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May 15, 2018
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Portugal: Forum Braga: A New Venue In Northern Portugal


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About 50 km from Porto, Braga is one of the most important Portuguese cities in terms of religious tourism. It is a part of the Way of Saint James, and the pilgrimages to the city's churches in are made by thousands of nationals and foreigners. But Braga is much more than religion, it is also science, with a university and institutes at the forefront of research; it is culture, industry, sports and the gateway to Peneda-Gerês National Park. And the region intends to be an important hub in the Meetings Industry sector. For this much Forum Braga can certainly contribute.

After extensive remodeling work in the former Parque de Exposições, Forum Braga opened on April 27th. It presents itself to the market as a multifaceted and dynamic multipurpose venue, capable of hosting events as different as congresses, exhibitions, concerts, fairs, sports events or festivals, with capacities between 20 and 20 thousand people.

In addition to being the largest auditorium in the North region, with 1,450 seats, and the country's second largest theatre with 12,000 standing places, Forum Braga assumes its Roman heritage to play the role of "the city, the region and the country's core, a people-oriented space, a meeting, business, culture and experiences point," explains Carlos Oliveira, president of InvestBraga, managing entity of the venue. Adapting the Ancient Rome's forum concept to a contemporary paradigm, this is a "modern, interactive and environmentally sustainable Forum".

On the major events radar

Forum Braga will enable the city to be in the national and international radar of major events, of business tourism, also taking advantage from the proximity with Galicia. "We believe that Braga is a city with many advantages and with the potential to attract the organisation of big events. We have excellent accessibility - we are 30 minutes from Porto Airport and 60 minutes from Vigo Airport -; we have a large hotel capacity - with about 3,250 beds available in the city and more than 6 thousand beds available within a 25 km radius; we have a young and dynamic city and a county that is considered as the third best in the country to do business. We believe, therefore, that we have the necessary requirements to make both Braga and Forum Braga a national reference in the organisation of events," Carlos Oliveira concludes.

Networking

Forum Braga is investing in networking with the various agents in the region, City Hall, associations, local companies, hotels, University of Minho, INL - Laboratório Internacional de Nanotecnologia (International Nanotechnology Laboratory), among others, seeing it as a competitive advantage. Likewise, it chose not to be exclusive in such fundamental services as catering and audiovisual, allowing organisers to choose their partners in these areas.

Forum Braga has modern, comfortable, technologically advanced facilities, that are prepared for all guests, digital signage network, audiovisual systems and wi-fi coverage. All this supported by a team with wide experience in organising events.

Areas and capacities

The main infrastructure and respective capacities of Forum Braga comprise a pavilion with 7,800sqm, spread over two floors; a large auditorium with capacity for 1,340 people; a small

auditorium with capacity for 250 people; a modular room with a capacity of 400 theatre seats; six meeting rooms; a 360sqm exhibition room; an outdoor area with 26,000sqm, capacity for 300 stands and capable of hosting up to 20,000 people in concert; parking for 600 seats; a contemporary art gallery; restaurant, self-service, cafeteria, bars and shops.


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