Sgarbi wants to make Ferrara a 'city of culture': 'it is an international city'

Vittorio Sgarbi, president of the Ferrara Arte Foundation, today presented the "Ferrara Rinasce" project: the goal, to make Ferrara an international "city of culture."

Ferrara, a city of culture and an integrated system in which art, music and theater are mixed and harmonized: this is the idea of the city that Vittorio Sgarbi, president of the Ferrara Arte Foundation, presented this morning, involving Francesco Micheli, president of Ferrara Musica, and manager Mario Resca, president of the Ferrara Municipal Theater Foundation, in his project.

The goal of the project is to never have empty moments in Ferrara’s cultural offerings. In addition to the Palazzo dei Diamanti exhibitions, there will be events organized by Ferrara Musica under the artistic direction of musicologist Enzo Restagno, starting with the inaugural event of this 2020/2021 season with Maurizio Pollini. There will also be a focus on the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, and there will be no shortage of some of the best orchestras on the international scene, led by leading conductors. Ferrara’s Teatro Comunale “Claudio Abbado,” which offered a summer season for the first time this year, will now present its Prose, Dance and Opera seasons, featuring Riccardo Muti for the first time in Ferrara, several major premieres (for dance, Aterballetto’s Don Juan and Wim Vandekeybus both in October) and many productions including an unreleased show by Corrado Augias for Memorial Day and a dedication to Franca Rame and Dario Fo (the two parts of Mistero Buffo, female and male, will be revived in one performance and performed by Fo’s designated heir, actor Mario Pirovano, and Lucia Vasini).

For the project, Sgarbi coined the slogan “Ferrara is reborn,” designed during the quarantine period to support the city’s activities and businesses, including through specific calls for proposals, and to revive the planning of government action. “Even during the lockdown,” said the mayor of Ferrara, Alan Fabbri, “we never stopped believing in the future and we worked trying to identify the best solutions to ensure a safe restart and to identify the best tools to deal with the crisis. This led to the Ferrara Rinasce project, which involves several areas: art, culture, services, and support for economies damaged by the blockades. Today, months later, the facts are proving us right, I’m thinking of the tens of thousands of tourists welcomed this season, the sharply improving trend of accesses, the hundreds of small businesses we have supported with a 1.7 million euro ad hoc fund, the unique events realized thanks to the extraordinary contribution of Ferrara Arte, Ferrara Musica, Fondazione Teatro Comunale.”

“Ferrara rinasce,” says Ferrara City Councilor for Culture Marco Gulinelli, “also indicates an element that distinguishes the city: Ferrara city of the Renaissance. Ferrara rinasce is therefore a container for boosting art, culture, beauty, and it is also a project for relaunching the economy. The situation spurs us to work to implement every element of quality, marking events not as occasions for their own sake but as opportunities to convey culture and beauty.”

“Ferrara is an international city. Something that happens in Ferrara happens in the world,” Vittorio Sgarbi said at a press conference in Milan as he presented upcoming initiatives, starting with the 24-hour opening of the Banksy exhibition at Palazzo dei Diamanti on the last three days, Sept. 25, 26 and 27, from 9 a.m. on the 25th to 9 p.m. on the 27th. Following that, the anthological exhibition of Antonio Ligabue will open at Palazzo dei Diamanti on Oct. 30, with events dedicated to the filmography at the start of the exhibition. Still, Sgarbi announced many new events for the coming months: in November a day on the 100th anniversary of Gaetano Previati’s death with the mayor of Lavagna (where the artist died), an exhibition at the Castle on Giovanni Battista Crema in early 2021, another, later, on Ferrara sculptor Arrigo Minerbi. And a forthcoming exhibition on Giorgio Bassani and his passion for the figurative arts.

In the photo: Palazzo dei Diamanti

Sgarbi wants to make Ferrara a 'city of culture': 'it is an international city'
Sgarbi wants to make Ferrara a 'city of culture': 'it is an international city'

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