in invio/sending abroad, Scambi, corsi, seminari/Short-term projects

Good morning Vietnam :)

MY THREE WEEKS IN VIETNAM

Hello everybody, I’m Ledina and I’m doing my jobshadowing in Vietnam . I really couldn’t believe to be here! No guide description can compare with the beauty of this country. As I travelled to reach my project from Hanoi to Ha Long city the first thing that drops in my eyes are the rice fields where here and there rises up a traditional headgear of woman, pointed and beige, look like a comforting presence in nature. It has past already one week and this country is giving me so much. I love staying here, becaue is so peacefully and full of smiling people. Life in Italy seems so far away and I really don’t want my days finishing.

My experience started in Mai Hoang Center for disabled people where I share my work with other volunteers from France and with my friend and coordinator, that I met in Spain, Nam. We had to work really hard because we work to build one part of a disable center destroyed during the typhoon season in 2012 and 2013: the center suffered huge damages from heavy rain, storms and strong winds. So now volunteers work to build this center. But our work here is not only building the house, the disable center is lively! It needs the help and the ideas of every volunteer to be creative and suggests new idea, to be open with the disable! Because is a new reality and need the help of everyone who gives a hand! I really like the fact that local people had the opportunity to come and learn English every night teached by volunteers, it’s a very funny way, first to put in contact the local people with the disable center reality and also, for us volunteers, to know more and be more closer with the locals. Another activity that some volunteers do in the morning is also teaching English in Ha long city and also teaching French… you can fell how deep is the French influence here and you can find people who speak very good French!

The days of my first week flowed faster and slowly and makes me learn nuances that I never thought to meet… we finished the week with the visit of the amazing Ha long Bay !! No Vietnam experience is complete without a visit to the stunning Halong Bay. With one of Halong Bay junk boats we go winding round the limestone islands and the ancient caves. This unique bay, with its thousands of islands, forms a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Ha Long literally means descending dragon and is often touted by proud Vietnamese as the world’s eight wonder. We had a two days great weekend!

 Vicolocorto Job Shadowing June 2014 Vietnam

The works keep going and now I’m really well on using chopsticks and eating rice. I want to talk about the preparation of the local activity, it was a cultural exchange between the volunteers from France, me for jobshadowing and an high school in Ha Long City. After the agreements with the Vietnamese public city hall, we started preparing some entertainment songs and me personally I prepared some games and also a presentation about my project . When we arrived at the school everything was well organized and students where all there in time, the activity was prepared to last two hours and it keeps going with some amazing performances of the student and also of the French volunteers. Except some little misunderstandings with Vietnamese organizers which allowed us to make this event possible, everything goes really good! It lasted 2 hours and we were like 200 people, a lot!

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I love children and when thay said to me that they need help for the English school in the morning I was very happy! I put myself fears like  ‘’oh I’m not good on teaching …’’ away and just let myself be open and try to interact with this small children! The energy that these kids give to me make me forget the 6’oclock morning ring bell! I tried to prepare funny lessons with games for active participation of these kids! We had the loudest class of Vietnam!

Vicolocorto Job Shadowing  June 2014 Vietnam

As I really like teaching in the morning I took also the night English lesson here at the disable center. It is one hour class where we teach basic English. So happy to have meet so much local people. This English lesson started for the disabled people but with the time local people joined. Till I’m here I see new people every night! I hope this center will get all the energy that people who work give and continue the work, never close!
I think that the best way to arrive in a new country is with a completely open mind and with the joy to discover a place through the eyes of those who live in it. It’s when you’ve lived with people that you can say that you know a little bit the country…and I try to keep this in my mind and I try to be open with the people…and language some time for the communication doesn’t matter… just smile and try to help them, I try to do my best about communication and for me was enough when I hear some of them call me with my name Ledinà ( with the French accent). To try to be more closer to the people who lives in the disable center boys played a football match (I just take photos!) How to say, when the football brings everybody together without differences! They had a good time together!

Also my birthday was a great occasion to celebrate all together and where to go if in Asia you don’t go to a Karaoke! I had my Karaoke birthday party! With some good music and mixed Vietnamese and English songs we had also a great night together ! But I was a little bit sad because the day after me and all the French volunteers had to leave for moving in Hanoi for my last days … I had to say goodbye to all these fantastic people I met here … !

Hanoi offers the most various distractions and entertainments, I see more vespas motorbikes here than in Italy, I try the thrill to ride a motorbike (no wait it was not me riding the motorbike, I was just sitting and hugging the motor driver with my eyes closed!!!) And what to say about the street food…is delicious!! Street food and small pop up stalls offer a true taste of Vietnam. Cheap and plentiful – sitting on a tiny plastic chair at the side of a busy street and choosing random dishes off a plastic menu is the best fun! Accompanied with a cold beer! Simple delicious Vietnamese cuisine in the street – like the locals do. I loved Hot Pot! I will try to prepare it in Italy! The beer corner was our night appointment and our table every night becomes bigger and bigger with new friends like locals or tourists. The time in Hanoi passed so fast…and my time to say goodbye to all arrived… Vietnam will remain always in my heart! In Vietnam, the scenery is beautiful, but what still remains the most is the smile of people: unconditional, clear and captivating.  I’m sure I will return there!

Hugs to everybody,

Ledina

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Eventi locali / Local events, Uncategorized

Zoe Microfestival

FINAL DAY

The final day of Zoe Festival, a nice moment to look back at how the festival overall has been. In my opinion it was very successful. Pesaro is full of young upcoming talent and good local initiatives. In these six days I got a lot of inspiration and new insights. I heard different styles of music and got to learn more about art and the perspective of the artist behind their work. After six days, even though I feel tired, I also feel like I have new energy and I am very content and inspired.

The beauty of the festival was that Zoe managed to combine having fun with noble causes, i.e. to preserve and value our environment and the location of Orti Giulii. This weekend was an example of what Orti Giulii could mean to Pesaro. The location was incredible and contributed so much to the spirited ambiance of the festival. As regards to the environment, everything at Zoe Microfestival, from the food to the equipment, was environment friendly and biological, and by no means did it negatively effect the fun aspect of the festival.

Shawita

Zero Crossing

This last day of Zoe was basically the restitution of Wednesday´s night- the Zero Crossing Night. Mainly were concerts of the students of this school of jazz and modern music– Zero Crossing – spread all over the Orto. Between this performances of rock, pop and jazz we stopped in to see nice jazz performance and managed to get an interview with the members of the band.

Aleph quartet
Starting around 21:30 p.m. in Palco Tempieto we found this quartet – Aleph – playing a nice and hearty jazz repertoire. They played some famous jazz standards as ‘Footprints’ from Wayne Shorter, ‘Evidence’ and ‘Round about Midnight’ from Thelenious Monk and passed through ‘Insensatez’, a bossanova theme from Tom Jobim. In the final stretch Aleph surprised us with two original songs composed by Luca Mancini (the guitarist). Two compositions in a more modern style, with some rockish flavor.

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Interview
V: How was the concert for you?
A: Good! The place is very nice and we had some audience. Was warm. We made a lot of mistakes, we know that we have a lot of things to improve but even with the mistakes it was a pleasant experience.
V: The name of the band is Aleph quartet. What does it mean?
A: Aleph is the first letter of the Hebraic alphabet. But we also choose this name in reference to a tale of the writer Jorge Luis Borges in which Aleph refers to a point that includes all the points of the universe, therefore representing the infinite.
V: What are the major inspirations you?
A guitarrist: for me, Eric Dolphy and the great guitarist Jim Hall. As inspiration for the new composition a little bit of Aaron Parks.
A bassist: Jaco Pastorius, the best bassist in the world, and the band of progressive rock King Crimson.
A drummer: There are too much. I can´t say a name. I don´t have much jazz background, I came from the rock world. I listen to the jazz classics but in the future I have to learn more of the jazz language.
A saxophist: I like all jazz, but specially hard bop, and jazz from the 50’s in general. But to say a name is very difficult…

V: How did you start playing together?
A: We started two years ago as a duo of guitar and bass. Then, Giovanni (the saxophonist) joined the group and finally, one year later, Davide (the drummer). So, as a quartet we have more or less one year. This year was the necessary time to rehearse and start to do live performances.

V: Future projects? You just have two originals for now, are you planning have  all repertoire of originals?
A: Yes we have two and a new one is coming out. It´s already composed but we have to rehearse. We want to continue to play also the jazz standards. I think the repertoire it will also depend the place we are going to make the concert. If we play at bars or restaurants we will play mostly standards. If we play in festivals etc, we´ll play the originals. We hope one day to play just originals!

A magical and inspiring week – a personal feedback of Zoe
Even if, as Shawita also mentioned, I am feeling really tired, the reward was worth it. In my opinion, like the original meaning of the word in ancient Greek, ZOE was LIFE. Life in the most diverse and creative way. All kinds of arts and innovative projects coexisted harmoniously for six days. A cycle that fed the soul of many people and the heart of the city.
Zoe meant also life to Orti Giulii, that during all the year is half abandoned, but had an opportunity to be useful during this 6 days and, more than useful, a spot for cultural creation and recreation.
A special thanks to the organizers, to all the volunteers working hard and to the Universe for bringing this magic event to me.

Vanessa

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Eventi locali / Local events

Zoe Microfestival

DAY FIVE
Yesterday, as there wasn’t any show happening in Zoe apart from a relaxing Dj Set, we  didn´t have much to report. So, in the first place, we decide to visit two of the projects promoted in the stands downstairs. In second the place, we decided to take a walk around and make an evaluation of the festival. Our target was some volunteers and  the public in general.

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The candles path

Get to know the ‘City of joy’

Even though there were not many artists and stands on this fifth day of Zoe Microfestival, there were some very interesting information stands and workshops. One of them was ‘La Città della Gioia’ which means ‘The city of joy’.

This project was started in 1999 by a small group of people who wanted to help homeless in Pesaro. They rented a house and equipped it with seven beds. Every homeless person can stay for 10 days every four months. During their stay, they are provided with food. Beside that, they can engage with the volunteers and each other, and share their story. This kind of social contact is very important, because the personal stories of the homeless are very tragic. Sharing helps them feel supported and understood.

The house is fully run by volunteers. They make sure that everything is clean, food is prepared and all the expenses are covered. Part of the money comes from donations of private institutions, the other part is raised by the sales of beach towels, agendas, t-shirts and bags with the logo of ‘La Città della Gioia’.

At Zoe Microfestival the volunteers of ‘La Città della Gioia’ also made a doorway where all the guests could pin a piece of paper. Written on the paper was everyone’s personal answer to the question: ‘What can’t be missing in a house in order to make it home for you?’ The answers were very diverse. Some people wrote down words, such as ‘love’ and ‘happiness’. Other people gave a more humorous answers, like ‘nutela’.

Discovering your creativity and fantasy!
After talking to the volunteers of ‘La Città della Gioia’ our eyes got attracted by a line of on-the-spot made paintings. In front of the paintings were some tables where people sat down to paint. This workshop was organized by ‘Alla scoperta delle forme’, which means ‘Discovering forms’. It is an initiative of Gian Marco Balleroni. He wants to stimulate the fantasy and creativity of kids. The new generation is born in the digital age and is mostly playing with iPhones, iPads, Playstations and other computerized games. Other toys, such as wooden cars and teddy bears, that stimulate the fantasy and creativity of children are more and more being forgotten.

With basic geometric forms, like squares, triangles and circles, Gian Marco, playfully teaches children to combine them and make new shapes, such as letters, flowers, trees, bees and smiley faces. Besides that, children can make their own combinations and create their own secret code language. Gian Marco calls the place where they come together a laboratory, because it is all about experimenting and trying out new things.

At Zoe Microfestival, all the guests could experiment with this simple and playful technique of design. With some paint, a paper sheet and wooden forms in front of you, you could just let your imagination go an create anything you wanted.  There were some professional artist who created beautiful paintings, but also amateurs like me were able to make nice paintings, because this form of art is so simple that anyone can do it.

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Also nice to know is that Gian Marco created the flyer of Zoe Microfestival. You can recognize his style by the simplicity and beauty of the shapes he combined.

One word describing Zoe

What do people think about the Zoe of this year ? How they would describe it?

Instead of going to people and asking this general questions, that could lead to pour and repetitive answers, we resolve to ask:

When I tell you ZOE what is the word
that comes to your mind ?

With all the words collected during this “game”, we made a tree of words. The result is this!

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Thanks everyone!

Shawita and Vanessa

Eventi locali / Local events

Zoe Microfestival

DAY FOUR

Welcome to one more night of Zoe. For surprise and joy of all participants this was not the predicted last night of the festival. We received  the news that it´s going to be extended two days more, in order to recover the lost concerts of the rainy nights. The bonus will take place today and tomorrow.

What about this fourth night? It´s nothing new to say, that is being a truly pleasant and inspiring to be inside the cozy Orti Giulii during these days. In the early evening the place was less populated than in previous days, probably due to the football world cup match. However, hour after hour everything was getting more compound. Music spread all over the place and complemented the  permanent art expositions, as well as other little projects located around. Today I will leave you the report of three happenings.

The post hardcore of SELICA
Opening the night in the main stage (Palco Grande) we had Selica, a post hardcore/ new metal band formed by 5 pesaresI  musicians – guitar, bass, drums, synthesizers, voice.
This five energetic young guys led us through a web of original compositions, characterized mostly by shouted vocal lines, pulsing guitar riffs, a  powerful bass presence and some interesting broken rhythms.
Interesting also to point that Lorenzo Guccini, one of the main organizers of Zoe Microfestival integrates Selica as bass player, and between all the responsibilities he found one hour to  go on stage and share is vitality.

The Interview

V: How was the concert for you?
S: It was a good audience,a good stage, in a important event for Pesaro as is Zoe. But we already knew the context because we had already been here 3 years ago. We enjoyed very much.

V: Did you inspire  your work in other bands you listen? While I was listening it remembered me Lost Prophets, Incubus as well..
S: Of course we can´t deny our influences, like Deftones, Tool, Finch… We were  inspired by those groups from the 90´s in general, grunge and new metal movements . It was really important to us, for our formation, for our growing in general. Also we have some more elements because we are very different elements inside the band, we started from different experiences  in music.
Lately we were also being influenced by the brand new electronic scene. We love a lot of  minimal music groups and our direction is going in that way, to mix the 90´s with this new influences. The hardcore movement is also an inspiration and you can feel it in our songs.
The concrete future direction we don´t know for now.

V: About your creative process. How do you compose your songs?
S: Normally the guitar player gives us a riff , like an input for starting, and in the end it comes out from all of us. For example (says the vocalist) when I write the lyrics, even if it is just written by me, I write according  what is given to me before.  It works as a collective creation. We are very much together, when we start to compose we are just one mind.

V: About your next steps. What are you planning to do in the  future?
S: For sure we are going to record a new single that we already prepared. Also a videoclip that will be recorded by the guitar player of a pesarese band called Barely Awake. And then if everything goes in the good direction we want also to record here a new entire album. We hope so!

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The peculiar portraits of Giulia Frattini
Lost in a corner of passage on the path that leads to the Palco Tempietto or to the spot of the dream machine upstairs,  I found Giulia painting her magnificent abstract portraits for free offer. Anyone could arrive and ask her one, but it was not easy because there were a lot of people interested in.
Without a proper stand or even a table, there she was in a small friendly scene that she mounts every day to paint. A trunk covered with a colored fabric, pens, pencils, watercolors, two small benches, an old-fashioned lamp, a random black hat with a flower, and some of her old works  hanged out in the wall behind .
With a big smile she received us, answered our questions, and let us photograph the work process.

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The Interview

V: How is the festival going for you? I can see that you’ve been a little busy, so I assume it´s a good sign.
G: It´s going wonderful. For the first time I can be myself and express myself staying directly with people. I wish this could be my job. It is a dream, but who knows?

V: I see that many people are curious. Even in they don´t ask you a portrait they are just standing here looking at the process! How does it feel?
G: It is strange! (laughs) It is an occasion to understand that what you do it’s fine. So I´m truly happy. I see that that a lot of people attracted by my portraits, and they want to have my interpretation of themselves. It is interesting to notice that when people are coming they arrive with a kind of question “Who am I?” and I don´t know for fure, it is just my interpretation. But I love this contact with strange people.

V: In which kind of things do you inspire yourself?
G: So..I don´t have any art studies but I like to paint since ever in my life. For sure my inspiration was the mentally disabled people that I met in my daily work. The4 years  I worked in this context. I see inside of those people a lot of expression , a kind of a mimic expression in the face, in the movements, in the wrinkles . They have a lot of power in their expression..so I think I discovered my style when I was painting them. I can see a lot of life inside their expression. I dare to say that, I see more in the faces of the disabled than in the “normal” faces.

V: What will be your next steps to make your dream come true?
G: I have to move myself more often in this kind of situations. I have to meet more people interested in this informal, unofficial contexts, because this kind of art I do, in my opinion, its a street art. So I need to be more times in the middle of places where social/cultural life happens. My idea with this work is to be in a visible place, and if people want, they just come by themselves. A spontaneous action.

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Rifiuto Umano
Since I came to Zoe for the first time, this piece caught my attention. Not only because it is impossible to go unnoticed by its size and location, but also for its extreme simplicity.
And there it is, near to the entrance, this sculpture consisting of a wire structure molded into human form. This humanlike structure is hollow inside and has a hole on the face where people can throw all types of rubbish, thereby filling the entire body. Rifiuto Umano is the name.
Rifiuto Umano as an italian native explained me, can have two meanings. Literally it means human junk. Metaphorically it hasanother sense, the rejected or refused human/ person.
Let’s see what Nicolò Pier,  one of the creators of this attracting sculpture, has to say about it.

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The Interview

V: Who had the idea of this sculpture and what is it about?
N: The sculpture was made by me, Guido Grualdi and Leonardo Mazzoli. Since the motto of ZOE this year is “chi semina raccoglie” (you reap what you sow) which is an environmental topic, we focused on this and we decided to do the Rifiuto Umano . The Rifiuto Umano  is a critic to the present condition of humankind.
People don’t understand that they are polluting and poisoning themselves, not just the world around them. The earth has survived mass destruction and extinction, overcoming many other things..so the earth is not the problem. If we don’t act, we don’t just ruin the world but mostly ourselves and the other people living on the planet. Animals are always under evolution and they will survive atomic power as they survived mass extinctions in every era. We are basically ruining ourselves and this sculpture should prove it.

V: I see that this sculpture is connected to a collective/association called Giona sulla Luna. Can you talk me a little bit about it ?
N: The goal of the association is to involve as many people as possible and if the initiative will be implemented and will expand, it will be good. Anyway, if it doesn’t grow, we are still individuals working both all together – as it happened with the sculpture – or alone, when it comes to art installations.

V: It was a brilliant idea. I like it very much. Thanks

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Thanks all the readers for following our daily reports of Zoe Microfestival!

Vanessa

Eventi locali / Local events

Zoe Microfestival

DAY THREE

Fortunately the  meteorology made a mistake and the gods played on our side. No rain at all.  A second wonderful night of Zoe for everyone.
At 21:00, even if any concert was running, people started to get together in different spots of Orti Giulii. Between art expositions, stands promoting diverse projects of  the Marche region, the biggest concentration of people was in the food spot between Palco Cinema and Palco Grande, where nothing was running yet. Groups of friends enjoying the traditional Piadinas  of Orto Ghiotto made of bio and fair-trade products, as well as the delicious fried fish and ships cooked in Danny Fish.
Around 22:00 the shows were starting in all the stages. We stopped  at Palco Cinema to watch a theater performance from  Teatro Verderame collective – Timballo d’imballaggi.

‘Timballo d’imballaggi’ means ‘Timbale of Packaging’. The play showed that our food starts to contain more and more products that come out of a package and are full of chemicals. Partially because of the supermarkets and the consumerism culture we live in, we eat ready-made food and, for example, do not take the time to bake our own bread. Besides that, the food that we consume is from an ethical point of view not always produced in an honest way. Verderame wants to create awareness about these issues. They want to stimulate people to buy fair trade and organic products and to consume freshly made meals.

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Language exchange –  intercultural meetings in Pesaro
Even though Pesaro is a typical Italian city, there is a lot of interest for foreign people. Language Exchange, run by a small group, is started by two people who wanted to stimulate intercultural meeting in a spontaneous and playful way. Because of their personal experience they understand how difficult it can be for students and employees that come from abroad to integrate in their new environment. Language exchange is a nice place to meet new people, make friends and learn several languages. Through weekly informal meetings, games and excursions the participants spontaneously learn each other’s language and get to know the city of Pesaro.

At Zoe Microfestival, Language Exchange, promoted the value of knowing a foreign language and the language of the country you live in. At their stand, people could play the games that are usually played during their weekly meetings. One of the games was a Question & Answer competition, where you had to answer as much question correctly in order to beat your contestant. I have to say that some questions were quite tough, such as: How many more women than man are there in Russia? Despite not knowing the answer, through the game you can bond with each other and learn more about Russia. It’s never really about winning, it’s the learning experience that counts!

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Photo Exposition – Clown therapy in disadvantaged contexts
Near to the entrance, in a hidden location between trees, you can find a half-ruined house made of brick stones. When you look inside, you can see a collection of photos, some attached to the walls, some hanged up looking like floating objects on space. Also hanged up were some red little balls, of which after  2 seconds you realize them to be clown noses. Behind the suspended photos and noses stands a decadent background scene. A spot once inhabited by a homeless. Old stuff, garbage, a destroyed matress, a really dirty mess.
At first sight, it can seem as a concentration of disorganized information. But once  you talk with one of the photographers and you look attentively to the content of the photos,  everything gains a logical shape.
Three collections that show the outcomes of the same social project. A project that proposed to take the joy of clown therapy into disadvantaged contexts in different countries. Unfortunately we could just talk with Luca della Martera, one of the collaborators.
Here it goes the result of the interview, in which we can get a deeper understanding of the aim of this inspiring work made by pesaresi people. Also we get to know a little bit of Luca´s personal work.

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The Interview

V: All the work exposed here is part of one big project in which you took part. Describes us a bit of it and explain us how did you joined the project?
Luca: So, all this work is part of an association called T’immagini Onlus that works with clown therapy and this association asked me to go with them in Romania to collaborate with other association called Parada that works with the children and youngsters that live inside the sewers ( a kind of a bunker) in the underground.

So I was invited to take the pictures of the clown therapy inside this hidden community. These people live in a particular situation because they don´t have a family or any support from the state. They live in decadent scene in the middle of rubbish  and also they have problems with drugs. So T ‘immagini Onlus and Parada went inside to make a circus show to bring some joy to this place.
Inside we found an impressive and shocking situation. Around one thousand people living there, people between 7 years old and 30 years old. They were living this underground pit mostly during the winter. The place was chosen because they have a kind of a central heating provided by water pipes through which the hot water passes to reach into people’s houses.

T’Immagini had also other projects (also presented in the photo exposition but in which I was not present). One, the first experience, was in a Brazilian rocinha (inside of a favela). They we´re inside more or less one month teaching the clown art to the children. There, the work was really easy because the children were friendly and open to them. Another one was runtin Marrakesh, Morocco, also in a difficult context.

V: What personal projects have you done before?
Luca: I had a project about wrestlers, made one here ago when I was in Mexico city. The aim of my work was not to photograph the wrestling show but specifically catch the personal life of the wrestlers. And know I have some future plans in Bolivia and maybe in Japan.

V: How did you decide to do this project in Mexico?
Luca: I decided to go to Mexico because I have a friend there I wanted to visit. In the beginning I didn´t have any project, but before leaving, I researched stuff in Google and I discovered the world of the wrestlers. The idea started before but I just got to know this world really well when I was already there.  It was a nice experience. First I had to find a gym where the wrestlers were practicing that would give me the permission to take the pictures. Was not so easy, I just reached to go inside in the third place I gave a try. And then the second step, was asking to go inside the house of the guys and photograph their private personal life. In the process I discovered that wrestling was a secondary occupation (like  a hobby), most part of them had a main job. For example one of them was a taxi driver. Was really interesting.

Shawita and Vanessa

Eventi locali / Local events

Zoe Microfestival

Ciao a tutti!

My name is Vanessa, I’m from Portugal and I am living in Pesaro since February. Why am I here?
I’m here because I applied for a thing called European Voluntary Service , sponsored by the European Commission and part of the Youth in Action Program. This program gives the opportunity to European youngsters to go abroad  and collaborate with local associations. So here I am working for a local association called Vicolocorto.
And the work porposal of this week is being truely motivating and inspiring because… We are in ZOE Microfestival!

Beside promoting our association and all the available projects , we are also making a daily Press Review of the Festival, as you may have noticed with the article posted yesterday made by our new volunteer from Holland, Shawita.

After two terrible days of rain, yesterday the sun decided luckly to shine in Pesaro. Due to this, Zoe was finally  running as planned and all the expected shows happened with no changes. Orti Giulii were full of enthusiastic people and charged with a special energy. Let’s hope that it happens today as well. (Please rain, don’t come!)

Many shows were happening at the same time so it  was impossible to cover all of them. So, I had to concentrate in two of them. The choice was made considering that they were projects in the secondary stages and undertaken by inhabitants of Pesaro. In the end of each one I was able to talk with the performers and  make some questions about their projects. Here it goes what I  collected!

The Dynamites & The White Suspenders –  Palco Tempietto (around 10:00 p.m.)

The band is composed by six musicians from Pesaro. Three vocalists – the dynamits – wearing funny colorful dresses inspired by the American pin-ups style. Three instrumentists – the white suspenders – a guitarrist, an electric bassist and a drummer wearing classic black trousers and shirts complemented with stylish white suspenders.
The music, as the outfits, transports you to the America of the fifties. Swing and boogie-woogie songs giving to anyone an unsettling desire to dance with a smile on the face. The music itself as well as the humorous presence of the vocalists makes entire show very pleasant.

The Interview

V: How was the concert for you?
TD&TWS: Bello, Bellíssimo! For me a little bit painful (says one of the vocalists, laughs). Was really nice in general, was many people listening and enjoying it.

V: Is really nice the way you are dressing, it remembers me the three fairies of Sleeping Beauty tale! Each one in the different colours (laughs)
TD&TWS: Yes , true, true, the colors are exactly the same! I am the fat one!(says one of the vocalists)I am the nasty one!  (says other) And I am the other one! (says the last one)

V: When this project started?
TD&TWS: October 2012. So it is already two years. Always with the same musicians. We started with the three voices structuring the repertoir and then we got togheter with our talented musicians, Andrea, Alice and Luca, that supported us in the adventure to form The Dynamites & The White Suspenders.

V: How did you choose the name for the band?
TD&TWS: Oh, this is a long story. Was a big stuggle between many and different names but finally we decide about the Dynamites part. Then the first name was The Dynamites and the White Ties and they were using also white ties. After a while we discovered that there was already a band called the White Ties and we feared for our legal integrity. So we choose the suspenders instead of the ties.

V: The songs you play are not original themes, they’re all jazz standarts or covers of other bands. Did you inpire yourselves in something that you already knew?
TD&TWS: Yes, it was inspired in Andrew Sisters, a  famous vocal trio of girls from the 50’s. The objective is to repropose the music of the 50’s swing boogie and also pick up songs of the modern pop scene, like seven nation army of White Stripes and tranform according to  this aesthetic. It´s a creative and motivating work.

V: Orignal songs?Your next steps?
TD&TWS: Until now we don´t have any original. For now our objective is to play songs from others, be on the road in festivals of swing and then later, of course, we think about creating our own original pieces.

V: Your main objective with this project?
TD&TWS: Definitely make people dance and have fun!

     Vicolocorto "Zoe Microfestival" July 2014 Pesaro

Age of Garbage & Walker the Wizard – Palco Cinema  (around Midnight)

While I was walking through the exhibitions in the garden I started to ear some percurssion coming from upstairs. The auditive curiosity took me near to  the Cinema Stage were was happening this peculiar percussion perfomance with plastic trash containers, glass bottles and some other materials accompanied by a malabarist playing with lightning balls and fire balls. A kind of a ritualist show performed by 5 talented guys.

The Interview

V: How was the show for you?
AG&WW:  Above all, it was warm. This specific performance was new, we constructed recently and we are really happy that the audience reacted positively.

V: What is the concept of the project?
AG&WW: The main idea of the group is to make music from recycled materials, some materials that for most part of the people is garbage for us are working instruments.  Also the idea is to make shows on the road, as street performers.

V: When did you started the project?
AG&WW: One year ago with this same members. We met trough a web of friends and musicians. There were already some individual projects more or less quit , and we decided to get together. Also some of us were connected to an association that works with fire artists and with decided that makes sence add it to the performance. We think that the product works well like this.

V: Did you inpire yourselves in something that you already knew? Like STOMP, is the first name that pops in my mind.
AG&WW: Of course. Definitely we didn´t invent nothing new. And also they are  definitely more talented than us (laughs) But for us is really important the message we want to deliever. The message comes from a metaphor that is (if you give me permission): “Pull gold out  from shit”. It´s a message that fits really well our lives in this moment, this generation. In this moment of decandence in wich we live it seems fair try to create some positive energy of nothing to make things better.

     Vicolocorto "Zoe Microfestival" July 2014 Pesaro
Vanessa