The first edition of Arts & Crafts | New Design Biennial focuses on craftsmanship, technology, innovation and sustainability. The programme includes an international conference, a fair with workshops and masterclasses, and a presentation of short movies. The biennial seeks to be a pioneering event for the national arts and crafts scene, bringing people in contact with intangible cultural heritage and new contemporary visions. The event bridges the knowledge of elderly people with the innovation of younger people, both in the field of materials and design, as well as in the forms of consumption and distribution.
A new generation of urban dwellers, driven by the search for a more sustainable existence, has been reactivating dormant practices, namely through new design or by creating new approaches inspired by previous ones. The event was designed by Spira – revitalização patrimonial, with the seal of the Saison Portugal-France 2022, co-promoted by the Oeiras Municipality with the support of the Turismo de Portugal and in partnership with the AICEP and the Ministry of Culture.