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MIGRANT DAYS Festival 2009

THE Migrant Women PROJECT
Three Festivals for Intercultural Dialogue
The MIGRANT WOMEN project came from an idea of ​​the coordinator of ilCAntinonearteTeatride Montepulciano, district of Siena, later developed by three European co-organisers, Motus (Siena, Italy), BollywoodPictures (Lisbon, Portugal) and ZecoraUraTheatre (London, United Kingdom ).

Immigration, integration, intercultural dialogue between the culture of the country of origin and the culture of the host country. The choice of theme falls on the feminine point of view: a particular perspective of the “migrant woman”, her condition as a double minority, in her culture of origin and in the new customs of the host country, as a woman and a migrant.
Multiple questions are raised: what happens when a culture is necessarily confronted with a different one? What happens when one culture emerges in another, and when one culture embraces another? What becomes imposed, lost or received? What is hidden behind the reciprocal prejudices between those who arrive and those who welcome? And What does it mean to be a “migrant woman”?

Three European Festivals including: two theater performances, a dance performance, a projection of a documentary film, as well as a congress, three round tables and, around, numerous events associated with the project. THE MATER FESTIVAL between the cities of Montepulciano and Siena in Italy, the MIGRANT DAYS LISBOA in Portugal, and the MIGRANT DAYS LONDON in the United Kingdom. This is how Migrant Women sees and tries to look inside their own questions: through artistic language, dialogue and confrontation.

Encourage intercultural dialogue, encourage the transnational circulation of artists and artistic works, encourage the mobility also of those who work in the organization and administration of the project, in order to gain knowledge of other national realities besides their own. The Migrant Women project considers the local dimension, where it was born, as important as the European dimension. The local reality is where we can discover and analyze the habits and stereotypes about the “migrant woman”, and then confront them with the European cultural diversity.



18:30 – CINEMA SÃO JORGE | Room 1 – Presentation / Opening of the Migrant Days Lisbon Festival ’09 | Screening of the documentary film Migrant Women (a Bollywood Pictures production)

19H00 – SILVER ARM FACTORY | Prado Coelho Room – Tiago Alexandre Concert (classical guitar)

22H00 – SILVER ARM FACTORY | Prado Coelho Room – Aesthetics Seminar with Davor Ciglar (visual artist)

22H30 – SILVER ARM FACTORY | Visconti Room – Film Projection
| Nietzsche Room – Jazz Red Notes

23H30 – SILVER ARM FACTORY | Prado Coelho Room – European Dances


19:30 – SILVER ARM FACTORY | Sala Visconti – Café Concert within the scope of the Migrant Days Lisbon Festival ’09 (with São José Lapa, Teté and Carlos Martins)

9.30 pm – IBERIAN THEATER – Iris dance performance under the sea (MOTUS danza Compagnia)

22H30 – SILVER ARM FACTORY | Visconti Room – Film Projection
| Nietzsche Room – Jazz with João Lucas and Miguel Mira
| Prado Coelho Room – Chimera

23H30 – SILVER ARM FACTORY | Sala Visconti – Host Party Dj/Vj Migrant Days Lisbon Festival ’09 (with Roberta Scarcella aka PacWoman)


19:30 – SILVER ARM FACTORY | Sala Visconti – Thematic Conference within the scope of the Festival Migrant Days Lisboa ’09 (with Catarina Portas)

9.30 pm – IBERIAN THEATER – Theater performance Do not Overtake the Yellow Line (CAT Compagnia Teatrale)

22H30 – SILVER ARM FACTORY | Visconti Room – Film Projection
| Nietzsche Room – Jazz with Júlio Resende
| Prado Coelho Room – Jazz with Amateurs Music

00H00 – SILVER ARM FACTORY | Nietzsche Room – Jazz with Daniel Schvetz

00H30 – SILVER ARM FACTORY | Prado Coelho Room- Free Fucking Notes with Marta Plantier and Luís Barrigas


18H00 – SILVER ARM FACTORY | Sala Visconti – Screening of the film “O Carpet Voador” by João Mário Grilo (a Bollywood Pictures production)

19:30 – SILVER ARM FACTORY – Theater show Um Lament for Medea (Zecora Ura Theatre)

9.30 pm – SILVER ARM FACTORY – Theater show Um Lament for Medea (Zecora Ura Theatre)

22H30 – SILVER ARM FACTORY | Visconti Room – Award of the Photo Contest Prize
| Prado Coelho Room – Jazz with Amateurs Music

23H00 – SILVER ARM FACTORY | Nietzsche Room – Corsage

23H30 – SILVER ARM FACTORY | Visconti Room – Final Party Migrant Days Lisbon ‘09

On the 15th of May at 18:00 on the 4th floor of the Museu do Oriente, another session of DIALOGUES AND TRAVEL – ASIAN COMMUNITIES IN PORTUGAL, an initiative promoted by Fundação Oriente and coordinated by Jorge Macaísta Malheiros (Professor of the Center for Geographical Studies at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon), whose objective is to promote dialogue between “Lusos” and Asian communities and contribute to the strengthening of intercultural relations. It is also intended to disseminate social and cultural aspects associated with Asian communities residing in Portugal, as well as to debate the contributions of Asian communities to the dynamics of transformation and social innovation of urban societies in Portugal and Europe. There is still time to publish the results of scientific studies on various aspects of Asian immigration to Europe, which contribute to dispelling myths and stereotypes.

Over the last few decades, there has been an expansion in the number of Asian commercial establishments in Portugal. In this context, the issue of “Chinese stores” and Chinatowns has emerged, which have been the subject of controversy in several European cities, including Lisbon.

After all, should Asian-owned commerce be spatially concentrated or not? Are there correct and incorrect locations for Asian homeowners’ stores? Asian traders, namely Chinese, have privileges that indigenous traders do not benefit from in terms of tax or access to credit; or is this idea just a prejudice? And since this is a prejudice, what is your intention? And what is the contribution of these establishments to employment, product and tax revenue?

These are some of the questions that are intended to be addressed in a debate whose framework is situated at the level of the significance of the presence of Asian commercial establishments for the economic dynamics and urbanism of the cities in which they are installed.

Additional information:

Free entry – Subject to confirmation to

Target Audience: Adults

Date: May 8, 2009

Location: 4th floor of the Museu do Oriente

Hours: 18:00 – 20:00

Final Declaration of the 20th Conference of the European Foundation Center

Rome Conference participants highlight the need to respect human rights

Rome, May 16, 2009 – At the closing session of the 20th Annual Conference of the European Foundation Center (CEF), delegates approved, by acclamation, a declaration confirming their agreement with the sentiments expressed by Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Italian Republic, in the opening session of May 14, mainly with regard to the growing dangers of xenophobia and intolerance.

European Foundation Center (CEF)
Conference Statement – Rome, May 16, 2009

We, as participants in the Annual Conference of the European Foundation Center, are pleased to meet in Rome. Our conference addressed issues of poverty and social exclusion. We were very excited by the speech of the President of the Republic of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano, at the opening session of our conference, during which he warned of the growing dangers of xenophobia and intolerance. However, it is with great regret that we witness the emergence of a climate in Italy that is symptomatic of a general trend across Europe that leads to measures related to undocumented migrants that undermine people’s basic human rights.

We recognize that migration is a complex and challenging issue for all European member states. As members of the Foundations, we are committed to an inclusive and tolerant Europe; we work to do this alongside citizens and civil society organizations, as well as government agencies. We strongly encourage the governments of all member states to work individually, together and with the institutions of the European Union, to create a framework for dealing with migration in ways that truly respect the dignity of all human beings, as defined in the Convention European Union of Human Rights.

Conference by Demetrios G. Papademetriou
Commentator: António Vitorino
Auditorium of the Luso-American Foundation
Rua do Sacramento à Lapa, 21 – Lisbon
Tel. 21 3935800 |

Free admission, with prior registration until the 18th of June.
The works will take place in English.

About MPI

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On the 29th and 30th of May, a training session for young people from peripheral neighborhoods took place at the Arrábida Convent, donated for this purpose by the Fundação Oriente.

With the coordination of Dr. António Vitorino and Eng. Luisa Valle and the collaboration of Dr. Carlos Gaspar from Fundação Oriente and Dr. Jorge Miranda from Amadora City Council, a training event for young leaders from peripheral neighborhoods was prepared. 14 young people from 6 municipalities – Porto, Santa Maria da Feira, Amadora, Loures, Sintra and Seixal -, 4 girls and 10 boys attended this training workshop, called “REDE SEM REDE”, which was organized by the NGO TESE. , aged between 16 and 24 years. The proposed objectives were: to give opportunity to young people, from problematic contexts, and other participants, to express themselves and get in contact with different realities and learning; empower and encourage leadership.

An evaluation report of the session will be made available shortly.

Concert Orchestras Generation in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

July 1st, 6 pm, at the Open Air Amphitheater of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Free entry subject to available places.

Ticket: Modern Art Center / Rua Dr. Nicolau de Bettencourt (from 12:00 on the same day)

Generation Orchestras

Inspired by the model of the Symphony Orchestras Program for Children and Youth of Venezuela, of which the Simón Bolívar Orchestra is the ultimate exponent, the Generation Orchestras are an example of the use of music education as a means to promote social inclusion.

The initial orchestra, created in 2007 as part of a broader social project in Casal da Boba (Amadora), has been integrating new groups. In Vialonga (Vila Franca de Xira) and Bairro da Mira (Amadora) two more orchestras are being formed, covering more than 190 children in total. It is this group of young people that is now being presented to the public. They are mostly students from the 5th to the 7th year of schooling, who in this way learn to express themselves through music and to develop the self-confidence and knowledge necessary for a balanced, hopeful growth, away from exclusion and marginality.

In the 2009/2010 school year, another six youth orchestras are expected to be launched in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (Sintra, Sesimbra, Barreiro, Loures and Oeiras) including another in Amadora, this time in the Zambujal district.

Under the pedagogical coordination of the Conservatório Nacional Music School, the Generation Orchestras are currently sponsored by the Municipal Councils of Amadora and Vila Franca de Xira, the Calouste Gulbenkian and EDP Foundations and the companies Central de Cervejas and Dolce Vita – Chamartin.