Cultural heritage in its various forms - monuments, landscapes, celebrations, forms of expression, collections, knowledge, practices, etc. - represents values of authenticity and historical relevance. In addition, it can also represent a powerful narrative about national “identity”, so the process of listing, or registration, is usually carried out when a cultural property represents artistic and historical expressions thought to be relevant to a social group, or for a country. On the other hand, migration policies, urban planning based on racial segregation and violent processes of eviction of black communities in Portugal, complicate a debate about the material and immaterial heritage of this population.
What are the voices and political entities that call for self-management of heritage? How do subordinated and oppressed groups, often deprived of property, fit into a country’s policies of representation of cultural heritage and intellectual property? How can we think about collections, public policies, historiography, legacy and mapping, to consolidate the different heritages of the black population in Portugal?
UNA therefore organizes the Dance--conference Por um (MAT)rimónio Imaterial Negro (For a Black Intangible (MAT)rimony), within the scope of the Imaterial Festival, to reflect on what has been reserved for the black population in Portugal, in the processes of definition and resignification of the material and immaterial heritage of the country. These will be two hours of meeting and dedication with the festival’s audience, in order
to promote the experience of bodily activation, beginning with the stimulation of minds in harmony with feelings.
Associação União Negra das Artes — ANA TICA / IRIS DE BRITO / MAÍRA ZENUN / PINY