From 30 May to 7 June the Festival of Cultures will be held in Ravenna: 9 days of music, meetings, exhibitions, dances, food, seminars, markets, puppets, cinema, theater and anything else that can make life the art of meeting.
The event has its roots in the "L'Essenza delle Presenza" and "MeditaEuropa" Festivals and is promoted by the Municipality of Ravenna, Emilia Romagna Region, Representation of Foreign Citizens of Ravenna, Associazione Meditaeuropa.
About 90 the associations of migrants and Italians involved, 12 the concerts scheduled, 10 shows traditional dances, 4 conferences for a unique festival, the first in Italy with an artistic director of foreign origin, the writer Tahar Lamri.
The Festival will debut at Ravenna's Public Gardens on Saturday 30 with an international star, the Cameroonian singer Wes Madiko. The evening, with free admission, will start at 19 with an intro of traditional Nigerian dances and the Nashy & Incubo rap.
On Tuesday 2 June the Republic Day will be celebrated by the Festival in the multicultural "suburbs" of Ravenna, Lido Adriano. It will be a day entirely dedicated to frontier places, with debates, exhibitions and music: among others, Goffredo Fofi, Marco Martinelli, Mandiaye Ndiaye, the Libra cooperative, the architects Andrea Eccher and Lucio Nardi, the video maker Yuri Ancarani, participate the photographer Filippo Molinari. The day will close with a concert by the rap group from Ravenna Il Lato Oscuro della Costa (hours 21, Agora, Viale Tasso 1).
Space also for outdoor cinema, in Speyer gardens (station area) in the evenings of 2, 3 and 4 June. Special event: "Like a man on earth", documentary by Riccardo Biadene, Andrea Segre and Dagmawi Yimer on refugees and migrant routes from Libya to Italy (3 June, 21.30 hours).
The 4 June, at the Artificierie Almagià (21 hours), the word of travelers is staged through the theatrical performance of the Marseilles The L'orpheline est une épine dans le pied (company associated with the Bancs Publics): «Oui ou non, avons-nous traversé la mer? », Dialogues between the two shores of the Mediterranean.
The highlight of the Festival will be at Almagià in the evenings of 5, 6, 7 June. On Friday 5 at 19.30 the town band of Ravenna will depart from Piazza del Popolo marching through the "Ethnic gates" of the artist Giampaolo Masotti up to the Almagià, where it will be welcomed by the capoeira of the group Conquinho Baiano and by the puppets of Arrivano dal Mare. During the evening there will be space for the second generation of immigrants with the Angolan rapper from Ravenna who will host, in a contest, peers from various parts of Italy, in particular Inoki and Mic Meskine. In concert also the Italo-Moroccan-Argentine group Les Hardonik which will be introduced by the promising young people of The Slide.
The guest of honor of the three days was Albania with the likes of Lili Cingu, Rexhep Celiku, legendary figures of traditional Albanian dance, the famous actor Mirush Kabashi and the singer Fatime Ymeri (on stage Saturday 6 June). Exclusively the band Scorte per Scutari Orkestra, born from a meeting between the Albanian master Bardh Jakova and the folk music school of Forlimpopoli (also on Saturday 6). Then the exhibition "Scritti di luce" (100 years of Albania in photos 1850-1950 - Marubi) and gastronomy from the Land of Eagles.
Among the other international guests in the three days at the Almagià, thanks to the European Oralities Project: from Portugal the folk rock group Uxu Kalhus (5 June), from Bulgaria the Chorus of the Bulgarian voices of Sliven (6 June) and from Spain Asociación Ourensá de Tradicional folklore with traditional Gallega music (7 June).
In the final of Sunday 7 June (again at Almagià, from 20) we return to the suburbs with the presentation of the graphic novel “Morti di Sonno” by Davide Reviati (fresh off the press for Coconino) prelude to an evening that will see the alternating dances from the Philippines, dances of the ancient African kingdom of the Edo and demonstrations of millennial Chinese martial arts: Tang Lang sword, saber and bare hands, Wuxing, Shao Lin, Shuai Jiao and Long Xing Quan.
In the three days of Almagià there is also space for flavors from the world with a restaurant serving typical Albanian cuisine and one of Indian and Sinhalese specialties. Traders and associations will populate the area with stalls selling handicrafts, books, clothing, and food products.
In the heart of the city, in Sala D'Attorre, the Festival conferences: "Beyond the mask ... Beyond the border" (4 June, from 9.30) a day dedicated to the knowledge of the other through artistic expressions; "The thread of Arianna in relationships" (5 June, from 9.30), a day on the theme of intercultural mediation in schools, hospitals and judicial classrooms; "Communication in a multicultural society" (6 June, from 10), with local and national journalists (between the guests Giuseppe Faso and Gabriele Dal Grande). During this last day we will also celebrate the first 10 years of life of the first Italian newspaper written in a foreign language: the Albanian Bota Shqiptare, with the director and a series of young second-generation immigrant protagonists who are putting themselves on the line in intercultural communication.
Art will accompany all the days of the Festival through installations in different parts of the city, including the "Oralitès" exhibition of the Academy of Fine Arts (Santa Maria delle Croci, via Guaccimanni, paint 5 June hours 19). Sunday 7 June, at 17.30, a Carrara marble monolith by the Dutch artist Cornelis Rijken will be inaugurated on the Marina di Ravenna dock, which will be donated to the city. Follow "Waiting for the sunset on the pier" with the dances of the Atilogu Dance and a Jam Session of Senegalese Djembè.
The Festival of Cultures also arrives at the Ravenna Festival, on Wednesday 17 June, at 21, in the gardens of San Vitale, in the evening "Voices in Prayer". The communities of immigrant citizens of Ravenna unite in an In-canto of scattered voices. Infusions of music and singing. Voices in prayer and conviviality. With Massimo Cacciari, Sidh, Hossein Mohammadzadeh and other artists and poets.
The Festival of Cultures 2009 is made possible thanks to the contribution of: Fondazione del Monte, Cassa di Risparmio di Ravenna Foundation, Legacoop, Cna, Italy France cultural association.
The 2009 Festival of Cultures is part of the national anti-racist campaign "Do not be afraid"