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Conference to put networked culture at the heart of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area

On April 19, Oeiras will host the first "Culture in a Network" conference, an event that will kick-start a process of broad participation and dialog between the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, the municipalities and the cultural agents that carry out and promote activities in this field.

The event will also be used to present and sign the Letter of Intent for Culture in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, a document drawn up by the AML, in partnership with its 18 municipalities, which supports the principles of a path to "strengthen networked culture in the territory" and which aims to initiate a process, with broad participation and dialogue between municipalities and cultural agents, which blurs boundaries in the territory and works on networked culture, uniting communities and celebrating collaborative dynamics.

The conference will be opened at the Eunice Munõz Municipal Auditorium, starting at 9:30 a.m., by Isaltino Morais, Mayor of Oeiras, and Carlos Humberto de Carvalho, Metropolitan First Secretary. The opening program will also include a round table and a debate on cultural management in municipalities, with Paula Mota Garcia, coordinator of the Évora European Capital of Culture 2027 Mission Team, Salvato Teles de Menezes, president of the D. Luís I Foundation (Cascais), Inês de Medeiros, mayor of Almada, and Pedro Pina, councillor of Setúbal City Council, which will be moderated by Jorge Barreto Xavier, municipal director of Oeiras City Council.

The conference will have four thematic panels, which will take place simultaneously, discussing the links between culture and education (Livraria-Galeria Municipal Verney), tourism (Centro Cultural Palácio do Egipto), heritage (Mercado Municipal de Oeiras) and the arts (Auditório Municipal Eunice Munõz).

Paulo Pires do Vale, commissioner of the National Arts Plan, Ana Paula Laborinho, director in Portugal of the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture, Miguel Honrado, executive director of AMEC Metropolitana and Margarida Fragoso, coordinator of the Education Center of the Municipal Directorate of Culture of Lisbon City Council will be on the culture and education panel, which will be moderated by Pedro Patacho, education councillor of Oeiras City Council.

Ana Pinho, president of the Serralves Foundation Board of Directors, Bernardo Trindade, president of the Hotel Association of Portugal and Emília Ferreira, director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art will lead the culture and tourism panel, moderated by Pedro Vinagre, executive director of the D. Luís I Foundation.

The culture and heritage panel will feature Aline Beauvink, president of the Lisbon Heritage Defense Association, Walter Rossa, professor at the University of Coimbra, Simonetta Luz Afonso, curator and museologist, and Ana Paula Amendoeira, regional director of Culture for Alentejo. It will be moderated by Luís Liberato Batista, director of the Department of Culture, Sport, Social Rights, Health and Youth of Setúbal City Council.

Finally, the culture and arts panel will feature John Romão, director, cultural programmer and curator, Marta Martins, executive director of Artemrede and Rui Catarino, chairman of the board of directors of the D. Maria II National Theatre. The moderator will be Filipa Oliveira, curator and Visual Arts programmer at Almada Town Hall

The closing program of the conference, which will take place at the São Julião da Barra Fort, will include the presentation and signing of the Letter of Intent for the Culture of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, a lecture on networked culture and the cultural development of the territory by Robert Palmer, former director-general for culture at the Council of Europe and Commissioner of Glasgow and Brussels, European Capitals of Culture, and speeches by Pedro Adão e Silva, Minister of Culture, and Carla Tavares, president of the metropolitan council.

Performances by Orquestra Geração and O mundo do Espectáculo, and the presentation of an original illustration by Mário Linhares, which reflects the cultural traits, traditions, meaning and heritage that give life to the territory of the Lisbon metropolitan area, will also be part of the conference program.

Around 250 people are expected to take part, mostly cultural agents and municipal technicians.

Registration is free, at www.mural18.pt, and is limited to capacity.

Updated on 21/04/2023
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