EUNIC Portugal was founded in 1996 and is made up of the cultural institutes and embassies of member countries of the European Union with a presence in Lisbon. It has the support of the Representation of the European Commission in Portugal, and is dedicated to the promotion of European identity through cultural activities.
The British Council is a founding member of EUNIC Portugal.
The Night of European Literature
The Night of European Literature is a literary event dedicated to contemporary European literature, an initiative promoted by the Czech Centers (the cultural centres of the Czech Republic) since 2008, and which is held annually in several European countries.
In Portugal, the first Night of European Literature was celebrated on the 24 May 2013. Since then, this literary soirée – which is organized by EUNIC Portugal – has already been held in the zones of Chiado and Rato (2013), Príncipe Real (2014 and 2015), and of Carmo and Trindade (2016 and 2017). Since 2014, it has been part of the Festas de Lisboa, with a steady increase in the number of participating countries – from an initial eight to eleven – and the number of spectators has grown from 1300 in its first edition to about 4300 in 2017.
With reading sessions that take place every half an hour, this is an opportunity to get to know European literature. From novels to theatre, from poetry to children's books, it's 15 minutes of listening to pages from an unknown work, and then another 15 minutes to scour the map, move on to the next space and discover a new work.
Kamila Shamsie is the author of 7 novels, which have been translated into more than 20 languages. Home Fire (in Portuguese, Conflito Interno) was nominated for the Man Booker Award and for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, as well as being shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award; Burnt Shadows was selected for the Orange Prize for Fiction; and A God In Every Stone was selected for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. Three of her other works (In the City by the Sea, Kartography, Broken Verses) were awarded prizes by the Pakistan Academy of Letters. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists, Kamila Shamsie grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, and currently lives in London.
Ulisses Ceia was born in Lisbon in 1980. He completed a course in Acting at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema in 2001 and began his professional career at the Teatro Experimental de Cascais under the guidance of Carlos Avilez. In 2003 he travelled to London, where he ended up living for four years, attending various courses and theatre workshops. Since 2011 he has belonged to the cast at Teatro Educa, and he works regularly with the Artelier and the This is That theatre companies. In 2014, he made his directorial debut with A Volta ao Mundo em 80 Dias by the Byfurcação theatre company.