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    Guide to hosting brainstorming events in Lisbon

    Hey there to all our creative event planners! Are you ready to host an incredible brainstorming session in Lisbon, one of Europe’s most vibrant and inspiring cities? Well, we hope you’re raring to go because we've got your back with this ultimate guide to hosting a brainstorming session in Lisbon.

    In this article, we'll tell you everything you need to know to make your brainstorming session in Lisbon an absolute hit. From choosing the perfect location to diving into the local culture, we've got tips, tricks, and insider info to ensure your brainstorming experience is one-of-a-kind.

    So, grab your notepads because it's time to unleash your creativity in Lisbon. Let's get started!

    1) Choosing the Right Style of Brainstorming Venue in Lisbon for You

    Picking a suitable brainstorming space for hire in Lisbon is no easy feat! The city spoils you for choice with various styles of brainstorming rooms, all specifically designed to get your creative juices flowing.

    1. Historic venues: Get inspired by old-world charm when you book a restored palace or mansion as your venue for brainstorming in Lisbon. These venues often feature elegant interiors, grand architecture, and beautifully landscaped gardens. In fact, think of the great ideas that can be sparked in a room decorated with antique furnishing or imagine sparking creativity in a room adorned with exquisite antique furnishings or in a lush garden surrounded by centuries-old trees. If you’re looking for an event venue that’s an ideal blend of sophistication and inspiration, check out Lisbon’s historic venue options.
    2. Riverside spaces: One of the most serene places in Lisbon is the Tagus River so if you’d like to host a brainstorming session in a serene location, you’ll be pleased to know that there are several waterfront event venues close to this. These venues provide not only inspiring views but also the soothing sound of water, creating a serene atmosphere conducive to creative thinking. 
    3. Art galleries and creative studios: Lisbon is a hub for creativity and art so it’s no surprise that there are plenty of art galleries and creative studios here that double up as event venues. Tap into the artistic energy of these spaces by hosting your brainstorming event in Lisbon here. These spaces often feature contemporary artwork, unique installations, and a vibrant atmosphere that can stimulate innovative thinking. And if that’s not convincing enough, they also offer a backdrop that encourages participants to think outside the box.
    4. Cultural centres and theatres: Take advantage of Lisbon’s thriving cultural scene hosting your brainstorming session in a cultural centre or theatre. These venues often have auditorium-style seating, making them ideal for larger gatherings or presentations.
    5. Meeting rooms and conference centres: If you’d like to think big for your brainstorming venue in Lisbon, you should be looking at meeting rooms in the conference centre. Not only are these event venues equipped to handle large-scale events but they can also be an excellent choice for corporate brainstorming sessions. They come with spacious meeting rooms, advanced technology, and professional staff to assist with logistics.
    6. Creative workspaces: For a more unconventional and inspiring setting, you can take a look at the creative workspaces in Lisbon. These venues are designed to encourage innovative thinking and often come with unique decor, comfortable seating arrangements, and natural lighting to boost creativity.

    Pro-tip: If you like the idea of a creative workspace as your event venue, check out these quirky and unusual venues for hire in Lisbon.

    2) The Best Areas for Hosting a Brainstorming Session in Lisbon

    Now, let’s talk about location. We’ve got to set the tone right for a brainstorming event in Lisbon so picking the right neighbourhood will help you get your participants in the perfect frame of mind for some seriously innovative thinking. Here are some cool neighbourhoods for you to consider.

    1. Parque das Nações: If you’d like a contemporary setting for your brainstorming session in Lisbon, the modern district of Parque das Nações will be perfect for you. It was built for Expo ‘98 and is well-known for its futuristic architecture, spacious parks, and proximity to the river. Event venues here often feature cutting-edge technology and spacious meeting rooms.
    2. Chiado: This lively neighbourhood is the heart of Lisbon’s cultural and artistic scene. Chiado is home to several elegant boutiques, historic cafes, and vibrant street art so if you choose an event venue here, your participants can easily take a break and seek inspiration from the neighbourhood’s art galleries and bustling streets or simply get a quick boost of caffeine energy from a coffee shop nearby.
    3. LX Factory: Located in the Alcântara neighbourhood, LX Factory is a creative hub set in a former industrial complex. It's home to art studios, co-working spaces, restaurants, and unique event venues. Hosting your brainstorming session here can provide an edgy and innovative atmosphere.
    4. Avenida da Liberdade: This grand avenue is lined with luxury hotels, upscale boutiques, and wide sidewalks shaded by trees. It offers a sophisticated and upscale setting for your brainstorming session in Lisbon, with plenty of hotels and event venues that cater to corporate events.
    5. Bairro Alto: If you're looking for an energetic and youthful atmosphere, Bairro Alto is the place to be. Known for its nightlife and eclectic mix of bars and restaurants, this area is perfect for evening brainstorming sessions or an after-work activity. It's also centrally located, making it convenient for participants to access.

    Bonus reading: For a more in-depth look at Lisbon’s neighbourhoods, read this article on the best areas in Lisbon for hosting events.

    3) How Much Will a Brainstorming Room in Lisbon Cost?

    Next, let’s get down to business and figure out the cost of a brainstorming room for hire in Lisbon. Now, while the price of a brainstorming venue can differ based on factors such as the size of the room or the amenities it provides, here’s a rough estimate to give you an idea.

    • Basic meeting rooms: Basic meeting rooms in Lisbon typically include standard amenities such as seating, a whiteboard or flipchart, basic audiovisual equipment, and access to Wi-Fi. These usually cost between €15 to €40 per hour.
    • Mid-range venues: These event venues offer a more comfortable and well-equipped setting for your brainstorming session. You can expect features like modern furnishings, advanced audiovisual equipment, ample space, natural lighting, and access to catering services. These typically cost between €50 to €150 per hour.
    • Premium spaces: If you want to get a really classy brainstorming room in Lisbon complete with high-end audiovisual equipment, stylish and ergonomic furnishings, panoramic views of the city or waterfront, and gourmet catering options, you can expect to fork out  €50 to €250 per hour.

    Additional Costs to Consider:

    • Catering: €10 - €60 per person
    • Audiovisual Equipment: €30 0- €800 per day
    • Facilitator or Trainer: €50 - €250+ per hour
    • Transportation: €7 - €25 per person
    • Decor and Supplies: €25 - €55 per person
    • Event Planning Services: €1,000 - €5,000

    4) The Best Catering for Your Brainstorming Space in Lisbon

    Ah, we can’t really come up with groundbreaking ideas without adding fuel to our brainpower, can we? That’s why it’s important to pick an excellent event caterer for your brainstorming event in Lisbon. Here are a few we recommend.

    1. Kokomo: An innovative brainstorming session in Lisbon requires an innovative event caterer and Kokomo checks that box. Their menu includes a range of international and Portuguese dishes with delicacies such as Bacalhau à Brás, a delicious combination of shredded codfish sautéed with onions and straw fries, bound together with scrambled eggs. Kokomo can also create a custom menu that’s tailored to your event’s requirements and dietary preferences.
    2. Companhia das Lezírias: For a slightly different catering service, you can try out Companhia das Lezírias. They’re known for their farm-to-table approach, using fresh ingredients from their own estate. They offer a variety of culinary styles, from traditional Portuguese to fusion cuisine. 
    3. Austrália Bar & Restaurante: Despite their name, there’s nothing Australian about this catering company that specialises in Portuguese and Mediterranean cuisine. Austrália Bar & Restaurante can provide a wide range of dishes, from seafood specialities to traditional Portuguese meals. Don’t miss trying their Picanha Steak - it’s an absolute delight!
    4. Tascantiga: Known for its Portuguese tapas and traditional flavours, Tascantiga can create tapas-style menus that are perfect for casual and interactive brainstorming sessions. In fact, most event attendees can’t get enough of their sardine and tomato salad, so be sure to include that in your menu!
    5. Golden Biscuit Catering: With a diverse menu that includes options for breakfast, lunch, and snacks to keep your participants energised throughout the day, Golden Biscuit Catering specialises in catering for corporate events, including brainstorming sessions. Their signature dish is the traditional Portuguese tart, which is sure to add a local touch to your menu.

    Pro-tip: Add a local flavour to your event catering menu by working with your caterer to include some of the best local food from the ultimate Lisbon food guide.

    5) Afterwork Ideas for Brainstorming in Lisbon

    For a well–deserved break after an intense brainstorming event in Lisbon, gather your team and check out these after-work ideas in the city.

    1. Take a tapas and ginjinha tour: Take your team on a culinary adventure through Lisbon's tapas scene. Stroll through the historic neighbourhoods and sample a variety of small plates at local taverns. Don't forget to try "ginjinha," a traditional Portuguese cherry liqueur.
    2. Explore the LX Factory: Head to the LX Factory, a trendy creative hub housed in a former industrial complex. Explore art galleries, and boutique shops, and enjoy a team party at one of the hip cafes or restaurants. The vibrant atmosphere is perfect for post-brainstorming relaxation.
    3. Rooftop bar-hopping: Another way to party in Lisbon is by bar hopping across its numerous rooftop bars with stunning views. Embark on a rooftop bar-hopping adventure, where you can sip cocktails or Portuguese wines while taking in panoramic cityscapes.
    4. Lisbon street art tour: After your inspiration brainstorming session in Lisbon, relax with more inspiration by discovering Lisbon's vibrant street art scene by joining a guided street art tour. The city is full of interesting murals and graffiti that tell stories of its culture and history.
    5. Sunset cruise on the Tagus River: If your brainstorming venue is close to the Tagus River (and even if it isn’t!) it’s a good idea to treat your team to a relaxing sunset cruise along the Tagus River. Enjoy breathtaking views of Lisbon's coastline, iconic landmarks, and the setting sun. Many cruises offer dinner and drinks, making it an ideal way to unwind together.

    Bonus reading: For a cool way to bond with your team, organise an activity at one of these fun team-building venues in Lisbon

    Wrapping Up

    And that’s the end of our guide to hosting a brainstorming session in Lisbon, now let’s get to the planning stage. Our Ask Expert function can help make things a lot easier. Simply, let us know what you need and our local team will help you build an unforgettable brainstorming experience.

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    FAQ about Lisbon Brainstorming Spaces

    When is the best time of year to host a brainstorming in Lisbon?

    The best time to host a brainstorming session in Lisbon depends on your priorities. Spring (March to May) offers mild weather and vibrant surroundings. Summer (June to August) provides sunshine but can be crowded.

    Autumn (September to November) has pleasant weather and fewer crowds. Winter (December to February) is cost-effective but can be rainy. Choose the season that aligns with your team's preferences and budget to make the most of Lisbon's inviting atmosphere.

    How can I manage the budget for my Lisbon brainstorming session effectively?

    Effectively managing the budget for your Lisbon brainstorming session requires careful planning and consideration of various expenses. Start by setting a clear budget based on your objectives and the size of your group.

    Prioritise your spending by identifying essential elements like venue rental, catering, and audiovisual equipment, allocating the majority of your budget to these core components. Look for cost-saving opportunities, such as booking venues during off-peak seasons, negotiating rates with suppliers, and exploring local catering options. Finally, don’t forget to keep a budget for emergencies.

    Is English commonly spoken in Lisbon, and do I need to provide translated materials for my brainstorming session?

    English is fairly commonly spoken in Lisbon, especially in tourist areas, upscale hotels, and among the younger population. Many professionals, particularly in the business and tourism sectors, are fluent in English.

    As a result, you should be able to communicate effectively in English during your brainstorming session, and most venues and catering services will likely have English-speaking staff.

    However, it's still a good practice to consider your participants' language preferences and needs. If you have attendees who may not be comfortable with English, providing translated materials or hiring interpreters can enhance their experience and ensure they fully engage in the session.

    What's the best way to arrange transportation to my brainstorming venue in Lisbon?

    Arranging transportation to your brainstorming venue in Lisbon can be efficiently done by considering the size of your group and the location of the venue. For smaller groups, Lisbon's well-connected public transportation system, including trams, buses, and the metro, can be a cost-effective and convenient option.

    Taxis and ridesharing services are also readily available and can accommodate larger groups or those with specific timing needs. Alternatively, consider arranging private transportation, such as a shuttle service or chartering a bus, especially if your venue is outside the city centre or if you want to provide a more seamless and personalised transportation experience for your participants.

    What unique on-site experiences can I incorporate as breakout or work-oriented sessions for my brainstorming in Lisbon?

    Lisbon offers a range of unique on-site experiences that can be incorporated as breakout or work-oriented sessions to enhance your brainstorming event.

    • Fado singing workshop: Help your participants loosen up and have fun before beginning your brainstorming session with the power of Fado music. Not only is this an interesting activity with a local touch, but music is also a great way to let go of inhibitions.
    • Yoga or mindfulness sessions: Incorporate sessions focused on relaxation and mindfulness to recharge participants' energy. If your event venue has a garden, arrange for this breakout in a green space to help your participants clear their minds and refocus on the brainstorming process.
    • Storytelling and Storyboarding: Leverage Lisbon's historical charm to inspire storytelling sessions. Encourage participants to develop narratives or business concepts inspired by Lisbon's culture and heritage.
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