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from 07 JUL 2017 to 28 AUG 2017
"There's Light in the Park" returns in the summer of 2017, now in its third edition. It’s possible to visit Serralves Park at night during July and August and discover or revisit iconic, illuminated paths, trees and constructions that transform the Park's nocturnal atmosphere into a unique experience filled with magic and light.

During the period of the installation, "There's Light in the Park", members of the public can also go to concerts, open-air screenings, performances, and nocturnal guided tours that explain the history of the Park and the Park’s nocturnal life, and take part in recreational-pedagogical activities or night photography workshops.

The installation’s lights are switched on at 21:00 

The installation’s lights are switched on at 21:00 
- weekdays: 21:00-00:00 (during the week the Park closes between 19:00 and 21:00);
- weekends: 20:00-00:00 (during the -weekend the Park is open continuously from 10:00 to 00:00).
Entrance: gate in the Avenida do Marechal Gomes da Costa.
Access subject to purchasing a ticket to the Park (5€) or Park +Bienal S. Paulo (7€)— ticket office open until 23:00.
Free entrance: exclusively for Friends of Serralves

Related Activities
Visit the Park at night, in an unaccompanied visit or guided tour, and rediscover its charm, or let yourself be enchanted for the first time by this unique and historic garden of European landscape art.

Access: 5€ (Free entrance for children up to 12 years of age)
Friends of Serralves: 4,50€
Max. no. of participants: 35 adults
- Guided tours have a maximum capacity of 35 participants, but it’s not possible to reserve tickets. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Museum reception; 
- Guided visits can take different circuits, in function of the participants, in order to include Persons with Reduced Mobility.

With Educators from the Educational Service: André Rodrigues, Armando Alves,
Schedule: 21:30-23:00
08 JUL (SAT)
13 JUL (THU), 14 JUL (FRI), 15 JUL (SAT)
20 JUL (THU), 21 JUL (FRI), 22 JUL, (SAT)
29 JUL (SAT)
03 AUG (THU), 04 AUG (FRI), 05 AUG (SAT)
10 AUG (THU), 11 AUG (FRI), 12 AUG (SAT)
17 AUG (THU), 18 AUG (FRI), 19 AUG (SAT)
24 AUG (THU), 25 AUG (FRI), 26 AUG (SAT)

With CIBIO-InBIO (Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos) Researchers: Raquel Ribeiro, Sofia Viegas
Days12 JUL (WED), 19 JUL (WED), 26 JUL (WED), 02 AUG (WED), 09 AUG (WED), 16 AUG (WED), 23 AUG (WED)

The first full retrospective of the films of José Álvaro Morais in Porto will be held via open air screenings in Serralves Park, providing a unique opportunity to rediscover a masterful oeuvre and see images from the South projected in the North. Few directors have succeeded in questioning the country so freely and with such intense light. The retrospective begins with the premiere of Silêncios do Olhar, a documentary by José Nascimento, which proposes an approach to the director’s creative process and the uniqueness of his creative universe, followed by a chronological presentation of José Álvaro Morais's films. Journey and exile, cultural roots and spirit of place, the tension between belonging and evasion, are some of the vanishing points that cross this oeuvre which explores the magnetism of a country that attracts as much as it repels.
Curator: António Preto
Location: Clareira das Bétulas
Time: 22h00
Access 3€ or subject to acquisition of a ticket to the Park
Friends of Serralves: 1,5€

17 JUL (MON)
José Nascimento
Silêncios do Olhar | Portugal, 2017
2K, colour, 104 min.
Presented by the director
Far more than a posthumous homage, José Nascimento’s Silêncios  do Olhar,  offers an intimate glimpse of the creative process of José Álvaro Morais and privileged access to the director’s oeuvre. The documentary explores themes and polarities, and develops an archaeology of the aesthetic and affective options that reposition José Álvaro Morais in the centre of his own cinema.

18 JUL (TUE)
Cantigamente n.º 3 | Portugal, 1976
16mm, colour, 85 min.
José Álvaro Morais’ oeuvre, entirely produced after the 1974 revolution, began with two commissions for television - Domus de Bragança (1975) and Cantigamente (1976) – that revealed the filmmaker's interest in visual and sound montage.

19 JUL (WED)
Ma Femme Chamada Bicho | Portugal, 1976
16mm, colour, 79 min.
Ma Femme Chamada Bicho (1976), a portrait of Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, shot in only five days, confirmed the director’s own cinematic language, with energetic and fast filming.

24 JUL (MON)
O Bobo | Portugal, 1987
16/35mm, colour, 123 min.
José Álvaro Morais also worked on projects whose preparation and writing took many years, as was the case of O Bobo (1987). In this work he used Alexandre Herculano's text on the foundation of Portugal to provide a  historical perspective on the contradictions facing contemporary Portugal. Filmed almost entirely in the studio, the film is one of the most ambitious and troubled productions in Portuguese cinema - the negative was stored in the refrigeration vaults of Tobis film lab for six years due to lack of funding and was miraculously completed only minutes before winning the Grand Prize in the Locarno Film Festival. 

25 JUL (TUE)
Zéfiro | Portugal, 1994
35mm, colour, 52 min.
Margem Sul | Portugal, 1994
Vídeo, colour, 25 min.

27 JUL (THU)
Peixe Lua | Portugal, 2000
35mm, colour, 123 min.
The final phase of José Álvaro Morais’ oeuvre affirmed its solar intensity as "cinema of the South". Zéfiro (1994), Margem Sul (1994) and Peixe Lua (2000) are travel films that think of southern Portugal as a place of intersecting cultures, which is paradoxically endowed with a unique identity. Seeing Lisbon as the last of the Mediterranean cities, condemned to the Atlantic Ocean by the vast Tejo estuary that separates it from the "African" bank, amidst farmers, bulls and stranded sailors, the filmmaker recognised a territory in which the borders that separate the Alentejo from Andalusia boil down to a road sign.

30 JUL (SUN)
Quaresma | Portugal, 2003
35mm, colour, 95 min.
Journey and exile, family roots entwined with the memory and spirit of the place.
Acceptance and rejection of the land where he was born, the tension between belonging and evasion are vanishing points to which José Álvaro Morais returns in Quaresma (2003). In this, his last film, situated between his grandparents' house in Covilhã and the cool landscapes of Denmark, he definitively buries, unanswered, the personal and national melancholic question that runs throughout his entire oeuvre: the magnetism of a country that attracts as much as it repels, the deep reasons that, as seen at the end of O Bobo, lead the Portuguese to leave Portugal, making "a caricature of this land in another land."
Time: 22h00
Location: Tennis Court (except for the concerts on 7 and 8 July, which will take place in front of Serralves Villa and on 14 and 15 July which will be held in the Clareira das Bétulas)
Access subject to acquisition of a ticket to the Park

7 and 8 JUL (FRI and SAT)
Maio Coopé founded his group, Djumbai Jazz, circa 1999, in Lisbon, as a research project that intended to revisit the sleepwalking rhythms captured in the history of Guinea-Bissau. Focused on traditional sounds from Guinea-Bissau, such as Ngumbé, Brocxa and Djambadon, the band's repertoire will also draw inspiration from other West African sounds such as Bembeya Jazz or the rhythms of Toure Cunda.

14 and 15 JUL (FRI and SAT)
Montanha Magnética is a trio constituted by João Felgueiras Magalhães on the accordion and effects, João Pais Filipe on percussion and Mónica Baptista responsible for projections of 16mm film. Music and images generate sound and visual maps that overlap in geographic and mental planes.

21 and 22 JUL (FRI and SAT)
Joana Guerra is a cellist, composer and improviser whose work combines singing and experimentation. In 2016, she released her second album, "Cavalos Vapor", in which she explored new tracks glimpsed in her first album, "Gralha". In a narrative between galloping rhythms and the wailing of string instruments, Guerra places erudite language, which she knows in detail, in contrast to familiar Portuguese folklore, with an understanding established in the black and gloomy tone that guides the eight tracks of this work.
04 and 05 AUG (FRI and SAT)
Negra Branca is Marlene Ribeiro, a current member of the psychedelic group, Gnod, where she is responsible for many of the more melodic and tonal dream landscapes. In terms of her solo work she also stands out due to her tendency for producing sombre pop harmonies and deep bass lines, travelling between the swinging of an early Tricky, coral pop and the depth of favela rhythms, all coated with a sticky varnish of sweet and sour chili sauce. Her first solo record was a cassette released in 2013 by Gnod’s Tesla Tapes. The excellent critical reception led to comparisons with artists such as Grouper or Inga Copeland.

11 and12 AUG (FRI and SAT)
Live Low’s first album and main identity document is "Toada”, that has enabled the group to affirm itself as a cohesive quartet, after several collaborations. The new identity is assumed by Pedro Augusto, Miguel Ramos, Ece Canli and Gonçalo Duarte, combining work rhythms and a vast set of songs, reinterpreted with electronic textures and complex compositions. Live Low break with the fetters of traditional labour in search of the enchanting aspect of its rhythm, revitalizing folklore and its escapist possibilities.

18 and 19 AUG (FRI and SAT)
Luca Argel Is a Brazilian singer-songwriter and poet based in Porto, where he works as the vocalist of the group, "Samba Sem Fronteiras", and also writes soundtracks for performances and films. He has published four poetry books, and has participated in several magazines, anthologies and festivals in Brazil and Portugal. In 2016, he released his first solo album, "tipos que tendem para o silêncio” (people who tend towards silence), a set of 10 songs based on simple melodies performed on rudimentary electronic instruments, in which Argel’s voice conveys outbursts from ten women. In March 2017 he released his second album, "Flag”, in which, armed with only a guitar and vocals, he explores the most lyrical and poetic possibilities of samba music.

25 and 26 AUG (FRI and SAT)
Ignatz is the name of a cartoon character drawn by the illustrator George Herriman. He is a mouse and arch-enemy of the cat Krazy Kat. His main hobby is to throw bricks at the cat's head, who mistakenly interprets these actions as declarations of love. Belgian artist, Bram Devens, adopted Ignatz's name as his alter-ego. However, instead of being armed with bricks, he throws emotional songs at us, born from the human condition, wrapped in effects and corroded by magnetic tapes, fuelled by improvisation and spontaneity. His songs emerge from a familiar minimalistic context, reminiscent of Henry Flynt's primitivism. Meandering, they distil the steam that hides beneath a cool surface. While his guitar is adorned with refined simplicity, swept by passing rhythms and intersecting with small motifs of a keyboard, his voice pulls back from the heart of the song to creep forward, displaced and perilous.

Location: Tennis Court
Access subject to acquisition of a ticket to the Park

29, 30, 31 JUL and 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 AUG, 21h30
Joana Providência, Gémeo Luís, Eugénio Roda e Manuel Cruz
A boy, identical to any other boy, experiences the greatest adventures of all time: the adventure of curiosity, desire, discovery, wonder and invention, the adventure of someone who is born and grows with his body and mind in a whirl.
The book Catavento (Eterogémeas), has inspired a performance: with stage direction and choreography by Joana Providência, music by Manuel Cruz, set design and wardrobe by Luís Mendonça, text by Emílio Remelhe, and starring Filipe Caldeira. Together they created a space of ideas in the form of a sensation, a place of sensations in the form of gestures, a place of gestures in the form of sound, a map of sounds in the form of shadows, a world of shadows in the form of a story for everyone. For everyone to see, hear, feel and think, with each person’s unique way of seeing, hearing, feeling and thinking.

Duration: 50’
Location: Tennis Court
Target audience: children aged 6 to 10 
Max. no. of participants: 50 children
Commissioned from the Maria Matos Teatro Municipal in co-production with Centro Cultural de Vila Flor, Cine-Teatro Joaquim d’Almeida, Comédias do Minho, Companhia Instável, Fundação Casa da Música, Fundação Lapa do Lobo.

28 AUG, 22h00
Companhia Radar 360º
Its story is built from ephemeral paths. Its heritage is tangible and intangible. They leave their marks: stories, objects, sounds, memories and emotions. Along the way, they find and accumulate things. The characters transform and are transformed. They spend a night, but the journey continues, via a process of continuous meandering ....
"The Transporters" are "contemporary nomads" who find, accumulate and create poetic narratives during their travels, to question the consumerist excesses of contemporary society.
The project by the company Radar 360, directed by António Oliveira and Julieta Rodrigues, was born in 2005 and is based in Porto. They dedicates themselves to research and writing in the field of street arts, contemporary circus and physical theatre.

Duration: 60'
Target audience: All segments of the general public

Nocturnal nightscapes enhance photographers’ creativity, in one of the most spectacular aspects of photography. Taking advantage of the light installation, "There’s light in the Park", this is an opportunity to photograph the unique landscape of an illuminated Serralves Park. In this workshop, participants will increase their technical knowledge and learn how to take even better night shots.  
Participants should have a digital still camera that allows manual control of exposure, focus, sensitivity and colour temperature, and a tripod. Although not mandatory, it is recommended to use a remote trigger or trigger cable and charged batteries.
General: 20€
Friends of Serralves: 18€
Meeting point: Museum Reception
Max. no. of participants: 15 adults
Min. no. of participants: 8

20 JUL (THU), 21h00 - With Filipe Braga

29 JUL (SAT), 21h00 - With Pedro Figueiredo
General: Register here
Friends of Serralves: Register here

10 AUG (THU), 21h00 - With Filipe Braga
General: Register here
Friends of Serralves: Register here

Let there be light! Through simple experiences and some amusing games, kids and adults can actively explore and discover various principles and phenomena that are directly or indirectly related to the phenomena of light.
Location: Clareira dos Teixos
Access subject to acquisition of a ticket to the Park (free entrance for children up to the age of 12)
Max. no. of participants:  continuous operation

15 JUL (SAT), 12 AUG (SAT), 21h00-22h30
What is Light? The best way to find out is through experimentation! Newton's discs, prisms, mirrors and lenses, will allow us to simulate rainbows, build spectroscopes or understand why we see colours.
Co-ordination: Mundo Científico

16 JUL (SUN), 21h00-22h00
Putting one foot before the other, very slowly and without making noise, let’s discover the nocturnal lights that inhabit Serralves. Will they be magical? Will they have different colours? Through the trees, shrubs and clearings, come and look for these magical creatures and create a fluorescent lamp!
Co-ordination: Catavento

22 JUL (SAT), 19 AUG (SAT), 21h00-22h30
Filters, holograms and anamorphisms are playful proposals for creating fascinating optical effects. Using the properties of light as the main ingredient, let's create distorted images, by manipulating angles, dividing light beams, and filtering colours. What will be the most original?
Co-ordination: Mundo Científico

23 JUL (SUN), 21h00-22h00
Our raw material is homemade plasticine that glows in the dark! To work with it, participants will have to put their hands in the dough and mix, knead and mould it, and, finally, add colour! We challenge you to give wings to your imagination and make small fluorescent sculptures.
Co-ordination: Catavento

29 JUL (SAT), 26 AUG (SAT), 21h00-22h30
Phosphorescence, fluorescence, bioluminescence ... Although they use different chemical processes, they are all based on the emission of light by a substance when subjected to a stimulus. We will produce luminescent solutions using common materials and let ourselves be enchanted by their effects, with recourse to black light.
Co-ordination: Mundo Científico

05 AUG (SAT), 21h00-22h30
Can we create light effects with wires, bushings, microcontrollers, LEDs and lasers? Come and experience playing a laser harp, building electrical circuits or learning to programme. 
Co-ordination: Mundo Científico
  • LocationSerralves Park
  • Schedule21h00 - 00h00
  • Days 07 JUL 2017 - 28 AUG 2017

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