2023 edition

Exodus Aveiro Fest

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

Exodus is the festival of human, cultural, social, and environmental values. This is its mission: to bring the local community together, creating a genuine and international dimension.

It is the festival of journeys, adventure, curiosity, and the “challenge to challenge ourselves,” united and inspired by these values. It is the starting point for a more tolerant world, sharing the best photography and video works on themes that hold the most value for their dissemination and preservation, inspiring knowledge and discovery.

During the event, there will be presentations of projects, portfolios, and personal stories experienced by great talents and influential photographers and videographers. There will be networking moments within a community that shares similar values and visions about the world, as well as 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 festival of causes!

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.

Aveiro Congress Centre

Exodus Aveiro Fest returns to Aveiro Congress Centre from 17th to 19th of November of 2023.

It’s time to celebrate the world with our community! Back 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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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 by ABVP

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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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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Being part of the 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 whose works reflect the vectors of 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

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

Environmental conservation and social projects


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 2022 the " Ilhas de Biodiversidade" project was born and its high density, fast growing urban micro-forests using the Miyawaki method.…
Andreas Noe, a molecular biologist from Germany, came to Portugal in 2018 to surf at the beaches of Lisbon and couldn’t look…
Agora Aveiro is an association that, in 2010, emerged from the desire to "make it happen". From the will to join efforts…
The organization of the Exodus Aveiro Fest was the invited direction of the 2020 October edition of this magazine, where, among many…
In 2019, we chose to support a somewhat different but equally important project. We helped FotoEvidence, an organization that uses photography to…
For Exodus Causes 2018, the organisation chosen was Amnesty International. This organisation fights for human rights and against social injustices all over…

Exodus Aveiro Fest Program

17th November
21:30 - 23:30
Grand Auditorium
Exodus Warm up
The Exodus Warm-up is a social gathering and sharing night open to the general public, with free entry.
18th November
10:00 - 11:00
Grand Auditorium
11:20 - 12:20
Grand Auditorium
12:20 - 14:30
Lunch Break
14:30 - 15:00
Grand Auditorium
Grand Opening
15:00 - 19:45
Grand Auditorium
Speaking Sessions
19:45 - 21:30
Dinner Break
21:30 - 23:30
Grand Auditorium
Travel Talks by ABVP
19th November
10:00 - 11:00
Grand Auditorium
Exodus Inspirational Causes
11:20 - 12:20
Grand Auditorium
12:20 - 14:45
Lunch Break
14:45 - 19:30
Grand Auditorium
Speaking Sessions
19:30 - 19:45
Grand Auditorium
Exodus Personality of the Year
19:45 - 20:00
Grand Auditorium
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Exodus Aveiro Fest 2023

The world gathers in Aveiro!

An event filled with travel, photography, sharing, socializing, and much more.

From November 17th to 19th, 2023, at the Aveiro Congress Center.

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.

More information soon.

  • Marcel Mettelsiefen

    Marcel Mettelsiefen is a nominee by The Academy Award®, three-time Emmy and four-time BAFTA award winner has mastered the art of capturing the heartening…
    Filmmaker and cinematographer
  • Rui Caria

    Rui Caria was born in Nazaré in 1972. His professional career in the image field began in 1990, producing promotional films. In 1993, he…
4 portuguese photographer and filmmakers


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

More information soon.

Exodus Aveiro Fest Publications

Exodus Tracks

Exodus Tracks is an independent publication, in magazine form, that emerges from the Exodus Aveiro Fest.

When we look at the world around us, we see places, landscapes, people, animals, plants, geological elements, and we witness natural and human history. In this exercise of observation, we contemplate countless possibilities for new experiences, new learning, and we see in the world, in travel, and in adventure, a sea of opportunities to fulfill ourselves.

Do you already have your Exodus Tracks?

The amazing ambassadors of Exodus Aveiro Fest 2023

Exodus Ambassadors

We count on the precious help of these personalities from the world of travel and photography to take the values of the Exodus Aveiro Fest to more people.

  • Filipe Morato Gomes

    Filipe Morato Gomes was born in Porto. He is 50 years old, has worked in multimedia for over a decade and is the founder…
  • Luís Octávio Costa

    From Viana, Luís Octávio Costa has been a journalist for Público since 1998. He has covered the world's biggest soccer competitions, helped found P3,…
    Journalist | Instagrammer
  • Michelle Cascais

    Michelle Cascais Rita was born in Connecticut, USA, but it was Portugal that made her people. She graduated in Communication Science and returned to…
    Blogger | Instagrammer | Writer
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.

  • 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,…
    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…
    Sponsorship Manager
  • Pedro Cardoso

    I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER, BUT PORTRAITS ARE MY JAM. I’m Pedro Cardoso. I was born in the 80’s, listen to everything from Tchaikovsky to…

Creative Team

These are the people who make it happen throughout the year together with the organisation!

  • Beatriz Agante

    Video Editor
  • Fernando Santos

  • Rosário Costa

    Rosário Costa
    Motion Graphics Designer
  • Francesca Gamelas

    Francesca Gamelas
  • Helder Berenguer

    Helder Berenguer
    Responsável do projeto educativo
  • Inês Valente

    Inês Valente
    Social Media Manager
  • Rui Serrano

    Rui Serrano
    Video Editor
  • Nuno Alves

    Nuno Alves
    Sustainability Advisor
Exodus Aveiro Fest 2023

Supporters, Partners and Sponsors


Institutional Partners


Audience testimonials

There is no one better to say how good the Exodus Aveiro Fest is, as those who have experienced it.

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. 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

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)

November 17, 18, and 19, 2023

Exodus Aveiro Fest

Centro de Congressos Aveiro

Cais da Fonte Nova

3810-200 Aveiro

We are all ears

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!


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


+351 915 796 086
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