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4Cs: From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture

Portions of Share, 2019. 4Cs Lisbon Mediation Lab with commission of artists books, a film screening, and a performance with Rita GT, Sunshine Socialist Cinema, Nuno Nunes-Ferreira. Curated by the MA and PhD students in Culture Studies of The Lisbon Consortium, Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Photo: Linda Koncz. Courtesy of the photographer and the artists.

4Cs: From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture is a European Cooperation Project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Coordinated by the Universidade Católica Portuguesa and counting on the partnership of institutions such as ENSAD, Tensta Konsthall; SAVVY Contemporary; Royal College of Art; Fundació Antoni Tàpies; Vilnius Academy of Arts; and the Museet for Samtidskunst, the 4Cs seeks to understand how training and education in art and culture can constitute powerful resources to address the issue of conflict as well as to envision creative ways in which to deal with conflictual phenomena, while contributing to audience development through active participation and co-production.

Grounded in the belief that culture and creative practice can emerge as powerful resources in conflict situations, the 4Cs wishes to respond to this challenge by exploring the ways in which culture and the arts can help bring individuals together within a model of intercultural dialogue, mutual recognition, and equal participation. This will be achieved by fostering equal involvement and by promoting cross-cultural collaboration through the creation and development of different activities such as exhibitions, artistic and research residencies, film screenings, mediation labs, workshops, conferences, publications, an online platform, and a Summer School.

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