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MEXE IV

The next edition of MEXE will complete 10 years of existence, during which Mexe became an international platform of reference in the field of community artistic practices. In the previous five editions, MEXE had more than 1,600 participants from 22 countries and more than 25,000 spectators in 200 actions that occupied 47 distinct spaces in the city of Porto.

The Risk

Since its inception, MEXE has been organized in a participatory way, having developed, among other devices, forum spaces open to all who want to think and do together. In this context, and as usual, a collective discussion took place from which emerged the triggering theme for the next edition of MEXE – “The risk”.


The last year has been drawing with particular vagueness and intensity. Inequalities and problems that many people used to experience are today aggravated by a pandemic that has shaken the tyranny of certainties. Disrepute in political life, the estrangement of the sensitive and of bodies, the reinforced power of technology, climatic urgencies, social disorientation, the emptying of the public space, and the difficulty in affirming subjectivities dispute the daily lives of citizens. In an environment and space that often seems to lead to a great impasse, the need to live the risk and its multiple facets impels us towards the active concretion of other futures yet to come. What is this risk, virtual and real, that we live in the here and now? What are its contours and nuances? What can this risk potentiate in a constructive way beyond the production of fear, paralysis, blockage, and control? In the field of artistic creation, political action, democratic discussion and community life, confrontation and difference are inherent elements, as much as risk.

Hugo Cruz
Artistic director

The next edition of MEXE will complete 10 years of existence, during which Mexe became  an international platform of reference in the field of community artistic practices.
In the previous five editions, MEXE had more than 1,600 participants from 22 countries and more than 25,000 spectators in 200 actions that occupied 47 distinct spaces in the city of Porto.

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The sixth edition will be held 18 September - 03 october 2021at Porto, Viseu e Lisboa 



Artistic direction: Hugo Cruz
Executive Director: Patrícia Barbosa
Support to the Executive Board: Fernando Almeida
Production director: Beatriz Brás
EIRPAC coordination: Maria João Mota
Production director: Wilma Moutinho
Volunteering: Inês Lapa
Press office: Sara Cunha
Graphic design: Irina Pereira
Photograph: Patrícia Poção
Vídeo: João Ferreira
Sponsoring and Partnerships: Raquel Pinhão

Co-organization: PELE e Encontro Mexe - Associação Cultural
Key partners: TNSJ, Teatro Viriato, Culturgest - Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos.
Co-financing: República Portuguesa – Cultura / DGArtes