Diogo Piçarra – 26 – Portugal
Singer and song writer, winner of the TV singing competition ĺdolos in 2012
Czech Republic, 2010-11
‘When I’m asked what was the turning point of my career or when I started thinking of pursuing a musical career… I say it was during my Erasmus, I recommend Erasmus 100%’.
Before his Erasmus experience, Diogo was in a band while studying at the University of Algarve. It wasn’t until he spent a semester abroad at the Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic where he left everything behind and found the courage to start a solo career.
When he returned to Portugal Diogo was crowned the winner of the TV singing competition ‘Idol’ (ĺdolos) in 2012. The experience had a direct impact on his career, and now he is an accomplished musician, having released his debut album in 2015.
He appreciates the possibility to learn about new cultures and places: '70 years ago we didn’t have free movement. The fact that we can travel to another country - and often use the same currency, makes us feel we are, indeed, united.'
The Erasmus+ programme gave him first-hand experience of life in another country that he may have only otherwise seen on the television. Moreover, it gave Diogo an opportunity to appreciate the things he has in his own country. He believes that the Erasmus+ generation can help fight discrimination, prejudice and social exclusion through mixing cultures.