The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is celebrating its 60th anniversary next month. The programme includes exhibitions, films, concerts, workshops and reading sessions held at the foundation’s gardens, in Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon.
According to a press release, the Summer Garden programme starts on June 23 with the opening of an exhibition called Time Lines — The Gulbenkian Collections — Contemporary Paths.
Outdoor concerts in the amphitheatre include performances by Les Amazones d’Afrique, Waldemar Bastos, Orquestra Gulbenkian with Carlos do Carmo and Ivan Lins, and Anoushka Shankar. Armenian artist Tigran Hamasyan will also perform in the gardens, we well as several other musicians.
The programme also includes reading sessions for children and youths by guests including Pedro Lamares, Marta Madureira, André Letria, David Machado, Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida and João Fazenda.
There will also be films projected in the outdoor amphitheatre. The list include As Mil e Uma Noites (The Thousand and One Nights) trilogy by Miguel Gomes and the documentary Amadeo de Sousa-Cardoso — Le dernier secret de l’art moderne (The Last Secret of Modern Art).
Ópera na Prisão (Opera in Prison) is another highlight of the programme. The show involves inmates from Leiria’s Prison. It is a project by Partis — Práticas Artísticas para a Inclusão Social, which is an initiative of the Gulbenkian Human Development Programme, aimed at bridging communities through artistic practises.
The detailed programme of Summer Gardens will be announced soon by the foundation.
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation was established in 1956 as a Portuguese foundation “for the whole of humanity,” the institution says on its website. Bequeathed by the last will and testament of Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian, its original purpose was mainly to foster knowledge and raise the quality of life of people “throughout the fields of the arts, charity, science and education”.