Underground culture… literally.

Filled with unique stories that reveal the artistic, cultural and political contexts of Aveiro and Portugal in contemporaneity, the Aveiro Arts House hosts a small gallery and an underground auditorium that operated as a clandestine cinema before the fall of the fascist regime.

An alternative sanctuary for sharing works, thoughts, and news from the international arts scene, during the second half of the 20th century this auditorium performed the crucial task of bringing together artists, thinkers and other free spirits, far away from the restrictive tentacles of censorship.

Keeping the tradition alive

Determined to keep alive the house’s tradition as a safe harbour for art lovers, and responding to an obvious demand for more alternative forms of culture in Aveiro, we occasionally host events and workshops in several fields related to creativity.

Since November 2016 we have organised small concerts, movie screenings, poetry sessions, dinner parties and talks, featuring national and international artists such as Pamelia Stickney (USA), Tatsuru Arai (JP), Alberto Rios de la Rosa (MX), Tiny Legs Tim (BE), César Lacerda (BR), Güiro Meets Russia (ES), Guvibosch (RU), Plastic Flowers (GR), Raoul Vignal (FR) and many others.

Open to the community

Being a community-driven initiative, the Aveiro Arts House is positively open to curatorship from other collectives, artists and institutions, having hosted local meetings and proposals —such as Aveiro’s Experimental and Improvised Music Festival, GrETUA’s scriptwriting course, the Poetry Slam Aveiro sessions or movie-screenings by the University’s Institute of Ethnomusicology— as well as international initiatives —such as the worldwide video art project Contemporary Visions or presentations by the sustainable development research group Susplace.

Reclaim your right to culture!

Do you have an unusual idea for a workshop? An independent movie cycle you’d like to present? A meeting of creative minds you want to organise? The Aveiro Arts House is open to suggestions: as long as your proposal is consistent with our curatorial strategy, we’ll gladly host your underground event.

Outfitted with audiovisual equipment, a projection booth, a mini-bar and 42 seats, the Aveiro Arts House auditorium has reclaimed back its role as an indisputable landmark in Aveiro’s alternative culture scene.