Using the art-education method, we launched, since 2015, a series of cultural initiatives in the province of Imperia such as the “Festival dei Boschi” in San Romolo (near Sanremo) and “Sconfinarte” in the whole province of Imperia.
The “Festival dei Boschi” is an art-education festival using popular arts (popular music, circular dances, mime, theatre, painting, land-art, handicrafts with wood, stone, clay, gourd, wool and yarn, hiking, bike rides, sky observation) that takes place in the historical “Prato di San Romolo”. This festival is open to a wide public, from families to adults and young people; from sportspeople to sedentary people. It takes place every year the first Sunday of August and, since 2019, the whole first weekend of the same month. It takes place every year, the first Sunday of august. In this occasion the artists, still providing their professionality, are placed on the same level of the participants that become part of the party and not simple users or spectators. The art-educator artists support and foster the encounter between everybody triggering creative qualities present in everyone. Creating to be together, creating also to have fun.
“Sconfinarte” are artistical events during which two or three artists of different disciplines experiment the contamination between their forms of art together with anyone willing to take part. These events can either focus on a specific topic or just be an opportunity to be together, creating again opportunities of encounter among people. The encounters are open to anyone, without any limit of age. They can take place within 4 walls or in the open air, in space dedicated to artistic practices, but also, and it is even better, revitalizing peripherical spaces. So far, “Sconfinarte” events took place in Sanremo, Badalcco and Ventimiglia.
In two years, In Ventimiglia, in the hamlet of Roverino, next to the highway junction, 5 graffiti have been realised in partnership with the schools of the hamlet, the local “Bocciofila”, the Spes cooperative, the neighbourhood Committee and many other residents. In Vallecrosia a first graffiti is being realised in partnership with the local school and with the explicit will of the local administration. These are all opportunities to activate processes of popular education on specific territories and to give the strength to the local communities to carry out autonomous processes of transformation from below.