (mainly Portugal and the Algarve region) and viceversa, bringing Mediterranean artists to the region, in order to give public awareness on strong and still unknown cultural bonds.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

We want to join Anna Lindh Foundation to be involved in likeminded individuals and organizations that share the same values and passion towards cultural bonds: the Mediterranean. 
Music is the best anthidote for Historical Amnesia, in Jordi Savall's words. Music is also a way of bringing people together, through sharing the same cultural values. It is an essential path in the Mediterranean world of today.
"Why are we afraid of Strangers? - In the "1001 Nights" tale of Sindbad, meeting strangers was described as an enchanting experience worth the risks of navigating to faraway Indian and Chinese ports. Sindbad's positive vision of strangers led me to go deeper in researching 9th century Baghdad".
Fatema Mernissi

Contact (1) Full Name
Daniela Tomaz
Job Title
Artistical Director
Head of the organisation
José António Viegas de Sousa Gonçalves
Contact (2) Full Name
Viegas Gonçalves
Job Title (2)
President

ACERT – Associação Cultutal e Recreativa de Tondela

National Network
Portugal
Address

Rua Dr Ricardo Mota – Apartado 118
3461-909 Tondela
Portugal

Telephone
00 351 232 814 400
Telephone (other)
00 351 232 814 405
Fax
00 351 232 814 409
E-Mail
migueltorres@acert.pt
E-Mail (2)
trigolimpo@acert.pt
Mobile Phone
00 351 912 262 418
Mobile Phone (other)
00 351 917 262 480
Organisation Type
Other
Year of Establishment
1979
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
  2. Democracy and community development
  3. Gender
  4. International/Cultural relations
  5. Youth and education
General Information
1. Non profit organization for public utility , with 30 working people 10 of them in full time; 2. 600.000€; 3. Ministry of culture, Ministry of youth, Tondela Municipality; 4. professional theatre companies, and all the programming of the Vovo Ciclo cultural center, exchanges mainly with Mozembique, Cabo Verde and Brazil, in 2005 we organized a session of the European Diploma on Cultural project Managed in partnership with the Marcel Hicter Foundation ; Tondela municipality, Ministry of culture, ANIMAR, several theatre groups from all over Europe, and in Mozambique, Brazil and Cabo Verde Having been formed in 1979, ACERT has the carrier of a multidisciplinary actuation in terms of the artistic areas, and grounded its creative strength on the original core: TRIGO LIMPO teatro ACERT. This particular situation - a theatre company generating a cultural association - is the main feature of the dynamics of ACERT, and influences decisively its attitude and evolution: the growth of a transversal project, in terms of the promotion of events; artistic formation and production, based on a highly professional team of theatrical agents who have guaranteed its operationality as far as the management of a continued permanent programming project is concerned. It has perpetuated itself as a cultural structure in a region of our country that asserts itself by: - Incorporating a permanently renewed and renewing artistic practice, within a steadily efficient communitarian relationship, in order to potentiate didactical circuits of conquest of varied publics and audiences who strongly feel, above all, the lack of cultural offers. - Projecting artistic experiences within an enlarged basis of local , regional, national and international itinerancy that favours the capitalization of experiences and contacts, so as to implement and potentiate the project as far as the artistic experimentalism, the innovation of methodologies and the geographical enlargement of audiences are concerned. - Searching for actuation practices that support the development of the project, as a widening factor of different geographical areas, and thus attracting urban publics who can be added to the communitarian interconnection and allow the achievement of a consistent whole plan of local insertion, namely through the boldness of both the practices and the established targets. - Permanently innovating the means of performance and intervention (the human resources - creators, technicians, animators -, the space, the equipments, the offer of services, the artistic formation and the cultural creation) so as to guarantee an increase of quality in programming, conditions offered to the creators and therefore to the publics. - Maintaining the level of artistic and professional exigency and self-demand, which has been made real by the formative updating and exchange of experiences, essential factors to continue a process of balanced and equilibrated growth. This practice made possible for ACERT to implant itself geographically, and to project itself in the cultural life of the country, though the identity it gives to the direction of a transversal, didactic, effective and daring artistic intervention, in order to transform cultural habits. It is worth stressing out that the district of Viseu, though it has today an indisputable cultural offer and projection, was once considered as a region without cultural practices, spaces or habits. Although we definitely don’t consider ACERT as the sole protagonist of this change, it would be absurd not to point out its the important role it played in this transformation.
Mission and Objectives

The main objective of the organization is to highlight the need of cultural work for the local sustainable development.
Education true culture
The possibilities of a cultural project outside the big centre cities in Portugal

Main Projects / Activities

Professional theatre company; Novo Ciclo – resource cultural centre managed by the association; Common cultural network with 7 municipalities of the centre region in Portugal; EQUAL project for gender questions;

Contact (1) Full Name
Miguel Cláudio Torres Bruno
Head of the organisation
Carlos Alberto Antunes da Silva
Contact (2) Full Name
José Rui Martins

ADAT - Associação dos Amigos do Tocá Rufar

National Network
Portugal
Address

R. Dr. Miguel Bombarda
Nº 40
2840-514 Seixal
Portugal

Telephone
214057906
E-Mail
tocarufar@tocarufar.com
E-Mail (2)
ruijr@tocarufar.com
Mobile Phone
917575664
Organisation Type
Public/Private Non-Profit Foundation
Year of Establishment
1999
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
  2. International/Cultural relations
  3. Research
  4. Youth and education
General Information
ADAT is a non-profit association with more than 15.000 members all over Portugal. We are a small team of 6 people working full-time. Our anual budget is around 100.000,00€. Sources of founding: Ministry of Culture; local administration; performing revenues; schools. Music classes; adults formation; seminars, exchanges; 100 performances a year Main partners: Ministry of Culture; City of Seixal; City of Moita.
Mission and Objectives

Tocá Rufar is an artistic and cultural education project that aims to assert and promote the Bombo (traditional Portuguese bass drum) and traditional Portuguese percussion. The project excels in placing art, learning and Portuguese culture in a privileged position as a source of value, development and contemporaneity, and by making it accessible to all.
Tocá Rufar’s mission is to promote the Bombo as a symbol of modern Portuguese culture and identity and to develop its practice in an orchestral context that concentrates on a contemporary expression of traditional Portuguese percussion, alongside providing exemplary educational practices within an instructive framework.
By creating and innovating from within the heart of traditional culture and employing high quality artistic practices, we intend to develop and export the image of a modern, agile, active, creative and innovative Portugal with a strong cultural identity. This is in addition to having a preeminent organizational model that can be applied by other national and foreign bodies.
Considering the contemporary cultural scene in Portugal, projects such as Tocá Rufar are essentially initiatives of sociocultural intervention and consequently provide alternative cultural models and practices to those offered by an entertainment industry that does not require the personal and social development of individuals and groups. Therefore, we participate in sociocultural projects that work towards the development of civil society, in particular the sectors that are most at risk and in need of attention.
The contribution and creativity of Tocá Rufar as a leader of distinction in the area of social work is summed up well by Rui Júnior, founder and director of the project, when in discussion with a local representative of education: “When our members enrol in the Tocá Rufar Orchestra, they take on the responsibility of representing the culture and identity of an entire country; due to its visibility, this initiative provokes a sense of duty. As a result, we demand hours of hard work and have strict rules on conduct, appearance and posture. Our members are artists and, above all, demanding and deserving human beings and – I guarantee you – they will know how to make important decisions and take on responsibilities, today and in the future, and do everything for their country. Therefore, sir, you need to give them the respect and admiration that they deserve. Any person that joins the orchestra, whether they are a child, teenager, adult, male or female, is considered and treated by Tocá Rufar as a talented individual.”
Under the motto “Lend yourself! Express yourself! Exceed yourself!”, Tocá Rufar gives its students a new and improved self-perception while also requiring them to find a balance between their personal will and the common good thus enabling them to affirm an individual identity within the community.
Performing social work through art provides them with the refuge of traditional culture while also extending their horizons and showing them a promising future within their reach and bestowing upon them the freedom to set their own limits. Besides proving the “tools” to achieve this, Tocá Rufar also demands effort, enthusiasm and the spirit of sacrifice, teaching its students in the process to be independent and take charge of their own lives.
Defining itself as an artistic and cultural project, Tocá Rufar protects its members from any social prejudice linked to their background, age, gender, race, culture or sexual orientation. Tocá Rufar is investing in the creation of platform that gives everyone equal opportunities to access the project and grow within it and within society.
By teaching in a group, Tocá Rufar brings together individuals whose social realities normally do not coincide or interact, however, once integrated into the orchestra everyone acquires equal status. Like members of a family, one common space is shared by people of different generations, cultures, life experiences, education, social status and identities. It is a space where everyone is understood and judged only on their input, goodwill and personal merit.
Orchestra members have the opportunity to access places and contexts that the majority of people do not. These have included: playing alongside renowned artists such as Buraka Som Sistema, Fafá de Belém, Fausto, Jorge Palma, José Mário Branco, Mickael Carreira, Paulo de Carvalho, Rui Júnior & oÓquesomtem?, Tony Carreira, Xutos & Pontapés, to name just a few; representing Portugal at international events including several World Expos (Expo’98 Lisbon; Expo Hannover 2002 Germany; Expo Aichi 2006 Japan), the Signing of the Treaty of Lisbon and several Festivals in the UK and in Belgium; and travelling the world and meeting people from various backgrounds. This not only plays an integral part in personal development but also provides a greater capacity for understanding and acceptance.
As well as having a direct effect upon its students, the project also influences those that engage with the group. Tocá Rufar’s shows and the manner in which its members behave and present themselves publicly inspires thousands of spectators, not just because of the high standard of music but also due to the integrity, education, generosity and kindness that they exude. Tocá Rufar members set an example, they challenge and nourish the spirit and are an important stimulus for community solidarity and service.
More than 80% of the orchestra’s performances are made available to promoters that do not have the resources to afford the costs of hiring, provided that the principals and underlying causes are considered fair and of value. So that the sustainability of the project is not put at risk, Tocá Rufar charges a higher rate to those that can afford to pay it and, indirectly, places upon the richest in society a social, educational and cultural role that quite often they refuse to assume.
Every year Tocá Rufar teaches around 500 students for free.

Main Projects / Activities

Research; formation; performing arts.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

We work each year with 500 children from ethnic minorities and social disadvantaged people.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

Exchange through Euromed projects with Palestinian partner.

Contact (1) Full Name
Rui Romão de Melo Araújo
Job Title
Director
Head of the organisation
Seixal
Contact (2) Full Name
Maria Fernandes Miranda Ceia
Job Title (2)
Artistic Director

ADRAT - Associação de Desenvolvimento da Região do Alto Tâmega

National Network
Portugal
Address

Avenida da Cooperação, Ed. INDITRANS, Lote 2, Parque Empresarial, 5400-673 Chaves
5400-673 Chaves
Portugal

Telephone
00351276340920
Fax
00351276340929
E-Mail
geral@adrat.pt
E-Mail (2)
marco.fachada@adrat.pt
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
1990
Fields of Activity
  1. Environment/Sustainable development
  2. Heritage
  3. International/Cultural relations
  4. Others
  5. Research
  6. Youth and education
General Information
ADRAT is the Association of Regional Development of Alto Tâmega's Region, located in Chaves, North Portugal. It is a Local Action Group, managing the Rural Development Programme in Alto Tâmega. The main associates are the municipalities, cultural, agriculture and forest associations and cooperatives, SME. Besides the quotes from the associates, the funding is obtained through the programmes and projects ADRAT manages. Within the programmes we support other entities, both public and private, in their individual investments and actions. Also implements transnational cooperation projects in the several thematic of interest for regional development. ADRAT belongs to different European Networks and associations, such as: ERRIN,  ERIAFF, European Rural Network, EUROMONTANA, ENTER.
Mission and Objectives

It has as main objective the development of Alto Tâmega region, in all socio-economic-environemntal dimensions.
The cultural valorization and heritage promotion and conservation, as well as promotion of local human capital are also among the objectives of ADRAT.
For that, it works closely not only with the associates and other local and regional organizations, but also gets involved in projects and initiatives or European dimension.

Main Projects / Activities

For this purpose we refer some projects implemented in the recent years, with finantial support of European programmes:
• INTERREG IV-C (project B2N www.business2nature.eu),
• POCTEP (projects COOPERA+ http://www.cooperamais.org/index.php/pt and PROMERCADO),
• ATLANTIC (project ECO-INNOVA http://www.ecoinnova.info),
• SUDOE (project TERMARED www.termared.com).
• ERASMUS+: we are currently the lead partner of ERASMUS+ project INCUB TRAINING (www.incubtraining.org).
ADRAt also has experience for more than 10 year, on training and consulting SME.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

ADRAT has a large number of contacts with national and European organizations, with whom has been implementing different projects and activities. Also, given the rural nature of our region and its bordering location, we can contribute with our experiences and cultural values as well as with our consolidated knowledge in several aspects related with regional development.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

ADRAT consider that cooperation with other entities, national and international, is a key-method to increase the human and technical capacity of the organizations.
The exchange of knowledge and experiences, the study and contacts with good practices from other entities and regions is also quite important to innovate and improve the competences and human conditions all-over Europe and Mediterranean basin.
Participating in such network it will also possible to find complementaries to actions previously implemented or needing improvements.

Contact (1) Full Name
António Montalvão Machado
Job Title
General-Secretary
Head of the organisation
António Montalvão Machado
Contact (2) Full Name
Marco António Fachada
Job Title (2)
Project Manager