For an alternative narrative of FAI Spring Days.

During this weekend, as every year, the FAI Spring Days are being held, the great event promoted by the FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano, which includes, for two days, the opening of hundreds of sites throughout Italy, many of which are closed the rest of the year. This year, we at Finestre sull’Arte, through an editorial by editor-in-chief Federico Giannini, raised some doubts about the massive use of volunteers during the event and about the interest that the highest public officials of the cultural heritage (a minister and an undersecretary) showed in the event. The editorial had tens of thousands of reads, and received a response from FAI Vice President Marco Magnifico, posted on the Emergenza Cultura movement website. This response was later followed by a reply from Federico Giannini.

For those who missed the discussion, here are links to all the articles below:

The sad reality behind FAI Spring Days. What the celebrations don’t say, by Federico Giannini

FAI vice president responds to criticism of FAI days, by Marco Magnifico

Spring Days and public heritage: a response to the FAI vice president, by Federico Giannini

We also report the call for clarity addressed to FAI by the Mi Riconosci? movement, which also launched the #FAIchiarezza campaign with many questions to FAI about the organization and conduct of the FAI Spring Days. Several additional articles have also been posted on their Facebook page that contribute to the goal of providing readers with an alternative narrative of the FAI Days.

Pictured is a photograph taken during the 2017 FAI Spring Days at the Villa Saraceno in Finale di Agugliaro (Vicenza). Ph. Credit

For an alternative narrative of FAI Spring Days.
For an alternative narrative of FAI Spring Days.

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