BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts is an international biennial of contemporary arts with a focus on transdisciplinarity (or extradisciplinarity). It establishes a synergy between cities (Lisbon, in dialogue with two other cities), cultural institutions (theaters, museums, galleries, material heritage), integrating actions in the public space, artistic territories (performance, performing arts, visual arts, music) and the their respective audiences. At the same time, throughout each biennium, BoCA develops the expansion of its activities through programming cycles presented in other Portuguese and foreign cities.

So far, two editions of the biennial have been held, with artistic direction and programming by John Romão.
The third edition will take place between September-October 2021.

 

BoCA 2019 / Lisbon, Porto, Braga

Artists

MARINA ABRAMOVIC (RS), MARLENE MONTEIRO FREITAS (PT), TANIA BRUGUERA (CU), GONÇALO M. TAVARES & OS ESPACIALISTAS (PT), HORÁCIO FRUTUOSO (PT), ANGÉLICA LIDDELL (ES), ARCA (VE), WILLIAM FORSYTHE (EUA/DE), RUI CHAFES & VERA MANTERO (PT), MEG STUART (DE), PEDRO BARATEIRO (PT), JOANA DA CONCEIÇÃO (PT), JONATHAS DE ANDRADE (BR), MARIA TRABULO (PT),  GABRIEL FERRANDINI (PT), OLA MACIEJEWSKA (PL), TÂNIA CARVALHO (PT), PROJECTO TEATRAL (PT), JOÃO PEDRO RODRIGUES & JOÃO RUI GUERRA DA MATA (PT), MARIANA TENGNER BARROS (PT), ADOLFO LUXÚRIA CANIBAL (PT), CATERINA BARBIERI (IT), JONAS & LANDER (PT), GERARD & KELLY (EUA), ANDRÉ ROMÃO (PT), INMUNE (PT), JONATHAN ULIEL SALDANHA (PT), MILO RAU (CH),  THE OTOLITH GROUP (GB), RYAN TRECARTIN (EUA),  CIUDAD ABIERTA (CL), NÍDIA (PT), DIANA POLICARPO (PT), CORO GULBENKIAN (PT), JOÃO PAIS FILIPE (PT), VOLMIR CORDEIRO (BR), ALFREDO MARTINS (PT), VASYA RUN (RU), YOLANDA NORTON (EUA), BLACK (PT), LINN DA QUEBRADA (BR), PAULO CASTRO (PT/AUS), KUKURUZ QUARTET (CH), TERZI (PT), FORUM DANÇA / SOFIA DIAS & VÍTOR RORIZ (PT), ECOTEMPORÂNEOS / MATILDE CAMPILHO E MAMADOU BA (PT), SENTE-ME, OUVE-ME, VÊ-ME  / HELENA ALMEIDA (1934-2018)

Spectators: 70.000

 

BoCA 2017 / Lisbon, Porto

Artists

TANIA BRUGUERA (CU/USA), HÉCTOR ZAMORA (MX), ROMEO CASTELLUCCI (IT), JÉRÔME BEL (FR), JAN MARTENS (BE), ARAM BARTHOLL (DE), VON CALHAU (PT), MARINO FORMENTI (IT), SALOMÉ LAMAS (PT), VHILS / ALEXANDRE FARTO (PT), GILLES DELMAS & DAMIEN JALET (BE), TIANZUO CHEN & AISHA DEVI & ASIAN DOPE BOYS (CH), TÂNIA CARVALHO (PT), MUSA PARADISIACA (PT), ULLA VON BRANDENBURG (FR), CRINABEL TEATRO (PT), IVAN ARGOTE (CO), FRANÇOIS CHAIGNAUD & MARIE-PIERRE BRÉBANT (FR), ÓLAFUR DARRI ÓLAFSSON & LIBIA CASTRO (DE/ES), MARION INGLESSI (GB), KIRILL SAVCHENKOV (RU), FLORENTINA HOLZINGER & RENÉE COPRAIJ (AT/BE), JOÃO MARIA GUSMÃO & PEDRO PAIVA (PT), VAN AYRES (PT), ANTONY HAMILTON & ALISDAIR MACINDOE (AU), KLEIN (GB), JOÃO PEDRO VALE & NUNO ALEXANDRE FERREIRA (PT), YVES TUMOR (GB), FRANÇOIS CHAIGNAUD & CÉSAR VAYSSIÉ (FR), DIOGO EVANGELISTA (PT), JOHN ROMÃO & ROMEU RUNA (PT), PHILIPPE GRANDRIEUX (FR), ANA BORRALHO & JOÃO GALANTE (PT), MARIANA TENGNER BARROS & PANDEMICK & ESTELITA MENDONÇA (PT), JENNY HVAL (NO), FINGERBOARD INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (PT)

Spectators: 77.000