Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal
September and October 2019

The debate about the memories of the colonial period has moved into the public arena and is now the subject of intense artistic production. The Colonial Memories cycle opens up yet more room for this theme, welcoming the people and projects involved in its continuous research.

The research groups AFRO-PORT Afro-descendants in Portugal (ISEG) and Memorialist Discourses and the Building of History (School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon) will be presenting the lecture Politics of selective memory by the Moroccan historian Fatima Harrak. This is a reflection on the effects of “selective memory” in the present-day political world, in which the author defends the idea of an “entangled history” between the colonisers and the people that they colonised.

Everything passes, except the past is a programme about the colonial legacy in the public space, museums and archives of various European countries, led by the Goethe Institut. It is coming to Portugal in the form of a round-table discussion and a cycle of films and debates about the post-colonial film archives.

The project MEMOIRS — Children of the Empire and European Postmemories, which brings together researchers interested in comparing colonial memories in the French, Belgian and Portuguese contexts, will present a debate, a film session and a performance dealing with the same question: how are the memories of the end of colonialism manifested in social, cultural and artistic terms in Europe?

Colonialism and its consequences has been the preferred theme for the work of the Hotel Europa theatre company. André Amálio opens up his personal archive of interviews, books, videos, family photographs and war documents, and revisits his theatrical creations in the 13-hour-long performance of The End of Portuguese Colonialism. Culturgest also presents the world première of “Children of Portuguese Colonialism”, a new production of Hotel Europa. The visual artist Francisco Vidal, with whom we worked on developing the image of the materials to be used for promoting this cycle, has also been asked to participate in this programme.

What have the people who lived through colonialism transmitted to contemporary generations? Colonial Memories is an invitation to engage in this reflection.

photo: Bruno Castro

Fatima Harrak: Politics of selective memory
Sep 19, 18:30

Everything passes, except the past
Sep 24, 18:30

Hotel Europa: The end of Portuguese colonialism (installation)
Sep, 25 —27, 11:00 – 18:30
Sep, 28 — 19, 15:00 – 18:30

Reimagine the post-colonial archives
Sep 25, 21:30
Sep 26, 21:30
Sep 27, 18:30

African memories of Portugal
Sep26, 18:30

Hotel Europa: The Children of Colonialism
Sep 26, 21:00
Sep 27, 21:00
Sep 28, 19:00

Arts in Europe in postmemory era
Oct 3, 18:30

Fatima Sissani: Zahra’s Mother Tongue
Oct 3, 21:30

Hotel Europa: The end of Portuguese colonialism (performance)
Oct 5, 11:00 – 0:00