During the public health emergency and the consequently strict measures in an effort to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19, the cultural system of Bologna reacted in various ways.
We promptly took action to channel cultural initiatives into streaming initiatives. The web portal of the Municipality of Bologna – Bologna Agenda Cultura – has become an online event collector thanks to the availability of all operators who have offered their cultural content. Among these some musicians have played behind closed doors or posted unedited videos on the web. The Teatro Comunale in Bologna has published the Operas of the past seasons, the Senzaspine Orchestra, a young reality re-known for renewing its approach to classical music, posted the concerts that have made its history, and the list could continue.
Bologna city of UNESCO Music and Bologna Welcome, the official Tourist Board, have launched the project Canzoni sotto i Portici (Songs under Arcades).
It is the result of collaboration with Spotify: a series of playlists, starting from the project editors and the community, to tell the various souls of the City of Music. The first playlist dedicated to songwriters has been released on March 21st, then it will be the turn of the international, Indie and Jazz Music and so on. The call to action is “add the songs and share your favorite playlists!”
Cineteca, a hub for film culture, organizer of the restoref film Festival “Il cinema ritrovato” that takes place in the main square of the city in summertime, recommends every week the films to watch on television, 5 different films per day. This takes the name of Fuori Cinema. I fim in Tv (ma da vedere) that sounds like “Movies on TV (but not to miss)”.
In addition, every Thursday Cineteca posts online a selection of small cinema pearls of their archives of restored films: this initiave is called Il Cinema Ritrovato | Fuori Sala“ (restored film Off the Movie Theatre).
The Museum Institution has put in place several initiatives to bring the Museums to the public: the Archaeological and the Medieval Museums, for example, have virtually opened their spaces through the app MuseOn.
They have also made available a new “Video” section to keep on enjoying the richness of historical and artistic collections. Finally, they invite to discover WunderBO, the video game that encourages to explore the cultural heritage of Bologna, an adventure full of puzzles, curiosities and hidden objects in which the player is called to collect finds from the Medieval Museum and the Museum of Palazzo Poggi in Bologna to recompose a real Wunderkammer or “chamber of wonders”.
Besides, a public campaign was made to increase trust through the free distribution of Culture Cards which provides free access to the city’s museums and discounts to shows and concerts.
The national initiatives, the flash mobs, uniting the country by inviting everyone to sing and play from their balconies, or to applaud together to thank to healthcare workers involved in the emergency, were supported and re-launched.
The cultural sector has therefore been forced to think differently to enter people’s homes and blow – in the boring routine of slow days – the lively wind of curiosity and lightness
The lockdown of the places of culture has increased the importance of music, audiovisuals, literature, of all that kind of cultural consumption that in these circumstances has turned into a habit for those who were not used to it.
It is obvious that culture and creativity are an important economic sector, which we will have to support even more, considering it is now among the most affected, being less protected by standard job securities.
But if something is clear in these days, it is that nobody can do without cultural content which is priceless.
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