More than 40 Portuguese and foreign artists are showcasing new and original works in Lisbon and Oporto until April 30, under the inaugural BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts.

“The Biennale’s mission is to promote contemporary art, with particular attention on transversal proposals, through four lines of action: production, programming, diffusion and artistic training,” the organisers say in a note released to the public. “A special part of its mission is to stimulate contemporary creation, always from a transdisciplinar perspective, of hybridization, with the aim to surpass boundaries between the artistic territories and where the following forms of artistic expression are considered: visual arts, performance art, performing arts and music.” One of its purposes is “to establish an unprecedented synergy between museums, theaters, galleries and public spaces in the cities of Lisbon and Oporto.”

BOCA partners up in Lisbon with Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, National Museum of Ancient Art, Chiado National Museum of Contemporary Art, MAAT, ZDB Gallery, National Theatre D. Maria II, National Theatre São Carlos, São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Trindade Theatre, Politécnica Theatre and the nightclub Lux, and in Porto with Teatro Municipal do Porto – Rivoli, Serralves Foundation, National Theatre São João, mala voadora Porto and the nightclub Passos Manuel.

The Biennale also works with international co-commissioning partners aimed to co-produce and present national and international artist’s works.

You can see the full programme here.