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“Barcelona? A theme park. ” This is how the documentary that will pass in the next session of Cine-Café touristification starts, on April 19, at 21h30, in Lisboa Vadia. Bye bye Barcelona is the documentary outburst of Eduardo Chibás on mass tourism, where it is debated the relationship between the local life and tourists. Borned in Caracas, Venuzuela, Chibás assumes that he never met the Ramblas of people from Barcelona. He lives, however, long enough to feel the negative impacts of touristification of which is the 4th most visited city in Europe, after London, Rome and Paris, and the leader in the number of cruises that receives from the continent and the Mediterranean. This phenomenon has greatly affected the dwindling number of residents of the center of a city increasingly expensive. Many of the approximately 30,000 tourists who arrive daily in cruises in the city of Barcelona do not see how […]

Free Cinema: “Bye bye Barcelona” I Cine Café Touristification


 [article written by Leonor Duarte, Sara Aranha and Joana Dias] In the past 15th march, at Lisboa Vadia, there was an other debate about touristification in Lisbon, after the film Cidade Guiada (Guided City), a documentary produced by Catarina Leal. It was a night full of ideas, with the presence of the producer Catarina Leal, the researcher and professor Joãp Seixas and Joana Jacinto, founder of the Lisbon Sustainable Tourism project. With them, we protest, we discuss ideas and concerns, but we also sought solutions to a phenomenon that has affected all of us.   How do we pay 2€ for a glass of wine that is not even a big deal?   There were many questions and criticism. It was a powerful moment, where we heard people of all ages, from traders to students and artists, portuguese and foreigners. Many were the criticisms and questions. It was a powerful moment_ […]

Is there life after tourism?



Renovar a Mouraria I 6th April I 21h30 FREE ENTRANCE What is happening to the Historic Centre of Lisbon? The climb in population loss over the last 3 years has led the four chairpersons of the parish councils to take a public position. Under 10 thousand inhabitants, the parishes will lose significant performance power. And we, citizens, what are we willing to do? With the tourism excuse, the city is selled with a cheap price, hotels, hostels and apartments for temporary accommodation arise, it is ensured an income of 4% in the luxury investments, places that give identity to the city are destroyed, rehabilitation is only made according to the tourism, tenants are evicted, there is speculation with prices and it becomes impossible to housing. We, at the Citizenship Academy and at Renovar a Mouraria want to continue reflecting and contributing for citizens to take an attitude. Are you coming too?

Gathering I How to promote sustainable tourism in Lisbon?


Produced by Catarina Leal in her Master’s degree developed in Anthropology, Cidade Guiada documents one of the biggest problems currently encountered in the historic centre of Lisbon: gentrification by tourism. Phenomenon long observed in cities such as Barcelona, Berlin or London, gentrification is an urban symptom which mainly affects the most vulnerable populations inhabiting cities. Tourism is one of the key features adopted to boost the economy in neighbourhoods such as Graça, Alfama and Mouraria. With an increasingly industry sustained on foreign population, Portuguese neighbourhoods are revaluated and rehabilitated every day. Already with a few former residents, from the buildings only facades are left.   Cidade Guiada still poses an increasingly relevant question: how to redevelop a neighbourhood or a city that serves the people and not the tourists?   The film projection will be followed by a debate with the presence of director Catarina Leal, Joana Jacinto, promoter of […]

FREE CINEMA: “Cidade Guiada” (“Guided City”) I Cine Café Touristification



  The Documentary of this week: “One for the river” (2015) The goal of this Cine Café is to activate discussion, consciousness, knowledge and spread information about the topic of this month’s environmental legislations that comes with TTIP. What is TTIP? TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), like other trade agreements, is being negotiated largely in secret. It aims to “harmonise” EU and U.S. standards across an array of industries. It challenges laws that protect the environment, rein in corporate interests, protect food safety, promote renewable energy and curb risky practices like fracking. TTIP can limit the capacity of public authorities to decide on how to provide public services like water. What’s worse, TTIP will lock in changes by granting rights to companies that undermine local laws, and will force us to either spend precious public money fighting big business or change our laws to comply with its desires — […]

CINEMA FOR FREE: One for the river | Transatlantic Cine Café


15th December, at 21h30 @ Lisboa Vadia (Rua de S. Mamede 33A, Lisbon) The goal of this Cine Café is to activate discussion, consciousness, knowledge and spread information about the topic of this month is ISDS (Investor-State Dispute Settlement), that comes with TTIP.   The Documentary: “TTIP Might is Right” (2015) event   Synopsis The proposed free trade agreement between the US and Europe (TTIP) causes concern about the European right to self-determination. The most controversial part of TTIP is ISDS: investor-state dispute settlement. ISDS will make it possible for companies to sue governments that damage their investments. But is this arbitrage system where a few investment lawyers decide over billions of taxpayers money a protection of our business interests, or a threat to our democracy?   What is TTIP? TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), like other trade agreements, is being negotiated largely in secret. It aims to “harmonise” […]

FREE CINEMA: TTIP Might is Right | Transatlantic Cine Café



In 2014, Pakhuis de Zwijger (cultural organization in the city of Amsterdam) came up with the idea of Metropolitan Field Trips. Cities are constantly in change, new initiatives arise and try to answer to several question on how to become city-owners and how to participate in their evolution. During the Field Trips, on the biggest european cities, the participants learn about diverse approaches on base initiative and about the relation between bottom-up city makers, planning agents, local government and other institutions. Field Trips have, therefore, as a goal a better understanding of the whole process of transition and they are an opportunity to exchange knowledge between partners in Europe. The program started at 4 p.m on the 8th, with the meeting point for the welcoming at Holzmarkt. Holzmarkt is located in an old abandoned area at the Spree waterfront. It was destined to be sold as part of the project […]

The Citizenship Academy in a transitional Berlin


For all citizens | Free entrance 17th November, at 21h30 Lisboa Vadia (Rua de S. Mamede 33A, Lisbon) FB event The goal of this Cine Café is to activate discussion, consciousness, knowledge and spread information about the topic of this month’s water privatisation that comes with TTIP. TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), like other trade agreements, is being negotiated largely in secret. It aims to “harmonise” EU and U.S. standards across an array of industries. It challenges laws that protect the environment, rein in corporate interests, protect food safety, promote renewable energy and curb risky practices like fracking. TTIP can limit the capacity of public authorities to decide on how to provide public services like water. What’s worse, TTIP will lock in changes by granting rights to companies that undermine local laws, and will force us to either spend precious public money fighting big business or change our laws […]

Free cinema: documentary FLOW | Transatlantic Cine-Café



For the second year we were at Citizenship European Days, organized by the organizations’ platform European Civic Forum (ECF), in which Citizenship Academy is part of the direction. On the 10th anniversary of the ECF platform, the event took place at the same place where the platform was born, the Council of Europe, responsable institution for ensuring the respect of Human Rights, formed by all the countries of the continent (including those who are not members of the European Union).   Video of the opening session: For two days, partnership strategies where debated and developed to make european ONG’s work more efficient in the main themes that affect European Union. We were able to hear, in first hand, the testimony of three syrian refugees, explaining us what they expected from Europe and our action as an organized civil society, both to welcome them to stay as to focus the pression […]

Refugees, austerity and the answer of social movements| European Civic Days 2015


ENTRADA GRÁTIS – 20/10/15 21:30 Vem beber um café ou aparece antes para jantar e, no final do filme, debater connosco a tua segurança e privacidade. Local: Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas nº 33 A Lisboa Organização: parceria entre a Academia Cidadã e Lisboa Vadia ‘Em Janeiro de 2013, a documentarista Laura Poitras recebe um “email” encriptado de alguém que se denomina de “Citizenfour”. Nessa mensagem, são-lhe oferecidas informações inéditas sobre práticas de escutas ilegais da Agência de Segurança Nacional (NSA) e outros serviços secretos norte-americanos. Poitras trabalhava há anos num filme sobre a monitorização de escutas efectuadas no pós-11 de Setembro e utilizadas ilegalmente pelos serviços de segurança dos EUA. Em Junho do mesmo ano, ela e o repórter Glenn Greenwald decidem viajar até Hong Kong (China), para o primeiro de muitos encontros com o autor daquela mensagem, que mais tarde se apresenta pelo nome de Edward Snowden. […]

Exibição do documentário “CITIZENFOUR” | Cine-Café Transatlântico