ARTE EM PEÇAS
Every year, in the small Northern Portuguese town of Paredes de Coura, there is a Lego fan event called 'art in pieces'. The event is run by a group of Portuguese Lego fans known as Comunidade 0937 (which spells 'LEGO' when you look at it upsidedown). At the event, the group builds hundreds of different Lego models, in a series of 'worlds'. There are also sculptures and copies of famous buildings from around the world. For any fan of Lego, this annual event is unmissable. It's a typically Portuguese event, in that it is low key, relaxed and not overly commercialised.
The festival interactive, which makes it very enjoyable for children. They can take part in a massive 'build' project - for instance the photo on the left is a giant mosaic that was built over the course of the event. Children and families could put together one small piece of the mosaic on a square board, and this was then added to the whole. There is also a stage area, with a huge pile of loose Lego, where you can sit with your kids and build a model.
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