2021 edition

Exodus Aveiro Fest

The Exodus Aveiro Fest is an international festival of photography and video of travel and adventure that has a mission of cultural, human and environmental dissemination through the sharing of some of the best professionals in the world in these areas at the Centro de Congressos, in Aveiro.

The festival is unique and already considered beyond borders as one of the best in the world, promotes decentralization as a principle and has solidified itself in Aveiro. Welcoming renowned artists, it promotes cultural access and development while stimulating the participation of local and regional communities, before and during the event itself.

Exodus is the festival of human, cultural, social and environmental values. This is the mission. To bring the local community closer by creating a genuine and international dimension. It is the festival of travel, adventure, curiosity and the “challenge to challenge ourselves”, united and inspired by values. It is the starting point for a more tolerant world, sharing the best works of photography and video on the themes that have more value for their dissemination and preservation, inspiring knowledge and discovery.

At the event, we will have presentations of projects, portfolios and personal stories lived by great talents and influential photographers and videographers. There also will be powerful masterclasses for those seeking the opportunity to evolve and perfect their art of visual creation; and photography exhibitions, with breathtaking galleries that will take participants to see beyond.

The word “Exodus” can be defined as people in motion. Join the Exodus Aveiro Fest and be part of this global creative movement!

City of Aveiro

Aveiro is a city of magic. As Miguel Esteves Cardoso says “a city with the right size”. Embracing the edge of the Ria, a shallow coastal lagoon rich in birdlife, Aveiro is a prosperous city, full of history and culture, with a youthful and energetic vibe. It is occasionally called the Venice of Portugal because of its high bow boats, arched bridges and a small network of picturesque canals.

Aveiro is known for its salt production and seaweed harvest. The region is also known for the preponderance of ceramic industries and commerce, which result in a long productive tradition since the Roman period and the beginning of the medieval period.

We cannot forget the traditional sweets – the Ovos Moles de Aveiro and the Trouxas de Ovos, both made from eggs, and also the Raivas, typical biscuits of this region.

After the first edition, which exceeded expectations by filling the auditorium with more than 700 people each day, we realized that we could not have chosen a better place to hold this festival. The community spirit that is felt among the whole audience, with a contagious energy of sharing, curiosity and emotion, is unmatched.

Event

The return of Exodus Aveiro Fest is set for the 27th and 28th of November, in the usual place, the Aveiro Congress Centre.

It’s time to bring the world back to our community! To return to inspiration, to dream, to inform…  Together, once again, in our house!

Join this community!

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Speaking Sessions

Inspiring and moving Speaking Sessions throughout Saturday and Sunday with 10 sessions in total featured by world-renowned travel and adventure photographers and filmmakers.
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Masterclasses

Amazing masterclasses, providing extensive and invaluable knowledge. It's a unique opportunity to boost your skills and creativity with the best in the field. Each masterclass has a 3-hour duration, with a strict limit of 25 people
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Travel Talks

Short travel talks by tour leaders, frequent travellers, people who spend their lives travelling and sharing their experiences. A unique opportunity to feel the wandering vibe behind the theme of travel and discovery.
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Photo exhibitions

Photo exhibitions displayed in several parts of Aveiro, with breathtaking images of incredible moments captured by some of the best photographers in the world.
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Late Night Sessions

Moment of festivity between participants and speakers in a happy atmosphere.
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Roundtable

Is not that frequent to have such great creative personalities all together in one place. In this roundtable, we’ll get part of the guest speakers to debate a bit about their vision about the world, photography and video.
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Networking

Being part of the National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest means you will be in the centre of the action, seeing everything and meeting everyone. Let yourself free and meet like-minded people, share your ideas and projects and interact personally with our invited guests. How cool is that?
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Exodus Talents

In this time space is intended to highlight and recognize the value of Portuguese photographers and videographers whos works reflect the vectors of National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest. This can be adventure and travel photography/videography, documentary photography/videography of cultural and ethnic realities, as well as awareness-raising photography/videography projects and nature and conservation of the global environment or photojournalistic projects that involve social-humanitarian questions.
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Simultaneous translation

National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest lectures will have simultaneous translation services from English to Portuguese and vice versa.
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Accessibility

The Aveiro Congress Centre is prepared to welcome any participant, even with low mobility, with elevators that can take you to all floors of the building.
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Brand Stands

The hall of the Congress Centre will have several stands with brands showcasing their products and services.

Exodus Personality of the Year

To honour the work and the dedication to humanitarian causes in the field of photography and video is part of the vision behind the Exodus Aveiro Fest. For that reason, we’ll try to homage great personalities of the world of photography and video but also activists or defenders of human and nature rights with top careers, award-winners with a path marked by the dedication to humanitarian, social and/or environmental causes.

ExodusCauses

By participating in the Exodus Aveiro Fest, you are contributing to ExodusCauses, which is a funding route that allows the channelling of part of the profits made at the festival to an entity working in environmental conservation or social projects.

From environmental causes to social causes, ExodusCauses has already made its best contribution, thanks to all those who trust us and are part of Exodus year after year.

In 2017, we supported the BioLiving Association, a non-profit environmental association, with projects dedicated to reforestation.

For ExodusCauses 2018, the organization chosen was Amnesty International. This organization fights for the defence of human rights and against social injustices all over the world.

In 2019, we chose a different project, FotoEvidence, an organization that uses photography to draw attention to human rights violations, injustice, oppression and attacks on human dignity. This support came in the form of a commemorative exhibition and is now part of the photographic archive of our event.

The year 2020 is atypical, and this year’s ExodusCauses is also atypical. We support not one but two projects, the CAIS Association and Agora Aveiro and their project Plantar o Futuro.

If we can inspire others to travel with our journeys, we can also encourage them to participate in the eradication of forgetfulness actively. Is there any project or entity that works with the same values of this festival, and you would like it to be supported? Then share with us!

    Environmental conservation and social projects

    ExodusCauses

    By participating in the Exodus Aveiro Fest, you are contributing to ExodusCauses, which is a funding route that allows the channeling of part of the profits made at the festival to an entity working in environmental conservation or social projects.

    From environmental causes to social causes, ExodusCauses has already made its best contribution, thanks to all those who trust us and are part of Exodus year after year.

    Agora Aveiro is an association that, in 2010, emerged from the desire to "make it happen". From the will to join efforts and skills to change the community and the world around us. Planting the Future is based on the idea that small actions can have a significant impact and that if each one of [...]
    The organization of the National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest was the invited direction of the October edition of this magazine, where, among many other things, we took a trip through what has been the path of Exodus. 70% of the value of the magazine reverts to the seller. CAIS Association, promotes the social integration of [...]
    In 2019, we chose to support a somewhat different but equally important project. We helped FotoEvidence, an organization that uses photography to draw attention to human rights violations, injustice, oppression and attacks on human dignity. In many cases, these photographs have changed the course of history. FotoEvidence Press was founded in 2010 by Bulgarian photojournalist [...]
    For Exodus Causes 2018, the organisation chosen was Amnesty International. This organisation fights for human rights and against social injustices all over the world. Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for the recognition and respect of internationally proclaimed human rights for all. They believe that human rights abuses everywhere are the [...]
    In 2017, the BioLiving Association, a non-profit association for environmental protection, with projects dedicated to reforestation, was the entity chosen to receive part of the profits of the first edition of the festival. This unanimous decision was inspired by the stories and images of the devastation caused by the summer's fires, a tragedy of indescribable [...]
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    By participating in the Exodus Aveiro Fest, you are contributing to ExodusCauses, which is a funding route that allows the channeling of part of the profits made at the festival to an entity working in environmental conservation or social projects.

    From environmental causes to social causes, ExodusCauses has already made its best contribution, thanks to all those who trust us and are part of Exodus year after year.

    In 2017, we supported the BioLiving Association, a non-profit environmental association, with projects dedicated to reforestation.

    For ExodusCauses 2018, the organization chosen was Amnesty International. This organization fights for the defence of human rights and against social injustices all over the world.

    In 2019, we chose a different project, FotoEvidence, an organization that uses photography to draw attention to human rights violations, injustice, oppression and attacks on human dignity. This support came in the form of a commemorative exhibition and is now part of the photographic archive of our event.

    The year 2020 is atypical, and this year’s ExodusCauses is also atypical. We support not one but two projects, the CAIS Association and Agora Aveiro and their project Plantar o Futuro.

    If we can inspire others to travel with our journeys, we can also encourage them to participate in the eradication of forgetfulness actively. Is there any project or entity that works with the same values of this festival, and you would like it to be supported? Then share with us!

    Event

    Exodus Aveiro Fest Program

    Saturday
    27th November
    09:00
    Welcoming
    10:00 - 11:00
    Roundtable
    11:15 - 12:15
    ExodusTalents
    12:15 - 14:00
    Lunch Break
    14:00 - 14:30
    Grand Opening
    14:30 - 15:15
    Ben Page
    15:15 - 15:45
    Break
    15:45 - 16:30
    Jon Lowenstein
    16:30 - 17:15
    Johan Lolos
    17:15 - 17:45
    Break
    17:45 - 18:30
    Leonel de Castro
    18:30 - 19:15
    Annie Griffiths
    19:15 - 21:30
    Dinner Break
    21:30 - 23:30
    Travel Talks
    Sunday
    28th November
    09:00
    Welcoming
    10:00 - 11:00
    Roundtable
    11:15 - 12:15
    ExodusTalents
    12:15 - 14:30
    Lunch Break
    14:30 - 15:15
    Lucie Griggi
    15:15 - 16:00
    Daniel Landa
    16:00 - 16:30
    Break
    16:30 - 17:15
    David Chancellor
    18:00 - 19:00
    The End
    17:15 - 18:00
    Paula Kahumbu
     
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    Exodus Aveiro Fest 2021

    Is there a better investment than education? Yes, there is … education, inspiration and creativity — three in one. You will never travel, photograph or film in the same way again.

    On the 27th and 28th of November 2021, at the Centro de Congressos in Aveiro or at your home!

    Experienced & talented photographers and filmmakers

    Awesome speakers

    After analysing the projects and careers of several artists, we gathered a heterogeneous group of the most eminent guests in these areas. It is a program with professionals capable of offering a wide variety of concepts and knowledge. From the very first moment, the essential requirements focused on excellence, diversity and relevance to the Festival theme and philosophy.

    • Annie Griffiths

      One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has photographed in nearly 150 countries during her illustrious career. She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for National Geographic. Griffiths' work has also appeared in LIFE, Geo, Smithsonian, Fortune, and Stern, among other publications. In addition to her [...]
      Photographer
    • Ben Page

      Ben Page is a UK-based multi-award winning filmmaker, adventurer and photographer. He spends his time travelling to some of the most remote corners of the world under human power, in search of wild and diverse adventures and experiences. Most notably, he recently completed a three-year trip around the world, a journey that was presented by [...]
      Ben Page
      Photographer & filmmaker
    • Daniel Landa

      Daniel Landa was born in Palencia in 1974. Director, presenter and screenwriter of several documentary series on travel and anthropology. Graduated in Audiovisual Communication and creator of the production company Doc & Road. Author of the book "Un Mundo Aparte" and co-director of the travel and editorial website: www.viajesalpasado.com   Most important projects: 2021 ATLANTIC [...]
      Documentary Director
    • David Chancellor

      His work takes him across the world, from the tribal lands of Kenya to the shadowy mountains of Scotland. His interests are mapping that jagged and bloody line where Man and Beast meet. He has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions, shown in major galleries and museums, and published around the world. Visually reminiscent [...]
      Photographer
    • Johan Lolos

      Johan Lolos (b. 1987) is a Belgian-Greek photographer based in Liege, Belgium, also known as lebackpacker on social media. Johan started taking photographs as a child, mainly when on holiday with his family. In his early 20s, he focused mainly on event photography (concerts, festivals, weddings, nightlife), which helped him learn to master light and [...]
      Photographer
    • Jon Lowenstein

      Jon Lowenstein specializes in long-term, in-depth documentary explorations that confront the realms of power, poverty, and social violence. Through the integral combination of photography, moving images, experiential prose and personal testimonials, he strives for unsparing clarity by revealing the subjects of history that lack voice. Lowenstein’s commitment to social justice through community engagement runs deep. [...]
      Jon Lowenstein
      Photographer
    • Leonel de Castro

      Born in Münster, Federal Republic of Germany, 1973, Leonel de Castro has his roots firmly planted in Lavandeira de Ansiães, in the north-eastern Transmontano region of Portugal.   He graduated in Social Communication at the Escola Superior de Jornalismo do Porto, also completed a Photography course at the Escola Superior Artística do Porto and is [...]
      Leonel de Castro
      Photographer
    • Lucia Griggi

      With her roots in surfing, skateboarding and the outdoor adventure world, Lucia focuses on travel and adventure for editorial and advertising clients. She combines her English precision with Venetian creativity to capture the moment with clarity and wit. Lucia's work is fresh, vivid and full of energy. Lucia's work has been recognised and awarded internationally [...]
      Photographer & filmmaker
    • Paula Kahumbu

      Dr Paula Kahumbu is one of Africa's best known wildlife conservationists.  She is the Executive Director of WildlifeDirect and creator of the Hands Off Our Elephants campaign with Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the First Lady of the Republic of Kenya.  The campaign is widely recognised for its singular successes in advocacy and engaging the people [...]
      Director
    4 portuguese photographer and filmmakers

    ExodusTalents

    We want to highlight and recognize the value of Portuguese photographers and videographers whose works reflect the vectors of Exodus Aveiro Fest. 

    • João Maia

      Always passionate about travelling, he started his photographic journey 17 years ago, attending a course to which he was challenged by friends from college. He began by photographing natural landscapes, not only in Portugal, but also travelling to places like Iceland, the United States and Canada. On his first trip to Japan, he fell in [...]
      Photographer
    • Madalena Boto

      With a degree in Biology (2008, FCUL), she completed her Masters in Wildlife Documentary Production (2010, University of Salford) with the production of 'Priolo', a short film about the conservation project of this endemic bird of the Azores. In 2014, he directed the natural history documentary 'As Ilhas Desertas' about the work to recover the [...]
      Madalena Boto
      Filmmaker
    • Ricardo Nascimento

      Ricardo A. Nascimento entered a Master in Mechanical Engineering without having the slightest idea of what he wanted to do in life. He got a small camera to take pictures of his friends while they were surfing, so he got a water box so he could be in the water, where the action was. He [...]
      Ricardo Nascimento
      Videógrafo
    • Ricardo Lourenço

      Ricardo Lourenço was born on the 21st of December 1982, in the city of Portalegre, Portugal. He lived all his life in permanent contact with the natural environment and it was through this symbiosis that he built his perception of the world. In 2007, due to the fascination of wanting to know "in loco" the [...]
      Ricardo Lourenço
      Photographer
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    Programa das Masterclasses

    Estão disponiveis quatro masterclasses, duas na manhã de sábado e duas na manhã de domingo. Cada masterclass tem uma duração aproximada de 3 horas de aprendizagem intensiva.

    Se estás interessado em assistir a duas masterclasses, certifica-te de que não se sobrepõem. Escolhe uma de Sábado e outra de Domingo.

     

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    Os fantásticos embaixadores do Exodus Aveiro Fest 2021

    Embaixadores Exodus

    Contamos com a preciosa ajuda destas personalidades so mundo das viagens e da fotografia, para levar os valores do National Geographic Exodus Aveiro Fest até mais pessoas.

     

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    The people behind the Exodus Aveiro Fest

    Organising Team

    The people running the show, working hard to bring you the best creative event of the year. Besides these five people, there is a group of volunteers which helps achieve our goal.

    • Anabela Gonçalves

      She has been an animator on the M80 radio station since the first day of Radio. It began in 2001 at 90Fm and went through 105.4Cascais, Best RockFm, among others. Graduated in Journalism at the University of Coimbra, she knocked on TVI's door and experimented with television. She met and fell in love with Photography [...]
      Journalist / Speaker / Communication Manager
    • Bernardo Conde

      Bernardo Conde is a passionate photographer specialized in travel, nature and outdoor photography. His portfolio includes places like Madagascar, Mongolia, Iceland, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Kenya, Morocco, Italy, France and Spain, among others. Bernardo describes himself as a traveller. But it’s walking that he likes to travel the most. For him traveling, photography and meeting people [...]
      Travel Photographer / Workshops / Tour leader
    • Isabel Gonçalves

      Isabel Gonçalves is a professional Tourism Technician, specialising in social network management and digital marketing, and event production. This journey, from tourism to travel was very quick. But it was marketing and communication that accompanied her this last year, leading her to create iTwill, a communication and marketing agency. The connection to Exodus came while [...]
      Sponsorship Manager
    • Pedro Cerqueira

      Pedro Cerqueira is a photographer, designer, and entrepreneur. He was born in Porto, where he got his degree in photography. He fell in love with the art of snapping images and writing “wordless” stories very early; capturing people, places, moments, objects, passions, essences and different states of soul. For him, photography is a way to [...]
      Photographer / Designer / Entrepreneur
    Exodus Aveiro Fest 2021

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    Schedule of events

    “Discover the World through image” Exhibition

    02 December to 31 December 2020
    @Galeria do Edificio da Antiga Capitania do Porto de Aveiro & Edificio Atlas
    Free 

    ExodusTalks 2020

    12 December 2020
    @at your place

    Exodus Aveiro Fest 2021

    27 and 28 November 2021
    @Centro de Congressos de Aveiro

    Street Exhibition

    More information coming soon

    Frequently asked questions

    No. The exhibition that is in the Congress Center during the festival, is reserved for those who are participating in the festival.

    Subsequently, the images will be on display in the city of Aveiro, with free admission.

    No. The Masterclass ticket only gives access to the respective masterclass. You can see the exhibition and also the brands stands, but you don’t have access to the Grand Auditorium.

    No. A Speaking Session ticket gives you access to all activities that take place on festival days, except for masterclasses.

    How to get here

    Car, train ou plane

    If you’re coming by car from the north, take the A29 or A1 highway and then the A25 connection to Aveiro. If you’re coming by car from the south, take the A17 or A1 and then the A25 connection to Aveiro.

    Approximate distances and travel time:

    • From Porto: 75 km (48 min)
    • From Coimbra: 64 km (50 min)
    • From Lisbon: 255 km (2h33 min)

    If you’re coming by train, there are several standard discounts.

    • Early bird: Buy your ticket more than 5 days in advance and get discounts of up to 65%
    • Under 25 25% off all your journeys until you are over 25
    • Group tickets: enjoy special conditions if you travel in a group of over 10 people
    • 2€ promotion on Porto urban trains, for return tickets – Christmas campaign, available during the whole month of December, weekends and holidays.

    You can find more standard discounts in HERE.

    Oporto (OPO) International Airport is the closest to Aveiro:

    After arriving at the airport, you can rent a car, or use metro to get to “Campanha” train station, where you can catch a train to Aveiro. (depending on the train, takes between 30 and 60 min)

    Lisbon (LIS) International Airport:

    After arriving at the airport, you can rent a car, or use metro to get to “Oriente” train station, where you can catch a train to Aveiro. (2h30m by train)

    27 & 28 Nov 2021

    National Geographic
    Exodus Aveiro Fest

    Centro de Congressos Aveiro

    Cais da Fonte Nova

    3810-200 Aveiro

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    Get in touch

    If you need any additional information regarding the festival, feel free to contact us using any of the channels below. Comments or suggestions are also welcome. We will reply as quickly as possible. Thank you!

    Address

    Rua 31 de Janeiro 19 - Loja R e S
    3810-192 Aveiro
    Portugal

    Phone

    +351 915 796 086

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