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

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 the Lisbon Sustainable Tourism project, and João Seixas, a professor and researcher in the urbanism field.
Included in Touristification project, Touristification Cine-Café has as a background the theme of tourism and gentrification. This cycle intends to present different perspectives on the same problem that has greatly affected the urban and social development: gentrification by mass tourism.

We will also be shown at the Touristification Cine Café the following films:

19 April – Bye bye Barcelona (Eduardo Chibás, Spain)
17 May – Vendemmia (Italy)
21 June – The Goose with the golden eggs (Costa Rica)


Furthermore, the Citizenship Academy develops in partnership with Stadslab (Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Tilburg, Netherlands), the Master Class “Tourism Gentrification and City-making” from 15 to 22 April, with the main objective to produce solutions in urban planning field that avoid situations of social and economic exclusion, and with intervention in the Mouraria area.

This Master Class is for young professionals from the urbanism field, urban design or architecture. Those interested should go here for more information and registration.

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