For more than 25 years, Alkantara has promoted and developed projects in the performing arts, in Lisbon and abroad, that look beyond political, artistic and disciplinary borders. Since July 2018, Alkantara’s artistic directors are Carla Nobre Sousa and David Cabecinha.
Every second year, the Alkantara Festival presents an international programme of theatre, dance, performance and other events across Lisbon stages, instigating conversations about contemporary artistic practices in relation to the issues of today. Like its predecessor Danças na Cidade (1993-2004), the festival coproduces and presents Portuguese artists of different generations and is an important meeting place for arts professionals. The next Alkantara Festival will take place in 2020.
Espaço Alkantara, a heritage building in the Lisbon neighbourhood of Santos, is Alkantara's centre of operations. Throughout the year, Espaço Alkantara hosts a residency programme, workshops, showings, talks, and other public events. During the Alkantara Festival, the studio and outdoor patio are transformed into a meeting point, open to the public.
Seven Years Seven Pieces
Seven Years Seven Pieces (2016-2022) is an ambitious, long-term project by choreographer Cláudia Dias. It includes the production of a new work every year, with a companion publication (Seven Years Seven Books), and a satellite project running in secondary schools in Almada and Porto (Seven Years Seven Schools, supported by the Gulbenkian Foundation - PARTIS and the Almada Municipality).
In collaboration with Polo Cultural Gaivotas|Boavista/Loja Lisboa Cultura, Alkantara produces a programme of free training sessions and public debates for arts professionals (PISTA).