Why not in Lisbon?

If Amsterdam and Berlin can embrace the night life, why can’t Britain?

Other countries see social and economic value in their nightclubs. Here, we complain and close them down
Tinie Tempah in concert
‘Artists such as Tinie Tempah continue to thrive, yet the foundations on which they depend are now under intense pressure.’ Photograph: RMV/Rex/Shutterstock

‘Iwill NEVER forget this moment” was the Instagram caption from Taylor Swift, seen across the world as Rihanna performed at the Coachella festivalwith DJ Calvin Harris. And every week people have similar feelings when they go out at night with their friends. But nightlife is not only important because people enjoy it. Earning an estimated £66bn a year and employing almost 8% of the workforce, Britain’s night-time sector is of huge economic and cultural significance.

This is why people who care about music should be concerned that nightclubs are closing. During the past 10 years the number has reduced from 3,144 to 1,733. From the Arches in Glasgow to Garlands in Liverpool, London’s Madame Jojo’s and the Astoria, iconic venues are shutting their doors. London’s Dance Tunnel is the latest to go.

What happens at night is starting to concentrate minds, and rightly so. A commission is considering how London’s night-time economy is managed, and night tube services are scheduled to start soon. Just last week, the Night Time Industries Association launched a national campaign, #nightlifematters.

And it does matter, even if you’re not a clubber. The Bristol club and dance music scene is acclaimed for the role it played in the early days of the influential bands Massive Attack and Portishead. Think also of Acid Jazz Records. Set up by entrepreneur and DJ Eddie Pillar in 1988, and influenced by cross-genre club culture from the 60s to the 80s, it signed bands including Incognito, Brand New Heavies and Jamiroquai – as well as running the Blue Note in east London, which in turn hosted nights put on by Talvin Singh and Goldie’s Metalheadz.

Protesters stage a mock funeral procession in 2014 for Madame Jojo’s.
Protesters stage a mock funeral procession in 2014 for Madame Jojo’s. ‘The steep increase in nightclub closures can be traced to changes in licensing and regulation.’ Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty

The well-documented relationship between the Haçienda in Manchester with Factory Records and bands including New Order and Happy Mondays – as well as DJ Mike Pickering, who formed M People – highlights the role nightclubs have in the incubation of talent. From techno, drum’n’bass and garage in the 90s to the grime genre today, artists such as Dizzee Rascal, Tinie Tempah and Wiley continue to thrive, yet the foundations on which they depend are now under intense pressure.

Bars and clubs also play their part in urban regeneration. This was true in Liverpool in 1991, when Baa Bar opened, Cream established itself as one of the country’s most successful club nights and a tapestry of fashion designers, recording studios, labels and graphic designers clustered around it. It remains true today, whether you look at Manchester, Brighton or Glasgow. Peckham in south London is unrecognisable from a decade or two ago: the Bussey Buildingand CLF Arts Cafe have been a big part of that change.

Some businesses run out of steam, of course, and fashions change. But the steep increase in nightclub closures can be traced to changes in licensing and regulation. Over the past decade rules imposed by police and councils have developed in such a way that clubs are often now held responsible for crimes that occur at or even near them. No other business is punished when a crime happens on its premises, whether it is a bank robbery, a mugging at a shopping centre or a death in a car park. Yet attitudes to nightlife are different.

In part this is because police forces facing cuts see nightlife as a drain on dwindling resources. Councils, meanwhile, face similar challenges and have to respond to complaints from people living near venues – sometimes in flats erected long after the businesses subsequently portrayed as nuisance neighbours.

There is no societal justification for this erosion of the night economy. Serious crime has decreased in Britain in the past 10 years; people have never behaved as well as they do now. It’s about mindset. In Nashville, Las Vegas, Berlin and Amsterdam, they understand the dividends from a robust nightlife sector. We need to hear less about the costs and more about the benefits in Britain.

[Retrieved from: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/02/amsterdam-berlin-embrace-night-life-britain?CMP=share_btn_fb#_=_]

The Urban Night & Anti-patriarchal Feminism in Barcelona (Catalonia)

La manifestació ‘La nit és nostra’ fa una demostració de força del feminisme la vigília del 8 de març

Meritxell Rigol 08/03/2016
Feminicidis, agressions a l’espai públic, violacions i pressió estètica són les violències contra les dones que les manifestants van condemnar amb més força pels carrers del barri barceloní de Sant Andreu
El record de les dones assassinades pel masclisme va ser molt present al llarg del recorregut pels carrers de Sant Andreu
Clara Castanyo

La nit és nostra és la consigna que aplega moltes feministes pels volts del 8 de març per posar cos i veu a una manifestació, no mixta, que pren els carrers i les places quan ja és fosc. La fórmula de la manifestació nocturna busca plantar cara als temors i les sancions associades a la presència de les dones a l’espai públic durant la nit, un territori que l’imaginari patriarcal els veta i que el feminisme vol ocupar, com a símbol de la desigualtat estructural que opera per relegar les dones a l’àmbit privat.

Ara bé, més enllà del simbolisme de protagonitzar un acte reivindicatiu de nit i sense homes –algú s’atreviria a dir soles, tot i que eren prop de 400–, la quantitat de dones que la vigília del 8 de març es va reunir per formar part de l’acció, als carrers del barri de Sant Andreu, a Barcelona, fa difícil negar que la manifestació superava el pla simbòlic i suposava una acció d’apoderament.

En arribar a l’avinguda Meridiana, es va crear un cercle que, al centre, recollia un gran ‘Ni una menys’ blanc pintat al paviment / Clara Castanyo


De la plaça Orfila a la de Virrei Amat, les participants van traslladar les reivindicacions vertebrals del feminisme fent-les visibles i incessantment sonores als carrers. “El feminisme no pot ser només per blanques, de classe mitjana, acadèmiques, cis (no trans) i heterosexuals. Apostem per un feminisme que rebenti fronteres, presons, privilegis i talles i que s’adapti a les nostres capacitats, en lloc que les nostres capacitats s’adaptin al feminisme”, s’ha expressat al manifest que ha obert la manifestació, emmarcada en les Jornades d’Acció Feminista Autònoma per a Dones, Lesbianes i Trans Se va a armar la gorda.

“Apostem per un feminisme que rebenti fronteres, presons, privilegis i talles i que s’adapti a les nostres capacitats, en lloc que les nostres capacitats s’adaptin al feminisme”, proclama el manifest que es va llegir

“Estem fartes del productivisme, de curros que ens roben la vida i que els nostres projectes vitals s’esvaeixin davant del ritme capitalista. Estem fartes de precarietat afectiva i material. I fartes d’estar fartes, passem a l’acció”, s’ha pronunciat des del micròfon, abans que la gentada, agrupada més o menys en cercle a la plaça Orfila, es convertís en un riu compacte en enfilar el carrer Gran de Sant Andreu.

La marxa va arrancar amb la força de centenars de feministes proclamant “La nit és nostra, cap agressió sense resposta”. I, si bé els càntics reivindicatius van anar canviant al llarg de les dues hores de recorregut, les manifestants van mantenir la potència amb què els entonaven. Incansables. Incessants. O parlaments o consignes, fortes i compartides, replicades i repetides, però el silenci no va aparèixer en cap moment.
Feminisme sense barreres

Només les veus i nombroses torxes es van mantenir alçades durant tot el recorregut. Va ser una manifestació sense banderes, una imatge que recull l’objectiu d’articular un feminisme (“que són molts feminismes”, destaca el manifest) sense barreres, contra els fronts compartits per totes: assetjament al carrer, agressions sexuals, pressió estètica, dret a decidir sobre el propi cos, violències del sistema sexe-gènere binari, feminicidis… I, travessant-los, el capitalisme, l’aliat “criminal” del patriarcat, tal com van cridar en diversos moments les manifestants.

Els missatges antipatriarcals no es van esfumar del tot rere les passes de la manifestació, sinó que van deixar empremta a les parets d’empreses i aparadors. Hi haurà gent que, avui, caminant per Sant Andreu, potser per primer cop, veurà la imatge d’un iceberg que ens ensenya que els feminicidis són només la punta de la violència contra les dones, sustentada en multitud de violències invisibilitzades.

L’encartellada també va deixar missatges per sensibilitzar, precisament, sobre violències més normalitzades. “El príncep blau no existeix, el masclisme violent sí” o “Violència masclista és que continuïs volent lligar amb mi quan t’he dit que no” són algunes de les seqüeles per la consciència que han quedat als carrers del barri.

“El príncep blau no existeix, el masclisme violent sí” o “Violència masclista és que continuïs volent lligar amb mi quan t’he dit que no” són algunes de les seqüeles per la consciència que han quedat als carrers del barri

A la vora, trobem pintades menys pedagògiques i més tallants. “Joderos, no somos floreros”, es va escriure a l’aparador d’una botiga de roba. “Viaja sola”, també es va replicar en un vidre, amb un esprai de pintura violeta. En les condemnes a empreses, excepcionalment, les grans protagonistes no van ser les botigues de roba ni la banca.

Durant la manifestació, es va denunciar la deportació de migrants com a negoci per empreses com Barceló Viajes o Air Europa, segons van acusar algunes de les convocants, i es va demanar el boicot a les empreses “que es lucren de les fronteres”. “L’infern per les persones migrants és un negoci milionari per empreses beneficiàries del concurs públic que anualment fa el govern espanyol per encarregar-se de les deportacions”, van assegurar. La marxa, es va reprendre sota el crit “Presons, CIES, batudes i fronteres, així es construeix la riquesa europea”.

La denúncia dels assassinats de dones pel fet de ser dones –com a feminicidis i no com a morts aïllades– va ser un missatge central i constant de l’acte, que va voler donar un espai a les que ja no hi són: dinou menys des de principis d’any, segons dades de Feminicidio.net (onze d’elles reconegudes oficialment com a víctimes de violència masclista, perquè només es comptabilitzen les assassinades a mans de les parelles o exparelles, de manera que queden exclosos els feminicidis en altres contextos). Aquests feminicidis es van elevar a 91 al llarg de l’any passat (oficialment, 59).

Entre les dones assassinades, hi va haver un record especial per a l’activista Berta Cáceres, la líder indígena i defensora dels drets humans assassinada a Hondures fa uns dies, el 3 de març

Entre les assassinades, hi va haver un record especial per a l’activista Berta Cáceres, la líder indígena i defensora dels drets humans assassinada a Hondures fa uns dies, el 3 de març. Durant molts anys, Cáceres va ser una pedra a la sabata massa incòmoda per aquells qui tenen interessos a construir una presa hidroelèctrica al riu del qual depenen, en bona part, la seguretat alimentària i la identitat cultural del poble lenca. “¡Cáceres vive, la lucha sigue!“, es va poder sentir en diversos moments.

Mentre la multitud avançava pel centre de la rambla de Fabra i Puig, a les voreres, algunes dones que es creuaven amb manifestants els preguntaven sobre la reivindicació, descol·locades, perquè encara no era 8 de març. En qualsevol cas, aprovació generalitzada de la iniciativa d’una manifestació nocturna feminista.

Durant el recorregut, es va passar per davant d’alguns grups d’homes, que es trobaven en terrasses de bars o es van apropar fins a la porta per observar l’escena. En passar-hi per davant, algunes manifestants van apujar el to dels càntics, interpel·lant-los: “Estamos hasta el culo de tanto tio chulo” o “Ni piernas, ni brazos, machitos a pedazos”. Ni abans ni després de l’hostilitat verbal, els homes amb qui es van creuar no van mostrar cap gest delator ni de rebuig ni d’aprovació davant la manifestació de dones, en general, ni de les consignes llançades, en concret. Més endavant, a l’últim tram del recorregut, diversos balcons es van omplir de persones curioses i es va aconseguir arrancar-los alguns gestos de suport.

Durant el recorregut, es va passar per davant d’alguns grups d’homes, que es trobaven en terrasses de bars o que es van apropar fins a la porta per contemplar l’escena / Clara Castanyo


En arribar a l’avinguda Meridiana, es va crear un cercle que, al centre, recollia un gran Ni una menys blanc, que va omplir l’espai d’olor de pintura i va arrancar aplaudiments immediats: “No hi som totes, falten les mortes”. I, sense canvis d’arrel, es van acumulant, a pesar que, cada any, els governs i els mitjans posin els comptadors dels feminicidis a zero.

“El patriarcat no es destruirà des de les urnes, per això, volem un feminisme de lluita constant als carrers i les cases”, es va aplaudir durant la lectura del manifest, de nou, al final del recorregut, en tot moment encapçalat per un “Fem-nos fortes, fem-ho juntes. La nit és nostra”. Una crida que sintetitza el feminisme “de fets”, actiu, combatiu, treballat de manera col·lectiva i des de la quotidianitat, que es va reivindicar.

Safe in Cais – The 5th LXNIGHTS Meeting


The 5th LXNIGHTS Meeting -celebrated on December 18th– was a total success! The round table was formed by João Martins (LXNIGHTS) who presented the event and introduced the last developments in night-life risks worldwide, Cristiana Vale Pires 20151210IMG_3261(APDES) who presented the project on risk reduction in Cais do Sodré nights leaded by CHECK!N, Carla Madeira (Junta de Freguesia) who offered a more institutional view from the local government in the affected area, Gonçalo Riscado (Comercial Association of Cais do Sodré) who emphasized the actual difficulties in unite the different night-time businesses in one voice, and André Peixe (Lisbon’s Bartenders Association) who stand for the appraise of people working through the night, specially those selling alcohol in the bars.


The CHECK!N project (Safe in Cais – Noite Segura) -in which LXNIGHTS acts as the academic partner- make an effort to reduce the risks associated with party environment (alcohol, drugs, sexual behaviour) joining the different actors and institutions of a new night-time area in the city: Cais do Sodré.


This article in the Observador, describe this fruitful meeting offered by LXNIGHTS as a closing of its 2015 activities.


Especialista critica falta de estratégia da Câmara de Lisboa para lazer noturno

LUSA, 24 de Outubro de 2015, às 11:30

O investigador Jordi Nofre considera que falta um plano estratégico em Lisboa na área do lazer noturno, a ser definido pela Câmara, já que a cidade se está a tornar num centro de “hiperludificação'” aberto 24 horas.


“Se [em Lisboa] houver um projeto de cidade — que eu acho que não há — é um projeto de ‘hiperludificação’, ou seja, transformar esta cidade, que vivia durante o dia e dormia durante a noite, numa cidade aberta 24 horas. É uma estratégia para criar receitas fiscais”, afirmou à agência Lusa o especialista do Centro Interdisciplinar de Ciências Sociais da Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (CICSNOVA).

De acordo com Jordi Nofre, “a noite de Lisboa é um produto” turístico que a Câmara tem interesse em vender.

O investigador catalão defendeu, por isso, a “criação urgente, em menos de um ano, de um plano integrado do lazer noturno de Lisboa”, que pode passar pela aposta na frente ribeirinha.

Entre outras medidas, Jordi Nofre exemplificou que em Barcelona foram criadas “brigadas de agentes cívicos”, que circulam pelos bairros com mais movimentação a sensibilizar os visitantes e apoios financeiros para os residentes colocarem proteções contra o ruído como janelas com vidros duplos, ideias que a seu ver podem ser replicadas em Lisboa.

A viver na capital portuguesa há seis anos, o catalão apontou que a Rua dos Remédios, em Alfama, é o “novo Bairro Alto” devido ao surgimento de novos estabelecimentos “orientados não só para os turistas dos cruzeiros, mas também para o público português, que na sua rua não quer barulho”.

Para o responsável, a mudança também foi notória na Graça, pela fixação de estudantes nacionais e estrangeiros e de jovens de classe média alta, com possibilidades para “consumo de lazer noturno”.

Este tema vai estar em discussão no debate “O turista urbano como consumidor da noite lisboeta — O impacto da ‘turistificação’ no lazer noturno”, às 18:00 de quinta-feira no Centro de Informação Urbana de Lisboa, Picoas Plaza.

O encontro é organizado pelo LX Nights, projeto no qual Jordi Nofre é investigador coordenador e que visa estudar a transformação urbana de bairros do centro histórico.

A convivência entre estes fenómenos e os moradores nem sempre é pacífica. Em declarações à Lusa, o secretário-geral da Associação de Empresas de Bebidas Espirituosas (ANEBE), Mário Moniz Barreto, apontou o problema do ‘botellón’, referindo que hoje em dia os jovens consomem álcool “em locais públicos porque é muito mais barato”.

Para o representante, a “resposta não deve ser dada só ao nível da fiscalização, mas da prevenção e educação”.

Apesar de considerar que o “setor das bebidas espirituosas não tem muito a ver com o tipo de consumos nestas situações de rua”, o responsável lembrou que a ANEBE vai lançar com a Câmara de Lisboa a campanha de sensibilização “Lisboa à noite: necessidade de uma intervenção”.

Outro problema inerente à diversão noturna em zonas residenciais é o ruído. O coordenador do recém-criado grupo de trabalho para o ruído da organização ambiental Quercus, Paulo do Carmo, disse à Lusa que deve haver uma “fiscalização mais permanente por parte da Polícia Municipal e da PSP” e medições frequentes.

Para o responsável, a Câmara de Lisboa também tem responsabilidade enquanto entidade que fiscaliza e licencia, razão pela qual deve “adotar medidas para a diminuição de ruído que tem a ver com a vida noturna”.



4th LXNIGHTS Meeting on Urban Tourism


Lisbon has been transformed into a tourist-led urban economy during the last 10 years, when a large amount of tourists, travellers and foreign students came massively to the city. Later, in the context of the financial post-crisis the social and economic urban structure of Lisbon was profoundly transformed to embrace the growing demand of international tourism.

Besides the central role of accommodation economic activities from hostels and hotels to AirBnb and Booking.com, the night-life leisure industry is one of the most important actors involved in this process of urban transformation.

The images of night-time consumption (circulating through internet and from mouth to mouth) are an asset for urban tourism industry, contributing to shape the imaginary postcard of a particular city. From Fado to kizomba, from Cante alentejano to Chorinho, from Brazilian popular music to Hard Rock, from Reggae to Electro/minimal, different musical styles are represented in Lisbon’s night-time venues offering all kind of experiences to the foreign visitors. Moreover, some entertainment companies are organizing Pub-Crawls and nocturne tracks all over Lisbon widening the borders of the foreign leisure throughout the city.

The fourth LXNIGHTS Meeting: “The urban tourist as a night-life consumer. Efects of touristification in Lisbon’s night leisure” will take place on October 29 at Centro de Informação Urbana de Lisboa (CIUL), located  in Picoas Plaza (Rua Viriato, 13) at 18:00h. The debates are free and open to the general public.


3rd LXNIGHTS Meeting


3os Encontros


The third edition of Encontros LXNIGHTS is coming, focused on June’s Festas de Lisboa. The eating of Sardines in the street, the contest of the Marchas, the selling of Manjericos and the dancing in the Arraiais transforms the days and, mainly the nights, in Lisbon. But, who are their main characters? What’s the meaning of these celebrations for lisbonians and visitors? How this annual event contribute for the transformation of the city?



In these 3rd Encontros LXNIGHTS we’ll go in depth about this June’s urban phenomenon meeting with some of the actors involved in its production, presenting an open dialogue to offer a widen perspective of the very night when the entire city is party.

santos festa


The third LXNIGHTS Meeting: “The night of Lisbon and the Popular Saints. June’s city celebrations” will take place on July15 at Centro de Informação Urbana de Lisboa (CIUL), located  in Picoas Plaza (Rua Viriato, 13) at 18:00h. The debates are free and open to the general public.

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Some photos from the Encontros LXNIGHTS

The first two sessions of Encontros LXNIGHTS were a success!

MAY, 27: Jordi Nofre and Íñigo Sánchez presented the project to an audience composed by scholars, nightime economy agents and city council representatives.

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JUNE, 16: Our guests of the European Network partyplus, from the catalan organization Q de festa, devoted to make the night and the party safest, explained their project









foto1As usual, the best time to get to know new colleagues and to connect with partners is the afterward…

This summer we will offer the third edition of Encontros LXNIGHTS, that will be announced very soon

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2nd LXNIGHTS Meeting

2_Encontro_LXnights-page001The second edition of Encontros LXNIGHTS is coming. This time our guests are partyplus, an European network devoted to make the night and the party safest. Q de festa, the catalan partners of the network will explain us in what consist this initiative.

The second LXNIGHTS Meeting: “Party +. The European Network for Safier Party Labels. An European project for risk reduction in nightlife leisure” will take place on June 16 at Centro de Informação Urbana de Lisboa (CIUL), located  in Picoas Plaza (Rua Viriato, 13) at 18:00h. The debates are free and open to the general public.

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Regulating Nightlife. The case of Tours (France)

After our first Meeting “Encontros LXNIGHTS” the past May 27 is now time to pay attention to other similar initiatives devoted to bring together the different actors involved in the production of urban nightscapes. Joséphine Kalache analyse the recent proliferation of the “conseils de la nuit” (night councils) that are selectively regulating nightlife activities all over the French municipalities.

The author, taking the case study of Tours (France) warns on the dangers of “reducing culture to the Event” and suggest that the eviction of amateur musicians and heterogeneous public from the city nightscapes could be favouring the commercialization of nightime.

The text -in French- is entitled “Vers une politique municipale de la nuit: le ‘consensus nocturne’ arrive à Tours” (Towards a municipal nightlife policy: the ‘nightime consensus’ is coming to Tours) and could be a valuable forethought for the next “Encontros LXNIGHTS” that will be announced soon…


Encontros / Meetings LXNIGHTS

After the first LXNIGHTS Fieldtrips, we are also launching this month one of our main initiatives: The LXNIGHTS Meetings (Encontros LXNIGHTS). They are conceived as  a space of interactive and reciprocal interchange between scholars, city government representatives, cultural entrepreneurs, and a variety of stakeholders related to the promotion, making and management of the urban night, including the citizenship. The aim of the Encontros  is to share experiences and knowledge, to discuss and propose new policies on nightlife in Lisbon, and to support the creation of new management tools for the City Council policymakers.

The first LXNIGHTS Meeting: “Lazer nocturno, gentrificação, estudantificação e turistificação nos bairros históricos de Lisboa” will take place on May 27 at Centro de Informação Urbana de Lisboa (CIUL), located  in Picoas Plaza (Rua Viriato, 13) at 18:00h. The debates are free and open to the general public.


EnCalendari en jpgcontros LXNIGHTS procura oferecer momentos de debate e mediação entre todos os atores envolvidos na noite de Lisboa avaliando, entre outros, alguns dos diferentes conflitos surgidos neste campo ao longo destes últimos anos. Com uma periodicidade mensal, os Encontros LXNIGHTS pretendem ser um espaço de intercâmbio interactivo e recíproco entre académicos, representantes autárquicos, empreendedores culturais, diversos agentes relacionados com a promoção, a execução e a gestão da vida nocturna, e cidadãos, permitindo a partilha de experiências e conhecimento. Os participantes irão discutir e propor novas políticas sobre a vida nocturna em Lisboa para patrocinar a criação de novas ferramentas de gestão para os agentes políticos da cidade. O 1er Encontro LXNIGHTS dará a conhecer o projecto e a pesquisa realizada pela equipa sobre lazer nocturno, gentrificação, estudentificação e turistificação em Lisboa; conhecer actores da noite e os seus posicionamentos sobre a inter-relação entre gentrificação, turistificação, estudentificação e lazer nocturno em Lisboa para contextualizar melhor os debates temáticos que terão lugar ao longo dos próximos meses.

Os debates são de acesso livre e gratuito



Prof. Dr. Jordi Nofre
LXNIGHTS – Investigador Principal
Centro Interdisciplinar de Ciências Sociais-CICSNOVA
Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
Universidade Nova de Lisboa


Prof. Dr. Íñigo Sánchez Fuarros
Encontros LXNIGHTS – Coordenador
Instituto de Etnomusicologia – Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança
Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
Universidade Nova de Lisboa



Some photos of our First LXNIGHTS Fieldtrip

foto4We started our fieldtrip in one of the famous unregulated Chinese restaurants that populate Mouraria, sharing space with many Portuguese and international students attracted by the cheap prices. After crossing Rua Benformoso (called “diversity passage” by the Municipal Government) we arrived to Intendente. There, Íñigo Sánchez offered us a wide explanation of Mouraria and Intendente’s transformations, related with a state-led gentrification policy by the Municipal Government.

Isabel Soares expounded politicians foto3prospective about the neighborhood and the strategies taken to favor the aperture of this central area to the tourists and Portuguese middle-classes.

After that, we went to Bairro Alto where Jordi Nofre explained to the group the role of the district as a party area both for young middle-class Portuguese and worldwide tourists. In the “Erasmus Corner” Daniel Malet described the foto2growing role of exchange students in the transformation of Bairro Alto and other parts of the city. Finally, in Cais do Sodré, Jordi Nofre explain thoroughly the concept of “vintage” applied to the aesthetic transformations of Lisbon’s nightlife.


On May 12, 2015, fieldtrip participants are kindly invited to join an open debate on trends and challenges of Lisbon’s nightlife:




First LXNIGHTS fieldtrip

fieldtripMAY7_1It’s already confirmed!!! Next May 7, 2015. LXNIGHTS, in partnership with Sociology’s Alumni Association (NASNOVA), are very pleased to organize the first Fieldtrip on Lisbon’s Nightlife: from Martim Moniz-Intendente, along Bairro Alto and Bica and finishing in Cais do Sodré.

The aim of this sociological fieldtrip through Lisbon’s nightlife is discussing in loco several notions about our research topic: from the “night of Erasmus” to the Bairro Alto’s “touristification”, the politics of gentrification in historical neighbourhoods, socio-spatial segregation and public order.

Please, feel free to join us at the Facebook Event


On May 12, 2015, fieldtrip participants are kindly invited to join an open debate on trends and challenges of Lisbon’s nightlife.

Both events will be attended by the entire LXNIGHTS team:
Iñigo Sánchez Fuarros (INET-md, FCSH/UNL)
João Carlos Martins (CICSNOVA, FCSH/UNL
Patrícia Pereira (CICSNOVA-md, FCSH/UNL)
Daniel Malet (CIES-ISCTE/IUL)


For further informations please contact with Jordi Nofre (jnofre@fcsh.unl.pt)


Gentrification as a Night Crime

Mouraria is one of our case-study districts, a working-class and deprived area where the state-led promotion of art and culture is changing its landscape every day…and every night. As David Ley has stressed in “Artists, Aestheticisation and the Field of Gentrification”, urban commodification and capital reinvestment in some particular areas are often accompanied by the “artistization” of the district.

In the following chronicle about Mouraria’s night by the Spanish public television is possible to identify all the elements: the bohemian taste for “danger” and “authenticity”, the well-meaning and naive artists with their “political” and “rooted” projects, and the local inhabitants looking distrustful to these developments which are largely unconnected with their real lives. This perfectly mixed night-time cocktail is causing the desired outcome: the attraction of visitors, the rise of rental prices, the eviction of local inhabitants. Therefore, Mouraria becomes the perfect example of how gentrification could act as a tasteful and delicate “night crime”.

Seminar on Ethnographic Observation

Next 15th April (Wednesday) a member of LXNIGHTS will offer a seminar at the University of Évora. The seminar entitled  “The place of ethnographic observation in qualitative research” will be presented by Daniel Malet Calvo to the sociology students of “Laboratory of Qualitative Analysis”, a subject taught by Rosalina Maria Pisco Costa. The presentation aims to contextualize the ethnographic inquiry as a methodological innovation belonging to anthropological tradition. In this sense the “participant observation” and other fieldwork innovations used for the first time by anthropologists in analyzing diverse social settings, are today broadly considered as the empirical foundations of qualitative research.


The seminar will provide a methodological starting point to the collective project “Through doors and side streets: Getting older in Évora’s Historical Center” in which the students will interview and observe the everyday life of old people in the public spaces of this medium size Portuguese city. After learning the theoretical and epistemological foundations of fieldwork, the students will get into Evora’s provincial urban environment to gather data in significant public places. The aim is to characterize old people’s socio-demographic profiles and describe their everyday lives in these urban spaces.

The object of this seminar, older people daily practices in a provincial city, seems to be far from Lisbon’s young-oriented nightlife leisure. However, in both urban environments the methods of ethnography are equally pervasive and relevant in understanding the social actors and their relation to the city. Social data is meaningful only when unveiled through ethnographic fieldwork.

Vintage Nightlife in Lisbon

One of the most important trends in Lisbon’s nightlife -following the international tendencies- is the aesthetic embracing of the “vintage” style in a growing number of nightspots and venues. Maybe the leading figure inspiring this nightscape transformation -and certainly the most well-known example of this trend- is the Pensão Amor, a former brothel turned into a crowded night bar on the way from the Bairro Alto to Cais do Sodré (the two most important nightlife areas in the city center).


However, the simulated bohemian and burlesque atmosphere, the prostitution-based iconography and the aseptic sexuality that emerge from the objects exposed in every corner of the place, obscure the role of “vintage” style in the gentrification of Lisbon’s nightscapes.

Jordi Nofre’s contribution in “Fennia. International Journal of Geography” shows how this new socially sanitized bohemian nightlife (mainly oriented towards the local new middle classes and their international peers such as tourists and Erasmus students) is actually displacing old forms of working-class leisure and decadent nightlife.

Here you can find Nofre’s article: “Vintage Nightlife”: Gentrifying Lisbon downtown“, an excellent case study providing relevant guidelines for our research in Lisbon.