2019 Imaginarius: an accessible festival meant to be experienced by everyone 1

2019 Imaginarius: an accessible festival meant to be experienced by everyone

Imaginarius is a festival meant to be experienced by everyone, becoming more and more a plural, open and universal event. The Municipality of Santa Maria da Feira is investing on the continuous availability of tools to support accessibility, providing a broad access to Culture.

The 19th edition of the International Street Theatre Festival – Imaginarius is renewing some of its tools to improve the conditions of access to the shows that are part of the programme of the event.

The programme is available at, with interpretation in Portuguese Sign Language (LGP). The shows Reencontro (II), from 23 to 25 May, at 9pm, in the Cloisters of the Lóios Convent, Viagem de Memória! Percurso Sonoro pela Terra de Santa Maria, on 24 and 25 May, from 2.15pm to 6.30pm in Rossio, and William Shake(this)pear, on 24 and 25 May at 9pm, in the Gardens and Auditorium of the Municipal Library, which will have their world premiere at the festival, will be interpreted in LGP.
A short version of the Imaginarius programme is also available in braille support at the Interactive Tourism Store.

Sérgio Conceição’s multidisciplinary creation, “Cães de Rua”, scheduled for the 23rd, at 10pm, and the 24th and 25th at 11pm, in Rossio, will have an audio description service for people with visual impairments.

Thee Imaginarius venue will provide several preferential visibility locations for people with conditioned mobility, through permanent platforms in: Gaspar Moreira Square, the Mill House and the Municipal Swimming-Pools.

To reinforce our information on accessibility, on 24 and 25 May, between 5pm and 8pm, there will be guided tours of the Imaginarius venue, open to all those willing to participate, providing practical information about accessible routes and activities. The visits also include a volunteer guide and interpretation in LGP. Registering is free, but required, and must be made through

The 112 volunteers involved in the Imaginarius Participa volunteer programme are also ready to welcome visitors with specific needs, providing them with all the necessary information and support. The recommendations were transmitted in the usual training that the Municipality ministers to the volunteers involved in each edition. In the framework of this training, an information flyer was produced that lists several recommendations to be considered when dealing with visitors with motor, visual, hearing or intellectual/multi-handicap limitations, and it will be available to all interested parties in the Interactive Tourism Store.

The municipality also provides accessible parking spaces, accessible toilets and wheelchairs in the Interactive Tourism Store.

Accessibilities are properly marked on the Imaginarius Venue Map.

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