The Fundação has made great efforts to encourage artistic
interchanges between Portugal and the Orient, as is clear from the
organisation and support given to hundreds of exhibitions by artists
from those locations.
Nonetheless, it is in the field of music where understanding between
East and West is clearest. Several hundred musical performances have
been organised or supported by the Fundação in Macao, India and other
countries in the Far East, as well as in Portugal. These have been part
of a programme which aims to promote Portuguese music and encourage
exchange visits by artists and performers.
On a more modest scale, the Fundação also supports theatre and dance,
setting up shows, organising theatre festivals and tours of the Orient
by leading Portuguese puppet theatres and support, mainly in Macao, for
The Fundação Oriente’s work in the recovery of architectural and cultural heritage has also been of great importance, and it can rightly be proud of its leading role in this field, especially in Macao and India as well as in Portugal. Here the Fundação has supported in various occasions the recovery of State monuments.