What to do before WikiSym’08

Before WikiSym happens, there is plenty of time to visit Oporto, if you’re already around. So, here are some suggestions of what you can do while visiting our town.


Noites Ritual Rock” (17th edition)

This music festival is held at Palácio de Cristal Gardens (Crystal Palace Gardens), on August 29th and 30th. This year’s edition will feature Sam The Kid, Tiago Bettencourt and Mantha, Rita Redshoes, Buraka Som Sistema, Linda Martini and more. All portuguese artists, as usual. The concerts begin at 21:30 and the entrance is free. During the day, there will also be other activities, such as exhibitions, video sessions and theatre plays.

“Beat It” – Electronic Music FestivalBeat It Poster

This festival will be held on September 6th, at the University of Porto’s Sports Centre Stadium (Campo Alegre, Porto). It will feature Etienne de Crecy, Ladytron, David Carreta and more. See the poster on the left (only available in Portuguese for the moment).


There are museums to visit, some more emblematic, some less known, but all worth it. Starting with something well-known, you can visit Serralves Foundation and Contemporary Art Museum, seeing not only the exhibitions about Manoel de Oliveira (the famous Portuguese filmmaker) and David Goldblatt, but taking the Garden tour as well.

Other museum to visit is the Soares dos Reis Museum, Portugal’s first Nacional Museum.

Alda Silva

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