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Il Tirreno (Grosseto edition), Dec. 5, 2016: A Winter Festival to discover the Farma Valley

This article covers the first public announcement for the Farma Valley Winter Festival.

A pagina 15 (terza pagina della cronaca locale), articolo di Giovanna Mezzana. L’articolo originale è sul sito de Il Tirreno. Sotto riportiamo una versione integrata da link.
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Dal 17 al 19 dicembre concerti, passeggiate e buona cucina È l’idea dell’associazione che esportò la palla a 21 a Chicago
di Giovanna Mezzana

GROSSETO. La Valle che non c’è ospiterà un festival d’inverno: ma se il luogo non esiste come si fa a partecipare all’evento? Si può fare, basta m(’)appare, che significa guardarsi intorno con uno sguardo non convenzionale. È questa la filosofia di Attivarti.org, micro associazione che ha però tanti simpatizzanti sia in Italia che all’estero, e che ha sede nel lembo dell’estremo nord della provincia di Grosseto: a Torniella, borgo-frazione di Roccastrada. E siamo in Val di Farma, quella valle a metà strada tra Siena e Grosseto che di fatto non c’è; quella quota di Maremma-non Maremma che è uno dei posti più bui del Belpaese o, se vogliamo, dove la volta celeste di notte si mostra con tutto il suo firmamento perché qui c’è meno inquinamento luminoso che altrove; quel luogo-non luogo dove di solito i turisti capitano per sbaglio: perché lungo il tragitto tra San Gimignano e Pienza vogliono scommettere sull’ignoto, oppure perché, causa cantiere o incidente, sono costretti a deviare obbligatoriamente dalla Grosseto-Siena. Ebbene la Val di Farma ospiterà il Festival d’Inverno: una tre-giorni – il 17, 18 e 19 novembre «tra pici, amore e musica».
Il compleanno. Il festival celebra dieci anni di attività di un gruppo di lavoro attivo dal 2006 e che si è consolidato sotto l’egida di pibinko.org, le cui attività e competenze no-profit sono confluite poi nella nuova associazione Attivarti.org – L’associazione per m(’)appare – arrivata a battesimo nel 2011 a Torniella. Ingegneri, informatici, geografi, archeologi sono la base del gruppo che lavora però in sinergia con artigiani, baristi, fungaioli, cacciatori… insomma con le comunità di Torniella Piloni e Scalvaia.
Il buio e la palla a 21. Attivarti.org indaga con uno sguardo “altro” le dinamiche di territori anche sconosciuti ai più; valorizza le risorse culturali e ambientali di un territorio e il suo Genius loci; a questo si aggiunge una vocazione tecnologica e “social”: realizza e diffonde contenuti digitali liberi, tra cui mostre fotografiche, campagne di citizen science, workshop di ottava rima, reportage. Tra le esperienze più significative c’è La palla a 21 (o palla eh!), antico gioco praticato in sei borghi collinari tra il Basso Senese e l’Alta Maremma grossetana – Ciciano, Piloni, Scalvaia, Tirli, Torniella, Vetulonia – e che Attivarti.org ha esportato persino a Chicago. Il progetto che rappresenta il cuore pulsante dell’associazione è invece la BuioMetria Partecipativa: vuoi misurare il buio? Vuoi diventare un buoimetrista? Con loro puoi. E durante il Festival d’Inverno veranno consegnati proprio i buiometri.
L’agenda. Nel dettaglio verrà presentata nei prossimi giorni, ma Andrea Giacomelli, intanto, comuncia ad alzare il velo sul Festival. L’appuntamento è per sabato 17 dicembre nella piazza del popolo di Torniella, alla sede della Filarmonica del borgo: è qui che saranno ospitati la maggior parte degli eventi musicali che animeranno la tre-giorni tra i quali l’evento-clou (domenica): il concerto degli Etruschi from Lakota. Chi vorrà, e sperando nel bel tempo, potrà visitare la Valle che non c’è e pranzare e cenare a Torniella, Piloni e Scalviaia. Molti appuntamento si svolgeranno in serata: domenica 18 dicembre alle 21 verrà presentata la Mappa di Comunità della Val di Farma (leggi box), alle 22 invece prenderà il via la

cerimonia di consegna dei buiometri. Da non perdere il finale, lunedì 19 dicembre, a Grosseto, dalle 21: all’associazione Riflessi, a Gorarella, “40 anni fotografando ambiente e territorio” , ovvero “m(’)appare” con Maurizio Bacci. E la Valle che non c’è, finalmente, si rivelerà a voi.

Palla 21 at the Art of Play – rationale

Motivations – and what happened

(Note: the full Italian text has not yet been translated for this page)

The initiative originated when we learned about a call for proposals to submit events for the Art of Play, organised by the City of Chicago.

We decided to submit two different events.

  1. Palla 21
  2. Traditional Italian card games

Why Palla 21 ?

  • the game has a strong “local” character, as it it clearly related to a specific area of Italy, while maintaining relationships with similar games in other parts of Italy and Europe.
  • in addition to being a sport, the game also has a strong social component, as it leads people of different ages to collaborate
  • it has interesting implications in relation to sustainable development: the game has in fact an almost null environmental impact, as it is played in the squares of villages, with no need for additional infrastructure, and since the ball is built with mostly with recycled material.
  • it is a way of establishing and/or consolidating relationships with people and organisations beyond the area of Maremma

Why traditional Italian card games ?

Why not ? …these are nice games!

July, 2007: Comcast Sports News covers Palla a 21 in Chicago

During our “palla a 21 from Tuscany to Chicago” mission, Comcast Sports News covered the story. They promised that they would send us a DVD copy of the report, but this never happened.

However, during an evening chill-out session in a Chicago bar, we actually saw the report being broadcast, and having a VCR at hand we managed to record most of it from the screen. You can see parts of this between 1’24” and 1’32” of this trailer:

From July 16 to July 21: Palla a 21 goes to Chicago / The official schedule

Data Luogo  
Date Time Location
July 16 11AM-12PM LaSalle Language Academy, 1734 N. Orleans
July 17 11AM-12PM LaSalle Language Academy, 1734 N. Orleans
July 19 4PM-5PM LaSalle Language Academy, 1734 N. Orleans
July 20 4PM-5PM LaSalle Language Academy, 1734 N. Orleans
July 21 11AM-12PM Daley Bicentennial Plaza, 337 E. Randolph Street

On the afternoon of July 21:

Special feature! Italian Card Games –
in the Playing card week for Come in and Play at the Chicago Tourism Center,
72 E. Randolph Street

 

The Art of Play (2007 Summer event calendar for the City of Chicago, Illinois)

[FYI: this blog post was inserted in April 2017. The original article introduces the Summer calendar which also hosted our palla a 21 and card games from Southern Tuscany (video video)]

Summer brings fun and games in Chicago

By Shawn Smith
on May 13, 2007 at 10:36 AM, updated May 14, 2007 at 10:43 AM
CHICAGO — It seems appropriate that Chicago, fresh from winning its bid to become the U.S. choice to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, plans a summertime promotion celebrating fun and games.
“The Art of Play: Summer in Chicago 2007” revolves around games, toys and the spirit of play. Exhibitions, hands-on activities and hotel packages are all part of the mix in the birthplace of the Ferris wheel, Lincoln Logs and Tinkertoys.

The centerpiece is a display of 30 monumental sculptures at the West Side’s Garfield Park Conservatory. Massive in scale, some as long as 25 feet, they are the works of the late artist Niki de Saint Phalle, who was born in France and raised in New York City.

AP PhotoSculptor Niki de Saint Phalle’s La Cabeza (The Head) sits in Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory Thursday, May 3, 2007.
Titled “Niki in the Garden,” the exhibit of these magical, joyful figures includes animals, sports heroes and Saint Phalle’s famous “Nanas” (French for “babes” or “chicks”), powerful, oversized women, often in dancing or athletic poses. Most of the pieces invite sitting, climbing or crawling through their secret passages.
Game on

At Come In and Play, the “Art of Play” headquarters downtown at the Chicago Tourism Center, visitors can drop in to play games and see two exhibits — one on game- and toy-inspired artwork, the other on the history of games invented in Chicago.

Each week features different games to play, from puzzles and trivia to board games and cartoons. The Chicago Office of Tourism and Chicago International Toy and Game Fair have partnered to create themed hotel packages that provide guests with games to check out.

Millennium Park, the new tourist magnet in the heart of downtown on Michigan Avenue, offers a summer-long Family Fun Festival, another celebration of play. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, kids can enjoy crafts and other hands-on projects at the activity tent.

“Bubble Mania” is the theme June 5-10, when youngsters can make a bubble big enough for two, form bubbles with unusual blowers and make a bubble blower to take home. A family entertainment stage lets kids get into the act.

Millennium Park Greeter Tours, free guided walks held daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., spotlight the park’s gardens, fountains and sculptures, including the shiny metal “Bean,” officially named “Cloud Gate.” New this year are five large-scale metal sculptures by abstract expressionist sculptor Mark di Suvero.

The park’s iconic Jay Pritzker Pavilion, framed by a jumble of twisted steel designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, showcases the June 1-3 Chicago Gospel Music Festival, first in a series of free lakefront fests.

The same stage presents the 73rd annual Grant Park Music Festival, a series of Wednesday, Friday and Saturday orchestra concerts that runs through Aug. 15. A state-of-the-art sound system serves the covered seating section and lawn area. The festival (named for its former home just to the south of Millennium Park) begins June 13 with a Beethoven and Brahms program.

Six stages in Grant Park set the scene for the June 7-10 Chicago Blues Festival, the world’s largest free-admission blues festival.

Taste of Chicago, the city’s biggest lakefront party, takes place June 29-July 7, turning Grant Park into a hotbed of food, fun and frivolity. More than 1 million people grab the chance to sample specialties from more than 70 Chicago restaurants.

Other choices range from the city’s signature deep-dish pizza to such ethnic delights such as Persian char-grilled chicken with pomegranate barbecue sauce.

Chicago SummerDance, an 11-week festival in Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden, gives folks a chance to kick up their heels on an open-air dance floor Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. One-hour dance lessons (from salsa to ballroom) are followed by two hours of live music and dancing.

Cirque Shanghai, a talented troupe of Chinese acrobats, returns to Navy Pier’s Skyline Stage with a full summer of shows starting June 6. Last year’s stint, drawing 135,000 people, was the most successful event in the stage’s history. “Cirque Shanghai: Bai Xi” features aerial acrobatics, plate spinning, contortion and hoop diving.

Classic theater

Also at Navy Pier, William Shakespeare’s “Troilus and Cressida,” a love story rooted in the Trojan War, runs through June 24, concluding the Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s 20th anniversary season.

North on the lakefront at Fullerton Avenue, Theater on the Lake begins its 55th season June 13, each week offering a different production from a local theatrical company.

Bookworms look forward to the annual Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair, June 9-10 in the historic South Loop neighborhood that once housed printing factories.

In tents on Dearborn and Polk streets, under the stately tower of an 1885 railroad station, 150 new, used and antiquarian booksellers will display their wares. Included are author readings and signings, panel discussions, cooking demonstrations and children’s activities.

— Randy Mink is a freelance writer based in the Chicago area.

Fonte: http://blog.mlive.com/michigan_travel/2007/05/summer_brings_fun_and_games_in.html