Festival 2021
From 14 to 23 May 2021
I am bringing you no news from the margins; instead, I bring you a piece of horizon.
Paul B. Preciado 
The eighth edition of ORLANDO aims to be a collective workshop, a shared search for new ways to rebuild communities starting from culture.
We want to search together for tools to deal with this upside-down time, to build a creative and revolutionary training in disorientation: an act of patience and shared hope that can "revive the still air of this suspended time". Disorientation can also involve discovering unusual standpoints through which to look at our reality, finding unexplored territories and resources hidden behind constraints and new conditions. We claim the generative dimension which is hidden in every stage of life, even the most unforeseen and complex ones, and the energy that comes from that encounter.

Each day, the feature films selected for you will be available online on the OpenDDB platform at www.openddb.it/orlando-festival for 72 hours from the date and time indicated in the programme. The cost of the ticket is by donation: you will be asked to indicate the amount of your choice at the time of purchase. OpenDDB - Distribuzioni dal basso is a streaming platform that supports emerging and independent productions by promoting a new virtuous relationship between creators and users through the donation system.
From 19 to 24 May, the Festival's feature films will be joined by ORLANDO SHORTS, the annual review of short films selected by a group of young boys and girls, on free viewing at the same address.
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.
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