BoCA is a not-for-profit organisation, founded in 2015 and based in Lisbon. Through a transdisciplinary perspective, of hybridization and breaking of boundaries, contemporary creation is the neural part of its mission. It focuses on transdisciplinarity and develops a diverse cultural ecosystem based on synergies between cities (since Lisbon, intersections with other Portuguese and foreign cities), cultural spaces (museums, theaters, galleries, cultural centers, among others), artistic territories (performance art, performing arts, visual arts, music) and their respective publics.
BoCA develops its activities through five axes:
• commission and production of artistic projects;
• programming of the contemporary arts biennial BoCA;
• continuous artistic program;
• national and international diffusion;
• education program.
With the executive and artistic direction by John Romão, BoCA wished to contribute consistently to the reflection on the contemporary socio-cultural environment and with the clear vocation to support the processes of artistic construction of the present and the future.
It develops its regular activity centered in the city of Lisbon, involving dozens of cultural institutions in its programs. With a focus on national and international artists, BoCA has been developing since 2015 extensions and the touring of its activities to other cities: Almada, Águeda, Bangkok (Thailand), Barcelona (Spain), Braga, Brussels (Belgium), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Coimbra, Funchal, Hamburg (Germany), Évora, Lausanne (Switzerland), Moita, Montemor-o-Novo, Montemor-o-Velho, Paris (France), Porto, Santiago de Chile (Chile) and Viseu.
BoCA has been collaborating with several cultural equipments for its artistic and education program activities, such as:
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Centro Cultural de Belém, Culturgest, MAAT – Museu de Arte, Arquitectura e Tecnologia, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado, Museu Nacional dos Coches, Museu da Água, Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, Teatro Nacional São Carlos, São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Teatro da Trindade, Teatro Taborda, Carpintarias de São Lázaro, Foundation Champalimaud, Galerias Municipais EGEAC, Estufa Fria, Galeria ZDB, Lux/Frágil, Cinema Ideal, Cinema São Jorge, Fine Arts Faculty / Lisbon University, Fine Arts Faculty / Porto University, Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa / IPL, Escola Superior de Dança de Lisboa / IPL, Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema / IPL, Escola Artística António Arroio, among others
The Portugal’s Presidency of the Republic