Side events 2015

The Paganinian Festival of Carro can be read as a “system project” where the various disciplines intersect in an organic objective of enhancing musical and natural landscapes; in fact, several side events are organized every year. This year, on the occasion of the fourteenth edition of the Festival, several collateral events were organized


Thursday 16 July, at 4 pm, at the Bonassola Castle the exhibition A Genoese in the world: Niccolò Paganini, the genius of the bow. The exhibition curated by Roberto Iovino, director of the Paganini Conservatory of Genoa, music critic of Repubblica (Ligurian edition) and of Ansa-Genoa, and Francesca Oranges, and born from an idea of ​​Edward Neill, had animated the foyer of the theater Carlo Felice of Genoa on the occasion of Genoa 2004 – European Capital of Culture. The exhibition, which will be open until July 27, is made up of a series of panels, written in both Italian and English, which tell the story of the Paganini man and the great artist. After the stop in Bonassola, the exhibition moves to Brugnato, at the Diocesan Museum.
On the same day, at 6 pm, in Bonassola, at the former Oratory of Sant’Erasmo, Roberto Iovino will be the protagonist of the Paganini Conversation entitled Paganini, a rock star.Iovino, together with Francesca Oranges, will tell Niccolò Paganini, alternating the words with the projection of some film clips and period photographs dedicated to the great composer.
On the occasion of the Paganinian Conversation and the opening of the exhibition, Bonassola celebrates with a special gastronomic evening: from 8.30 pm, the restaurants of the town, Degli Aranci, Perballe, da Malvina, La Rossola and Antica Guetta, will offer a paganinian menu. Among the dishes offered by the restaurants there will be ravioli al touch, much loved by the great musician.


In addition to the conversation that will take place during the preview of the festival [Thursday 16 July, 6 pm, in Bonassola, at the former Oratory of Sant’Erasmo] Paganini, a rock star, Roberto Iovino and Francesca Oranges, will have a second conversation paganinian.
On Friday 14 August, 6 pm, in Carro, at Casa Nasca, Denise Lentini, general manager of Enfap Emilia Romagna, will present the meeting Doremat – The Music of Mathematics ©. The project was created by a group of authors, including Lentini, who sees in the innovation of teaching a resource to motivate children to learn mathematics and where, starting from 2007, has started an experiment, which to date it involved almost 2000 pupils between first and second grade secondary schools throughout Italy. This teaching methodology has as its purpose the teaching of Mathematics through Music and has seen its development through a research activity that has allowed the authors to retrace and highlight the analogies that exist between Mathematics and Music, carrying out a systematic work of musical declination of knowledge and mathematical skills of the curriculum of the upper secondary school up to the third class of the upper secondary school. This was made possible by the very nature of the two disciplines that use universal languages ​​and have a common cultural matrix. At the Paganiniano di Carro Festival Denise Lentini will present the first book of DoReMat, soon to be published.


Music and literature meet within the Paganiniano di Carro Festival. To create this musical-literary union, before each concert there will be a space of about 5-7 minutes dedicated to the reading by a young actor or actress of narrative passages that have music as a general theme in all its relations and effects. on reality. Below are the passages by various Italian and foreign authors, chosen by the Marcos y Marcos publishing house, which supports and promotes the project.
Project coordinator, in collaboration with Marcos y Marcos: Elena Mazzoli.

  • Saturday 18 July, “My little sorrows” by Miriam Teows. Law: Alessandro Zurla
  • Thursday 23 July, “L’offesa” by Ricardo Menéndez Salmón. Law: Tiziana Canfori
  • Wednesday 29 July, “The absolution” by Gaétan Soucy. They read: Sabrina Facchini, Roberta Mori
  • Friday 31 July, “A long silence” by Ángeles Caso. Law: Davide Calabria, Jacopo Cattaneo
  • Saturday 1 August, “When the car killed the cavalry” by Giorgio Caponetti. Law: Roberto Alinghieri
  • Saturday 8 August, “Melody of the earth” by Tchingiz Aitmatov
  • Thursday 13 August, “Cento strappi” by Liesl Jobson. They read: Davide Calabria, Federica De Mattei
  • Friday 14 August, “The foam of days” by Boris Vian. They read: Sabrina Facchini, Roberta Mori

Founded in Milan in 1981, directed by Claudia Tarolo and Marco Zapparoli, Marcos y Marcos offers contemporary fiction from all over the world, works closely with booksellers and fosters opportunities for discussion and exchange with all story seekers.
It has brought success to stunning authors who risked dust like John Fante, John Kennedy Toole, and Boris Vian; has made known in Italy new precious voices of the international literary scene such as Miriam Toews, Quim Monzó, Ricardo Menéndez Salmón, Hakan Günday, Michael Zadoorian, Angeles Caso.
The work with the Italian authors is characterized by continuity: Cristiano Cavina and Fulvio Ervas were born and raised in Marcos y Marcos; Paolo Nori, Stefano Amato, Lello Gurrado, Giorgio Caponetti arrived to stay.
Poetry is a never forgotten love: they publish with Marcos y Marcos two of the best Italian-language poets, Fabio Pusterla and Cristina Alziati; the catalog combines two Nobel laureates, the Irish Seamus Heaney and the Chilean Gabriela Mistral, with new strong voices such as Mariagiorgia Ulbar and Stelvio Di Spigno.
Marcos y Marcos also publishes the Riga series, directed by Marco Belpoliti and Elio Grazioli, monographs on emblematic personalities of the twentieth century and the magazine Testo a Fronte, directed by Franco Buffoni, dedicated to the theory and practice of literary translation.
Marcos y Marcos loves to open up to the world: it is the first Italian publishing house to start, in 2000, a course in publishing, which is accompanied by courses in creative writing and translation.
From a rib of the publishing house, the Renewable Literature Cultural Association was born in 2012, which designs and organizes creative initiatives to support reading and culture in general; national events such as Beds at night and The Tour of Italy in 80 bookstores encourage booksellers and readers to network around books, reading and vocals.
From 1 August 2012 Marcos y Marcos moved to via Piranesi 10, to the Frigoriferi Milanesi: a sort of “citadel of culture” where telescopes are restored, an orchestra rehearses every week, artists and art exhibitions are hosted , psychotherapy is taught, Slow Food oils and wines are tasted.


American Blues, by Tennessee Williams, is staged on Sunday 19 July, at 6.15 pm, in Carro, in Church Square. The show, in two one-act acts – Dark Room and The Lady of the Insecticide Larkspur – is a drama, despite having several comic ideas. Set in the 1930s-1940s, the stories belong to the collection of very short stories written by Williams. Leitmotiv is blues music, with its socio-historical-cultural value. The characters and, even more often, the protagonists of the shows by Tennesee Williams, are individuals forced to compensate for the cruel deficiencies of reality with the exercise of a little imagination. The protagonists of the show are Alessandra Basile, Valeria Palmitessa and Alessandro Zurla. Directed by Michael Rodgers and produced by the Filodrammatica Effort Abvp association. Artistic make-up: Stefania Gazzi


There are two exhibitions that will animate the Paganiniano di Carro Festival: A Genoese in the world: Niccolò Paganini, the genius of the bow is the exhibition curated by Roberto Iovino and Francesca Oranges, and born from an idea of ​​Edward Neill, who had animated the foyer of the Carlo Felice Theater in Genoa on the occasion of Genoa 2004 – European Capital of Culture. The exhibition consists of a series of panels, written in both Italian and English, which tell the Paganini man and the great artist. The exhibition will be open to visitors at the Bonassola Castle, from July 16 to 27, and at the Brugnato Diocesan Museum, from July 30 to September 30.
The second exhibition of the Festival, “The Sound of Matterlight” is curated by Paolo Mangiante, writer of novels and short stories, historian and art critic, and is dedicated to Gioni David Parra, painter, sculptor and set designer. Parra lives and works in Lido di Camaiore, and several of his works are present in museum foundations and collections both in Italy and abroad. The exhibition can be visited for the entire duration of the Festival in Carro, in via Borgoratti 10.


On the occasion of EXPO 2015, the Paganiniano di Carro Festival celebrates the Val di Vara, which stands out and is also known as the organic valley, with various themed gastronomic nights.

Thursday 16 July, 8.30 pm, in Bonassola
The restaurants of the town, Degli Aranci, Perballe, da Malvina, La Rossola and Antica Guetta, will offer a paganinian menu.Among the dishes offered by the restaurants there will be ravioli to the touch, much loved by the great musician.
18 July, 1 and 14 August, 6.30 pm, in Carro
The Pro Loco di Carro, as per tradition, will offer a tasting of typical products of the Val di Vara before each concert.
Thursday 13 August, from 7 pm, in Sesta Godano, Airola locality
Possibility of tasting typical local products prepared by the inhabitants of Airola
Admission: 5 euros
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