World Poetry Day - Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen's poems at Leixões

Port Authority extends containment barrier to mitigate impact of port operations

In celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, the Port Authority started the extension of the containment barrier using now Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen's poems. This barrier's prupose is to mitigate the impact of port operations into local community.

"The Port of Leixões is located to close with the population of Matosinhos, so we intend to continue to reduce the visual impact, noise and dust that results from port activity. And we want to do so visually attractive to the local community". 

The first container barrier, built in 2011, featured graphic images by Francisco Providencia and poems from the 'Ode Marítima' of Álvaro de Campos, one of the heteronyms of Fernando Pessoa.

A decision to proclaim 21 March as World Poetry Day was adopted during UNESCO's 30th session held in Paris in 1999.

One of the main objectives of the Day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.

March, 2018