Culturgest shows collection and premieres theater, music and dance on its 30th anniversary


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Culturgest celebrates its 30th anniversary at the beginning of the new season, which includes national premieres of music, theater and dance, and the opening of exhibitions in Lisbon dedicated to its collection and Alberto Carneiro, which will remain open until January.

The new season, which Culturgest announced today, includes the Portuguese premiere of the most recent dance shows by Jan Martens, Milo Rau and Nadia Beugré, as well as the documentary theater of the company Hotel Europa, and the most recent creations of the Polish artist Agnieszka Polska, in the context of BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Art, and the actors Albano Jerónimo and Cláudia Lucas Chéu.

Also on the list are new works by musicians Luís Severo and Joana Sá, in a series of concerts that also includes names like Alessandro Cortini and Nivhek (known as Grouper).

The celebration of the anniversary of Culturgest, which opened its doors on October 11, 1993, takes place with two concerts by saxophonist Ricardo Toscano, one in trio, the other with a section of string instruments.

An exhibition dedicated to editions by sculptor Alberto Carneiro (1937-2017) is the first of the exhibition space that Culturgest will open in October, on the site of the former bookstore. At the same time, the art collection of Caixa Geral de Depósitos (CGD), focused on modern and contemporary expression, will occupy the galleries of the headquarters building in Lisbon. The two exhibitions will be open until January 2024.

The Humanity Summit is also part of the CGD Foundation’s plans for the current creation.

Scheduled for September 19-21 in Lisbon, as the meeting’s website indicates, it “brings together human rights defenders, heads of state, politicians, agents of change”.

Siyabulela Mandela, great-grandson of Nelson Mandela, linked to the organization Journalists for Human Rights in Southern and Eastern Africa, producer Vanessa Ford, who accompanies the diaspora of African children, Mylene Ramos Seidl, jurist, consultant in Labor Law Diversity and Inclusion, Graça Fonseca, former Portuguese Minister of Culture, co-founder of the agency Because Impacts, and the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, are some of the names announced by the summit’s website.

The Humanity Summit presents itself as a “collaborative initiative”, and brings together entities as distinct as The Imperial College, University of Algarve and Faro Municipality, Afrolink, Google and Nega Films, EDP Foundation, RTP and Forbes, in addition to Culturgest, as it reads on its page.

Meetings with the philosophers Paul B. Preciado, within the scope of BoCA, and Elisa Aaltola are still on Culturgest’s program, as well as the conference cycle “Places, Proximities and Territory and Here, in the Universe”, taking place in November and December.

To these is added the “Common Stories” initiative, in collaboration with the Alkantara festival and the Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis, in Paris, “in a three-year project”, involving “other entities”, “around diversity in the performing arts”.

From January to April 2024, the cycle “Here, in the Universe”, which includes the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences, will “bring together researchers and thinkers in a dialog that unites scientific culture with human concerns and human-made disturbances”.

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