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Reconnecting Place(s) through sound and dance

  The final event of “A Reconnecting Place” in Lisbon was integrated in the program of celebrations of Passa Sabi Association's eight anniversary. It was imagined as a culminat

Posted on 22/12/05

Creative Dance Workshop

  Taking as a starting point the music composed during the activities of music creation in the community, choreographer and dancer Inês Galvão Teles worked with the neighbourhood

Posted on 22/10/24

Soundwalking in Bairro do Rego

Soundwalking is an artistic practice that links the act of listening to an experience of place and space, following a specifically designed path. Through the ECHOES* app, this route will be pre-determ

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Posted on 22/09/20

(Re)Connecting places through artistic practices

The presentational workshop "(Re)Connecting places through artistic practices" was held as part of the A-Place Project's participation at the New European Bauhaus Festival that took plac

Posted on 22/08/04

Creating a soundscape with Bairro do Rego

The presentational workshop "Creating a soundscape with Bairro do Rego" was held as part of the A-Place Project's participation at the New European Bauhaus Festival that took place betwe

Posted on 22/08/04

Music creation in the community

Through several sessions in the neighborhood the objectives of (Re)Connecting Place are:   1. Collecting the musical influences of the young participants and their family influences in orde

Posted on 22/08/04

The Rego Neighbourhood (Bairro do Rego) is located right in the centre of Lisbon. However, it ended up isolated, like an island, with three freeways and a railway encircling it and highlighting its boundaries. The neighbourhood, as we know it, started to form in the beginning of the 20th century. The distinctive parts that make the neighbourhood today were not joined by planning; it was their isolation, or insularity, that brought them together. What makes the social fabric of Bairro do Rego today is very vivid multiculturality – African descendants, Gypsy, Portuguese… Visually the urban area is marked by strong contrast between the luxurious residences and the social housing buildings, the memory of once bustling market that today houses a supermarket franchise, Communist Party Headquarters in front of what was Stock Market, or appropriated gardens along the busy railway and the view towards the Lisbon downtown.


In this context, the Passa Sabi Association was born in 2014 as a group of neighbours that started to develop activities aiming at creating better conditions for the community of Bairro do Rego. They invest heavily in the empowering people and increasing their welfare, intervening not just within the living community but in the space itself.


“A Reconnecting Place” is an activity based on the idea of movement, eternal return, and the four seasons (of nature, of life, of places, etc.). In this context, we intend to make a connection between four different spaces of Bairro do Rego – a) The interior/exterior of Associação Passa Sabi; b) A children's playground; c) An old market; and d) A bridge - through a flash mob - an event choreographed with the participation of the inhabitants of the neighbourhood.

The activities will bring together the neighbourhood community, PhD students from NOVA FCSH, artists and researchers aiming at activating the public space through a series of activities designed with, and for, the Rego neighbourhood.


Throughout 2022, the activities will be organized in four different, but interwoven, actions whose outputs will be part of the final performance - the flash mob - to happen in September 2022:


1. Arts and Spaces' Transformation in the Context of A-PLACE`S Project”, a Seminar at NOVA FCSH, open to PhD Students (March 2022-May 2022).

2. Creation of a musical piece inspired by the soundscape of Rego Neighbourhood.

3. Workshop in creative dance plus a Collaborative choreography culminating in a form of flash mob in four different spaces of the neighbourhood.

4. Creating of a video installation to be distributed in public space and on digital networks.


To develop and apply creative placemaking activities:

- Through collection of soundscape and interviews, the neighbourhood residents will be included in the process of mapping the territory and making meaning of it for the different individuals and communities inhabiting the space of Rego neighbourhood;

- To create cross-disciplinary learning spaces and exploit the potential of networked artistic practices;

- Through workshops in creative dance, the interested public from the neighbourhood can learn to express artistically, creatively, and collaboratively.

- To overcome social boundaries and foster community building.

- Joining PhD students from FCSH NOVA, artists, and residents, throughout the year in various activities proposed as well as in the final event, the project aims to connect the “insular” Rego neighbourhood with its surroundings as well as highlight the rich social fabric and its value, for residents themselves as well for the visitors and passers-by.


Associação Passa Sabi


If you would like to have more information about these placemaking activities, please contact:

Maria Irene Aparício


Passa Sabi Association: Eugénio Silva, Joana Mouta

Faculty and Staff Members of NOVA FCSH : Maria Irene Aparício, Ivone Ferreira, Patrícia Pereira, Nuno Fonseca, Rosalice Pinto, Marta Fiolić, others (to be defined).

PhD Students enrolled in the seminar “Arts and Spaces` Transformation in the Context of A- PLACE`S Project in Lisbon” (2nd Semester 2021-2022).

Artists – João Dias Ferreira (music), Inês Galvão Teles (creative dance) | others (to be defined).