It is a non-profit, cultural and scientific association founded in 1996. It aims to study, safeguard and enhance the environmental, cultural and scientific heritage of Alentejo, highlighting monuments, landscapes, sites, museums, collections, libraries, archives, galleries and intangible cultural assets. Its statutes emphasise the dynamization and irradiation of this territory, in particular in the fields of artistic creation and programming, biodiversity conservation, technological innovation, scientific dissemination and social support. It is open to the participation of all who identify with its activities, deeply anchored in Alentejo and aiming at the internationalization and qualification of low-density territories, as for instance the realization of the Terras sem Sombra and the operation of the UNESCO Centre.
The Terras Sem Sombra Festival is a civil society initiative that aims to contribute to make accessible to all the remarkable artistic and cultural tradition of the region, present in historical centres and monuments, landscapes, crossing it with protected areas and species, gastronomy and local products of excellence. We want to share the unique experience of how we live in Alentejo and how we view the past, present and future of this territory, where some of Europe's highest preservation, patrimonial and environmental rates occur.
We emphasize cultural decentralization and the formation of new audiences. And we intend to consolidate the role of the region as a destination of Art and Nature.
We work actively to safeguard and enhance the cultural and natural heritage, as well as to know the economic potential of the region. We defend principles of social and territorial inclusion. We act in a network, with a set of partnerships based on the "living forces" of our territory and that is constantly renewed.
DIRECTOR-GENERAL . José António FalcãoARTISTIC DIRECTOR . Juan Ángel Vela del CampoEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR . Sara FonsecaPRODUCTIONAntónio CavacoAntónio GonçalvesLurdes Cavaco COMMUNICATIONPRESS OFFICE. Banco Social de Comunicaçãocomunicacao@festivalterrassemsombra.orgPRINT AND DIGITAL DESIGN . Cognac - Happy Workaholics . Teresa SegismundoVIDEO: Ricochete FilmsPHOTOGRAPHY: Arlindo Homem BORD OF TRUSTEESMiguel de Castro Neto . PresidenteAntónio LamasCarlos MoedasCarlos ZorrinhoGonçalo ReisLuísa Bastos de Almeida
The name Alentejo has an intuitive origin: it derives from "beyond-Tejo", an expression that, as pointed out by José Domingos Garcia Domingues, designated, for those on the right bank of the river, the lands located beyond the river Tejo. However, on the other hand, the Almada - Alcácer do Sal traject has always been considered as belonging to the Extremadura region, reason why the Alentejo suffers a certain limitation in its western region. The Alentejo assumed importance with the Romans, in the 2nd century BC. The Arab occupation began in 713 and declined after the reconquering of Évora in 1165: from then until the fall of Mértola in 1238, it was a battle stage between Portuguese and Muslims. From 1640 to 1668, it would again be disputed between Portuguese and Castilian. Being Portugal’s most extensive region, it has an area of 26 158.63 km², which corresponds to about 29% of the total surface of the country. Is divided into four statistical areas: Alto Alentejo (district of Portalegre); Central Alentejo; Alentejo Litoral; and Baixo Alentejo. The region is characterized by its high preservation rates, both culturally and environmentally. It has a very strong cultural identity, which includes the passion for music, with a prominent expression in the cante alentejano.