The third annual contemporary Art Festival (s)passo tra l’arte finished in style with a performance which was filmed (and which will be published later this month) as dusk was falling and as darkness finally took over the city over the city - visitors were then treated to the sight of what appeared to be a whole group of photographers taking photographs in the pitch dark - painting with light.
As you can hear in the interview at the bottom of this article recorded with the organisers of this art festival, Lucia Morelli and Nicola Salotti dell’associazione Venti d’Arte and the art historian Riccarda Bernacchi it would appear that the move from the site of the previous two editions of the festival – Fornaci di Barga slightly up the valley to Barga Vecchia was the perfect move.
The festival has regained its momentum and enthusiasm and is now all set to become an annual event inside the city and taking its rightful place between the Festa della Piazzette at at the start of the summer and Barga Jazz towards the end.
Finally contemporary art can be viewed not just as of marginal interest for a select few but something which is of major interest and has a major impact on our lives and let’s be blunt about it - brings people into the city, fills the restaurants and bars and if curated in an intelligent manner can be a major boost to the tourism industry.
In fact the final performance by a group of artists exhibiting their work on the final day was based around precisely that theme - the theme of art and tourism in the city.
They were filmed walking through the city dragging their trolley suitcases behind them making that sound of the plastic wheels on the stone pavements of Barga Vecchia - the unmistakable sound that signifies the arrival and departure of visitors to Barga.
Generally visitors arrive in ones and twos or maybe threes of fours but certainly not in groups of twenty or more and so the sound of all of those suitcase wheels together certainly caught the attention of everyone in the city.
And if that wasn’t enough, as they left the city they symbolically left behind them hundreds of small coloured plastic balls which flowed out from the suitcases and down through the narrow street outside Casa Cordati.
A spokesman for the group talked of the coloured balls representing coloured seeds or creative ideas which they have left behind and which could grow into the next Art Festival (s)passo tra l’arte 2013
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