Portugal´s cultural policy in the beginning of a new century
Centeno, Maria João
Organizational Communication School of Media Studies and Mass Communication, Lisbon's Politecnic Institute Lisboa, Portugal
Since 1974, many have been the Portuguese governments that promoted policies to respect plural creativity and ?the post-enlightenment belief in a civilizational reason, associated to the modern?s bet in State?s responsibilities and capabilities to structure cultural life, as so far its equipments, its public search and financial stimulus to creation and taste education? (Silva, 2004b: 16).
Cultural democratization includes an easier access to cultural opportunities and goods, as well as enlightened cultural consumptions, a public commitment in terms of a cultural public service assurance, material and institutional conditions to independent artistic creation, valorization of publics? education and formation as a root to cultural practice qualification are thought to conduct to more developed proposals either by political parties placed on the right or on the left side.
Decentralization policy has covered the Portuguese territory with equipments which, being seen as mediation places, must be incorporated in local experience as social places. So they must be alive places that inspire a common understanding, unifying elements that help people to identify and feel them as their own; public places must be as public as possible.
This presentation intends to show cultural organizations? paper, namely those which constitute the Theatres? National Network, in the ideas? public discussion.