Courtesy of Bergamo Brescia Italian Capital of Culture 2023
52.5 km zero: with 100 projects And 500 initiativesthe relative cities of Bergamo and Brescia they even send digital charts plummeting – so to speak – erasing any sort of historical distance or discrepancy. The reason? Together, from the dawn of the coming year, the 2023will hold hands in a demonstration that already today replaces the plural by the singular: Bergamo Brescia Italian Capital of Culture 2023. Thus, the two cities become one and only, huddled in an event that wants to emotionally and economically elevate a common landscape just emerging from the pandemic. “The difficult pandemic season made Brescia and Bergamo feel like sister cities in the most difficult moment. This feeling still matters today: it is what really united us. We already had the idea to appoint Brescia as Italian Capital of Culture, the mayor of Gori agreed to do it together, and the other cities in the race gave in to us by withdrawing from the competition, demonstrating the strong feeling that was going through the country at that time Word to Emilio Del Bonomayor of Brescia, who, with some emotion, presented the project alongside his colleague Giorgio Gori, Mayor of Bergamo. “This is where our adventure began”, continues the Brescia flag bearer, “whose first challenge was to learn to work together: we are similar towns, mirrors that reflect each other, but there is no there was no history of collaboration between us. I am convinced that this will be the best legacy that we will leave so that what we have built continues to exist even afterwards”. What legacy? Change and its memory. Yes, both cities are working hard to improve urban areas and services.
In the case of Brescia, Del Bono said: “we will have a new style of mobility and furnishing in the historic center, where the large squares will be completely pedestrianized within the year, as well as via Musei, the archaeological heart of Brescia And then the enhancement of the Castello, potential unexpressed for many years: we are working on the Small and Big Mile, we have reopened the Rescue Road and in January we will inaugurate the new Risorgimento museum”. And with regard to Bergamo, “the city has many construction sites in progress, which will soon bear fruit”, specified Giorgio Gori. “The project includes four quadrants: well-being, sustainability, innovation and heritage enhancement. Focusing on the latter, we will reopen the Archaeological Museum of Bergamo with a new layout. The square it overlooks, Piazza Cittadella, from 2023 will not be more a car park but a place to live that will regain its beauty. On January 26 we will reopen the Accademia Carrara thanks to a project by the architect Antonio Ravalli. In the middle of the year we will inaugurate an extension of our art gallery with a path that finally connects the first and second floors.We will have a new cultural center in the center: the Palazzo della Libertà, which overlooks the square of the same name (. ..), and we will also have, at that time, finished the reorganization of the Center Piacentiniano (… ). And we will also carry out the expansion of two libraries: Angelo Mai and Tiraboschi. Finally, we will begin the transformation of the gym in the New Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art. it will be a really interesting intervention”.
And as the cities change, the territories merge into the roads (and paths) of the same region. “We didn’t want to lock ourselves in the cities and go out into the territories: the Path of the two sisters and the bike path are two of the emblematic projects of this desire. We are two cities and two territories that will amaze”, said Mayor Emilio Del Bono. In practice, the two capitals will be connected by paths to be traveled on foot or on two wheels to enjoy a great all-Italian wealth: the Unesco trails present in both cities, 800 properties of historical and cultural interest, 3 regional parks… Between the two capitals, many smaller realities are waiting to open their doors. report. “At the base of the Capital of Culture 2023, there is an idea of culture as a regenerative force, both social and economic. We have therefore worked to strengthen networking within the territory and between territories, in search of a new model of governance between associations and public and private bodies, through a real collective effort, which has grown from the bottom up and which has generated a project that has merged in the 4 areas that characterize the Bergamo and Brescia 2023 project. Values such as the social inclusion and collaboration between two territories as they have never done before – which permeates our vision of Capital 2023 – alongside the ambition of an important role as cultural producers, a high level production which can have a national and international impact”.
And the calendar? The two-headed capital will be inaugurated on the days: 20, 21 and 22 January 2023 with a party: the festival of lights. Thus Brescia, from February 10 to 19, and Bergamo, from February 17 to 26, will become places to watch with a raised nose: the museums open air without walls. In the calendar full of events, as well 90 projects they were financed to the tune of 3.5 million euros by the Cariplo Foundation with the Community Foundations of Bergamo and Brescia for the cultural promotion of local realities. And then the exhibits. From the first months of the coming year and for 365 consecutive days, cultural institutions will host exhibitions of well-known and lesser-known artists, inaugurating consolidated places or new urban spaces such as: GAMeC, Accademia Carrara and the Museum of Stories of Bergamo, as well as the prestigious places managed by the Brescia Museums Foundation and the Palazzo Martinengo in Brescia. Not only. There will be festival: in Brescia the Mille Miglia, the Opera Festival of the Teatro Grande and the Music Festival; in Bergamo, the Donizetti Opera Festival, the Donizetti Night and the Bergamo Film Meeting. New in 2023: the event Sub-Limen, a tribute to electronic music to dance non-stop under the counter. Finally, there will be all the initiatives designed and built on citizenship: a free walk, guided by the spontaneous movements of the great Italian choreographer Virgilio Sieni, and a human chain created by the women of the Viva Vittoria association in Brescia. A bond, forever.