of Sefarad

Encounters of
Jewish-Sephardi Cultures

15th to 18th June 2017
Bragança, Portugal

15th to 17th June 2017
Bragança, Portugal


The more than two millennia of Jewish presence in the nowadays Portuguese territory, have marked in a indelible way History and Culture, and deep down the identity and the ideas. From politics to economics, arts and science to the more simple habits and costumes, there are today numerous traces of its presence and influence, patrimony increasingly valued, rediscovered and liable to be used in a very positive way on the dynamics of development and territorial cohesion.

The Trás-os-Montes region, possesses a set of characteristics favorable to the development of a cultural diversity affirmation strategy grounded in an immaterial patrimony of a Jewish-Christian past still present.

The Sephardi patrimonial and identity dynamization may be one fundamental pole in the recreation of connections from Bragança to the world’s more developed poles, either New York or Malaysia, remarkable areas of the planet where there are many Sephardic. Moreover, the development of a solid strategy in the contact with Jewish families possibly originating from Bragança may be, undoubtedly, a very effective way of captivate investment and to place the city in the map of the priorities, not only touristic ones.

So, the important scientific contribution developed by the Museu Abade Baçal, and in particular the Centro de Interpretação da Cultura Sefardita do Nordeste transmontano, and Bragança Sefardita - Memorial e Centro de Documentação, should be seen only as the beginning of the rediscovery and acknowledgement of a culture process, that helped forge the Trás-os-Montes identity.


With the marked patrimony, material and immaterial, and with the vast and deep inheritance attested in an immense specialized bibliography, Bragança must leverage its development in several pillars, being that one of the most differentiators is, surely, the referred Sephardi inheritance.

With a diaspora around many thousands of Jews and New Christians descendants escaped from Portugal, the brigantina city has an human patrimony, of possible attractiveness, immense and of cultural, financial and economic dimensions, deserving a very careful evaluation.

In fact, along with the development enabled by the University Campus, as well as some industries, the connection of Bragança to all the planet through the descendants of Jews of the region may be a bond of feelings which potentiates in an unique form the development of the region, catalyzing and centralizing the memories, the affections and the recurrent desire to find the family “roots”.

This event/project emerges following the reflections pointing to the implementation of a strategy to this territory – its acknowledgement and internationalization -, starting from the promotion of the cultural equipments about the Sephardi and Jewish Culture in Bragança: the Centro de Interpretação da Cultura Sefardita do Nordeste Transmontano; Memorial e Centro de Documentação, Bragança Sefardita. But also of the material and immaterial patrimony with Vestiges and references to the Jewish and Sephardi Culture in the region of Trás os Montes, such as: Museu Abade de Baçal, rio Fervença, rua de judiarias, aldeia do Carção, Mogadouro, Cortiços, Chacim, etc.

A major event is proposed, for 4 days, of international character, with 4 main objectives:

To raise awareness to the Jewish Religious Cultural Tourism (national and international); To bring to Bragança internationally renowned figures, Jewish and Sephardic, in a connection with Spain: artists, investigators, historians, investors, Sephardic descendants; To make an impact in the specialized media and generalist media on the importance of the Sephardi Culture, in a recent past, and in our near future, and (re) place Bragança in the International Routes, through a new centrality.



15.06 – 15.09.2017

Centro de Arte Contemporânea Graça Morais

Dvora Morag, Israeli artist, presents “Disruptive Order” in an exhibition and installation of contemporary textile art. Until 15th September
Graça Morais, Portuguese artist from Trás-os-Montes, presents artworks from her series “A Coragem e o Medo”. Until 31st December

Centro de Fotografia Georges Dussaud

Georges Dussaud, France. “A cidade e as Serras”, exhibition of photographies of his collection around the rituals, the quotidian, crafts, the Landscape of Bragança, many of them linked to the Sephardic rituals.
Orlando Ribeiro (CEG), Portugal. “Trás-os-Montes, terra de contrastes”, exhibition of artistic, documental and/or scientific (geography) work, based in photographic records of the territory of Trás-os-Montes.

Museu Abade de Baçal

“Quando as periferias são centros: a indústria de tecelagem e das sedas”
Documental and ethnographic exhibition based in the production and industries of silk, in its most prominent period of the eighteenth-century exploration.

10.05 to 30.06
Centro Cultural Adriano Moreira

“Heranças, Vivências e Património Judaico em Portugal”
The exhibition, promoted by the Rede de Judiarias de Portugal – Rotas de Sefarad, invites you to a journey through the Sephardic experience in the national territory.

Jewish Cinema Show

15 – 16.06.2017

Garden of Centro Arte Contemporânea Graça Morais

Show of Jewish-Sephardi Cinema | Open-air Cinema
In a narrow cooperation with JUDAICA – Mostra de Cinema (Lisbon) and with curatorship of Elena Piatok, director.

15.06, 22H
Ladino Ladies’ Club, 2015 (BUL/EUA)
Documentary by Georgi Bogdanov, Boris Missirkov

Women in Sink, 2015 (IL/UK)
Documentary by Iris Zaki

The Forger, 2016 (FR)
Documentary by Samantha Stark, Alexandra Garcia, Pamela Druckerman + Manual Cinema Studios

16.06, 22H
Hajnali Láz, 2015 (IL/HUN/SWE)
Drama by Peter Gárdos

International Congress

15 – 17.06.2017

Auditório do Teatro Municipal de Bragança, Auditório C. C. Adriano Moreira, Auditório Paulo Quintela

“Identity and Sephardi Memory: History and Present time”
It is intended to place the city as an unavoidable centre of reflection on the Jewish memory and patrimony in Portugal an in all the North of the Iberian Peninsula.

Kosher Market

18.06.2017 10-19h

Praça da Sé

One of the most immediate solid fields of economical development on the Sephardi world subject is, obviously, the one of the certified Kosher food.
Kosher Products – Creative and Cultural Tourism
(promoting the routes + villages + services) – Welcome to Bragança (directed to Sephardic Jews…) – Theatrical street Entertainment.

Sephardi Music

Garden of Centro Arte Contemporânea Graça Morais

15.06.2017, 8pm

Herança Longínqua duo
After the opening of the exhibitions and at the end
of the course by the “Rua dos Museus” (Street of the Museums) an intimate concert will be performed, with voice, violoncello and percussion, in a creation of Sephardic songs, with Magna Ferreira (voice and percussion) and Jed Barahal (violoncello).

Castle of Bragança

17.06.2017, 10.30pm

Yasmin Levy
Israeli artist and singer, is “the extraordinary interpreter of Ladino music, brings great drama that echoes the fervour of Spanish Flamenco, Argentinian Tango and the Portuguese blues of Fado.”

Ticket (5,00€)
– Tickets are available at the usual places (Fnac, Worten,…)
– Loja Interactiva de Turismo de Bragança (+351 273240020)


The organization has made an agreement with some Hotels for accommodating visitors with better prices. You need to mention you are participating in the International Congress to enjoy the rates.

Hotel São Lázaro ***
Phone: +351273310070

Hotel Tulipa **
Phone: +351273331675

Pousada de Portugal S. Bartolomeu (charme)
Phone: +351273331493

Hotel Nordeste Shalom **
​Phone: +351273331667

Other Hotels in Bragança:
Hotel Ibis ***

Pousada da Juventude de Bragança

How to get to Bragança
By car

Access | Distances | Time
Porto - 208 Km | 02h00m - A4
Covilhã – 224 km | 2h21m - A23 | IP2 | A4
Lisboa - 509 Km | 04h53m - A1 | A24 | A4
Zamora – 100Km | 1h13m - N122/E82 | A4
Valladolid - 200 Km | 02h10m - E.80/A-62 | A-11 | N122/E82 | A4
Vigo - 256 Km | 03h07m - A52- ZA-L-2698 | N308
Madrid - 353 Km | 03h42m - A6/AP-6/A-11 | N122/E.82 | A4

By bus
from Porto 3h (approx) | from Lisbon 6h30m (approx)
Rede Expressos
from Porto 3h (approx) | from Lisbon 6h45m (approx)
Auto Viação do Tâmega
from Porto 4h (approx) | from Lisbon 9h

By airplane
Aero Vip - Cascais/Bragança (1h30m)


Land(s) of Sefarad:

Organization and Production:
Ideias Emergentes - Produção Cultural, CRL

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