The aim of Cerdeira Village Art & Craft project is to make it a place for sharing and communicating with artists and creative individuals. It’s about giving new live and meaning to a very special place, Cerdeira, one of the classified schist villages in the ”Serra da Lousã”, a small place surrounded by fresh brooks and silence in an ocean of mountains in the center of Portugal.
Hidden away in a small valley at 700m above sea level, Cerdeira was a village of schist houses at risk of disappearing after agricultural acitivty was abandoned in the middle of the 20th Century. Almost 300 years old, the village was built by courageous people, farmers who lived off the land and who, even if they left in search of a better life for their families, would always come back and visit their home. Today, Cerdeira has new stories to tell, of new inhabitants who have, will their persistence and will power, breathed life and purpose back into this place, of men and women who have knowledgeably restored the houses and made them comfortable, as a 21st century house should be, of guests who choose the village to spend their holidays, and of artists from all over the world who come in search of inspiration. Cerdeira is now one of 27 villages that make up the network of Schist Villages.
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