The sixth edition of the Festival delle Spartenze returns to presence

The Festival of Departures, now in its sixth year, is back. The theme will be “returning” and will be entitled “Re-turns and Re-departures”. From 29 October to 1 November 2021, four eventful days will inaugurate the 2021 season, which will see further development in November and December.

Since 2016, the “Small Festival of Departures. Migrations and Culture” has become the Festival of villages depopulated due to emigration. During its editions, the Festival has told stories of migrants, met artists, thinkers and institutions in order to elaborate new proposals for the management of emigration and encourage the development of the communities that live it. Several municipalities in Calabria and Basilicata were involved in the cultural activities of the Festival, which maintained its epicentre in Paludi, the first in Calabria for incidence of emigration on the population (179.7%). After the 2020 edition, which took place entirely online, this year’s return to the festival will coincide with an expansion of the host territories: in addition to Calabria and Basilicata, it will stop in Le Marche, Molise, and Irpinia, with a view to reaching Italian communities abroad in the coming years.
The 2021 season will be inaugurated with four eventful days from 29th October to 1st November in the municipalities of Paludi, Corigliano Rossano and Cropalati in the province of Cosenza in Calabria.

The Festival

The Piccolo Festival delle Spartenze is a contribution and a tribute to our Italy and to the many Italians scattered around the world.

The Piccolo Festival delle Spartenze was born in 2016 as a cultural initiative aimed at bringing together cultural actors, scientific society and territorial bodies of the territory to promote and develop communities, using migration in a positive key, as an element of interpretation and knowledge.

It is called “festival of departures” but rewards those who unite.

The term “scartenze” is in the spirit of “sharing” to create a network that unites Italy and abroad, that heals wounds and reconstructs the collective memory, the history of those who left and those who stayed: a common history, which is always the history of Italy.

Paludi, Province of Cosenza. Calabria Region

Edition 2021.

It will be inaugurated in Paludi on 29 October 2021 with an opening press conference at 3 p.m. at the Centro Polifunzionale Castiglione di Paludi. On 30th October it will move between Corigliano Rossano and Cropalati while on 31st October, during the Notte dei Ricercatori Italiani nel Mondo (Night of Italian Researchers in the World) dedicated to Dante, there will be a Lectio Magistralis by Luca Serianni, Emeritus Professor of History of the Italian Language and member of the Accademia dei Lincei and the Accademia della Crusca.
On 1 November the Festival will close this first session with the awarding of the winners of the Spartenze2021 Prize.

The detailed programme for the days of the 2021 Festival will be published in the coming days on social channels (https://www.facebook.com/festivalspartenze/)

Prof. Luca Serianni

During the Festival, During the Festival, interesting debates will alternate with film shows, painting and writing workshops, concerts, book presentations, theatre productions, food and wine tastings of typical products and much more. For this first stage, there are great expectations for the event of the Night of Italian Researchers in the World, which will be attended by a special guest, Prof. Luca Serianni.

Paludi

The “Small Festival of Departures. Migrations and Culture” was born from a deep reflection, started by the Director of the Festival as a research project at the University of Messina, continued at the Cattolica University in Milan, and filled with the need to open the debate and promote dialogue with a wider audience. And so, thanks to the help of the AsSud association in Paludi (CS), since 2016 the “Piccolo Festival delle Spartenze. Migrations and Culture” has become the Festival of the villages depopulated due to emigration. During its editions, the Festival has told stories of migrants, met artists, thinkers and institutions in order to elaborate new proposals for the management of emigration and encourage the development of the communities that live in it. Several municipalities in Calabria and Basilicata were involved in the cultural activities of the Festival, which maintained its epicentre in Paludi, the first in Calabria for incidence of emigration on the population (179.7%). After the 2020 edition, which took place entirely online, this year’s return to the Festival will coincide with an expansion of the host territories: in addition to Calabria and Basilicata, it will stop in the Marche, Molise, and Irpinia; with a view to reaching Italian communities abroad in the coming years.
In the course of the many in-depth studies, the returns that have taken place will be recounted and actions will be proposed to generate further returns. Possible returns, dreamed returns, denied returns. Returns 2.0, returns at zero cost, impossible returns. The hope is that the descendants of Italians living abroad can fulfil the dream of their fathers and that of Dante: to return, albeit for a temporary period, to the land of their origins. A hope that grafts on and feeds other hopes such as those of giving flesh back to the villages on the bone.

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