Art Climate Transition
Co-funded by the
Creative Europe Programme
of the European Union
Culturgest Lisbon

Culturgest

Lisbon

Portugal

Culturgest offers an international program of contemporary theatre, dance, music, cinema and visual arts for a wide and diversified audience. It also develops an intensive discursive program and offers a wide range of participative events.

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Our focus
  • #contemporary
  • #multidisciplinary
  • #mainstreaming
  • #issue-based
  • #collaborative

At Culturgest, we present a regular program dedicated to contemporary creation in the fields of theatre, dance, music, cinema and the visual arts and offer an educational program in all of these areas, aimed at audiences of all ages and social and cultural backgrounds. We also develop an intensive discursive programme about a large range of issues related to art, science, politics and society, in close collaboration with artists, scholars, universities and other organisations from civil society. Themes that we have been giving attention to and will continue to explore over the next years include: migration, cultural diversity and decolonization, gender and, not in the least, ecology and climate change.

We like to do things in collaboration and develop the program of Culturgest as part of a national and international network of partnerships and exchanges. We co-produce and host various independent festivals (the film festivals IndieLisboa and DocLisboa and the performing arts festivals Alkantara and Almada Festival), collaborate intensively with local and international universities and research centres, co-produce performances and exhibitions on a national and international level and open our doors for independent organisations and producers. All these collaborations are ways to enrich our work and deepen the impact and reach of whatever is created and organised together.

We seek to widen and multiply audiences for contemporary creation and debate and take active action to reach out to young people and culturally and socially diverse groups from our city. We try to include our audiences in what we do and look for different ways to stimulate participation.

Being part of ACT – Art, Climate, Transition touches on almost all of the above mentioned concerns, from international to issue based programming, and from audience development to the benefits of collaboration. As a final note: ecology is not only a concern in our program, but also a way of doing things: we work daily to reduce our ecological footprint and Culturgest’s environmental management is ISO 14001 certified.

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articles

#learning to impact BERRU: creating unreal places with real possibilities
BERRU: creating unreal places with real possibilities

By Arie Lengkeek & Jacco van Uden

#communicating Ecologies of Change
Ecologies of Change

By Carolina Mano-Marques and Arie Lengkeek

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Culturgest Lisbon
13 Apr 2023

Fúria

By Lia Rodrigues

A diptych on violence and beauty, Fúria (2018) and Encantado (2021), the two most recent shows from Brazilian choreographer Lia Rodrigues, are awe-inspiring statements about our ever-accelerating times, and powerful indictments as much as they are messages of hope. In Fúria, the frenzied presence of all eleven dancers from the company evokes a world of violence, but also the incessant struggle against all forms of oppression, through an unrelenting succession of images built and demolished. Conceived at, and born out of the favelas of Maré in Rio, Fúria lies where Carnival parade meets archaic procession and protest march.

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Culturgest Lisbon
15 Apr 2023

Encantado

By Lia Rodrigues

A diptych on violence and beauty, Fúria (2018) and Encantado (2021), the two most recent shows from Brazilian choreographer Lia Rodrigues, are awe-inspiring statements about our ever-accelerating times, and powerful indictments as much as they are messages of hope. Encantado [‘enchanted’] is synonymous with charmed, and mesmerized, but in Brazil it also refers to entities that exist in realms of perception from the Afro-Brazilian culture. The encantados exist somewhere between heaven and earth, in the jungle, the rocks, rivers, seas, and all the surrounding flora. They turn nature into a sacred place. Will we be able to re-join the enchanted world where we can reunite with our own, and other living creatures in all their diversity?

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