Cultural agents in the Center region criticize asymmetries in the allocation of aid – Region of Leiria

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The cultural agents of the Center region criticize the asymmetries in the granting of support by the general direction of the arts (DGArtes) and consider that mechanisms should be created to balance the distribution of resources on the national territory.

The latest program of support for projects in the creative and publishing fields of DGArtes reveals that the majority of approved applications (over 70%) come from the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (AML) and that only around 4% of the approved support go to the Central Region.

Even considering that the LBC recorded a much higher number of eligible applications for this program, the project approval rate was much higher (one in three Lisbon projects was approved), compared to those in the North ( one in four) or those of the Center (one in ten), according to calculations made by the Lusa agency.

In view of the results, Companhia da Chanca, in Penela, in the district of Coimbra, launched an open letter addressed to the government, in which it regrets that “only 4% of the available funds are distributed to the Center region, where 23 lives. % of the national population. “.

“Companhia da Chanca does not understand a government which, on the one hand, recognizes the asymmetries encountered in the territory and, on the other hand, does not call for an adequate cultural policy, knowing that culture is one of the fundamental aspects of the settlement of the population in the territory “, criticizes this structure, in the open letter to which Lusa had access.

Ana Bento, from Gira Sol Azul, from Viseu, who had her candidacy rejected, assumes that the subject is “very complex”, but emphasizes that “there are things which are facts and mathematics”, and, in looking at the list, “There is a very small percentage of projects outside Lisbon”.

“I don’t know if quotas are a solution, but we have to be careful, because one of the objectives that the DGArtes defines for itself is precisely the balance of territorial distribution,” he said.

Tiago Pereira, of the Coruja do Mato cooperative, in Valhelhas, Guarda, believes that there should be a way to improve the distribution of funds, either by “quotas, or by planning the distribution of support by regions, with a maximum and minimum number of projects that can be supported.

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Hugo Ferreira, president of the cultural cooperative Ccer, which manages, among other projects, the publisher of the state of São Paulo Omnichord, counts five rejected applications for DGArtes programs, claiming to have decided to proceed with the last application after having been contested by the Minister, during his visit to the premises of the cooperative. this year.

For this civil servant, a more equitable distribution of the support and training of structures outside the major centers is necessary.

Ferreira considers that the artists of the great Lisbon and Porto “have everything to gain from cultural development in other centers of the country”.

“Right now, when you have to try to save institutions, you have to revitalize the territory in the most balanced way possible”, defended Hugo Ferreira.

For the director of Marionet, Mário Montenegro, being in the Centro region always means “less visibility than in Porto and Lisbon”.

This official says that projects, even when they are funded, are not tracked.

“During the two years that we had sustained support, no one came to assess or see what we were doing. If it is not easier without visibility, the lack of knowledge about what we are doing undermines all possibilities ”, criticizes the director of the Coimbra company.

“We tire of being candid to frank, always eligible, but rejected because there is no money. It is starting to sound very miserable. Not having money is a false question. It is a political option, ”he stressed.

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