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Quinta do Mocho Street Art Tour

How a troubled neighborhood became a public art gallery
Quinta do Mocho “Owl farm” is a municipal district and its origin consisted in the relocation of a group of families from countries of African origin, such as Angola, Mozambique, São Tomé and Guinea-Bissau. They were families who, because they lived in other places of the municipality without conditions, were rehoused in this district of municipal initiative.

Only the name of the neighborhood aroused apprehension in many, distrust in some. Like a black cloud, there is a stigma associated with the neighborhood of Sacavém: crimes, drugs, violence. The taxi drivers refused to enter the neighborhood, the residents hid their residence when looking for a job. He was abandoned at the mercy of bad news and the intervention of the House was almost nil.

Today, Quinta do Mocho has a new soul. The creation of the urban art festival The Bairro i o Mundo – made with dozens of paintings in the residential buildings – was a turning point in the history of Quinta do Mocho

It is now the largest open-air urban art gallery in Europe, with over 76 paintings on the facades and gables of the buildings. The project has works by Portuguese and foreign artists and has helped to improve the image of the neighborhood.

The first guided tour was made in February 2015 and, since then, has been held on the last Saturday of each month, free of charge. It begins at the Sacavém Culture House, where a small introduction is made by the Social Action councilor, who begins by telling the story of the neighborhood.

The paintings cover different themes, usually related to social issues: racial discrimination, children’s rights, nature, multiculturalism, equality and also the impact of art.

From a troubled neighborhood to a public art gallery with works by some of the best international graffiters, Quinta do Mocho is today one of the most popular spots and every last Saturday of every month there are guided tours of the neighborhood’s youth.

40 years – 40 murals
Adres
Styler
Astro
Bordalo II
Charquipunk
Colectivo Rua
Edis One
Eva Bracamontes
Glam
Hazul
Hugo Lucas
Ozearv
L7M
Manoel Jack
Mar
Noe
Mário Belém
MGomes
Cena7
Miguel Brum
Miguel Brum
Moami
MTO
Nada
Nark
Nomen
Odeith
Pantónio
Pantónio
Pol Corona
Projecto Matilha
Raf
Raf
Ram
Risca com o que há
Sen+Bean
Slap
Smile
Tamara Alves
Tarsila Schubert
Tosco
Utopia
Vespa+Nomen+Utopia
Vespa
Vhils
Vhils
Violant
Zabou
Zësar Bahamonte
Astro Odv

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Adelaide Cruz

+351 967 072 879

adelaide@belocal.pt

1973 harvest from the mountains, cheerful and determined woman.

I passed by Paris and London, and from there I brought to Lisbon more world, new ideas, certainty of will and some money to study tourism.

And that’s what I did. I gathered everything, world, ideas, will and tourism in a single passion.  

Paulo Correia

+351 911 737 990

paulo@belocal.pt

1966 Harvest, Lisbon born and raised, overlooking the sea

I started working when I was 14, and after 35 years building a career, I quit my job, bought a boat and started to enjoy the life and freedom that a boat in the middle of the sea makes me feel.

 

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