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Portrait exhibition of Cabrinha community.   It is a developing pilot-project which means this is really just a start. This start aims to identify the most valued aspects by this community concerning their neighborhood. This start helps to promote, even though in a shy way, the community self-esteem.   Thanks to ever one that has participated!   Guilherme – Friends Dionísio – My shop   Preciosa- The help of Project Alkantara   Paula Ramos – The children and the neighbours   Ana and Tiago- Playing soccer   Graça – My house and my balcony   Ana Paula Brito – My house, love and quietness   Hélio, Joni and Leo – The soccer field   Ludovina – My house and my balcony   Adriana – Playing and friends   Jorge Santos – Taking the children in field trips and tours during their holidays   Graça Pereira – The soccer field   […]

The good thing about Cabrinha is


On November 19th there was a presentation party of “Outros Campeonatos”, a project of the Citizenship Academy (CA), developed under the BIP / ZIP program of the Lisbon City Council, partnered with the Parish Council of Alcântara, a group of young people “Ventos de Mudança” (Winds of Change), the Associação Nacional de Futebol de Rua and Lisbon Sustainable Tourism. Among other actions of community involvement, the “Vozes do Cabrinha” (Voices of Cabrinha) action was developed, where the results of the ausculation were carried out with the community throughout the duration of the first month of project implementation.   The Cabrinha We Want This action consisted of a consultation that sought to gather opinions and suggestions regarding the public space and common spaces of the neighborhood. Looking at 12 photos of the neighborhood, we asked people to reflect on the images by writing down what they would like to see changed. […]

The Cabrinha we want



November 19 was the  Other Championships’ briefing, a Citizenship’s Academy project that is supported by the Lisbon City Council’s BIP / ZIP, and developed in partnership with Alcântara Parish Council, “Ventos de Mundança” (Winds Of Change) Youth Group, National Street Soccer Association and Lisbon Sustainable Tourism. Amongst other community actions, “Vozes do Cabrinha” (Cabrinha Voices) presented the  results obtained, through community consultation, during the first month’s project.   Q&A results Q&A were carried out that sought to know the inhabitants opinions concerning “citizen participation and community organization”, as well as the neighbourhood’s public and common spaces positive and negative aspects. 53 people were interviewed randomly:     1st question: Taking into account my living expirience in the neighborhood, I’ve got an active role in Cabrinha’s community Notice that most consider having an active role in the neighbourhood, namely, participating in local associations /organizations, or promoting mutual aid. The ones who […]

Cabrinha’s voices – Q&A results


“Other Championships” presentation party took place on Saturday November 19, at Cabrinha football field (Quinta do Cabrinha, neighborhood), in the presence of all the project’s partners. The project is funded by the BIP/ZIP, a Lisbon City Council program. Alcântara Parish Council was represented by its chairman, Davide Amado. Ana Paulos and Vanda Ramalho represented the Street Soccer National Association, while  and Cabrinha’s Youth “Ventos de Mudança” (Winds of Change) were represented by Joana Jacinto and Jorge Ramos, accordingly. There were several activities during the afternoon. We’ve been shown the work results that’s been developed so far; afterwards, street football and a snack have brought Cabrinha’s inhabitants near Citizenship’s Academy headquarters. “Projecto Alkantara” and “Fazer a Ponte” (“Making a Bridge”) projects brought us the Alkantara Dance Project presentation that’s had liven up the party in an almost full space. Afterwards, a biefing, to explain Outros Campeonatos project: what is it and  wants […]

Outros Campeonatos project has just started!



The day October’s 17, it proceeded the signature of the protocol between Citizenship Academy and Lisbon’s Town Hall, for the implementation of the project Outros Campeonatos, promoted by the former and financed by the latter, under the BIP/ZIP program.     Outros Campeonatos was designed to be implemented in Quinta do Cabrinha in Alcântara, between 2016 October and 2017 October. Its design was thanks to the knowledge and experience we gathered since the last three years of stay in the neighborhood, mainly from the contacts made with the community and local associations. This way, Outros Campeonatos is adapted not only to the specific needs of the community of Cabrinha, but as well as the vocation of the Citizenship Academy, which is the empowerment of people and organizations for active citizenship and social organization. The partners of this project are the Alcântara’s Town Council, the Street Football Nacional Association, the Lisbon […]

The project Outros Campeonatos is already starting!


The project “Outros Campeonatos” is starting! Outros Campeonatos is a project that began in October 2016, promoted by Academia Cidadã (Citizenship Academy) and financed by the program BIP/ZIP by Lisbon’s Town Hall, implemented in Quinta do Cabrinha, a public housing neighborhood in Alcântara – Lisbon. Has as formal partners Alcântara’s Parish Council, the small youthful group of Cabrinha “Ventos de Mudança” (Winds of Change), the Street Football Nacional Association and the Lisbon Sustainable Tourism. “The Pre-Season of the Championship” is the first activity of Outros Campeonatos. It presents Outros Campeonatos to the community and establishes the organization of the whole project. Straight contact begins with the population that already plays on the streets, through the Ventos de Mudança: creation of empathy, understanding problems and opinions. People are captivated to partake in the project. Through the development of auscultation actions, it is aimed to comprehend how are the internal relationships of […]

Outros Campeonatos_The Pre-Season of the Championship



The ideals to discuss and to create alternatives towards issues such as urban poverty; the urgency to have more democratic and participative urban planning projects, giving a fair response to the needs of the newcomers and war victims; the privatization or public spaces; and the negative effects of gentrification, were the central issues of this four-day meeting in Amsterdam, at the City Makers Summit, together with so many projects that make the difference everyday, on a local, regional, national and international level.   The citizens-politicians   The idea of city-making is a political movement. A movement that includes anyone willing to claim a city that promotes direct action with a stronger participative power, supporting visible changes on the urban and social programme. Claiming the right to public spaces ( or the heterotopian spaces that Lefebvre used to claim) as a “survival strategie”, we are also confronting all the social and […]

Because the city is for everyone to have it




In the last 11th of June, more than two thousand people asked the closure of the Almaraz Nuclear Central, in a protest organized by the Movimiento Ibérico Antinuclear (MIA), in Cáceres. Citizenship Academy and more than 40 different groups attended the demonstration. From Portugal departed a dozen chartered buses, as well as Madrid, Salamanca and Malaga in Spain. The demonstration started at 7.30pm and finished around 9, crossing the main streets of the city. Under the slogans of “Chernobyl, Almaraz, Fukushima never again” or “Close Almaraz for a living Tajo/Tejo”, protesters walked the streets of Cáceres until reaching the Plaza Mayor, where they read a manifesto to order the central closure in 2020. Early in the afternoon, the gathering stood in a small alley in the city, where you could attend concerts, an antinuclear exhibition but also activities to raise awareness about the risk of this old nuclear power plant, […]

Stop killing our future — Close ALMARAZ (with video)


When three years ago I visited Bucharest, I gained a not very favorable impression about the city. It seemed gray and the streets, the buildings, the people were also gray – as they beared upon themselves the burden of the totalitarian past, 70 years of Soviet dictatorship had not definitely stood back. Maybe that’s why the new visit I made to the city, in the past 9 to 12 June, has caused me much surprise. This was a field trip, within the project New Europe – Cities in Transition, in order to visit locally based projects that promote the city as an area of inclusion, sustainability and participation. We were welcomed by members of Zeppelin and, in addition to the Citizenship Academy, were present organizations from Berlin (Mörchenpaprk), London (Paddington Development Trust) and Amsterdam (Pakhuis of Zwijger). Three days have come to realize how Bucharest had radically changed over the […]

Winds of change in Bucharest