Published on : Monday, January 25, 2021
Italy’s Island of Procida, a territory of the Campania region is getting ready to pick up the baton from Parma which, due to the pandemic, will retain the crown of Italy’s Capital of Culture for the whole of 2021.
Culture does not isolate”: this is the name of the dossier with which from the deep waters of the Tyrrhenian (the Tirreno sea) the little Procida defeated Ancona, Bari, Cerveteri, L’Aquila, Pieve di Soligo, Taranto, Trapani, Verbania and Volterra, the other nine fierce finalists in the running for the title of Italian Capital of Culture 2022. For the first time in the initiative’s history, the award goes to a small village (just over 10 thousand residents) and not to a provincial or regional capital city .
In addition, explained the president of the jury Stefano Baia Curioni, Procida does not win for its beauty or for its history, but for the quality of the project presented. “The island land is a place of exploration, experimentation and knowledge, it is a model of cultures and a metaphor for contemporary man.
Power of imagination and concreteness of vision show us Procida as an exemplary capital of relational dynamics, of practices of inclusion and of care of cultural and natural heritage “, reads the candidacy dossier:” Procida is the island that is not an island but a laboratory cultural of social happiness “.
Forty-four cultural projects, 330 days of programming, 240 artists, 40 original works and 8 regenerated spaces: these are the numbers of a year that promises to be unforgettable for the city of Campania region.
On the island, culture is not an end in itself, but is divided into five sections open to a changing reality: Procida invents (exhibitions, film screenings, performances and site-specific works), Procida inspires, in which the island itself becomes engine of imagination and creativity, Procida includes, where art becomes a terrain of interaction between individuals and the community, Procida innovates, so that the cultural heritage of the island is rethought in the comparison with local and international innovators, and Procida learns, in search of new , stimulating educational modalities.
The project could determine, thanks to the combination of these factors, an authentic discontinuity in the territory and represent a model for sustainable development processes based on culture of the island and coastal realities of the country.