Future Film Festival opens Bologna’s film festival season with its lust for animation, rarities and special effects

Bologna’s Future Film Festival was the very first film festival I was ever asked to follow for work. It was 2002 and just like now I couldn’t be less interested – in theory at least – in special effects and cinema based on technology. On the other hand having the chance to write for work, … More Future Film Festival opens Bologna’s film festival season with its lust for animation, rarities and special effects

Palazzo Varignana, side A: beautiful garden and green treasure

There’s a little treasure in the leafy shape of a garden just outside Bologna: Palazzo Varignana, up the hills of Castel San Pietro, is a historical mansion turned resort and Spa (dedicated post on the amazing new indulging space soon to come) that also happens to host a precious garden, so prestigious that it belongs … More Palazzo Varignana, side A: beautiful garden and green treasure

Yoga lovers and harmony seekers, this cozy Yoga Shop is the place for you

I don’t know why I didn’t write about Karam Khand Yoga Shop, Bologna’s first and only yoga shop, earlier. It might be because this was the place I wanted to open (unconscious jelousy). Or because this is where my two passions (and my two blogs) merge. Or just because I’m a serial procrastinator. Anyway, there … More Yoga lovers and harmony seekers, this cozy Yoga Shop is the place for you

ARKADEN! Bologna celebrates its unique “portici” system (with a plea to Unesco)

There are two ways to make a brand of your local specificity. The vicious one is adapting it to a confused idea of what tourists need, i.e. promoting  the non-exixtent “Spaghetti Bolognese”. The virtuous one is valorizing what is authentic. The cycle of events that goes by the name Arkaden luckily chose the second option. … More ARKADEN! Bologna celebrates its unique “portici” system (with a plea to Unesco)

Bologna has its own MET. Cantieri Meticci and the art of cross culture

No it’s not the Metropolitan Museum, but it promises to become quite an institution. MET, Meticceria Extrartistica Trasversale, is the product of Cantieri Meticci‘s decennial activity. Initially known as Compagnia dei Rifugiati (“The refugees’ company”), its was created by  former Teatro dell’Argine’s playwright and director Pietro Floridia with the aim to strongly promote, support and create art among … More Bologna has its own MET. Cantieri Meticci and the art of cross culture

Fruit. It’s hipster-land and I love it!

It might be because of that deep masochism of mine. Because half of the people behind the stalls of Fruit, the Independent publishers’ fair at Palazzo Re Enzo, act just like the stereotypical hipsters: wearing that impeccably assembled vintage outfits and fake-carelessly showing off that perfect haircuts (or mustache), they look at you with genuine disgust and ask … More Fruit. It’s hipster-land and I love it!