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Évora 2027 presents design as a tool for creation and collective thinking

TRAÇANDO is a cycle of workshops that seeks to appeal to community participation in the development of the visual identity of Évora's candidacy for European Capital of Culture in 2027.

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From March 10 to 12, the first graphic design workshop of the cycle TRAÇANDO will take place. It will be led by the designers duo R2 (Lizá Defossez Ramalho and Artur Rebelo). The event aims at gathering both experienced and unskilled participants, inviting them to contribute and reflect on a set of pieces (e.g. graphic and visual elements) which are key for the construction of the visual identity of Évora 2027 - Candidate City for European Capital of Culture.


With the "March - Month of Youth" programme underway, promoted by Évora City Hall, TRAÇANDO #1 is addressed to young people aged 19 to 30. In two sessions, the workshop is free and takes place between Wednesday and Friday (March 10 to 12), online, through Zoom platform. Participants will be challenged to create a synthesis image of Évora, giving the previously collected materials a new interpretation, without words and projected towards the future.


The upcoming workshops dates of the TRAÇANDO cycle will be announced soon. Participants must register in advance by sending an email to:




In 1995, Lizá Defossez Ramalho and Artur Rebelo founded R2, a studio based in Porto and specialised in visual communication design. Over the last two decades, R2 has been collaborating with cultural institutions, artists and architects on a wide variety of visual identities, editorial design, posters and signage projects. In addition to these strands, their work also extends to teaching, curating, research, publishing and public art. They have been members of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) since 2007, having co-organized the AGI Congress and AGI Open Porto events in 2010. They have coordinated several workshops and participated in several conferences, in Portugal and abroad, such as École Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne (Switzerland), School of Visual Arts (USA) or Art Institute of Chicago (USA). Some of R2's works are in the collections of important museums, such as the Musée des Arts Decoratifs (Paris, France), the Museum of Modern Art Toyama (Japan) or the Museum für Gestaltung (Zurich, Switzerland). Ramalho and Rebelo have been awarded several international prizes, including the "Grand Prix" of the Brno Biennale (Czech Republic), several "Premier Awards" of ISTD -International Society of Typographic Designers (UK) and SEGD - Society for Environmental Graphic Design (USA), and a "Gold Prize" of the Toyama International Poster Triennial (Japan).


Évora's candidacy for European Capital of Culture in 2027 is held under the responsibility of the Executive Committee "Évora 2027", led by the Municipality of Évora. This Executive Committee also comprises the Alentejo Regional Agency for Touristic Promotion - ARPTA, the Alentejo Regional Development Coordination Commission, the Intermunicipal Community of Central Alentejo, the Regional Directorate of Culture of Alentejo, Eugénio de Almeida Foundation, Turismo do Alentejo - ERT and the University of Évora.