Since the beginning of 2017 Encontrarte Amares collaborates with Creatour.

A multidisciplinary research and experimentation project aimed at the constitution and monitoring of a network of creative tourism initiatives in small cities and rural areas in Portugal.

It integrates five university centers and 20 pilot initiatives promoted by cultural and creative public and private organizations that will collaborate in the creation, promotion, monitoring and evaluation of creative and cultural experiences in 4 regions of Portugal: North, Center, Alentejo and Algarve.

Creator combines theory and experimentation, combining multidisciplinary theoretical and methodological frameworks, cultural mapping, and benchmarking exercises with the analysis of creative tourism case studies.

The project is structured according to the key dimensions for the valuation of the creative sector:

1) build knowledge and capacity,
2) support the development of content and link creativity to the place
3) strengthen the formation of networks and clusters.

Co-ordinated by the Center for Social Studies (CES) of the University of Coimbra, the Creator project has as partners the CIDEHUS of the University of Évora, the CIEO of the University of Algarve, the DINÂMIA'CET-IUL of ISCTE-IUL and the Lab2PT of the University of Minho .

It is financed by the Program of Joint Activities (PAC) of Portugal 2020, through COMPETE 2020, POR Lisboa, POR Algarve and the Foundation for Science and Technology