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Open House Porto is postponed for 3rd and 4th July 2021

Filipa Brito

The Open House Porto 6th edition is rescheduled for 3rd and 4th July 2021. Curators to Open House 2021 are Graça Correia and historian Joel Cleto. This decision was made by the Casa da Arquitectura and the partner municipalities, including Porto City Hall, to ensure the safety of the public and of all those involved in the organisation. 

In 2021, the weekend of 3rd and 4th July, 75 spaces will open doors for free, showcasing the grandeur of the architectural heritage of four cities -Porto, Matosinhos, Vila Nova de Gaia and Maia, which enters the event for the first time.

One of the novelties of this net edition is the strong bet on extending opening hours, namely the nocturnal period and continuously over the weekend.

"Besides the debut of Maia as the fourth participating municipality, making this the only Open House Porto to gather four cities simultaneously, in a joint and continuous territory, we have increased the number of sites to visit and, for the first time, we'll have 48 hours consecutive visits", highlights Nuno Sampaio, Executive-Director of Casa da Arquitectura.

Exclusively organised and produced by Casa da Arquitectura, with the strategic partnership of the City Halls of Maia, Matosinhos, Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, Open House Porto aims at continuing to established itself as one of the most relevant cultural moments of the year.

Graça Correia, architect, university lecturer and author of many book and co-author of documentaries and Joel Cleto, archaeologist, historian and disseminator of History and Heritage and university teacher, widely known by the public for its shows on History at Porto Canal.

Volunteer's recruitment

Applications for the recruitment of 400 volunteers is ongoing; their role is crucial to inform and guide visitors. Applications are taken from the age of 16 and the key requirement is that volunteers are interested in architecture, in built heritage and in the history of the four cities, as well as in the will to communicate and raise awareness son the best architecture of this four municipalities.

The application form is available at the Open House Porto official website or HERE.

The postponement of this year's edition is in line with what has been going with host cities all around the year; thus the decision to reschedule Open House.

This initiative has been organised for more than twenty years and it is currently present in over 40m cities worldwide.