On The Road Film Festival at Cinema Detour – Part 1

On the road film festivalDespite the fact that I lived just around the corner for a few years, this is my first time at Cinema Detour, the independent cinema in Monti that is currently hosting the 5th film festival “On the Road”.

The location itself is lovely: with its multiple couches, tables and cushions it looks more like your own living room than a cinema. Usually, the movie is screened both inside the cosy theatre and in the foyer, which was my favourite spot as it’s very homey and intimate.

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight: Exploring the Abandoned Zoo in Turin

abandoned zoo TurinBack in the days when I lived in Turin, I went along to several parties. One particular one stood out. I don’t remember the name of the venue, only that everybody referred to it as “at the zoo”. From what I can see now by peeking through the rusty gate on Corso Casale, the alternative club where I partied is permanently closed, like all the other shacks dotting the 25,000 sqm area of Turin’s ex-zoo.

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Digging into Jerusalem’s mix of religions by visiting its different cemeteries

Jerusalem CemeteriesIt was already the second time that the guardian of the Bab Al-Rahmah Muslim Cemetery had kicked me off. He didn’t understand any English, let alone the reason why I was ‘suspiciously’ wandering around its leaning tombstones. The soft wind was caressing the yellow flowers that had grown in between the graves.

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Millo and his “Dream”: a large-scale mural in Pescara

"Dream" by Millo in Pescara
“Dream” by Millo in Pescara

When it doesn’t hit the headlines, Fontanelle is a quiet neighbourhood.

I loved Pescara for being so silent, and yet the city gets even more serene in Fontanelle. The neighbourhood is pervaded by a calming hush, which is occasionally interrupted by a church bell rung from the top of a little hill.

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Nuart 2017: Overhearing Know Hope’s heartbreaking stories

know hope nuart stavangerIt was by no means too late to leave the room. No matter how desperately I needed to be at the ‘tunnels’, I overheard that painful breakup story for too long to act indifferent in front of the man at the other side of the thin drywall, who had just confessed “I’m here because my heart is broken; my relationship hasn’t ended yet, but I can see the end approaching.”

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The Top 15 Murals of Political Street Art in Rome

Political Street Art in RomeBorn out of a fierce need for expression of strong social disadvantage, every year street art is becoming more and more vanilla.

The spreading of urban art festivals has a lot to do with it: curators usually want something aesthetically nice, which will please everybody.

It’s gone from a tool to convey radical political messages. Now street art has become a ‘tool’ to decorate walls – probably the cheapest way for public administrations to show that some action has been taken to redevelop the outskirts, even if they’re only putting up a façade (no pun intended).

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IBUG Story #3: good vibes + good people = good memories

IBUG festival 2017 peopleGoosebumps rise on my arms as I enter the former VEB Spezialmaschinenfabrik factory for the last time. I do the same tour I’ve taken many times a day for the last ten days: entering from Club Desolat’s collaborative passageway, carrying on straight towards Miezwars’ sculptures, then back on my footsteps and up on the staircase dotted with Taina’s cute monsters.

Except, this is the last time I’m having The Tour.

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IBUG Story #2: experimental art, collaborations and synergies throughout the abandoned factory

collaborations at ibug club desolatDespite the fact that 100+ artists are painting, building, welding and creating non-stop since one week, the former VEB Spezialmaschinenfabrik is so huge that for the whole time there has been plenty of empty corners waiting to be claimed. Therefore, the artists have had the opportunity to experiment, collaborate and go beyond their usual work, since once the ‘main piece’ was done –and consequentially the performance anxiety was gone- this huge empty space appeared to them as full of possibilities.

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IBUG Story #1: the abandoned factory comes to life

IBUG 2017 Even if I arrived only two days ago, the abandoned factory VEB Spezialmaschinenfabrik has already changed a lot.

I remember the first-day feeling of walking on glass debris while venturing into the empty belly of the whale and through its dark bowels.

When the afternoon light entering from the broken panes and cutting diagonally the air was the most tangible thing in a room.

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