xisto lab

Xisto Lab

xisto lab

To defend and promote artistic trades, research, creativity and daring, experimentation and life change, in short, the settlement of people, projects and investment.

Presentation

The Aldeias do Xisto promote scientific and artistic immersion with a view to generating new experiences, prototypes, products and services, which increase and diversify the territory's offer. At the same time, they develop outreach initiatives to improve access to knowledge and new services in the villages and stimulate joint learning between inhabitants, tourists and visitors. 

An environment conducive to experimentation

Through several commercial, arts and entrepreneurial endeavours, Aldeias do Xisto have created ways to transform ideas into action and resources into returns. In short, to make the local culture an asset for economic and social development. This approach is structured around a model of research, creative immersion, representation and production, inviting artists, researchers and thinkers to develop projects and objects that carry a meaning and a message, and that stimulate the emergence of new ways of doing, living and being.

From concept to production

The focus remains on the laboratory format, crossing different skills, techniques (artisanal and digital) and audiences (craftspeople, artists, scientists, students and teachers), involving small industrial or family production units, through a project approach that is already well incorporated in the modus operandi of the Aldeias do Xisto: development of welcoming and creative immersion programmes, technical and artistic research, design, prototyping and production of artefacts, design of shows or artistic works, and development of projects, boosting knowledge and skill centres in the territory. For business and research projects, the Aldeias do Xisto have a network of knowledge and skill centres, physical and human resources, a solid network of specialised partners, as well as access to national and European financial support programmes. 

Knowledge and skill centres

Based in the various knowledge and skill centres in the Aldeias do Xisto region which combine traditional practices with technical and scientific research in a light-hearted approach to hands-on learning and in a close relationship with the community and its wisdom. This is the case, for example, with the Casa das Tecedeiras and the carpentry workshop in Janeiro de Cima, the Fab Lab Aldeias do Xisto, the community wood ovens where you can learn how to make bread in a wood oven or bowl, as in Figueira, and the ceramics and wood workshops in Cerdeira. It is hoped that they can also promote the settlement of people and companies by providing them with the knowledge, techniques and tools to deal with the various aspects of life in these places – so they are able to leave the urban centres behind and engage with the land, living and enjoying the whole of the country.

Welcome and experience without fear of mistakes

From music to craft-design, photography to drawing, gastronomy to literature, sports to leisure, over the years there have been many experiences founded in local resources and knowledge, based on immersion, inspiration and learning in a real context, combining traditional and scientific knowledge with innovative solutions for social interaction and integration. Some examples are: the XJazz artistic residencies, which have already resulted in four albums; the Craft+Design+Identity trilogy that ran several design and applied art fairs in the main European capitals; the À Mesa com as Aldeias do Xisto cullinary research and experimentation project; the exploration of the territory through art and photography with the Between Serras Project; the exploration through design of new ways to activate the capacities and skills of villages still have with the Project@X; artistic residencies in drawing (Desenhar a Essência dos Lugares) and literature; the Cyclin' Portugal project, which affirms the bicycle as a tool at the service of the development of the territories.

The Aldeias do Xisto promote scientific and artistic immersion with a view to generating new experiences, prototypes, products and services.

The focus remains on the laboratory format, crossing different skills, techniques (artisanal and digital) and audiences (craftspeople, artists, scientists, students and teachers).

Aldeias do Xisto develop outreach initiatives to improve access to knowledge and new services in the villages and stimulate joint learning between inhabitants, tourists and visitors.

Based in the various knowledge and skill centres in the Aldeias do Xisto region which combine traditional practices with technical and scientific research in a light-hearted approach to hands-on learning and in a close relationship with the community and its wisdom.

From music to craft-design, photography to drawing, gastronomy to literature, sports to leisure, over the years there have been many experiences founded in local resources and knowledge.

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restaurants
Callum
Callum
Oleiros
restaurants
Casa da Ti Augusta
Casa da Ti Augusta
Figueira
restaurants
Fugas Restaurant
Fugas Restaurant
restaurants
Ponte Velha
Ponte Velha
Sertã
restaurants
Varanda do Casal
Varanda do Casal
Casal de São Simão
restaurants
As Beiras
As Beiras
Pampilhosa da Serra
restaurants
Museu da Chanfana
Museu da Chanfana
Miranda do Corvo
restaurants
Quinta da Palmeira Romantic Boutique Restaurant
Quinta da Palmeira Romantic Boutique Restaurant
Cerdeira, Arganil
restaurants
Bem-Me-Quer
Bem-Me-Quer
Martim Branco
lodging
Convento da Sertã Hotel
Convento da Sertã Hotel
Sertã
lodging
Casa da Eira de Cima
Casa da Eira de Cima
Aldeia das Dez
lodging
Casa de Santo Antão
Casa de Santo Antão
Portela do Fojo
lodging
Casa do Secolinho
Casa do Secolinho
Aldeia das Dez
lodging
A Casa da Natália
A Casa da Natália
Góis
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Casa do Caminheiro Hostel
Casa do Caminheiro Hostel
Talasnal
lodging
Mountain Whisper
Mountain Whisper
Gondramaz
lodging
Casa do Silvério
Casa do Silvério
Barroca
lodging
Retiro do Gondramaz
Retiro do Gondramaz
Gondramaz
village
Figueira
Figueira
heritage
Alvoco das Várzeas Medieval Bridge
Alvoco das Várzeas Medieval Bridge
offer
Passeio Geológico de Foz do Cobrão e Sobral Fernando
Passeio Geológico de Foz do Cobrão e Sobral Fernando
heritage
Church of São Bartolomeu
Church of São Bartolomeu
tour
Cyclin' Portugal Centre - Aldeias of Xisto de Oliveira do Hospital: P5 – Red
Cyclin' Portugal Centre - Aldeias of Xisto de Oliveira do Hospital: P5 – Red
tour
Cyclin'Portugal Centre of Fróia River Beach (P31 - Green)
Cyclin'Portugal Centre of Fróia River Beach (P31 - Green)
tour
The Tagus Route - Fontes > Souto Rest Area - GRZ on Foot: Stage 3
The Tagus Route - Fontes > Souto Rest Area - GRZ on Foot: Stage 3
village
Ferraria de São João
Ferraria de São João
offer
Escapadinha de E-Bike nas Aldeias do Xisto
Escapadinha de E-Bike nas Aldeias do Xisto
offer
Aventura Épica XL
Aventura Épica XL
village
Sobral de São Miguel
Sobral de São Miguel
heritage
Roman Villa of Rabaçal
Roman Villa of Rabaçal

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