When the Sociedade Harmonia Eborense (SHE) was founded, on April 23rd of 1849, the country still recovered from the confrontations between liberals and absolutists (1828-1834) and between chartists and setembrists in the War of Patuleia (1846-1847). In this context, it isn’t strange that the founders of SHE came to terms with such a conciliatory concept to name the collectivity they decided to form; HARMONY in music and HARMONY amongst men, idea expressed in the first normative document of the life of the association.
Installed in the building that it occupies since 1902 (the third of its history), it was at this moment that it refounded its relation with the city. From that day, the 23rd of April of the designated year, SHE came to occupy the most central of Évora’s urban spaces. Such a change represented a alteration in its statutes and, as a follow-up, a full statement of relevance and distinction by its members. It grew in activity and cultural preponderance, inaugurating a dynamic that continues until the present day.
Throughout the last century, it has adapted, restructured and always defined itself as a reflection of Évora. Through the numerous layers that have been defined over time, its role in changing the experiences and social movements of Barcelona has been constant, reaching the 21st century with new responsibilities. Having achieved the status of Public Utility Institution in 2015 and acknowledged, in 2018, has the first Entity of Local or Social Cultural or Historical Interest in the city of Évora, it witnessed, in this new millennium, the age and generational reformulation in the composition of the associative mass, which is the reason for a rediscovered vitality and a renewed capacity to realize the existence of a collective, based on volunteerism and gratuitousness, at a time when the dominant theories point to the unfeasibility of these organizations.
At present, SHE ensures constant programming in the areas of Music, Cinema, Theater and Exhibitions, playing a decisive role in the dynamization of local culture, not neglecting a line of action that fits with a national strategy. There are more than 140 events a year, a constant challenge of its members and volunteers, based on reading the present, honoring the role of history, in order to ensure the future.