Parallel realities and a call to be pop. Bilbolbul is back in town

Not a teenager anymore, Bilbolbul is in its early twenties but is still very determined to play. This festival dedicated to comics is about to take Bologna by storm once again and today it was presented to the press. This year’s theme was revealed: other realities, something that can mean almost anything, especially in the … More Parallel realities and a call to be pop. Bilbolbul is back in town

Inside the foam, behind the wave. Hiroshige and Hokusai at Museo Archeologico

I had been waiting for them for a while and finally they’re here in Bologna. The floating kimonos, the snowy landscapes, the carps, the birds, the cherry blossoms and of course the waves, those iconic “dragon claw waves” as they’re called, that are so strongly linked to a certain imagery of Japanese painting during its … More Inside the foam, behind the wave. Hiroshige and Hokusai at Museo Archeologico

From Scorsese to Mastroianni. Summer in Bologna is a cinephile’s dream

Here we are. The most beautiful period to be in Bologna has begun. And actually you don’t need to be a cinephile to enjoy a historical piazza turned into a massive open air theatre screening masterpieces. But if you are, well, it’s the time to be happy.   Il Cinema Ritrovato begins today, Saturday June … More From Scorsese to Mastroianni. Summer in Bologna is a cinephile’s dream

The beauty of being mad: Larry Fink’s photos are silent screams against Donald Trump

Among the advantages of being a daydreaming journalist slash part time flaneur there’s the possibility of accidentally walking into an exhibition’s opening while you’re taking a walk, presenting your press ID and sneaking in even though you weren’t invited or informed of its happening (hey, we’re paid less than decently but at least we get … More The beauty of being mad: Larry Fink’s photos are silent screams against Donald Trump

Would you like a canapé? Aperitivo at Gamberini is an exquisite experience

If you’re looking for the hip place, the “place to be” or the latest in town, you’re not necessarily interested in this post. However, if you’re into seriously good food, seriously served wine and a decadent aperitivo, read on. Gamberini is one of those rare places that never changed with time. It has been there … More Would you like a canapé? Aperitivo at Gamberini is an exquisite experience

Geishas and cherry blossoms: floating world for a dreamy spring at Palazzo Albergati

With the first timid blooms of spring, Bologna opens its doors to an enticing exhibition devoted to Ukiyo-e, the iconic Japanese art movement celebrating the ephemeral beauty of life. As a lover of Japanese art in general and of Ukiyo-e graceful aestethics in particular, I hurried to the opening of “Giappone: storie d’amore e guerra” … More Geishas and cherry blossoms: floating world for a dreamy spring at Palazzo Albergati

Move away Speaker’s Corner: Bologna has “Lo Sgabellino”

The young woman, she doesn’t look any older than 28, is standing on the stool, “the guy” has just wrapped an Italian flag around her neck and this smooth present gently brushes against her hijab. Standing still on her skinny jeans on skinny legs, she is telling a boy about half her age that, whether … More Move away Speaker’s Corner: Bologna has “Lo Sgabellino”

Orione, Galliera, Bellinzona: “parish cinemas” of Bologna have wings!

Do you remember the video from Take me to church? Of course you do. And probably  you’re not thinking about the original short promoting Hozier’s song from 2015, but the other one, made by David LaChapelle and graced by the presence of dancer Sergei Polunin. Now the Russian dancer, model and actor features in his … More Orione, Galliera, Bellinzona: “parish cinemas” of Bologna have wings!