SITU
FESTIVAL

2021

SITU Festival, founded by the artist Nicola Tineo, curated by Sofia Baldi and sponsored by the Aps Zona Blu, wishes to trace in Militello in Val di Catania, Sicily, the design of an "open-air museum", where culture is at center of the Festival's activities.

The project consists of a residence from 16 to 29 August 2021 for 9 artists selected through Open Call who will each receive a church as a studio to think and design the work that can be visited by the public from 27 to 29 August.

In addition to the exhibition dimension, SITU Festival has organized a program of collateral events (talks, video projections, live performances, art therapy workshops, musical explorations) to reactivate Militello's identity context with innovative social-cultural proposals.

SITU Festival - Edition 2021 takes shape in the prestigious Baroque architectural setting of Militello in Val di Catania, a small town in the Sicilian hinterland included among the most beautiful villages in Italy and since 2002 a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although Militello is not one of the most popular tourist destinations on the island, this village is considered one of the most fascinating in Sicily and as evidence of its illustrious past, domes and bell towers, 20 churches, 9 convents as well as numerous noble palaces stand out.

SITU Festival intends to dialogue with the social fabric and the different economic realities of the territory, to stimulate collaborative mechanisms and dynamics between artists, cultural operators, participants and the community of Militello. The goal is to experiment and disseminate inclusive and aggregative cultural practices for resident and non-resident communities, through a re-evaluation and re-discovery of everyday places.

SITU Festival uses interdisciplinary creative practices designed ad hoc for the territory, capable of involving different types of audiences to trigger a territorial regeneration starting from the experience of culture.

 

Festival: 27-28-29 August 2021
Artist Residence: from August 16th to August 29th 2021

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SITU Festival develops an itinerant exhibition path, which embraces and questions the sacred historical sites of Militello in the light of contemporary artistic research. In addition to the exhibition dimension, SITU Festival has organized a program of collateral events ( talks , video projections, art therapy workshops, musical explorations ) to enrich the artistic, social and cultural landscape of Militello with innovative proposals.

A space for reflection was opened through the Talks , touching on issues such as territorial migration, the desire to return to the places of origin, the need to rethink and re-discuss what we have left behind, the creation of increasingly dense relational networks, also rethinking the ways of living the planet earth.

 

The Festival hosted two special screenings: the docufilm In Altro mare by Franco La Cecla and the preview docufilm L'isola delle donne by Francesco Raganato, produced by TerraTrema Film and Sky.

 

The two art therapy laboratories, Di-Vento FIc * and DE.CO.RI. , involved the citizens of Militello in a transformative and regenerative process, creating [in the participants] a new awareness of themselves and of the place where they live.

 

The sounds of the guitar and the words of Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities accompanied the musical and narrative explorations of the show Kublai Khan - The places of the empire, the non-places of the mind by Luca Sinatra and Alessandro di Costa.

 

SITU Festival takes shape in the prestigious Baroque architectural setting of Militello in Val di Catania: a small town in the Sicilian hinterland included among the most beautiful villages in Italy and since 2002 a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although Militello is not one of the most popular tourist destinations on the island, this village is considered one of the most fascinating in Sicily and as evidence of its illustrious past, domes and bell towers, 20 churches, 9 convents as well as numerous noble palaces stand out.

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