EUROPALIA PORTUGAL presented 594 events —20 exhibitions, 180 concerts, ballets, and theatre performances, 27 conferences and debates, and 267 film screenings—which were attended by 1,238,704 people.
The exhibition Triumph of the Baroque presented the great treasures of the Portuguese 18th century. Feitorias, Portuguese Art in the Time of the Great Discoveries showcased the influence of European artists such as the Flemish Primitives, on the Portuguese art scene. Genius ex Machina revealed the unique collection of 18th and 19th-century scientific instruments of the University of Coimbra.
Special attention was given to the Portuguese guitar and the Fado. After its EUROPALIA PORTUGAL performance, the pop group Madredeus gained international fame. The Teatro O Bando presented Bichos, a play based on stories by Miguel Torga.
Celebrated writer and poet Fernando Pessoa was one of the festival's main attractions and the focal point of a large exhibition. Luis Miguel Cintra also gave a reading of Pessoa’s “Ode to the Sea.” The EUROPALIA Literary Prize was awarded to Vergílio Ferreira.
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