support CORAL, a project that curates, promotes and supports independent artists and creators in a safe, inclusive and collaborative cultural and culinary space
what is it?
CORAL is an initiative created from the union of three small businesses in Lisbon - VALSA, Café Mortara and Artesanalis. with a diverse curatorship, which brings together ideas, food, drink and culture, CORAL is made by people who value collective, uncomplicated and artisanal processes, created with love and respect.
2020 has changed the way we work, socialize, consume and, for us, it no longer makes sense to exist if we do not grow together. together we are stronger and can impact the lives of more people, so, from May 2021 we will share a space that will enable the creation and realization of our multiple activities.
we want to contribute to the local culture in an innovative, free, creative, collective and real way, in a place where people can meet and develop themselves in a safe space especially for women and LGBTQIA + people.
how does it work?
CORAL's headquarters are where Graça, Penha da França and Anjos neighbourhoods meet. these are multicultural neighborhoods where more than 25,000 people live. the space will comprise two rooms: one is a food space, cozy and informal, as ifit were the dining room of our own house, where we will serve homemade pasta made by Mortara, VALSA’s famous sourdough pizzas and a small grocery store with various homemade products, including craft beers selected by Artesanalis. the other room will be dedicated to art and culture, where concerts, poetry readings, DJ sets, workshops and many other things will take place, bringing about 200 annual cultural activities to the area, in addition to countless other remote events.
we will be responsible for engaging the services of dozens of people, including artisans, small producers, artists and informal and independent professionals, in addition to offering options for creative meals at good prices, always thinking about seasonality and sustainability.
we cook with fresh ingredients, produced by hand, creating the opportunity for locals to try drinks of different origins, exchange ideas and knowledge, meet new artists, participate in workshops or simply be and socialize, feeling comfortable any time of the day.
how can I help?
to make this dream possible we need a space. we have already found the perfect spot for CORAL to happen, but we need your help to do a little remodeling, because despite being new, the space is still just a skeleton.
with this crowdfunding project, it will be possible to build the bathrooms, prepare the electrics and hydraulics for the kitchen, among other things that will breathe life into the building which will become home to the culinary and cultural events we all love.
VALSA : created by Marina and Nika, since 2018 it has promoted diversity and a welcoming environment in a space for socializing with cultural events, acting as a laboratory for artists. in 2020, Thiago joined the team with his pizzas to make everything tastier. in 3 years, it brought life to the area with a line-up full of names relevant to the independent Portuguese-Brazilian scene with more than 400 activities.
Café Mortara : project by Letícia and Vitor, has existed for almost 2 years. it is a space for experimentation that focuses on homemade pasta, where they seek to build experiences with the community centred around food and work. today, it produces more than 15 varieties of fresh pastas, homemade sauces and affective dishes from scratch, with the gentle art of Italian grandmothers as inspiration.
Artesanalis : the idea of Martha and Pedro, it was born from the desire to work with beer. after market studies, visits to beer festivals and contact with professionals in the field, the project took shape in Portugal and today unites lovers of craft beer and serves up the global beer culture from its storerooms, stocked with more than 150 different labels, and a space to consume them accompanied by snacks and good music.