Bolhão is the venue for the celebration of relations between Portugal and the United Kingdom

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Guilherme Costa Oliveira

To mark the 650th anniversary of the British Portuguese Alliance, the British Embassy will develop a series of activities in the city of Porto, on the 8th and 9th, and the Bolhão Market will be a space to share these experiences.

This Wednesday, the 8th, at 5:30 pm, you can watch the concert of the Film Band, on the Main Staircase, which will recreate some of the greatest hits of British music in cinema.

In the gallery on the 3rd floor, during the two days, there will be an exhibition about the United Kingdom, whose attention will focus on important areas such as Science, Education and Culture, and which will be displayed using interactive panels, for a more immersive and pedagogical experience.

“There will henceforth be between us a true, faithful, constant, mutual and perpetual peace and friendship, union and alliance, and leagues of sincere affection”, so it is written in the Anglo-Portuguese Treaty (Article I), dated June 16, 1373.

The Portuguese-British alliance for children's art

Inserted in the program of the Portugal-UK650 initiative is inaugurated this Wednesday, at 4:30 pm, in the Alfândega building, the "Portugal-UK 650: a aliança luso britânica pela arte das crianças" Exhibition. It is possible to appreciate a set of artistic works that have as their motto the oldest diplomatic relationship in the world. These works were carried out by children who use paediatrics from hospitals throughout the country, from the Centro Integrado de Apoio à Deficiência of Santa Casa da Misericórdia do Porto and students from schools in Braga and Gondomar.

The event will be attended by Chris Sainty, UK Ambassador to Portugal, and Maria João Rodrigues de Araújo, President of the Portugal-UK 650 initiative, among other invited individuals.

The exhibition can be visited until April 16, from Tuesday to Friday, between 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, between 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm. The exhibition will be closed on Mondays, as well as on February 21 (Carnival) and April 9 (Easter). Entry is free.