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We would like to share our place and our idea with you!

We are a group of friends of different nationalities. In 2011 we founded the “Initiative Obrigado Portugal”. We already organized two Festivals, in 2011 and 2013 to thank our Portuguese hosts and to encourage even more the encounter between the various cultures represented here in Portugal – especially the Algarve.

In the meantime we founded a non-profit association “ A Ponte Colorida – Associação de Intercâmbio Cultural, "Association for Cultural Exchange" and organized the third edition of the Festival, again at the beautiful “Sítio das Fontes – Concelho de Lagoa”, on the 4th and 5th of October of this year.

The Festival was a great success - attracting a large number of visitors - thanks to the close collaboration of many artists, volunteers, Câmaras and companies.

We are already planning to hold the 4th edition of the Festival, “Obrigado Portugal” 2015, on the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of October 2015!

It all depends on you - your participation and your support!

We want to keep the free entrance, because everybody should be able to come to the festival!



capture thumbJPGThe idea for the Association was born, because we are convinced, that meeting once a year during a Festival is not a sufficient offer from our side.
We want to do a lot more for the cultural exchange!

The first step was to find a place, where we could organize get-togethers, events, workshops and a lot more, all year long. We searched and found the ideal place, close to Silves next to a bridge.
It inspired us to call the place “A PONTE”, symbol for connection, communication and transformation.
We had a meeting with the owners of the empty building! They liked our idea and gave us the support which we needed to be able to start our project without facing a big financial obligation from the very beginning!!!
We are very thankful to Mr. Dagoberto Rodrigues and his wife for letting us use the space “A Ponte” rent free until the end of this year.
Therefore it was possible - with the help of many friends - to transform a completely empty house (200 sqm) into a place, which now permits a lot of activities.
We prepared the interior but we also have a big outside space. Around 2500 sqm fenced. We intend to create a garden/terrace and an area for children for our “good weather activities”.


kids  thumbLike the Festival “Obrigado Portugal”, our new project would like to encourage even more the encounter between the various cultures in an open and friendly way, based on mutual respect, joy and creativity.


collage ponte thumbJPG“Amigos da Ponte” for “Amigos da Ponte”

With the participation and the support of our members “Amigos da Ponte” we would like to offer a vast variety of activities for all age groups:Happy get-togethers, theme nights, musical events, theatre, exhibitions, movies, workshops for dancing, drawing and painting, music, language lessons, meditation, coaching, yoga, reiki and a lot more  -  “Ideas are not missing.”
“A Ponte” will also have open doors for: private parties of our members, meetings, seminars, cultural projects or any other initiative, having an  intention similar to ours.

You would like to join us and become an "Amigo da Ponte"? Contact us! info@obrigadoportugal.com


mapa ponte new thumbSítio “A Ponte” Santo Estevão - 8300-047 Silves na N124 (Silves – Messines)                                        
3 km de Silves - 14 km de Messines - 10 km de Lagoa -  17km de Carvoeiro - 18 km de Portimão
Parking possibilities!


obrigado thumbJPGWe need your help and support!

You can support us in various ways!
You can help us with work or material to improve our Club House.
You would like to help? Contact us! info@obrigadoportugal.com

You can support us financially – even the smallest donation is a big help!

Our bank account details:
NIB:  0045 7130 40263827248 13
IBAN PT50-0045 7130 4026 3827 2481 3
A Ponte Colorida-Associação de Intercâmbio Cultural
Crédito Agrícola / Silves

Contact us, after you have made the transfer and we will send you a receipt. info@obrigadoportugal.com

We are registered as a non profit organisation under the tax number  513050795



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