Beyond the Physical: Barriers to Cultural Participation A tour around Portugal

Jun 19, 2019

In July 2016, Acesso Cultura | Access Culture presented a project to the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation which involved a series of meetings at national level (namely, the 21 intermunicipal communities and the two autonomous regions – Azores and Madeira), in order to reflect on what constitutes a barrier to cultural participation. The two metropolitan areas (Lisbon and Porto), where Acesso Cultura has a more permanent and intense presence, were excluded from the project.
Acesso Cultura considers that, thanks to the continuous promotion of accessibility and the legislation in force, professionals in the cultural sector are more aware now of the existence of physical barriers to cultural venues. However, in addition to the legislation not being implemented, it is also true that our reflection on access does not go much further than the physical aspect and, even in this case, beyond the need for ramps and adapted bathrooms.

Beyond the Physical: Barriers to Cultural Participation A tour around Portugal


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