Last Saturday I went to a cultural event named Trampolim Gerador at Lumiar, a neighborhood in Lisbon but a little bit far from the city center. Trampolim Gerador brings to the public space more than 50 activities in one day, promoting the Portuguese culture and art, from music to cinema, theatre, dance, performance, gastronomy, humor, literature… you name it! The most interesting thing about it is that the activities always occur in the most unexpected places, like old shopping center halls, wine shops or a garden. This was not the first time I laid my eyes on the Trampolim Gerador: in fact two editions ago I participated with a tiny theatre piece.This time I was curious to see what the day would be all about but I wasn’t very excited because I thought that neighborhood had little to offer (and also because I was feeling kind of sick and I didn’t had time to check the activities before going). I was used to see Trampolim Gerador at a typical Lisbon neighborhood, where all people know each other, where young people are trying to mingle with the old ones, the kind of neighborhood where you can’t park your car unless you own a garage you know? That was clearly a misconception and I knew it as soon as I got there.
I went there with Matilde and as soon as we got there, we were immediatly invited to try some european dancing, an invite we politely declined because we wanted to see the showcooking that was about to start using only artisanal craft beer. We went inside the parish building and saw a dozen of tents promoting artisanal craft beer brands. By the way, we’re having one soon on our website: check it here!
While we were trying some beer and waiting for some other friends to join us, the showcooking started so I checked the programme to decide what we would see next. We moved onto to the next building, the house of the most hated portuguese public company – the ones who check if our cars are parked correctly… If you live in Lisbon you surely know what I’m talking about! Their winter garden is truly beautiful and although I had been there before, it truly amazed me again how such a beautiful thing could be hidden behind one of the busiest avenues in Lisbon, which by the way was closed all day long! Anyways, we went there to see a play called “The Pickpocket Code of Conduct” but as we were on the wrong door of the building we couldn’t go inside when we finally got there… We continued walking and stopped at a shopping center front door, as we listened to an amazing voice – that was Sallim, a new portuguese singer with an angelic voice.
We then moved to another shopping center (please note that these shopping centers were major back in the 80’s but not anymore) to listen to a Portuguese-Guinean actor reading some poems written by his dead father in an activity called “The Poetry Couch”. His name is Welket Bungué and I had seen some movies with him already, so I knew we was worth seeing. Also I had the opportunity to talk with him for a few minutes four years ago when he saw me on stage acting.
When we got there, Welket had only a candle, an iPad and a book with him. He started by telling us his name, his mother and father’s name, where he was born and where life had taken him since he left Guiné-Bissau and came to Portugal at 2 years old. He explained us that the book was written by his father and that was the only copy he had. That fact did not prevent him from showing us all the book, as we all had the opportunity to even touch it. Welket’s father was an engineer with an amazing skill for writing, and the things he wrote about were true reports from the post-war period in the country. While he was reading the poems, we would stop and let us listening to some typical guinean music.
Here are some of the musics Welket showed us. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! 🙂