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8. Creativity and Culture

8.7 Fostering the creative use of new technologies

Last update: 28 November 2023

New technologies in support of creativity and innovation


Facilitating access to culture through new technologies

- The website Cultura Portugal, launched in 2018, aggregates information on Cultural activities promoted by the organisations of the Ministry, and also provides information on other services and programmes, as well as the cultural events going on throughout the country. It’s divided into 4 sections that cover events, news, participation initiatives and creation opportunities.

- Within the National Participatory Budget, the winning project “Cultura para Todos” (Culture for All) was specific in its objective of making Culture available for everyone. Given this premise, two online platforms were developed:

The ÉS.CULTURA’18 website contains the cultural venues and events that are provided to young national and residents that turn 18, with the participation of more than 70 entities (services within the Ministry of Culture, private entities and Municipalities) and over 400 venues/events available (as of September 2019).

- LIVRAR is a platform that enables its users to deliver and request books they no longer need/want. Rather than promoting the direct exchange of books, it provides the chance of requesting a book without any form of transaction needed. It is a completely free service and has thousands of books available from users throughout the country.

Social Networks

- The dissemination of information of the MC entities through social networks is widely spread. Dedicated websites, Facebook pages and Instagram accounts are available, creating a bigger approach to its different audiences. The Ministry of Culture is also present through a Twitter account.


Cinemateca Portuguesa – Museu do Cinema

Cinemateca Digital provides the chance to watch more than 650 films online. This project started with the aim to be a part of the Europeana network, by providing 170 Portuguese fiction and non-fiction films from 1896 to1931.

Direção-Geral das Artes

DGArtes produces webinars that aim to enlighten and provide support information for the artistic entities and individuals that intend to benefit from the Arts Support Programme.


Museums, palaces and monuments

The museums, palaces and monuments under the tutelage of the DGPC have online platforms of communication for the audiences that they are addressing, with varied information about location, prices and timetables and, if applicable, activities of educational services.

Some museums and monuments still have support devices for tours, such audio guides and content available in the accessible rooms through the QR Code.

In addition, a protocol was established between Google Arts and Culture and DGPC, in order to promote Portuguese Cultural Heritage, by displaying it in through a virtual exhibition.


Mobile Apps

The Museu Nacional do Azulejo provides an innovating APP for smartphones and tablets targeted at deaf visitors, with videos in Portuguese Sign Language and International Sign.

The app was launched in 2016 as a result of a partnership between DGPC and Realizasom, which are responsible for its development, and with the support of the Millennium BCP Foundation. It is available for free upload in the mobile app stores Google Play (Android) and iTunes (iOS).

In addition to the content in sign language, the app also offers audio versions with audio description, both in Portuguese and English.

The Museu Nacional dos Coches launched an app that allows audiences, particularly younger ones, to get to know its collection through their mobiles.

Developed for both Android and iOS, this app accompanies the audiences through the visit and gives them information on each of the exhibited works.


National Digital Library in the National Library of Portugal

The National Library, whose mission is to collect process and preserve Portuguese documental heritage, in Portuguese language and about Portugal, offers, since 2002, an online bibliographic library to the general public and students - National Digital Library.

In the case of free access documents, there are around 30.000 free documents available.  Some documents, protected by copyright, are only accessible through the internal network of the National Library of Portugal.

The National Digital Library has been growing in a sustained manner, based on digitalisation criteria that privilege the access and dissemination of collections of the National Library of Portugal, in addition to the preservation of the original documents and digital content.



Since 2013, the BNP and the School Libraries Network have a collaboration protocol for the implementation and development of the REAtar programme - Open Educational Resources, technologies and networked learning.  This programme promotes the exploration and reuse of digital resources available in the National Digital Library, demonstrating the richness and diversity of content, typologies and its high potential for educational activities.

Coleção Obras Clássicas da Literatura Portuguesa

DGLAB provides access to a vast Collection of Classic Portuguese Books, promoting the editing of unpublished works, reprinting long-sold works, providing critical editions of works and key authors, accompanying all editions of presentation and apparatus by researchers of recognized merit, having more than a hundred works published in different types of editing (critical, interpretive and facsimile).


#serjovememcasa Campaign

Following the confinement period due to COVID19, IPDJ (Portuguese Institute for Sports and Youth) launched the #serjovememcasa campaign, which promotes access to information, know-how and skills for youths as participative citizens.

This campaign is set on IPDJ’s Facebook and Instagram and has daily inputs on information, initiatives and activities that give younger populations alternative ways to spend and enrichen their free time, with training sessions, sharing and debating events and exchanging information.

Following this campaign, the Institutions within the Ministry of Culture provided information on the initiatives that comply with the purpose of providing resources, events, and knowledge on Culture, as follows:

DGLAB – Centro Português de Fotografia

Promoting photography heritage by sharing media content through their social networks: Facebook, Instagram, website and Youtube. Their Facebook page also promotes virtual showcases of the building, highlighting details and aspects that are not usually visible or available to visitors. Alongside this, the project CPFActos (CPFacts) addresses curious facts about the institution, its activities and premises; the project Cronofoto, about chronology of events in the field of photograph; and the project CPFin #mostraranossacasa , that is a for knowing to learn more about the CPF, its functions, the work it does among other facts.


DGLAB – Arquivo Nacional Torre do Tombo

ANTT promotes virtual exhibitions for the Youth. Furthermore, the dedicated website of “150 Anos da abolição da pena de morte” (150 years of the death penalty abolition) is also available to visit online.


Instituto do Audiovisual e do Multimédia

ICA developed a Social media campaign, destined to promote alternative access to Culture, regarding cinema and audio-visual, with several initiatives that provide free access to cinematographic and audio-visual contents made available by cultural agents or exhibited by the public TV channels or even through VOD platforms. This information, at Facebook (@ICA.ONossoEcrã) and Instagram (@institutodocinemaeaudiovisual), is followed by the hashtags #CulturaPorCompanhia #FiqueEmCasa #CinemaEmCasa #CinemaPTEmCasa (CultureForCompany, StayHome, CinemaAtHome, PortugueseCinemaAtHome)


Cinemateca Portuguesa – Museu do Cinema

CPMC promoted the project “Gestos e Fragmentos”, that comprises several initiatives:

Movies to see this week: a series of Portuguese feature films, preserved and digitized in high definition and made available to the public during the confinement period. AS ARMAS E O POVO, a set of films specially dedicated to the 25 de Abril revolution was made available.

Cinemateca Júnior provides sessions that were designed for parents and teachers and can be set on a distance, as well as associated to other creative activities for children and youth.

O Museu vai a Casa (The Museum goes to Your Home) is a project that highlights objects and gadgets related to Cinema History and Pre-History, and are part of the Cinemateca Collection/Heritage.


Plano Nacional das Artes

Learning Resources were made available in order to promote learning in association with leisure, games, experimenting and creativity, making sure that arts and heritage are at the core of the training of students, because “education will only be complete if it comprises the cultural and artistic dimension”.


Teatro Nacional D. Maria II

Sala Online (Online Room): Fridays and Saturdays at 9 PM mark the premiere of a new show, selected from the dozens of productions and co-productions that went on stage over the recent years. Afterwards, the shows remain available to be watched at any time. Some of them include Audio-description and Portuguese sign Language.

Clube dos Poetas Vivos (Live Poets Society): This project, developed by TNDMII and Casa Fernando Pessoa since 2016, was adapted to an online version. Each week, at Tuesdays by 5PM, Teresa Coutinho invites several performers to read poems, a meeting around poets and their words, in everyone’s homes. These sessions are available at the Theatre’s Youtube Channel.

Movimento D. Maria em Casa (D. Maria At Home Movement): TNDMII invites all population to recreate their favourite theatre moments at home, film them, and share them on their social media platforms with the hashtags #dmariaiiemcasa, #teatroemcasa and #ficoemcasa . TNDMII would then select the most original videos and reward them with 20, 15 or 5 season tickets.

Podcast TEATRA: Once a month, Mariana Oliveira brings different personalities for an unscripted talk about culture, theatre and the people around it. Podcasts are available here.


Teatro Nacional de S. João

TNSJ provided several initiatives through online platforms such as ZOOM, VIMEO, school specific platforms, or the Theatre’s social media and website. These contents made it possible to give continuity to the Theatre’s Educational Services, Workshops, Training, and Theatre Club activities, aimed at youth, students and teachers, parents and general population.


Teatro Nacional de S. Carlos

TNSC developed the #SãoCarlosEmSuaCasa project, providing several contentes online, in order for people to get to know the Opera House, the Orchestra, the Choirs, and all its professionals by sharing stories and unforgettable moments. These are available at the TNSC Facebook , Instagram and site.

Podcast #SãoCarlosEmSuaCasa is a 30 minute programme that narrates some of the stories and history of the Theatre, from Monday to Friday at 1PM. It’s available at

Eu, Músico, a project that shares, from Monday to Friday, several videos made by the Choir and the Orchestra members, with creative performing moments that are available on the TNSC Facebook , Instagram and site.

Digital archives are periodically shared on the TNSC Facebook , Instagram and site, regarding contents that are already available on other platforms [Arquivos RTP, Memórias da Ópera, and others].


"O que é que a Ópera Tem?", a 10 episode series launched on International Children’s Day that showed younger audiences what it’s like at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, and specifically the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa (Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra) and the Coro do Teatro Nacional de São Carlos (TNSC Choir).

Interactive Tour to TNSC was developed for audiences above 12yo .


Companhia Nacional de Bailado

#FicarEmCasaNaNossaCompanhia is a CNB project that gathers a set of online initiatives through the available digital tools, aiming for a quality public service during the confinement period. It ended on June 1st.

Os nossos bailarinos (Our dancers) – On a daily basis CNB’s artists made several home videos that showcased their continuous work and training from home. Available at CNB’s social

Outras Danças (Other dances) – A collection that shines a light on creative processes, stories and lots of curiosities  about the artists and shows that have been part of the institution over the years.

Espetáculos Online (Online Shows) – Every week CNB presents a different show, selected from its vast collection. For 7 days the show is available online, to anyone, at any time.

Miúdos e Graúdos (Kids and Grownups) – CNB promoted motivation and creativity by making available the illustrations by Bárbara R. for the show “Planeta Dança”. From their home, families could then explore the history of dance and make way to their own imagination.

B de Bailado (D for Dance) – This is the axis for CNB’s logo. CNB challenged its audience to recreate the letter B - that stands for the dynamism of dance itself – by proposing new forms of representing the B for Bailado.

Mais Danças (More Dances) – Other online proposals from different institutions, or platforms, that allow people to get in contact with dance, are promoted by CNB. Shows, films, documentaries, even reading suggestions are some of the options that are made available, in order to contribute to the well-being of its audiences, through dance, against isolation.