This is a historical archive of material from Future Places 2009.
For current information, please see the Future Places home page.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Here is some basic information about the festival. If you have
questions, please look over this page thoroughly. Then, if you don’t
see the information you’re looking for here, please send us an email
and we’ll get your question addressed!
How much does it cost to attend the Festival?
Attendance of all Festival events is free, except for the workshops which cost 50€ for the two-day sessions, and 20€ for the half day session. For all other events, just consult the festival program on the site and come to the appropriate venue.
Is a full schedule of the festival available?
The schedule is now available on the festival website: www.futureplaces.org. Please note that some times and events may be subject to changes, and be sure to check back on the site for updates to the schedule.
How can I participate in a workshop?
To attend the workshops you must register. There are a limited number of places available; please consult the festival site at www.futureplaces.org for more information and to apply. Finalists’ workshop fees are discounted fifty percent.
Where will the installations be exhibited?
The festival exhibition will be held at Maus Hábitos, a large, multi-roomed
coffeehouse and art center, on the web at http://www.maushabitos.com/. Festival coordinators will decide the best location for each installation, depending on its space and infrastructure needs.
What does the exhibition venue look like?
A video of Maus Hábitos is available on YouTube, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hnloCoJ9BQ
In addition, photos of past events at Maus Hábitos are available at http://www.exporuimtemorgen.nl/archief/transhabitos/site/09-05.htm and http://www.exporuimtemorgen.nl/archief/transhabitos/site/10-05.htm
Will I be able to attach visual materials like posters and photographs to walls?
My installation requires low or no ambient light. Will it be possible to create these conditions at the installation site?
Yes, although there will be limited space for this.
Will I need to share a room with another installation?
Yes, this will be the case for nearly all finalists, although there are two very small single spaces that will be assigned to appropriate projects. Based on each entry’s needs and characteristics, the installation coordinators will decide how spaces will be shared, to best accommodate everyone. To allow a fair division of limited space, no installation may occupy more than four meters square.
When is the deadline for setting up installations?
Pieces must be set up by the late afternoon on Thursday, October 15. The exhibition will open at 6pm on this day.
When can finalists begin to set up their entries?
Finalists may begin to set up their installations at Maus Hábitos on October 12 at 10am. Finalists may come earlier to see the site, but no actual set-up may be initiated until October 12.
Please tell us when you plan to arrive in Porto and begin set-up—this will make the process much easier for us to coordinate!
Will finalists make presentations of their entries?
Yes, finalists will have the opportunity to discuss their projects with jurors and other festival participants and attendees on Friday October 16 between 10:30am and 1pm at Maus Hábitos. Please be prepared to speak informally for a few minutes about your work and answer questions.
Do I need to submit any other information?
Yes! A wiki is being created, and finalists are asked to submit information about themselves and their entries, including one or two photos and optionally, contact information.
In addition, please send Karen Gustafson (email@example.com) your phone numbers while in Porto, and any other available contact information.
Who can I contact in Porto if I have a question or a problem?
Contact phone numbers for the festival coordinators will be distributed via email to finalists.
I am a finalist and I need a place to stay. Can I find any special rates?
Several members of the Porto community have offered rooms in their homes for a low fee. Shared spaces such as studios are available for 10 euros per person per night and individual rooms in a home are available for 12 euros per person per night. Please contact us as soon as possible if you would like to pursue this housing option; spaces are limited.
In addition, a few hostels are listed below, under Travel Information.
I am submitting a video to the festival. Does it matter what format it is in?
Ideally, your video will be in the PAL region 2 format. If this is not possible, though, we can easily convert it.
Should I submit a video DVD or a Data DVD?
If you can, submitting both is a good idea.
When can I take my installation down?
The festival closes on October 25, and installations will be taken down on October 26. If you will no longer be in Porto at this point, we may be able to arrange to ship your installation pieces back to you. Please contact us if you believe you will be unable to be here as the festival closes.
I have more questions. Who can I ask?
The US-based Future Places coordinator is Karen Gustafson, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
The local manager of the festival is Fátima São Simão, and she can be reached at email@example.com
The coordinator of installations and technical support staff is Rita Falcão Monteiro, and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Travelers may reach Porto by train or air. The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport receives nonstop services many days of the week from cities including London, Madrid, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Brussels, and New York
In some cases, it may be less expensive to arrive by plane in Lisbon and then travel by train. The travel time is about 2 hours and 45 minutes from the Oriente station in Lisbon to the Campanha station in Porto, and this costs from 19.50 to 27.50 euros.
Information about train tickets, reservations, and timetables may be found at http://www.cp.pt/
Travel within Porto
A taxi from the airport to the city center may cost around 20 euros. On weekends, holidays, and later at night, a surcharge of 20% is automatically added to the fare on the taximeter.
A less expensive way to enter the city is the metro. The metro’s violet line connects the airport to the city and the metro stop is right in front of the arrivals zone of the airport. This site has additional information on taking the metro from the airport.
http://tinyurl.com/ydfuvtp (Metro do Porto, From the Airport to Everywhere)
The city of Porto also offers a few different modes of public transportation. The primary system is the Metro do Porto, a light rail line with five major lines, one of which goes to and from the airport. The main website of the Metro system may be found here:
And a downloadable system map and timetables may be found here:
Information on the city’s bus system may be found at http://www.stcp.pt/ and a good English language overview of Porto transportation may be found on Tripadviser.com at http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g189180-s303/Porto:Portugal:Public.Transportation.html
Staying in Porto
For festival participants on a budget, here are some ideas for inexpensive stays:
Oporto Poets Hostel
Porto Downtown Hostel
Finalists may also contact festival coordinators about staying in private homes in Porto.
Here are some additional links that may help you as you visit Porto: