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1 EUROPEAN FESTIVAL RESEARCH PROJECT MEETING Le Mans, 17 November 2006 Alessandro Bollo

2 Cultural festivals 1.Festival Filosofia - Modena, Carpi, Sassuolo 2.FestivaLetteratura - Mantova 3.Festival dei Saperi - Pavia 4.Festival della Mente - Sarzana 5.Festival della Scienza - Genova 6.Festival dell’Economia - Trento 7.ResFest - Roma, Treviso,Torino 8.Poesia Festival - Modena 9.Festival dell’Architettura - Parma 10.Mythos - Paestum 11.Festival della Creatività - Firenze 12.La storia (in) contemporanea Varchi Festival Internazionale - Frascati 13.TorinoSpiritualità - Torino 14.La Storia in testa Festival della storia - Gorizia 15.Festival della Filosofia Instabilità - Roma

3 Cultural festivals Key features 1.Quite “young”: except for 4 festivals (ResFest, Mythos, FestivaLetteratura, Festival Filosofia), all the others are born between 2004 (3) to 2006 (4). 2.Different topics covered: from poetry to literature, from myths to science, from history to architecture. 3.A combination of: conferences; lectures; exhibitions; shows; meetings with artists, intellectuals, scientists, scholars; laboratories,… 4.Mid-size towns in the north and the centre of Italy : festival becomes an opportunity for tourists and local people to discover, to live, to appreciate the city in all its different sides. 5.Short lasting but intense programme: all the festivals take place during a week-end period (3/4 days) except for 3 festival, which last from a week to 15 days. 6.Good audience response: visitors for Poesia Festival, for Festival della Mente, for Festival della Scienza, for Festival dell’Economia, for Festival Filosofia. All the festivals increase their audience year by year. 7.“The city is the venue”: for these festival the whole city becomes theatre for the many different activities of festivals. Festival becomes the way to discover architectural and cultural sides in the city.

4 The sustainability model is based on some key features and some organizational and managerial patterns 1) Intensive use of a broad range of public spaces; 2) Involvement of the local community. Key role of volunteers 3) Strong diversification of the funding-mix (the third sector and business). No recognition and money from the state. Key role of the banking foundations 4) Local partnerships: festivals as bridge of connectivity among partners and institutions) 5) Conceived and run by non cultural-organizations 6) Simple and basic in terms of format and productive model 6) Multi-disciplinarity. The main theme is faced by different disciplines. Core program enlargement 7) Audience: festival is being experienced as a happening, a sense of festivity

5 1) Intensive use of a broad range of public spaces 2) Involvement of the local community. Key role of volunteers 3) Strong diversification of the funding- mix 4) Local partnerships: festivals as bridge of connectivity 5) Conceived and run by non cultural- organizations 6) Simple and basic in terms of format and productive model 6) Multi-disciplinarity Long-term sustainability socio- environmental economic organizational institutional


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