EDP Foundation has always maintained, ever since it was created, an active policy of cultural patronage which supports prominent institutions, many of them publicly-owned, and projects of excellence. Among these, it’s worth mentioning cultural projects such as the Portuguese National Ballet Company (Companhia Nacional de Bailado), Casa da Música Foundation, Serralves Foundation, the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Arpad Szenes – Vieira da Silva Foundation and the Youth Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Acting as a patron since 2004, EDP Foundation has enabled projects in fields such as visual arts, dance, music, architecture, design, art education, publishing and documentaries. This support has been deemed crucial for the sustainability of these institutions, ensuring their continuity, growth and development.
We are particularly attuned to upcoming artists, creative innovation, reaching new audiences and investing in educational projects. We also invest in exporting Portuguese culture. As well as financial support, EDP Foundation also provides cultural and artistic consulting.
Another branch where we are active is the development of a space for Thought at the Foundation, specifically through publishing a new international magazine for cultural, social and political critique and reflexion. The project has been developed in 2017 and it aims to respond to a need and expectation felt in Portugal.
Portuguese National Ballet Company
EDP Foundation is the Principal Patron of the Portuguese National Ballet Company (Companhia Nacional de Bailado). CNB is the only dance company in Portugal with classical roots and it is renowned for its versatility when it comes to classical, modern and contemporary genres. The dance performances on national tour have contributed to decentralise dance culture in the country, bringing it to populations living outside the large urban areas. EDP has supported CNB since 1998.
EDP Foundation is an Exclusive Patron of an important annual exhibition which takes place in the Contemporary Art Museum of the Serralves Foundation (Fundação de Serralves). EDP Foundation also enjoys the status of Founding Patron, which is given to institutions which have supported the Serralves Foundation continuously and regularly. Since 2001, EDP Foundation and the Serralves Foundation have worked in partnership, both in producing exhibitions and in developing projects in the field of educational services.
Youth Symphony Orchestra
EDP Foundation supports the Youth Symphony Orchestra (OSJ - Orquestra Sinfónica Juvenil) season, the only youth orchestra permanently active in Portugal, and the EDP Foundation/OSJ education grants programme. OSJ provides symphonic music lessons as a crucial element in teaching young musicians to perfect their technique and follow a professional music career. This project has been supported by EDP Foundation since 1993.
Casa da Música
EDP Foundation is a founding member of the Casa da Música Foundation and has been, since 2008, an Exclusive Patron of the EDP Foundation Piano Sessions, an annual programme of concerts by great international pianists. Since 2010, EDP Foundation has also been a patron of World Music Day.
Lisbon Architecture Triennale
EDP Foundation has been one of the principal patrons of Lisbon Architecture Triennale (Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa), and provides some of the main exhibition spaces for its programme. The aim of the initiatives from this institution is to organise an internationally-reaching event in order to promote contemporary trends in urbanism and architecture.
The Arpad -Szenes – Vieira da Silva Foundation’s
In 2011, EDP Foundation became a Principal Patron of this institution’s programme, which aims to promote and study the work by visual artists Arpad Szenes and Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, associating them with other artists, intellectuals and friends, both Portuguese and international. The Arpad -Szenes – Vieira da Silva Foundation’s (Fundação Arpad Szenes Vieira da Silva) programme organises modern and contemporary art exhibitions.
EDP Foundation is a patron of the Portuguese representation at the International Art Exhibition at Venice Biennale. It supported these representations at the 2013 and 2015 editions (with the artists Joana Vasconcelos and João Louro), at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, in 2015 (Álvaro Siza Vieira) and at the 57th International Art Exhibition, in 2017 (represented by the artista José Pedro Croft.)
Supporting the Inventory and Cataloguing of Professor Eduardo Lourenço’s Literary Estate
This project aims to restore, preserve, inventory and catalogue Professor Eduardo Lourenço’s literary estate. It will make this collection by one of the greatest Portuguese philosophers and essayists of our time available for investigation and research by the general public at the National Library (Biblioteca Nacional). This work has been essential for the ongoing publication of the Professor’s complete works, and for the development and update of the website dedicated to Prof. Lourenço. EDP Foundation has been supporting this project since 2011.
Porto City Hall Art Gallery
EDP Foundation is a patron of Porto’s Municipal Gallery. This partnership, started in 2015, continues the socio-cultural mission developed by EDP Foundation in the city of Porto through the promotion of contemporary art.