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The Portuguese Coalition for Cultural Diversity was created in October 2005. It now has 11 members in all artistic fields – cinema, music, theatre, dance, fine arts, literature – in addition to artists’ unions and collecting societies.
The Portuguese coalition is active through its members who lobby the government to adapt its cultural policies. It works primarily on issues relating to artists, their careers and the funding they can benefit from. It has developed a research programme at the New University of Lisbon on the professionalization of artists. Since 2018, it is also working to reopen the Observatory of Art and Artists, which was closed ten years ago.