Art & Culture

No signpost for Dalla’s house

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
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Family blamed for lack of collaboration to remember Lucio Dalla. Traders along Via D’Azeglio are often asked by passing tourists: “Where is Lucio Dalla’s house?””Most people don’t actually know that it’s at number 15. And the only clue as to the whereabouts of one of Bologna’s most famous sons is the shadowy Jazz player stuck […]

Beppe Maniglia defended by fans

Friday, January 1st, 2016

As the furore was in its dying moments over the Padre Digani debacle, another famous landmark in Bologna came under attack. Local rocker, Beppe Maniglia, 73 years old, renowned for playing outside the Sala Borsa on the holiday periods, was fined by the vigili for playing without a licence. “I’ve been playing here for 36 […]

Art installation gets slated for proving that ‘nobody is in charge of this beautiful city’.

Friday, January 1st, 2016
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 Art critic Vittorio Sgarbi took to Facebook and  lambasted the comune for “…investing Piazza Ravegnana with blocks of geometric stone… it seems they were put there like signs of defiance, equivalent to the violence from ISIS bombs.” Sgarbi’s post on Facebook was soon making its way around the social network having been shared over 3,000 […]

Guastoland: a new life for BLU’s wall

Friday, November 27th, 2015

A weekend to launch a crowd funding campaign. By Flavia De Marco On Friday 16 and Saturday 17 October the Giardino del Guasto (literally Garden of Failure) returned to colour the center of Bologna. There was music, workshops and labs in order to raise funds to finance the restoration of the mural created by the […]

After 16 years Atlantide closes its doors

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Since 1999 the collective group stationed at Porta Santo Stefano 6, were a self managed group of gay, lesbian, trans, queer, feminist and anti-authoritarians. Over the years this bastion of support became an important reserve of political votes for the left, organised public meetings, parties, produced magazines and fanzines and even established three associations: Eccentrica, […]

Bored group of friends or radical artists?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

What happens when you take a group of friends from every corner of Italy, mix in a dash of creativity and armed with a camera? Answer: “We Are SocialZ” Founded in Bologna on March 22, 2013, this radical art group began publishing photos around Bologna showing bizarre twists to an otherwise normal scene. One of […]


Saturday, April 25th, 2015
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The Bolognese firm which has been quietly labouring away is set to take on the world’s high-end fashion scene in what can only be summed up as a spectacular feat of success. -“Life is good here. We feel like this is a happy island for us so we work and live well…” -“We want our […]

Fontana Nettuno: a city galvanized for action

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Fontana Nettuno in Piazza Nettuno, next to the main city library is now in need of full restoration. Traffic smog and obvious wear and tear over the years has taken its toll on Giambologna’s masterpiece. For example, water no longer flows from some of the lactating nereids or putti due to a build-up of lime […]

“City of gusto” prepares itself for Expo 2015

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

The two mayors of Bologna  and Milan – Merola and Pisapia – got together last year to confirm their commitment in sharing the spoils from Expo 2015. Hence, Bologna grabbed the end of the opportunity stick to promote itself as the brand City of Food (*Source: Bologna Today, 8.8.14) During the event both mayors exposed […]

50 shades of green at Expo

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

As if it couldn’t get any greener, Ireland is now being lauded as an exemplary country for the promotion and consumption of local produce. The spot light is being shone on the Irish for their gargantuan efforts to limit the environmental impact of the food industry, as mentioned in a local article: “Irlanda, un’idea a […]