Encontros da imagem photography exhibitions - may
This event started in 1987. Since then, throughout the years the idea of the photographic exhibitions began to take shape, and progressively adapted to the aesthetic and formal developments of creative photography which forms the cornerstone of the yearly event.
Braga romana – may
Reliving the past in Bracara Augusta. Braga goes back in time 2000 years, to an era when it was part of the Roman Empire, evoking its day-to-day life as the capital city of the province of Gallaecia.
The central point of these festivities, which are held annually at the end of May, is the recreated Roman marketplace which is the setting for circus arts, plays, battle reenactments, mythological representations, juggling, musical performances and dancing from the time of Bracara Augusta.
This journey back in time also includes a Roman school, a children’s entertainment area and the traditional welcoming of the Emperor Augustus, when the founding edict is read out and the city’s Administrator appointed. The first day of the festival sees the grand Roman Procession wend its way through the streets of the city’s historical centre.
Mimarte – braga theatre festival - july
This takes place in the first fortnight of July, at locations which are already popular with the general public (Rossio da Sé by the cathedral, the Arcada in the town centre, and the D. Diogo de Sousa Museum), with participation by local, national and international groups. MIMARTE places particular emphasis on street theatre, thereby ensuring a spontaneous relationship with the spectators.
Braga international folklore festival - august
Held in the last weekend of August and geared towards music and dance by folkloric groups, this festival is a major expression of local, regional, national and international ethnographic culture, in compliance with the principles which build Braga’s cultural identity, which is subject to substantive interpretation of the content and form of local cultural practices, in an ambience of conviviality with other substantively different socio-cultural expressions, against a backdrop of great civic, human and monumental significance.
The people of Braga have been treated to this three-day festival on the last weekend of August, for the last four years.
Braga municipal stadium
The AXA Stadium, or Braga Municipal Stadium, better known as “The Quarry” is a major asset for the district, bringing value to the city and to the region.
Designed by the Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto Moura and the Portuguese engineer Rui Furtado, it is a construction of particular beauty, as a piece of architecture and uncommon engineering «a major work of art», which is the highlight of the Urban Park on the slope of Monte Castro, on the periphery of the urban area of Braga, facing out towards the valley of the River Cávado.
The stadium is currently used by Sporting Clube de Braga.