The Desejar Academy: Wheels of Knowledge is one of the axes of the Desejar – Arts and Common Places Movement. It aims to generate exchanges of knowledge between and with different cultural, social, educational and environmental agents in Braga, as well as people linked to areas and themes identified as relevant by these agents, who will be invited to take part in this Academy.



5 and 6 July 2024

(The session will be held in Portuguese)

Cultivating collective creation processes

Artist-activator: Francis Wilker

Guest: Luís Fernandes (Artistic Director of Theatro Circo and Musician)

Free, upon registration

+ info and registration here (registration opens on 19 June)


Friday 5th: 5.30pm to 8.30pm

Saturday 6th: 10am to 1pm + 2pm to 5pm

Limit of participants: 15

Venue: gnration

In this first Wheel of Knowledge we will present and experiment with some devices to stimulate collective creation processes, with a view to valuing the singularities, skills, different life paths and points of view of the participants, with a view to composing original artistic creations. This proposal is based on two complementary flows:

1) bringing out materials

2) composing with the materials created

In the sessions, some vectors of activation will be proposed to the groups, such as: touching space; excavating memories; poetic imagery; improbable dialogues; traversing the landscape. In the dimension of composition, procedures such as simultaneity, juxtaposition and collage will be experimented with as possibilities for creating routes, sequences and paths in the elaboration of artistic proposals to be shared.

Bio of the artist-activator

Francis Wilker is a theatre artist, director, researcher and curator. He is a professor on the undergraduate degree course in Theatre and on the Postgraduate Programme in Arts at the Institute of Culture and Art of the Federal University of Ceará. He holds a PhD and a Master’s degree in Arts from the postgraduate programme in Performing Arts at the School of Communications and Arts of the University of São Paulo (ECA-USP), where he developed research into staging in urban space and the notion of staging-landscape. He is one of the founders of the Brazilian group Teatro do Concreto, with which he has staged, among others, Diário do Maldito (2006), Ruas Abertas (2008), Entrepartidas (2010), Festa de Inauguração (2019), in an ongoing research involving collaborative creation processes and an interest in the relationship between scene, site specific and landscape. As part of his artistic-pedagogical work, he has also developed scenic creation projects with public schools and a support association for drug addicts in Brasilia. As a curator, he has collaborated with the following festivals: Festival Internacional de Teatro de Brasília – Cena Contemporânea (DF); Festival Internacional de Artes Cênicas da Bahia -FIAC-BA (BA), Festival Nordestino de Tetro de Guaramiranga (CE) and the MITbr Platform for the Internationalisation of Brazilian Performing Arts, which is part of the São Paulo International Theatre Festival (MITsp). He is the author of the book Staging in Urban Space (Editora Horizonte, 2018). In 2022, he was invited to take up an artistic residency at the Central Elétrica space (Porto), in a project funded by the Iberescena Programme, and created the solo Difrúcio, in a research project on memories of the body and space. In 2022, together with Verônica Veloso and Glauber Coradesqui, he created the work Walkshop Paris, which took place at a theatre congress in Paris and was configured as a performative walk through the city.


4 and 5 October 2024

How can I still wish? Art and Ecological Transition

Activator: Clara Mealha Antunes

Guest: Anabela Carvalho (University of Minho)

29, 30 and 31 October 2024

Is Paradise Here? Art and Public Space

Artist-activators: Catarina Lacerda and Rodrigo Malvar

Guest to be announced

More information:

Learn more about the project here.