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Todos – Walk of Cultures

A nomadic festival of intercultural festival which reintegrates neighbourhoods with the wider city
2016
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Todos (Everyone) is a festival which makes simultaneous impacts in a variety of policy arenas. It is an annual festival of world music and culture which combines international professionals with local performers. It is a peripatetic event being located in a particular neighbourhood of the city for three years before it moves on to another. This may be a quarter in which the city council wishes to focus its efforts, for example through the combination of urban renewal, employment and business development and migrant integration.

The festival was first launched in the Largo do Intendente/Mouraria district, but is now centred in its third new territory, in the area of São Bento and Poço dos Negros.The organizers intended to discover new intercultural foci in the city of Lisbon, challenging the idea of ghettos and bringing people from diverse cultural backgrounds and age groups closer to each other. The programme of the Festival highlights the interculturality present in Lisbon and inter-religious dialogue is sub-theme associated to that idea.

2016´s edition took place between 12th and 15th of September and included street performances, an itinerant photo exhibition, theatre, gastronomy, music, drawing, dance, visits, walks, and meetings, among many initiatives that foster another look on the city and its relation with other cultures.

The neighbourhood is rich in diversity. From the African bars and restaurants, where can have “cachupa” and Cape Verdean music, to the Brazilian hairdressers and restaurants, shops from Pakistani and Nepalese merchants, to the Passos Manuel Hight School, one of the partners in this initiative, where children from 33 different nationalities can be found.


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