BoCA - Biennial of Contemporary Arts

BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts is a cross-disciplinary biennial project focused on performing arts, visual arts, performance art and music.

From September 3 to October 17, in Lisbon, Almada and Faro, the BoCA - Biennial of Contemporary Arts reaffirms itself as an "extradisciplinary" project that challenges change and reflection, with a program that combines different rhythms of projects and relationships with artists and institutions, supported by a transition of integrated, plural and sustainable production and creation processes.

'Prove You Are Human', is the theme of the 3rd edition of the biennial, is linked to an activation of a radical empathy with history, rewriting and reinscribing collective narratives in the present that, on the one hand, propose the opening of history to a biodiverse coexistence with multiple voices and, on the other hand, respond to the urgencies of a contemporary world in crisis, caused above all by climate change.

Given the present dehumanization that we are witnessing, we are faced with the great challenge of our lives, which the pandemic has made more evident: to make the ethical responsibility of life and this place 'between' and 'trans', which we want to build, a place of love.

This is where the programming of this edition of BoCA is called, making room for the polysemy of the places of speech, pointing out on the wounds of the past that we have not yet faced, envisioning a possible future to be built together.


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  • Teatro CamõesMuseum of Lisbon – Pimenta PalaceMAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and TechnologyMuseu Nacional de Arte AntigaCasa da CercaPraia da Bela VistaPadrão dos DescobrimentosMuseu Nacional do CochesCentro Cultural de BelémWater Museum - Patriarchal ReservoirCineteatro CapitólioFundação Calouste GulbenkianTeatro Nacional D. Maria IITapada das NecessidadesCinema São JorgeCarpintarias de São LázaroFundação ChampalimaudMuseu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea - Museu do ChiadoEstufa FriaCulturgestTeatro TabordaCais do Sodré
  • From 03 Sep, 2021 to 17 Oct, 2021