Portugal-UK Exhibition 650: The Anglo-Portugues Alliance  through the Art of Children

Inauguration on February 8th, at 4.30 pm, at the Alfândega Building in Porto

The Portugal-UK650 initiative, together with the British Embassy in Portugal and Alfândega do Porto invite your media body to be present at the inauguration of the Portugal-UK 650 Exhibition: The Luso-British Alliance through the Art of Children, scheduled for this Wednesday, February 8th at 4:30 pm.

From that date on, it is possible to appreciate, in the Alfândega do Porto Building, a set of artistic works that have as their motto the oldest diplomatic relationship in the world, the Luso-British Alliance, which completes 650 years in 2023. Works carried out by children users of pediatric hospitals across the country, the Integrated Disability Support Center of Santa Casa da Misericórdia do Porto and students from schools in Braga and Gondomar.

The event will feature Chris Sainty, UK Ambassador to Portugal and Maria João Rodrigues de Araújo, president of the Portugal-UK 650 initiative, among other invited guests.

This exhibition is part of the Portugal-UK 650 commemorations, which aim to celebrate the 650th anniversary of the Luso-British Alliance in Portugal and the United Kingdom and comprise a vast commemorative programme, in partnership with more than 150 Portuguese and British institutions.

The exhibition can be visited until April 16, 2023, from Tuesday to Friday, between 10 am and 1 pm and 2 pm and 6 pm. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, between 3 pm and 7 pm. The exhibition will be closed on Mondays, as well as on February 21 (Carnival) and April 9 (Easter). Access is free.

About Portugal-UK 650

Portugal-UK 650 is the initiative responsible for commemorating the 650th anniversary of the Portuguese-British Alliance in Portugal and the United Kingdom.

Awarded with the two highest seals of Portugal and the United Kingdom, the High Patronage of His Excellency the President of the Portuguese Republic and the Royal Patronage of His Majesty, King Carlos III, the Portugal-UK 650 initiative aims to celebrate and make known shared history, write new chapters of friendship, cooperation and trade, develop scientific research on the Portuguese-British Alliance, and promote the values ​​of the Alliance’s founding Treaty in today’s world – peace, friendship, truth, fidelity, constancy, solidarity, sincerity and kindness – “… there shall henceforth be true, faithful, constant, mutual and perpetual peace and friendship, union and alliance and league of sincere affection” (Article I, Treaty of the Alliance, London 16 June 1373) – appealing to the responsibility and commitment of each.

In the long term, Portugal-UK 650 hopes to contribute to a safer and more fraternal society, with greater knowledge of its historical and cultural heritage, more international solidarity and a strengthened dialogue, cooperation and friendship between the citizens of both countries.

In addition to celebrating the most important dates – the 650th anniversary of the Treaty of Tagilde (July 10, 2022) and the Treaty of London (June 16, 2023) – the Commemorations include a number of other initiatives, in partnership with more 150 Portuguese and British institutions, in the fields of research, education, culture, commerce, cooperation, military and social matters. To date, around 159 activities have taken place in both countries.

The program for the celebrations of the 650th anniversary of the Luso-British Alliance can be consulted on the website, as well as on the initiative’s social networks.