On the Road Film Festival at Cinema Detour – part 2

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Twenty years ago, a group of students opened a film club inside a former print shop in Monti, transforming the snobbish scene of Rome’s independent cinemas for good.

Their art-house cinema was punk –unlike any other independent cinema in Rome- and offered a wide range of cultural experiences besides the screenings.

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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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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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Announcing the media partnership with IBUG urban art festival

Ibug urban art festivalAfter the unexpected first half of my summer in Malta between teenagers and boat parties, it’s about time to get some work done and behave as a professional street art blogger.

Festival season is about to begin and my 2017 schedule is already pretty hectic -but I’m going to take the lid off my summer plans one festival at a time. ;)

The first urban art festival I’m attending is IBUG in Chemnitz (Germany). Keep reading →

The Balkan Florence Express film festival (2017)

Balkan Florence Express 2017

I’m back in Florence for yet another edition of the excellent Balkan Florence Express, the film festival devoted to Balkan movies and organized by Cecilia Ferrara and Simone Malavolti with the help of Oxfam Italia. This year’s programme is richer than last year’s; it focuses less on the war and its consequences and more on present-day ordinary life in the Balkan countries, through different topics and cinema genres, from comedy to mockumentary. Keep reading →

Upfest 2016: Interview with Fin Dac

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We are accused of gentrification so often now, as if it’s our fault” – Fin Dac

As we sat down at what –since then- has become the pub where I had a beer with Fin Dac, my first instinct was to ask him about the unglorious side of street art, a.k.a. gentrification, as his old piece in Rome (Quadraro neighbourhood) was vandalized several times by a “fiercly resistant” local.

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Nuart 2016: interview with Henrik Uldalen

Henrik Uldalen nuart Stavanger

“Nice job you have” he said, lighting up a cigarette while walking towards me.

“Your job is likewise amazing” I replied, pointing to the couple cuddling in the darkness that was taking shape on the long wall of a derelict building in the industrial area of Stavanger.

“Well, I’d loved to be a food critique and eat my way around the world. But I ended up painting.”

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