Cultural Program

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Cultural program

Beja – The Capital of South Alentejo

In partnership with our regional local communities, we offer our participants a full-day cultural experience in Beja and immersion in our region’s landscape, food and handcrafts traditions. Alentejo is known especially for its food and wine as an agricultural region, where the gastronomical traditions of Alentejo have a special place amongst the other flavours found in Portugal.

Buinho designed a cultural programme in the city of Beja that aims to meet the experience of local making and life in the capital of southern Alentejo. Beja’s history as a city goes back to millenia. It has been known as Pax Julia, an important Roman City and its presence is still visible nowadays in archaeological sites and pieces found inside the city and on its surroundings.

Beja has beautiful limestone whitewashed churches and a cosy old town with small taverns and local artists ateliers. In more recent times, this city is also known for its cartoons and storytelling festival, as people from Alentejo are known for its humour and oral history traditions.

After visiting a ceramic workshop and a Thai minimarket, participants will visit Azenha do Mar, a neighbouring village, where they will meet the local community – mainly the fishermen who love to show their place and the harbour. Participants will learn about hand-build fishing tools and equipment, before enjoying an art installation with sounds collected in the fishery. For refreshments, the group will taste local fruits and wine before heading back to Messejana.

– Visit a handcraft pottery shop
– Visit the fishermen village of Azenha do Mar
– Sound installation about the fishing universe
– Interaction with local fishermen
– Lunch with local products and recipes


Location and heritage

Located in Southern Portugal, deep within the region of Alentejo, Messejana (the town of the seven churches) weaves a colourful composition of blues into Mediterranean whitewashed houses. Offering a unique rhythm, Messejana is a place of contrasts between past aristocratic houses with its hidden patios, and the small rural taipa houses surrounded by baroque white churches.

Messejana has currently 800 population and a long story of human occupation. It possesses archaeological artefacts which dates to the neolithic, including the Romans, Moors and of course the Portuguese. As a result Messejana possess several points of interest and a strong local identity, full of traditions, folklore and festivities.

Alentejo is also famous for its gastronomy. We are just 1 hour and a half from Lisbon and other major cities.

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Daily activities

Buinho develops educational and cultural activities in different spaces within Messejana. Besides our fablab and accommodation spaces, Buinho also runs one makerspace in the elementary school, and a playlab in the local kindergarten. 

We are responsible for a Precious Plastic workshop, unique in Alentejo, where we recycle plastic and produce design objects.
During the period of the course we organize open studios with our artists in residency, exhibitions, art workshops, performances, and talks.

We organize plastic recycling workshop in the Precious Plastic where participants can learn how to transform plastic waste into a product that they designed in the fablab.

We also have prepared group dinners with local musicians to provide a little more enchantment about the immaterial heritage of Alentejo. A unique opportunity for a very personal experience in Cante Alentejano (UNESCO immaterial heritage), while experiencing the local gastromy.

Cultural program

Lisbon and its coast

The Capital city of Lisbon is very close to the Atlantic Coast. It is in a strategic spot where we can find the metropolitan verve of the city on one hand, but on the other we are just a few minutes from the beautiful sea towns  of Estoril and Cascais. 

Since part of us from Buinho have grown up in Lisbon (we are Alfacinhas), we have planned a cultural day in the city with a  hopping from our favourite places as locals. Therefore, we like to change our cultural programme route throughout the year, according to the events and our inspiration. 

Lisbon is known for having hidden high spots where you can enjoy great views for free and be amazed by the houses’ tile patterns and narrow streets. While in the winter season, we can stroll around the design quarters, hidden cafes and museums of Lisbon with new exhibitions, during spring and summer we can spend a day outside the city, in the Cascais area and enjoy the ambiance of our Portuguese riviera.


Lisbon area Highlights:

– Greet the river Tagus and calm landscape in Belém with a tryout of the most famous custard cakes of Portugal.
– The unique late gothic style of the Monastery of Jerónimos and tower of Belém
– The neighbourhood of Chiado with its old bookshops.
– The design districts of Bairro Alto and Principe Real
– Shopping in Lisbon downtown (Baixa)
– Visit the neighbourhoods of the hills around the Lisbon Castle
– Chilling out at the Miradouro of Santa Luzia
– Having an afternoon drink at Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara
– Walking on the promenade of Estoril until Cascais on a sunny day as locals do for exercise.