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The Children of Colonialism

The Children of Colonialism

Dress Rehearsal open to schools

The Children of Colonialism

Dress Rehearsal open to schools

In her book, The Generation of Postmemory, Marianne Hirsch defines the concept of “postmemory” as the relationship that one generation has with the experiences of the previous generation, transmitted through the stories, images and behaviour of those she grew up with. A kind of second-hand memory. 

In The Children of Colonialism, Hotel Europa investigates the relationship that the generations born after the 25 April revolution have with Portuguese colonialism. The show will be performed by the interviewed people (non-actors) that will discuss their own biographies and the memories that were transmitted to them from these times. This performance offers a profound reflection on how the colonial past is manifested in Portugal and Europe nowadays, and in the movements that still require the decolonization of the history and thought of the old imperial countries.

Vera Marmelo.

25 SEP 2019
WED 11:00

Emílio Rui Vilar Auditorium
Duration 80 min (approx.)

Reservations: (+351) 21 761 90 78

The installation The End of the Portuguese Colonialism may be visited 1h before the beginning of the show.

Cycle Colonial Memories


The debate about the memories of the colonial period has moved into the public arena and is now the subject of intense artistic production. The Colonial Memories cycle opens up yet more room for this theme, welcoming the people and projects involved in its continuous research.

The research groups AFRO-PORT Afro-descendants in Portugal (ISEG) and Memorialist Discourses and the Building of History (School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon) will be presenting the lecture Politics of selective memory by the Moroccan historian Fatima Harrak. This is a reflection on the effects of “selective memory” in the present-day political world, in which the author defends the idea of an “entangled history” between the colonisers and the people that they colonised.

Everything passes, except the past is a programme about the colonial legacy in the public space, museums and archives of various European countries, led by the Goethe Institut. It is coming to Portugal in the form of a round-table discussion and a cycle of films and debates about the post-colonial film archives.

The project MEMOIRS — Children of the Empire and European Postmemories, which brings together researchers interested in comparing colonial memories in the French, Belgian and Portuguese contexts, will present a debate, a film session and a performance dealing with the same question: how are the memories of the end of colonialism manifested in social, cultural and artistic terms in Europe?

Colonialism and its consequences has been the preferred theme for the work of the Hotel Europa theatre company. André Amálio opens up his personal archive of interviews, books, videos, family photographs and war documents, and revisits his theatrical creations in the 13-hour-long performance of The End of Portuguese Colonialism. Culturgest also presents the world première of "Children of Portuguese Colonialism", a new production of Hotel Europa. The visual artist Francisco Vidal, with whom we worked on developing the image of the materials to be used for promoting this cycle, has also been asked to participate in this programme.

What have the people who lived through colonialism transmitted to contemporary generations? Colonial Memories is an invitation to engage in this reflection.



Fatima Harrak: Politics of selective memory
SET 19 THU 18:30

Everything passes, except the past
SET 24 TUE 18:30

Hotel Europa: The end of Portuguese colonialism (installation) 
SET 25 WED — 27 FRI 11:00 - 18:30
SET 28 SAT — 29 SUN 15:00 - 18:30

Reimagine the post-colonial archives
SET 25 WED 21:30
SET 26 THU 21:30
SET 27 FRI 18:30 

African memories of Portugal
SET 26 THU 18:30

Hotel Europa: The Children of Colonialism
SET 26 THU 21:00
SET 27 FRI 21:00
SET 28 SAT 19:00

Arts in Europe in postmemory era
OUT 3 THU 18:30

Fatima Sissani: Zahra's Mother Tongue
OUT 3 THU 21:30

Hotel Europa: The end of Portuguese colonialism (performance)
OUT 5 SAT 11:00 – 0:00


Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme project Create to Connect, Create to Impact

Create do Connect

Media Partner



Antena 3 25 Anos


André Amálio


Tereza Havlíčková


Celise Manuel, Cláudia Cláudio, Joana Mealha dos Santos, Paulo Estrela Janganga, Patrícia Cuan, Soraia Ismael


Maria João Castelo

LIGHT DESIGN, technical direction

Joaquim Madaíl

PRODUCTION management

Joana Costa Santos


Hotel Europa



Special thanks to

Biblioteca de Marvila, DeVIR/CAPa - Centro de Artes Performativas do Algarve, Largo Residências, O Espaço do Tempo

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