We have resisted and will continue to do so. But contexts change and so do ways of resisting.
Carefully planned and defined for May 2020, this edition of Festival ORLANDO has been transformed, modified, reprogrammed, and rebuilt several times due to the health emergency.
With each evolution, it has been enriched with innovative ways to be close to the community, including the new online experience of Orlando Shorts in May 2020, the exciting performances in August throughout the city, one event in the courtyard of the Palazzo della Provincia in September and the art workshops that ended on Sunday 25 October. Everything with caution, extreme care, the desire to recover the pleasure in our lives, to bring back attention to bodies, to relationships.
Now, in the context further changed by the decision to shut cinemas and theatres despite all the statistics deeming them as safe spaces, the possible ways for us have been reduced to suspension.
Aware of the complex health situation, of the many wounds of our territory and also of the many contradictions of this historical moment, we believe that it is of no use to go online at this time, making bodies and relationships missing. We choose to suspend the last activities of this edition, waiting to meet physically in the spaces of cinema and theatre, while we continue to build subtle revolutions together with you.
As a choice of cultural policy commitment, although the situation is not easy for us at all, we will not fail to provide financial support to the artists and workers involved, in the belief that it is essential to sustain those who work in a sector that has been hit by a tough economic crisis as never before. We can do this thanks to the partner organisations, institutions, and foundations that in turn support us, believing that culture is the key to freedom.
With all the staff and volunteers who were ready to meet you in the Auditorium and in the Festival spaces, we relaunch the next edition: we will continue to dance on the contradictions, working from now on with even more creativity and commitment on the future. Because culture is a necessity and not just a leisure, an irreplaceable antidote for well-being and social cohesion.
We always keep open to dialogue with you: you can contact us by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org or on our social channels.
There is so much freedom to achieve!
The artistic direction and all the staff of Festival ORLANDO
ORLANDO is an international queer festival that features cinema, dance and theatre. It is addressed towards a broad, varied audience and characterized by its ironic, inclusive and welcoming approach.
Our aim is to experience culture, overcome borders by broadening possibilities of expression and knowledge through multiple visions of reality. We want to raise a generation that is more liberated, and dream of a society that is more sensitive to equal opportunities, minority rights, gender violence and widen the possibilities of expression. We want a society that is brave and willing to explore otherness.
During the course of nine days we bring valuable artistic experiences to Bergamo by transforming the city through a rich programme of films, shows, encounters, workshops and events thanks to our network of relations, cultural exchanges as well as national and international partnerships.
The Festival and the association are named after Virginia Woolf’s novel. Her work clearly proves how cultural, gender, ethnic and affective orientation differences are indispensable to establish a cultural identity that is plural, alive and constantly transforming.
- We will be choosing locations accessible by public transport;
- We are trying to reduce the use of paper in favour of digital;
- We are proposing gadgets with low environmental impact;
- presenting a coherent and curated artistic programme;
- supporting on-going artistic development (offering residencies to artists, contributing to new creations, and supporting artistic research);
- providing opportunities for upcoming or innovative artists;
- being rooted in its local community fostering local connections in the programme and among the performers/ performances;
- helping to increase access to culture and attract diverse audiences;
- taking measures to be more sustainable. This can refer to environment, economics, business models, and social impacts;
- helping to shape, encourage and promote intercultural experiences for your audiences and artists;
- embracing inclusivity as a core principle and practice;
- investing in innovation and capacity building;
- engaging with audiences through educational programmes.