® Vasco Stocker de Vilhena, 2019

Mission and Dream

Carpintarias de São Lázaro are the new Cultural Center in the city of Lisbon, which opened in 2017. The mission at the Center is to promote Contemporary culture and arts, from Visual Arts to Music, Theatre and Dance, Cinema and Gastronomy, in the heart of the Portuguese capital.
The Cultural Center proposes integration through culture, where creativity, innovation and multidisciplinarity are combined to create the opportunity to bring together people, communities and knowledge.

The Center is located on Colina de Santana, near to Martim Moniz and Mouraria, Lisbon's historic area, where over the years a vibrant multi-cultural reality has been growing into the traditional Lisbon neighborhoods.

The program of Carpintarias de São Lázaro focuses mainly on the various cultural areas, encouraging their crossing in a perspective of contamination.

Carpintarias de São Lázaro’s program also reserves a space for presentation and debate from the perspective of how creativity and innovation helps to create opportunities for a fairer and more sustainable development of our contemporary society.

View of the exhibition Showroom by Los Carpinteros, 2017
(CIAC - Capital Ibero Americana de Cultura 2017) image: Marco Pires, 2017

View of the exhibition Shadows by Alfredo Jaar, 2017 (CIAC - Capital Ibero Americana de Cultura 2017) image: Vasco Stocker de Vilhena, 2019                               


Direction and Programming
Alda Galsterer & Fernando Belo
Commercial Director 
Pedro Franco
Press Office

Technical Coordination
Pedro Cluny
Production Consultant
João Parreira

Luísa Correia da Silva
Front desk
to be announced soon
Volunteer team to be announced soon


Carpintarias de São Lázaro is an old Carpenters workshop building from the late 1920s: a three storey edifice with an Art-Deco-Façade and industrial interior finishing. After a fire in 2012 it was structurally reinforced, permitting a new use of the rooftop for open-air activities during summer and good weather periods.

photographies: Vasco Stocker de Vilhena, 2019

Carpintarias de São Lázaro’s activities happen on the several floors and spaces the building is equipped with. The Main floor (Piso 0) is reserved for cultural activities, as exhibitions, theatre, dance and music presentations for a public that can go from 80-800 persons; it is also a favourite space for hosting events and activities of other enterprises and organizations. Characteristic for the main floor of the cultural centre are the 7m high ceilings and the big window’s façades characteristic iron grid that float the space with strong natural light during the day. The main floor is equipped with a rigging system that permits a highly flexible system of construction of different spaces with theatre curtains that can be put up, isolating visually and acoustically the open space of c. 350 m2 into smaller spaces creating different programming locations if necessary.

® Vasco Stocker de Vilhena, 2019

The second biggest space is located downstairs, with approximately 300 m2 and with its 4.5m high ceilings is destined for rehearsals, office spaces, artist residency spaces, educational activities, as well as presentations in Fine arts and Performative arts, or smaller music concerts.

The principal goal of the Carpintarias’ programming team is to develop their work and program transversely, following the idea of “contamination” between the different departments, with original projects by Carpintarias, as well as hosting projects by other companies and organizations, always within the area of contemporary creation, and communicating with the diverse publics that will meet in this new cultural space: the city, the neighbours, and the world.


Carpintarias de São Lázaro
Rua de São Lázaro, 72
1150-199 Lisbon, Portugal

︎ +351-213815891
︎ carpintarias(at)csl-lisboa.pt

Press contact 

︎ imprensa(at)csl-lisboa.pt

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