(Re)Creating the Neighborhood

Valuing the products associated with the cultural heritage of the Boa Morte Neighborhood through the performing and visual arts and technology


Scope of action: Art and the creative economy  
Promoter and executor: Leigos para o Desenvolvimento 
Lead financier: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation  
Partners: Centre of Arts and Performance of Viseu, Archive 237 Association, Viriato Theatre and the Sao Tome Arts Association  
Location: Boa Morte Neighborhood, Sao Tome and Principe  
Beneficiaries: Residents in the Boa Morte Neighborhood   
Duration: January 2019 – December 2020   
Project Phase: Under development 
SDG: 8. Decent work and economic growth 

Grupo Tchiloli formiguinha da Boa Morte
Tchiloli © Inês Gonçalves
Tchiloli © Inês Gonçalves


This project seeks to contribute to valuing the products associated with the cultural heritage of the Boa Morte Neighborhood in S. Tome through interconnecting this patrimony with the performing and visual arts and technology. The objective is to establish a cultural identity object, simultaneously contemporary and incorporating a mutual sentiment of belonging, based upon staged visits in support of the culture tourism sector.  

Madre de Deus © Inês Gonçalves
Madre de Deus © Inês Gonçalves


The “Boa Morte Route” includes performances of Tchiloli (the indigenous popular theatre of S. Tome), retail and handicrafts, gastronomy and urban art.


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Tchiloli: the European tragedy which is part of São Tomé’s cultural heritage

Get to know Tchiloli, one of the most important forms of expression of African culture, with the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

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Tchiloli: the role of women

In the second video of the series dedicated to Tchiloli you can find out more about the role of women in this ancient tradition in São Tomé and Príncipe.

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Tchiloli © Inês Gonçalves

Tchiloli: Family and dinasty

The Tchiloli series continues with another episode about the tradition in São Tomé and Príncipe that crosses a lineage between generations.

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Tchiloli: a trip to Europe

In 1973, Tchiloli was performed in Portugal after an invitation from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Get to know more about this historical event on the last episode of the series dedicated to this tradition from São Tomé.

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Sustainable Development Goals


This project contributes to the following goals 


Goal 8.3 

Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises including through access to financial services. 

 Goal 8.9 

By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism which creates jobs, promotes local culture and products. 

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