José Nogueira

Do not wait for change, be part of it!

With us, turn ideas that mean something to you into reality. Ideas that transform that which surrounds you.



What do we do?

At Agora Aveiro, we support social causes, promote sustainability, fight social exclusion, promote art and culture, and intervene in the streets of our city.

We begin by identifying a problem in our community. Something over which we can join efforts and work.

Fields of Action

At Agora Aveiro, we see the world that surrounds us and we ask ourselves how we can make it better. What we can give to make the world better.

Sustainable Development

We raise awareness about the importance of biodiversity as a common good of inestimable value, as well as the promotion of education and environmental awareness, instilling in people the senses of social and environmental responsibility.

Inclusion and Social Awareness

We break down barriers, knock down walls and bring people closer. The path towards a fairer and more inclusive society does not come with the denial of its diversity, but from the acceptance that it's something that makes our community stronger.

Urban Intervention

Mixing audacity and creativity, we craft innovative and effective campaigns that break the everyday routine and go beyond the conventional. Actions for which the city is a canvas, that build bridges and connections with the community.

Culture, Art and Creativity

Aveiro has a rich ethnographic, cultural and artistic heritage. It also hosts one of the most dynamic and innovative universities in our country and the thousands of creative minds that graduate from it. We care, promote and spread the culture of our city.

Agora Escreve-me!

Inclusion and Social Awareness

Inclusion and Social Awareness

2020 - 2021

With this project, we bring together the older ones and the youngest to share experiences, stories and moments. With “Agora Escreve-me” (“Now, Write to Me”) we fight the isolation and marginalization of the elderly and provide unique learning and growth opportunities to the children through the junction of the knowledge and experience of the grandparents’ lives with the energy and curiosity of the grandchildren. A project that alerts to the difference between realities between generations and promotes intergenerational solidarity.

Are You Brain Enough?

Culture, Art and Creativity

Culture, Art and Creativity

2017 - 2021

Who doesn’t enjoy spending an evening on a quiz? “Are you Brain Enough?” gathers several participants at the historic Avenida Café-Concerto, in Aveiro, for five sessions of questions about several different categories. From music and gastronomy to the bizarre and strange, this quiz puts to the test the knowledge and interpretation capabilities of the playing teams. But of course, a coveted showcase of prizes lies waiting for them, from cheese boards to traditional liquor, artisanal beer and traditional sponge cake.

Biblioteca Viva

Inclusion and Social Awareness

Inclusion and Social Awareness

2015 - 2021

What if when you entered a library you’d find people instead of books? Inspired by the international movement “Human Library”, the “Biblioteca Viva” is a platform for sharing stories and testimonies. A safe space where hard questions are expected, appreciated and answered. An informal and close environment that promotes dialogue, making the deconstruction of stereotypes and prejudice easier, approaching us to a more just and inclusive society.

Green Friday

Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development

2018 - 2021

“Green Friday” is an initiative of environmental sensibilization, native forest restoration and local commerce promotion. By the time of “Black Friday”, in collaboration with local commerce establishments of Aveiro, we organize a weekend dedicated to helping the environment. During these days, the value of each purchase in the establishments is “converted” into native trees that are later planted in Dunas de São Jacinto Nature Reserve.

Guardiões da Natureza

Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development

2018 - 2021

The future is in the hands of the youngest! With this in mind, the “Guardiões da Natureza” (“Nature’s Guardians”) takes to the schools a dynamic and fun strategy to educate the youngest on environmental conservation. Alongside workshops, games and other ludic activities, it complements the current formal teaching method, promoting the scientific and cultural enrichment of the youngsters as well as the development of problem-solving skills and social aptitudes.

I Love Aveiro

Culture, Art and Creativity

Culture, Art and Creativity

2013 - 2021

The identity of a city doesn’t end in its streets, buildings and bridges. It’s created by the collective of individual stories that intertwine and that, in its whole, mould its cultural heritage. “I Love Aveiro” started from an artistic intervention in what is today the most known staircase of the city, to become a platform of valorization of Aveiro’s citizens and their stories. We immortalize the local identity in a compendium of stories while promoting the involvement of the community in the preservation of the cultural, historic and ethnographic patrimony.

Plantar o Futuro

Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development

2014 - 2021

“Plantar o Futuro” (“Plant your Future”) lays its roots in the idea that “if one and each one of us plants a tree, one day we’ll have a forest”. The project represents a movement for the defence of the native forest and its role in the mitigation of climate change, resilience against fires and biodiversity conservation. We challenge the students, teachers and staff of the University of Aveiro into adopting a native tree, taking care of it and, by last, planting it and helping to grow a forest.

Postais de Aveiro

Culture, Art and Creativity

Culture, Art and Creativity

2020 - 2021

Every day that goes by, the precious stories, that once travelled from generation to generation, fade in time. Stories that hide within the landscapes or in the most emblematic buildings of Aveiro. With “Postais de Aveiro” (“Aveiro Postcards”) we seek to preserve a piece of our cultural heritage. Each postcard, unique and special, speak to us through watercolours the cultural heritage hidden in every street and canal. Paintings of landscapes of iconic places like the Barra Lighthouse, the Botirões Bridge or the Aveiro Salines give letters for someone special a new colour.

Precisas? Então, Leva!

Urban Intervention

Urban Intervention

2015 - 2021

What if suddenly you found a red closet on the street? Would you stop to look at it? This is called Guerrilla Marketing. In “Precisas? Então, Leva!” (“Do you need it? Then take it!”) we make use of this powerful tool to raise social awareness to the needs of those more vulnerable. With the creation of a network of collection points for essential goods, in schools and shopping centres, we aim to aid local solidarity institutions in their support of families in need and homeless people.

Projeto Valentino

Urban Intervention

Urban Intervention

2013 - 2021

Love is in the air in which is the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day! With the “Valentino” project, we take on the role of Cupid to warm the hearts of the people of Aveiro. From cute boxes with roses spread around the streets, hugs and chocolates, to talks about more serious topics like toxic relationships, we bring something different and original every year.

Refresca a tua Mente!

Urban Intervention

Urban Intervention

2018 - 2021

Reading habits in Portugal are among the worst in the European Union. “Refresca a tua Mente” (“Refresh your Mind”) arose as an original and disruptive way to stimulate books' sharing and reading practices. Through this initiative, we converted broken fridges into bookcrossing points where anyone can leave or find a book to read. Search for our fridges in Águeda, Oliveira de Azeméis and Estarreja, find your favorite book and “refresh your mind!”.

Símbolos de Felicidade

Culture, Art and Creativity

Culture, Art and Creativity

2020 - 2021

What is happiness? We don’t believe in right or exact answers to that question. Happiness comes in many shapes, sizes, sounds, and colours. With “Símbolos de Felicidade” (“Symbols of Happiness”) we engineered a high-tech mechanism that allows us to see happiness in its many forms. We dare the ones who find our panel to draw what is happiness for them. But beware, smiles don’t count!

TEDxAveiro

Culture, Art and Creativity

Culture, Art and Creativity

2010 - 2021

TEDx is an initiative created in the spirit of the TED global mission of discovering “ideas that deserve to be shared”. Annually, more than 3 000 events are held all over the world. TEDxAveiro is locally based and organised by the people of Aveiro, but it has been establishing itself as a reference event at a national level. It is one of the most important events for the promotion of creativity and entrepreneurship all over the country. We want to share ideas that can help make the world a better place.

Um Dia Quero...

Urban Intervention

Urban Intervention

2020 - 2021

When was the last time you chased a wish? A dream? That urge to go out and run, explore, meet, taste, dream, feel and be better? What’s easy seems more and more comfortable, the challenge seems more and more troubling and, “well, I’ve already got what I need, what more would I wish?”. Seeking to defy the laws of physics and fight the inertia that stops us from dreaming, acting, doing and changing, we have created the “Um Dia Quero…” (“One Day I Want…”). Set goals, objectives and wishes, write them on our board and achieve them!

Agora Beija-me!

Urban Intervention

Urban Intervention

2015

The idea itself might look utopic but, at the end of the day, it’s pretty simple! With “Agora Beija-me” (“Now Kiss Me”) we created several “Kissing” and “Hugging Spots” throughout the streets of our city that would entice the boldest to kiss and hug someone special. Something so simple, but with the potential to brighten anyone’s day. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a good hug?

Aveiro+Verde

Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development

2016 - 2017

What if we could bring the theme of sustainability to the streets of our city? The “Aveiro+Verde” (“Aveiro+Green”) aims to do just that! By developing several different activities we seek to promote the environmental and social responsibility senses. Street art actions, exhibitions, music performances, bicycle rides, workshops and talks allow this project to leave a greener mark in the city.

Buy Nothing Day

Urban Intervention

Urban Intervention

2017

Have you seen that discount? Won’t you take it? In a world where the media and the stores bombard us with ads and enticing offers, alluring us into purchasing unnecessary products, the “Buy Nothing Day” project makes us question our consumption habits. With this project we created a “discount clothesline”, with the best coupons of the market with phrases like “Happiness doesn’t measure itself in sales”, “Offer your time”, “Use less, love more” and “Don’t use it? Offer it to someone who will!”.

Dia da Saúde Mental

Inclusion and Social Awareness

Inclusion and Social Awareness

2013 - 2017

Approximately one in four people all around the world suffer from some kind of mental disorder. A concerning statistic that hides behind the taboos and prejudice that mental health still encounters. With the “Dia de Saúde Mental” (“Mental Health Day”) we raise awareness to the community about its importance in our life. Writing letters to ourselves or creating origami are some of the ways to promote physical, mental and social well being, explored by this project. But more than that, by taking a break and opening ourselves to discuss and learn more about mental health, we can help millions of people all around the world.

Avós, Netos e Muitos Afetos

Inclusion and Social Awareness

Inclusion and Social Awareness

2018

“Being a grandpa is to be a second father, but more experienced and with more time”. In what is the most delicious project of Agora Aveiro, we brought together grandparents and grandchildren to an adventure in the kitchen. The concept was simple: the grandparents wrote their grandchildren’s favourite recipes and, to whet the appetite, the little ones illustrated them. Thus we created a recipe book and a short video, full of big smiles, with the grandmas and grandpas cooking with their grandchildren.

Recantos de Aveiro

Culture, Art and Creativity

Culture, Art and Creativity

2018

Only those who lose themselves in the streets of the "city of the canals" will really discover Aveiro. The “Recantos de Aveiro” (“Nooks of Aveiro”) seeks to unveil the secrets of our city through a photography contest. The result? A fantastic collection of photographs that present Aveiro through unique and original compositions, framings and points of view. The authors of the works selected by the jury were awarded prizes, and their photos displayed in an exhibition at the University of Aveiro.

Natal de Palmo e Meio

Inclusion and Social Awareness

Inclusion and Social Awareness

2019

What makes Christmas special? We brought together the little ones to answer this and other questions and thus “Natal de Palmo e Meio” (“Three-Quarters of Christmas”) was born. A short video in which we talked with our tiny rising stars about their Christmas traditions and habits. A project that makes the Christmas spirit grow and warm the hearts in an environment of joyfulness, well being, good disposition, jokes and innocence.

Projeto Au-Au

Inclusion and Social Awareness

Inclusion and Social Awareness

2019

In Portugal about 10 000 animals are abandoned per year and collection centres, kennels and animal associations don’t have the means and resources to give answers to this situation. With the “Projeto Au-Au” (“Woof-Woof Project”) we look forward to supporting local associations of animals in their mission, promoting their work. “Cãominhadas” (“Dog Walks”) throughout the city, collection initiatives of food and other goods and online talks with professionals are some of the activities we hold for our “doggos”!

Café Suspenso

Inclusion and Social Awareness

Inclusion and Social Awareness

2016 - 2020

At Agora Aveiro we believe that “great deeds start with small gestures”. The “Café Suspenso” (“Suspended Coffee”) is a project moved by the day to day kindness, by little actions that lead to big smiles. Visit one of our adherent establishments and leave a coffee paid, or something more. Anyone can later visit that store and cherish what you left “suspended”. It’s more than offering a coffee, it’s giving comfort and well being. The moment that transforms a bad day into a brighter one.

Free Hugs

Inclusion and Social Awareness

Inclusion and Social Awareness

2016 - 2020

“Free Hugs” is the most accurate representation of what we call “Random Acts of Kindness”. A social movement where our volunteers, with their cardboard posters, held up high, offer hugs to strangers. Apparently simple, this gesture is capable of changing someone’s day, of bringing colour and joyfulness to anyone. Because the best place in the world is inside a hug, it is with that spirit that we bring our hearts full of love, happiness and comfort.

Origami Art Attack

Urban Intervention

Urban Intervention

2012 - 2020

Sometimes we just need a little more colour in our lives! With the “Origami Art Attack” project we use this millennial Japanese art to create hundreds of shapes, from the simplest to the most complex and tricky and spread colour throughout our city. This way, we develop creativity and artistic expression as tools for social intervention while creating relaxing and serene moments for the body and mind.

Patrulha da Beata

Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development

2020

Did you know that cigarette butts, when left on the ground, take more than five years to decompose? And that they can be ingested by animals causing them to suffocate? Beyond the direct impact on health, cigarettes and cigarette butts represent one of the biggest sources of environmental pollution. The “Patrulha da Beata” (“Butt Patrol”) arises to walk the streets of Aveiro in search of the largest number of improperly discarded cigarette butts, guaranteeing them an appropriate and environmentally safe treatment.