Artistic Area

Performing Arts, Music & Sound, Visual Arts, Criticism & Literature, Film & Video

mala voadora


Rua do Almada, 277-283,
4050-038 Porto
+351 934 152 264


Working place and a cultural space programmed by the theatre company mala voadora, it is located at the numbers 277 and 283 of Rua do Almada and it was designed by the renowned Porto architect and engineer José Júlio de Brito (who also designed Teatro Rivoli). As a former iron and steel warehouse, mala voadora is an unusual building – a clearly Modernist building surrounded by the traditional houses of the centre of Porto. It is also unusual for having been designed as a “vertical warehouse”, with different floors, unlike the usual horizontal structure of this type of building.
In 2017, mala voadora is a theatre company which activity focus on the production of shows that tentacularly is extended to the programming, especially of the former warehouse occupied by the company in the centre of Porto. It was founded in 2003 by Jorge Andrade (director, actor and playwright) and José Capela (set designer  and architect), both responsible for the artistic direction. They were joined, in 2013, by Vânia Rodrigues as management and programming coordinator and Joana Costa Santos now responsible for the production direction.



Portuguese and international artists or collectives from visual arts, dance, theatre, performance and cross-disciplinary artistic fields.


Every year, 3 partner organizations are invited to help us to select artists/curators that could be interested in the residency opportunity. In 2017 and 2018, our partners are Alkantara (PT), Forest Fringe (UK) and Hablar en Arte (ES). In 2017, we will receive, between August 16 and October 16, the writer, performer and live artist Greg Wohead.
+ info:


Two fully equipped studios that can be used simultaneously as residence and/or work space and/or as space for presentation of performances or visual projects. Both studios are also equipped with separate alarm systems. The cleaning of the studios before and after their use is guaranteed. The maintenance and cleaning of the studios during the residency is guaranteed by the users. A blackbox (Sala H) with 90 m2 and equipped with light and sound equipment.

Additional info

Two studios with 50m2 each.
Estúdio rua (Street studio) with
  • Two beds and one sofa-bed
  • Bathroom (with shower)
  • Kitchenette with countertop and sink, cooker, fridge,tableware, microwave, toaster, table and chairs;
  • Bed linen and towels;
  • Iron and ironing board, washing machine, drying rack, heater;
  • Balcony (with shower).
Estúdio varanda (Veranda studio) with:
  • Two beds and one sofa-bed
  • Bathroom (with shower)
  • Kitchenette with counter top and sink, cooker, fridge, tableware, microwave, toaster, table and chairs
  • Bed linen and towels;
  • Iron and ironing board, clothes horse, heater;
  • Balcony
Sala G (or garage) with:
  • 90 m2
  • Theatre rigging system
  • Bar
  • Sanitary facilities (including WC for people with reduced mobility)
  • Direct access from the street and access to a courtyard.
Sala H (or blackbox) with
  • 90 m2
  • Seating area (max. 50 seats)
  • Theatre rigging system, light and sound equipment
  • Roof terrace


4000€-6000€ - In Residence grant / Porto City Council