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Past and Present - Lisbon, ibero-american capital of Culture 2017

The city of Lisbon was elected by the Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities to be the 2017 Capital of Culture of this world so diversified in terms of geography, climate, citizens, languages, economies, traditions, cultural practices, artistic languages, imagery, cultural legacies, creators and that, in the cities as a whole, brings together over 120 million people from the Iberian Peninsula, Central and South America, Mexico and the countries that have received their diasporas.

Lisbon, and its internationally recognized characteristics of hospitality and light, will be even more of a meeting place, a platform for conviviality and multiple forms of expression as well as many other forms of reception. However, and as announced by the Past and Present that comes before Lisbon, Ibero-American Capital of Culture in 2017, it will not simply be a place of arrivals and departures.

In Lisbon there will be traces, routes and testimonies of the past, not always grand and not always heroic. The narratives of the passages and the presence of Afro-descendants transported to the Americas will be shown through the objects, words and place names that they left behind. The same will be done for the presence of Latin American migrants on both sides of the Atlantic, in transit according to the greater or lesser adversity they encountered on either side of the ocean. Through numerous activities, the lives, expectations and, of course, the disappointments of those who passed through, stopped, or settled here will be recovered. In Lisbon, the story of what was the invention of Paradise will be told: the American Countries of the Future, their utopias and dystopias.

As for the Present, there will be exhibitions, concerts, talks and cinema from cities that are often thousands of kilometres apart, with citizens speaking Portuguese and Spanish - as languages of the community – but also using other maternal or adopted languages, with pronunciation as widely different as that of Galician and Guarani.

We shall be enjoying the festivities together, in the Present, with creativity and critical reflection, but not always with consensus, of course.

The Past and Present Lisbon, Ibero-American Capital of Culture, 2017involves over forty venues, some of which are dependent on the City Council and the Ministry of Culture, and others belonging to different cultural organizations that responded enthusiastically to the City Council’s proposal that they produced their own projects in terms of the Lisbon Programmatic Charter.

The programme will include over 150 activities involving hundreds of artists, producers, teachers and publicists in order to build, together with the people of Lisbon, the Cultural City.

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UCCI and the Ibero-American Capitals of Culture

UCCI and the Iberoamerican capitals of Culture

UCCI has chosen Lisbon to be Ibero-american Capital of Culture in 2017.

The UCCI, or the Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities is an international organisation, municipal in character and non-profit making.Its main aims are to foster relations between the capital cities in Ibero-America and ensure harmonious and balanced development between them, based always on solidarity and cooperation.

The proposal presented by Lisbon at the meeting of the Cultural Sector Committee in Guatemala, in November 2015, was unanimously approved and formally ratified in June 2016, in La Paz (Bolivia). This will be the second time that Lisbon takes on the role, the first being in 1994, when it was also European Capital of Culture.

UCCI members: Andorra-la-Vella (Andorra), Assunción (Paraguay), Barcelona, Cádiz and Madrid (Spain), Bogota (Colombia), Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo (Brazil), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Caracas (Venezuela), Guatemala City (Guatemala), Havana (Cuba), La Paz and Sucre (Bolivia), Lima (Peru), Lisbon (Portugal), Managua (Nicaragua), Mexico City (Mexico), Montevideo (Uruguay), Panama City (Panama), Quito (Ecuador), San José (Costa Rica), San Juan (Porto Rico), San Salvador (San Salvador), Santiago (Chile), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) and Tegucigalpa (Honduras).

Ibero-American Capital of Culture in 2016


Ibero-American Capital of Culture in 2018

La Paz (Bolivia)

Ibero-American Capital of Culture in 2019

Panamá (Panamá)

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Thanks to

Thanks to all that have helped us.

  • Adriana Fernandes
  • Augusto Fragoso
  • Avelina Crespo
  • Carlos Gradim, Hannah Drummond e Hugo Barreto (MAR – Museu de Arte do Rio)
  • Cristina Serôdio
  • Dália Paulo
  • Duarte Calvão (Peixe em Lisboa)
  • Fabiano Kueva
  • Fernando Belo (Lisboa à Prova)
  • Fernando Nogueira e Fátima Dias (Fundação Millennium BCP)
  • João Ribeiro de Almeida
  • Joaquim Brito
  • José Manuel Cuevas
  • Kenia Liranzo
  • Lourenço Egreja e Maria João Soares (Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa)
  • Luísa Nora
  • Maria Fernandes Geraldes
  • Maria João Machado
  • Maria João Naughton
  • Marina Bairrão Ruivo (Fundação Arpad Szènes Vieira da Silva)
  • Martin Cracium
  • Mauro Saraiva
  • Mónica BrazTeixeira
  • Nerina Carmona
  • Patricia Jacquelyn Balbuena Palacios
  • Paulo Lourenço
  • Pedro Niemeyer
  • Pilar e Pablo (Quito)
  • Rita Jardim
  • Sandro Resende
  • Susana Matos Viegas
  • Vítor Brotas