One of the strategic goals of Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture is for people to participate fully and for community involvement to be qualified, thereby fostering livelier ways of creating new memories.
This area’s programme is designed to reflect on feelings of belonging and difference, to understand their expression, whether conscious or not, whether accepted and gratifying, and whether it has the latitude, depth and legitimacy to which any community is entitled.
The plan is to use this exceptional occasion of Guimarães 2012 to strengthen a common sense of belonging while providing an opportunity to get to know the new identities and forms of expression that will be welcomed within the city and beyond it.
This road comprises initiatives and actions aimed at enhancing the great sense of memory that history holds, proposing new ways of looking at the present and dreaming about the future, fostering encounters, cooperation, association and socialisation between groups that do not normally meet.
While some of these initiatives are regarded as levers for aspirations and experiences, others, on the other hand, are proposals mainly for the future.
• Rede de Parceiros Educativos (Educational Partner Network)
A voluntary network of educators will be made up of teachers and educational agents from cultural, artistic and social facilities. It is intended to be a place for training, exchanges and research and to stimulate new cooperative work practices.
• Bolsa de Artistas (Artist Pool)
A pool of artists will be set up to act as a resource to be used by schools, socio-cultural facilities and other population groups to enrich their curricula and transform their educational projects.
• “Cerejas no Bolo" (“Icing on the cake”)
One-off, surgically oriented events aimed at boosting specific areas and groups at any time.
• Histórias de vida (Life Stories)
This research project involves collating life stories, experiences and business, social, and artisanal activities in the municipality. Its aim is to inventory immaterial personal heritages and foster their appropriation and individual and collective enhancement.
• Histórias do Futuro (Stories of the Future)
This initiative is for schoolchildren and is designed to contribute to the diversity of written, visual and other forms of expression and to stimulate imaginations. It also includes presentation and discussion sessions, exchanges and partnerships with a counterpart group from Maribor.
• Outra Voz (Another Voice)
This entails setting up and monitoring a plural choral group open to all as a regular mobilising activity.
• Por Fora de Guimarães (Outside Guimarães)
This project is intended to broaden horizons and experiences beyond the city. It involves organising trips with specific purposes and destinations combining the pleasure of a trip, learning about a concrete reality and training the eye and the senses.
• Marcas (Records)
This entails keeping an audiovisual record and issuing publications on the programme’s topics and projects so that the process can then be shared.
• Espectáculo de Comunidade (Community show)
This will involve many different groups from the school and non-school population in discussion sessions and surveys of issues that are dear to the participants in order to create a community show. This initiative will require a multidisciplinary professional artistic team.