BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts is a new independent biennial project which second edition takes place between 15 March and 30 April 2019, in Lisbon, Oporto and also in Braga, focusing on a decentralisation of the cultural offer and inviting a different city in each edition. Throughout 2019/2020, BoCA develop extensions of its biennial activities to other national and international cities.

BoCA articulates a collaboration between Portuguese and international institutions (museums, theatres, galleries) and artists, including actions in public space, promoting a transversal programme that creates synergy between institutions, artistic fields and their respective audiences.

Under the artistic direction of John Romão, BoCA hopes to make a meaningful contribution to reflections on our contemporary sociocultural environment, and has the explicit vocation of supporting the processes of artistic growth in the present and future. Our mission is to promote contemporary artistic creation through programming, touring, and artistic education.

A BoCA 2019 counts with the support of
Direção-Geral das Artes / Portugal’s Ministry of Culture
Lisbon City Hall
Braga City Hall
Porto City Hall
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Millennium BCP Foundation

BoCA 2019 counts with the institutional support of the National Commission of UNESCO / Portugal.
BoCA counts with the High Sponsorship of the Portuguese Presidency of the Republic.