Arts and Heritage Institutions:
The WHPO – World Heritage of Portuguese Origin – network was established in October 2010. This is a worldwide cooperation network of countries which have Portuguese-influenced cultural heritage. 25 countries from four continents – Europe, Africa, Asia and South America – are members of WHPO. The project involves the University of Coimbra, the UNESCO National Committee, the Institute for the Management of Architectural and Archaeological Heritage (Instituto de Gestão do Património Arquitectónico e Arqueológico – IGESPAR) and ICOMOS Portugal (the Portuguese National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites).
The Architecture Foundation, in collaboration with the Order of Architects and the British Council, is sponsoring an exchange programme between the UK and Portugal for 2010-2011. The best three emerging architects in the UK will join the corresponding group of three Portuguese architects to act as ambassadors for each country’s architecture, taking part in programmes in Lisbon and London involving coordinated activities such as lectures and visits to studios and other locations.
Theatre, Dance, Film, Music:
Portugal is one of the four countries who are members of the IRIS network – the Southern European Association for Contemporary Creative Arts. The network covers theatre and festival directors in Portugal, France, Spain and Italy.
The Belém Cultural Centre (CCB) in Lisbon represents Portugal in the Prospero network, a plurennial cultural cooperation project, to which theatres in France, Belgium, Germany, Finland and Italy also belong. Cooperation takes the practical form of artists and cultural actors moving within the network and the dissemination of cultural productions.
PLATEIA, the Professional Association of Scenic Art Performers, is a member of IETM – International Network for the Contemporary Performing Arts.
The Portuguese representative for the On the Move initiative, an information network on cultural mobility, is responsible for information coordination.