First City: AVEIRO

The first selected city of the 10 urban spaces to be featured in "Aqui/Here" is Portugal's Aveiro, birthplace of this project, and the Manifesto's source of inspiration.

The short films will be shot in ten cities across the globe and in Aveiro, gathering directors, actors, directors of photography, composers and technicians that have taken part of AVANCA Film Festival over the past 12 years.
The Manifesto for the Public Space stems from Amigos d’Avenida’s experience and debate over one of Aveiro’s most emblematic public spaces.

Following the city’s 250th anniversary and drawing inspiration from Vilnius European Capital of Culture, where public art, public space animation and community engagement were actively sought, Amigos d’Avenida directed their debates to public space animation and qualification and the role of culture, art and creativity in the affirmation of Aveiro’s quality and competitiveness.

From this experience and parallel discussions, the need to synthesize the group’s thoughts on the matter emerged. Thus the manifesto for the public space was written, whose ten principles advocate the promotion of greater use and bonding with the city’s public spaces by the overall population through interventions not only in animation but also in their physical characteristics. This is the manifesto behind ‘Aqui!/Here!”