We enter the final stretch of the Rise for Impact training period and invite the 10 participants to takealook back at their journey so far. Then, on December 16th, we will meet the three finalists of the program who will enter the incubation phase, which will lead them to the final prize, in an event not to be missed!
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In today’s interview, you get to know Colombina Clandestina, an independent cultural collective whose mission is to create a contemporary carnival and promote its popular and libertarian expression.
How did you come up with the idea of creating Clandestina Colombina?
Colombina Clandestina was born in 2017 from the courage of three women who recently arrived in Lisbon, facing the reality of becoming immigrants. However, it was the desire to bring to the streets a cry for diversity, inclusion and the joy of living that gave birth, in Alfama, to our first and foremost project: the performance-cortejo of Carnaval. With a look at the intersection of Art, Culture and Territory, the Coletivo started an artivist, feminist and LGBTQIA+ movement that quickly grew in popularity. In 5 years of existence, Colombina Clandestina has achieved extraordinary results, with more than 17,000 “public participants”, 150 students in its Artistic Practices and 30 Performances in the public space. The uniqueness of Colombina Clandestina is the result of a new generation of avant-garde artists, including musicians, actors, circus artists, artisans, designers, photographers/ video makers and the “participating public”. Together they give new meaning to traditional popular festivities, transforming them into artistic projects of mass social transformation.
How did you find out about Rise for Impact? What prompted you to participate?
I was already following Casa do Impacto on Instagram and was eager to participate in the projects. So when I saw that the applications were open, I didn’t even think twice, and then I registered. It was extraordinary that we were selected because two members of our Collective have already participated in other Casa do Impacto initiatives, but with their projects, namely Guilherme Calegari (Baileia) and Fabrizzio Suzzi (Vira Lab Wood).
How has your experience been in these 3 months of training? Something you can highlight?
At Colombina Clandestina, we took a quantum leap in how we think about the project, taking into account our inter-community and how we communicate our pillars of action (Sustainable Development Objectives) to society. We also envisioned a first financial balance that allows our performance non-profit (funded to date 99% by volunteers and the public) and closer to government support.
What is it, how does it work, and who is Clandestina Colombina aimed at?
Colombina Clandestina is an independent artivist collective based in Lisbon. The Coletivo created an inter-community for minorities (women – cis, transvestites or trans, binary or non-binary, immigrants, Afro-descendants and LGBTQIA+ people ). Our objective is to subvert the normality that trivializes the violence and exclusion of these groups. Colombina Clandestina promotes the occupation of public space with Artivist Performances that subvert the “normal” to generate a positive, local and social impact en masse. The performance is done by the individuals who learn with us. There are no spectators but “participant audiences”. The goal is to bring about a change in mentality in society in general and new policies by public bodies.
Every year, Colombina Clandestina opens new vacancies for our Artistic Practices. We teach the art of joy and sharing in a model in which there is always a teacher, but knowledge is also transmitted from person to person – where the youngest learn from the most experienced. As a result, everyone gains more confidence in themselves and becomes agents of subversion of their realities. Currently, the cycle “Corpos Disobedientes” operates, with classes in Percussion and Body Expression. Soon, we will open new groups of Winds & Metals, Pernaltas and Circus.