What is Zoe Microfestival?
ZOE Microfestival, a music and art festival in Pesaro initiated by Zoe Association that takes place every year.
It was born in the Summer of 2000 to promote the young talents. The initiative arose from a culmination of meetings between young artists, associations and academies that began in 1999 and led to the desire to arrange a time where the expression of the different art forms could live together in a single container designed by artists themselves.
Zoe involve youngsters from all over Italy and it creates a network that, in addition to the festival, organizes and promotes events that take place throughout the year. From 2007 edition alongside with the promotion of the arts, shows and exhibitions are value-added aspects such as: the choice of organic, local and fair-trade in the dining areas; support for environmental organizations and charities; the low environmental impact and recycling.
In 2012, the festival enters the project Garten, sponsored by the town of Pesaro, recognized as the first project in Italy by the Department of Youth and the Council of Ministers within the program Youth Creativity.
Zoe – the concept of this year
This year the theme of the festival is ‘Orto’, which means ‘garden’. With this theme Zoe Association wants to give the people of Pesaro two messages.
The first message is related to the location of the festival, Orti Giulii. Orti Giulii is a beautiful garden and is one of the oldest ones in Pesaro. However it hasn’t been given much appreciation. The garden is neglegted and is closed during the year. Zoe Association wants to give Orti Giulii new life, by showing Pesaro that apart from the beauty of it , the garden also has a great value for the community, as it is a good place to host festivals or to go to if you just want to have some peace and quiet.
The second message is related to the philosophical meaning of a garden. A garden provides room for all sorts of fruits and vegetables. It doesn’t discriminate and teaches us that even though there are many differences, in nature every specie can live in harmony and peace with each other.
After all this nights of different entertainment at Zoe is difficult to write a fair summary of all the events.
Zoe Association built four stages, each with their own theme. The main stage contained rock music, the temple stage contained mostly pop music, on the busker stage mostly acoustic sounds were played and on the cinema stage diverse music performances were held.
While walking from each stage to the other you could feel the mood changing. From the toughness of rock, to the up beat music of pop, to the simplicity of acoustics and finally the fascination of musical and cultural diversity. In their own way each element managed to lure you and give you new energy. Like different vegetables in a garden, the garden of Orti Giuli felt like it harvested diversity and richness in music and art.
Besides art and music, Zoe Microfestival also aims to create awareness about the health of the environment and society overall, as well as inspiring art exhibitions that included the work of many young local artists, each with their own unique style and message.
Vicolocorto at Zoe
As you all were able to notice in the previous blog posts, we wrote a daily report of the activities that were going on. Of course it was impossible to cover all the happenings of Zoe, even if we worked into two separate groups of reporters.
The team was composed by:
Alessandra and Carolina , located in a stand, giving the reporters some orientations to do the reports and, at the same time, doing the promotion of Vicolocorto and our respective international projects to the curious ones.
Me and Shawita – the international volunteers – along with Giulio and Matteo – the local volunteers. This team was split in two smaller teams, covering different events happening in the same moment. A special thanks to these two guys that helped us a lot translating (italian/english) the speeches of the interviewed.
The daily working steps were: going around in Orti Giulii, until we found anything that arouses our interest, observe it, and then interview the people involved. In all the situations we were truly welcomed by this people. All of them expressed a strong desire to share their projects with us, and were grateful that we wanted to write an article about them.
From our point of view was also very interesting and enriching to talk with the performers and responsible persons for other artistic projects and organizations spread all over the Orti. These conversations, always developed in a casual scope, gave to us and the readers a closed approach to the conceptual genesis of the projects . We were able to understand how they started, the primary ideas, the steps to develop it and the outcomes in the present.
Although there have been some problems, especially due to weather conditions that led to the cancellation of the first days of concerts, at the end the event was very successful. The canceled events were recovered in two extra days, turning the four days festival into six. Six days full of inspiration and new insights. Pesaro is full of young upcoming talents and good local initiatives.
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. 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.
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.
In the night before the last one we also went around to collect opinions from the volunteers and from the public in general . What do people think about Zoe of this year ? How they would describe it? We used a single question to collect the feedback: “When I tell you ZOE what is the word that comes to your mind ?”, and the outcome was this wonderful tree that sums up what people think about Zoe.
Shawita & Vanessa