• Piano

In the context of the celebration of the Carnation Revolution, INET-md organizes the official launch of the Thematic Line Power, Politics and Activism on June 8th 2024.


“Andamos a ver se vemos

O caminho a percorrer
Entre o Abril que fizemos
E o que está por fazer”

We’re going to see if we can find

The way to go

Between the April we made

And what needs to be done


Thus begins the song “Quantos é que nós somos” (“How many are we”) by José Mário Branco, published for the first time in 1987 on the album “Festa de Abril”. Words that, today, sound even more current, as April celebrates 50 years and social and political challenges accumulate, one on top of the other, in an incessant and worrying way.


Thinking about what “is yet to be done”, from the perspective of music and dance research, means reflecting on themes such as protest or intervention songs, the activity of artists in a context of exile or political asylum, the role of collectives and associations as places of resistance, participatory arts as an instrument for building citizenship, among others. Themes that are at the heart of the concerns of many researchers at the Institute of Ethnomusicology – Centre for Studies in Music and Dance, and for its recently created thematic line Power, Politics and Activism. It will constitute the focus of the three round tables proposed in this meeting.

“O caminho a percorrer só o fazemos a andar
Mas p’ra ninguém se perder
Temos mesmo que saber
Quem nos vai a acompanhar”

The path to be followed is only done by walking

But so no one gets lost

We must know

Who will accompany us?

Thinking about what you need to do is fundamental, as well as reflecting on who to do it with. Among the various initiatives to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 25th of April in which INET-md will participate throughout the year, this journey stands out for its desire to stimulate closer actions between academia, the associative world, artists, cultural institutions and the most diverse communities. Due to the activities and values ​​it defends, what better place than Casa de Achada – Centro Mário Dionísio to host this initiative!?

This will be a meeting on the border between academic symposium, public debate, collective lunch: one of “April’s festivities”, which will certainly make us “feel that we are not alone”!

2024-06-08 | 11:00 am-8:00 pm | Casa da Achada – Centro Mário Dionísio, R. da Achada 11, 1100-004 Lisbon
Free event and open to all audiences.
Complete program here (in Portuguese only) - for English, see below | For lunch registration, up to 5th of June, here.
Program | download .pdf (in Portuguese only)
Round table 1 – 11 am-12h30 pm
Music and Exile in France (1933-1974)
What role did music play in movements opposing the dictatorship? What is the impact of the experience of exile on musical creation? How did Portuguese musicians exiled in France reterritorialize and acculturate their artistic and political practices? In this session, the EXIMUS research project will be presented – "We need to warn everyone": Music and exile in France during the Estado Novo regime (1933-1974), developed by INET-md (NOVA FCSH) and financed by FCT.
  • Manuel Deniz Silva (musicologist, INET-md, NOVA FCSH)
  • Ricardo Andrade (ethnomusicologist, INET-md, NOVA FCSH)
  • Hugo Castro (ethnomusicologist, INET-md, NOVA FCSH)
  • Agnès Pellerin (cultural studies, INET-md, NOVA FCSH)
  • Moderator - Pedro Rodrigues (Casa da Achada)



Lunch at Casa da Achada: “Cachupa do Tejo Bar” – 12:30 pm-2:00pm
Through previous registration, until 5th of June, through the form available here.



Round table 2 – 2:30 pm-4:00 pm
Music, Collectivities and Resistance (1974-2024) 

During the April 1974 revolution, some recreational communities in the Lisbon region played an important role in resistance and political awareness, particularly through musical activity. Based on some ethnographic and historical studies about these places and people, we will ask: What is the evolution of these spaces of association? What is your resilience in the face of the challenges posed by the current social and political situation? Through what forms, strategies, harmonies and rhythms can we defend them?

  • Dulce Simões (anthropologist, INET-md, NOVA FCSH)
  • Iñigo Sánchez-Fuarros (ethnomusicologist, Institute for Heritage Sciences, INCIPIT-CSIC)
  • Jéssica Chainho Pereira (sociologist, CIES-ISCTE)
  • Sirigaita Association 
  • Moderator - Filippo Bonini Baraldi (ethnomusicologist, INET-md, NOVA FCSH)
Round table 3 – 4:30 pm-6 pm
Power, Politics and Activism in participatory arts

In what ways have music, dance, theatre and performance been instruments of civic participation since the Carnation Revolution? Bringing together artists, representatives of institutions and creative academics, we will discuss the challenges and impacts inherent to participatory arts projects in Portugal.

  • Madalena Victorino (choreographer, Lavrar o Mar Cooperativa Cultural)
  • Mikhail Karikis (artist, musician, project “Sounds of a Revolution”)
  • Paula Lebre (dance and inclusion, INET-md, FMH-UL)
  • Andrew Snyder (musician and researcher, INET-md, NOVA FCSH)
  • Moderator - Alix Sarrouy (musician and researcher, INET-md, NOVA FCSH)
Exhibition 1 – "Emigration, exile and protest song"
Coordenation by Hugo Castro, João Madeira, Ricardo Andrade and Susana Martins. Production by Protest Song Observatory.
Exhibition 2 – "Seeing Sounds, Drawing Migrations"
Ethnographic drawing by Beatriz Machado; curated by Alix Didier Sarrouy.


Live music – 6pm-8pm
Artists: Mili Vizcaino, Fazel Sepand, Jon Luz, Andrew Snyder, Filippo Baraldi, Alix Sarrouy, Heriberto Rojas, Alcides Miranda, Donatello Brida, Afonso Albuquerque.
Site: Casa da Achada – Centro Mário Dionísio, R. da Achada 11, 1100-004 Lisbon
Informations: inet[at]fcsh.unl.pt
Funding: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia through INET-md's Basic Budget (UIDB/00472/2020) and projects YouSound – Music education as an inclusive tool for underage refugees in Europe (EXPL/SOC-SOC/0504/2021) and "We must warn everyone": Music and Portuguese exile in France during the Estado Novo regime (1933-1974) (2022.05129.PTDC).