Social Events

The Conference Dinner will take place on Tuesday, the 27th, at Grémio Literário, which is located in the Chiado area at Rua Ivens 37, 1200-062 Lisboa. We shall start first with a Welcome Cocktail at Grémio’s bar at 8pm followed by the dinner at the Varanda (a winter garden that backs onto Grémio’s impressive garden) at 8:30pm.

The Welcome Cocktail plus the dinner have a cost of 30 euro to be paid at the registration desk on Monday, the 26th, for those willing to attend both.

The Welcome Cocktail will include some nibbles (crips and almonds) plus some drinks (juices, Port and Madeira wines, red and white wines and water).

The menu for the dinner is the following:

Starter: Prawn cream (Vegetarians will have Vegetables cream)

Main Course: Duck rice à Grèmio (Vegetarians will have pasta with stir-fried vegetables and mushrooms)

Dessert: Lemon mousse

Coffee or tea

Drinks: Red and white wines and water.

THE GRÉMIO LITERÁRIO was created in 1846 by royal charter of Queen D. Maria II, thus giving her support to the initiative of a prestigious group of writers, politicians and aristocrats of the Portuguese liberal world. Thirty years later the Grémio settled in its present facilities, the Loures Palace, in the Chiado quarter, the elegant centre of the intellectual and social Lisbon society, a characteristic building in the local romantic architecture, with decorated rooms, a rich library, restaurant and a precious garden dated 1844 overlooking the river Tagus and the Moorish castle.

A certain literary and social activity, much in the manner of the fin de siècle and Belle Époque periods, with its cercle, fencing and chess players is remembered in the chronicles and novels of the famous writers of the time, namely Eça de Queirós.

The first exhibition under the title Modern Art was held there in 1912. In the middle of the twentieth century a luxurious renovation of the interiors with improvements in the restaurant gave it a new impulse and glamour, hosting and promoting famous lecturers, such as Valéry Giscard d’Estaing (1969) and theatre seasons with the Comédie Française. The Centre for the Study of the XIX Century organised conferences and international meetings. More recently regular cultural seasons feature the presentation of writers, concerts and celebrations of a historical and cultural nature. The Medal of Honour of the City of Lisbon was awarded some years ago and, when commemorating its 150th anniversary and the Grémio Literário was confirmed as an “entity of public utility” and bestowed the degree of honorary member of the order of Santiago-da-Espada, thus recognising its services as “one of the most ancient European associations”.

Among its members, past and present, the Grémio boasts many heads of state and prime-ministers. In its international relations, almost one hundred clubs in diferent countries – in Europe, America and other continents – are covered by reciprocal hospitality agreements.

BAR (where the Welcome Cocktail will take place)

The bar, a comfortable room, shows on its back wall a Picture by Luís Pinto Coelho representing a meeting of the founder members. On the other walls, pictures of other founder members (Alexandre Herculano, Almeida Garrett and Rodrigo da Fonseca) can be found.


Varanda (where the dinner will take place)

The veranda, overlooking Grémio’s magnificent private garden has a wide view over the Tagus, and is one of its most romantinc spots. Boasting an “Art Nouveau” décor, is very popular with members for lunching and dinning.


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