BoCA is a non-profit structure, founded in 2015, headquartered 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 are established), between cultural equipments (museums, theaters, galleries, heritage facilities, etc.) and the public space, between artistic territories (performance, performing arts, visual arts and music) and between their respective audiences.

BoCA develops its activities through five axes:
• commission and production of artistic projects;
• regular programming;
• programming of the contemporary arts biennial BoCA;
• national and international diffusion;
• education program.

With John Romão’s executive and artistic direction, BoCA arises from a desire to contribute consistently to the reflection on the contemporary socio-cultural environment and with the explicit vocation to support the processes of artistic construction of the present and the future.

It develops its regular activity mainly in the municipality of Lisbon, involving dozens of cultural institutions in its programming. With a focus on national and international circulation of artists and works that it commissions and programs at each biennial of arts, BoCA has been developing since 2015 extension of its programming, on time or in cycles, 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 collaborated with the following cultural equipments for its artistic and education program activities:


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, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Galerias Municipais EGEAC, Estufa Fria, Igreja de São Pedro de Alcântara, Igreja dos Inglesinhos, Galeria ZDB, Lux/Frágil, Rive Rouge, Cinema Ideal, Cinema São Jorge, Cistena da Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade de Lisboa


Teatro Nacional São João (Mosteiro São Bento da Vitória e TeCA), Teatro Municipal do Porto – Rivoli, Casa da Música, Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis, Casa-Museu Fernando Castro, Casa das Artes, Palácio dos Correios / CMP, Passos Manuel, Maus Hábitos e Pérola Negra

Universities and Schools

Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto, Universidade Católica do Porto / Escola das Artes, Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa / IPL, Escola Superior de Dança de Lisboa / IPL, Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema / IPL, Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo, IADE European University, Universidade do Minho, Escola Superior de Artes Aplicadas / IPCB, Universidade de Coimbra, Escola Artística António Arroio



The Portugal’s Presidency of the Republic

UNESCO Portugal