Thursday, 26 December 2019

Resistance: to change, but also to tradition

Cellist Patrice Jackson performing back in 2002 (Photo: Andrew Sacks for The New York Times)

My first ever post on classical music, written in 2012, was entitled “
What’s the problem with classical music? Apparently none…”. Seven years later, I still believe there’s nothing wrong with the genre itself, but there are many wrongs in the way it is being managed.

A few days ago, an article in the New York Times informed me that women were not “allowed” in the Vienna Philharmonic until 1997. Even today, only 15 of its 145 permanent members are women. And they actually still make a maximum of 30% in classical orchestras in continental Europe.

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Plural Lisbon

The intense public debate regarding the creation of a “museum of the discoveries” has slowed down in recent months. However, it significantly and, it seems to me, irreversibly marked the discussion about the role of museums in the Portuguese society, the ways in which one can and should look into the past, the reasons why this past is preserved and researched.

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Peace, Justice, Strong Institutions

Here's my introduction to the panel "Peace, justice, strong institutions: How can and should museums play a role in an increasingly unbalanced, politically challenged age?” at the NEMO conference in Tartu.I´ve included references to other presentations made during the conference. Ler aqui