BoCA was founded is 2015 and is based in Lisbon. Through a transdisciplinary perspective, of hybridization and breaking of boundaries, contemporary creation is at the heart of its mission.
Focused on transdisciplinarity, BoCA develops a diverse cultural ecosystem based on synergies between cities (from Lisbon, intersections with other cities/countries), cultural spaces (museums, theaters, galleries, cultural centers, heritage spaces), natural spaces, artistic fields (performing arts, visual arts, performance art, music) and their respective publics.
BoCA develops the commission and production of artistic projects, programming the biennial of contemporary arts, a continuous education program and the national and international diffusion of commissioned projects.
After the first two editions of the festival in 2017 (Lisbon and Porto) and 2019 (Lisbon, Porto and Braga), the next edition will take place in 2021 (Lisbon, Almada and Faro, simultaneously).
BoCA commissioned and produced several works by artists such as Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Meg Stuart, Tania Bruguera, François Chaignaud, Cecilia Bengolea, Angélica Liddell, Rodrigo García, Tânia Carvalho, Pedro Barateiro, Vhils, Salomé Lamas, João Pedro Rodrigues & João Rui Guerra da Mata and worked with artists such as Marina Abramovic, Romeo Castellucci, William Forsythe, Noé Soulier or Dora García.
BoCA is funded by Portugal’s Ministery of Culture, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Millennium BCP Foundation and Lisbon City Council. It has the institutional support of UNESCO.
Artistic direction: John Romão