Summer Garden

24 Jun – 10 Jul

The Gulbenkian Garden will host more that 30 concerts and DJ sets and an outdoor film festival.

After a yearlong pandemic-induced hiatus, the Summer Garden is back with a transdisciplinary and eclectic programme that explores several forms of contemporary artistic expression, including dance, performance, music, poetry and film.

Over three weekends, more than 30 concerts and DJ Sets, curated by Lisboa Criola, Dino D’Santiago, will be performed on three stages set up in the Gulbenkian Garden, as well as a film festival – Cinemas and Independence – all held outdoors. Held simultaneously with the exhibition Europa Oxalá, these events encourage deeper reflection on legacies, memories and identity that the works of the 21 artists, born and raised in a postcolonial context, evoke in this display.


Concerts & DJ sets

Nossos Corpos também são Pátria!
(Our Bodies are also Homelands!)

As part of the Europa Oxalá exhibition, this summer the Gulbenkian Garden welcomes the Afro-European Culture show, where music will take on a fundamental role in this narrative that fights against the absence of Black Bodies in ‘places of speech’.

Sounds that bring with them the rhythmic memories of Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, the Central African Republic and the Gambia, which marry global electronic music, leave the Social Housing projects and surround the Portuguese capital. Sounds that travel from the Traditional to the Avant-Garde and which transform Lisbon into one of Europe’s most creole capitals.

This time they will enter through the front door and, as I sing in Mundu Nôbu, “En ben di longi, ma en ka strangeru nao!” (“I have come from far away, but I am no stranger!”)

By Lisboa Criola | Dino D’Santiago

What is the legacy, the reach and the meaning of African independences – at times gained after particularly violent and difficult struggles – for African descendants, the children of dismantled empires who live in Europe and in Africa and maintain a relationship with both continents?

Even when it arises discreetly, the turmoil caused by the wars for African independence has nourished the work of artists born several decades later. The dreams of emancipation (of African unity and of the “wretched of the earth” of the insurgent Third World, led by Frantz Fanon) and the saga of the anticolonial struggles were sometimes tarnished by bitterness, spawned disillusionment and dismay, while the winds of independence or revolutions left unfinished occasionally pick up again in a globalised world increasingly contested by grass-roots movements.

The artists included in this event do not intend to celebrate the melancholy of a country simultaneously near and far away, one that is somewhat idealised; they appropriate a familiar memory, plural and contrasting. They shift the borders between here and there, they multiply and shape the concepts of independence, of parentage, of exiles and of movements. In an age of setbacks and walls of all kinds, from the physical and mental barriers that we erect, in Europe and elsewhere, these works question and displace certainties and serve as a reminder that independence – and therefore the possibility of a dual belonging – is also a way of perceiving the world, of inhabiting it and of embodying it in different ways.

Acknowledgments: to all the filmmakers and artists, to Katia Kamelia, Augusta Conchiglia, Billy Woodberry.

By Olivier Hadouchi (Curator)

Concerts & DJ sets

  • 03 jul 2022 / 18:30



This programme is subject to last-minute changes.


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