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EGEAC – Empresa de Gestão de Equipamentos e Animação Cultural – is responsible for managing some of the city’s most famous cultural spaces and for organizing Festas de Lisboa and other renowned events happening in public space.

Praça do Comércio view from Tagus river. Upper right corner: decoration from the popular festivities


With a privileged intervention in the city, EGEAC guarantees a multidisciplinary, comprehensive, inclusive, and democratic program, both in contemporary and popular culture.

EGEAC’s mission is to promote diversified and qualified access to the city’s cultural facilities and services, encouraging artistic creation, enhancement of the city’s cultural heritage, boosting the growth and education of the public, as well as developing the promotion, preservation and dynamic of Lisbon’s cultural activity.


  • Promoting access, under balanced financial conditions, by the public, to the goods and services provided;
  • Organizing activities that aim to promote local economic development, reduce inequality and reinforce social unity;
  • Promoting an integrated and participatory approach to the management of Lisbon City facilities under its direction;
  •  Conserving, maintaining and developing the cultural spaces it oversees.
President of the Board of Directors photo

Joana Gomes Cardoso
President of the Board of Directors 

EGEAC is a municipal company which has been active for 25 years and has public service written into its very DNA.

By promoting and fostering cultural activity in the city, through the participation and support of the people of Lisbon, EGEAC’s presence has grown in the city and in the artistic areas it now operates in.

Its roots lie in the rehabilitation of the Castelo de São Jorge and the creation of emblematic facilities, such as the present-day Museu do Fado (Fado Museum) and Museu da Marioneta (Puppet Museum). It also played a vital role in the increased appreciation of the Festas de Lisboa, especially its revitalisation of the Marchas Populares (People’s Parades).

Today EGEAC is present in various locations around the city in the form of the theatres, cinema, galleries, museums and monuments that it manages and through the programme of street events that it promotes throughout the year. All of these cultural spaces coexist in the city with their own programmes and identities, but with common values and objectives: the increased appreciation of cultural heritage; the creation of audiences; togetherness and solidarity; accessibility and sustainability.

Our spaces are, therefore, open and plural, attentive to the dynamics of the neighbourhoods in which they are located, as well as to the planet we share. Together they promote cultural and educational initiatives throughout the year which can be enjoyed by anyone, of any age, background, status or level of education.

Internally, we continue to work towards becoming a more representative company of the vibrant and multicultural city that Lisbon is. We also constantly strive to improve the accessibility (physical or otherwise) of our spaces, so that diversity and access to culture are not simply institutional catchphrases.

In this process, we rely on the goodwill, curiosity, constructive criticism and generosity of all those who visit us, of each artist and promotor we work with, and of everyone who works in this company, which is unique in the city.

The Board of Directors – Biographical Notes


In August 1995, Lisbon City Council created a municipally owned corporation, EBALH – Equipamentos dos Bairros Históricos de Lisboa, following policies and dynamics of urban rehabilitation and revitalisation. Investing in anchor projects, that would attract and fix the population in the historical neighbourhoods, rehabilitating and transforming large facilities (buildings or groups of buildings) and developing cultural projects were this new company’s main objectives.

The facilities managed by this company at the time included Castelo de S. Jorge (the Castelo museum site and neighbourhood), Teatro Taborda and its surrounding areas, Palácio Pancas Palha, in Santa Apolónia, Largo do Chafariz de Dentro, where there was an idea for a museum dedicated to Fado, Convento das Bernardas (where there was an idea for a museum project dedicated to puppets) and Palácio Marim Olhão, on Calçada do Combro. In 1996, EBAHL recognised that the Festas de Lisboa had its cultural tradition and programme firmly rooted in the city’s historic neighbourhoods, “and that the fleeting nature of these events should leave their mark for the future”, and so it also took on the event’s organisation. Ever since the company was founded, it was made up of multidisciplinary teams that prepared the projects, oversaw the restoration and renovation works, and planned the new cultural spaces.

In 2003, EBAHL changed its name to EGEAC – Empresa de Gestão de Equipamentos e Animação Cultural – and with this change came a new strategy. The company’s activity took on a greater scale, moving from covering just the city historic neighbourhoods to the entire city, and new cultural spaces joined it: the São Luiz and Maria Matos theatres, Cinema São Jorge, Padrão dos Descobrimentos (2003), Casa Fernando Pessoa (2012), Atelier-Museu Júlio Pomar and Galerias Municipais (2014), the different branches of the Museu de Lisboa, the Museu Bordalo Pinheiro and the Museu do Aljube (2016). In 2018, LU.CA – Teatro Luís de Camões, dedicating its programme of events to children and young people opened its doors, and TBA – Teatro do Bairro Alto was inaugurated in 2019.

Out-of-court settlements for resolving consumer disputes:

EGEAC, E.M. is a member of the Lisbon Consumer Conflict Arbitration Centre, with the following contact details:

Rua dos Douradores, 116, 2º
1100-207 LISBOA;
Tel: +351 218 807 030 / Fax: +351 218 807 038;
E-mail: juridico@centroarbitragemlisboa.pt / director@centroarbitragemlisboa.pt;
Web: www.centroarbitragemlisboa.pt

In the case of litigation, the consumer can get in touch with this litigation resolution body.
Further information is available on Portal do Consumidor www.consumidor.pt