Art & Culture

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
Leitmotiv_TOYS_Fashion show FW 2015-16 (11)

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 […]

A mecca of treasures

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

A mecca of treasures When considering a trip to Bologna, the Archaeological Museum is hardly the place which springs to mind and yet, to savour the true identity and history of Bologna, a visit to this little jewel in the heart of the centre is a must. A stone’s throw away from Piazza Maggiore lies […]

Nigel the expat

Sunday, March 1st, 2015



Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Samja Schroeder is a fashion and interiors stylist from Berlin. She has been living in the centre of Bologna for six years. I am met by Samja and her bulldog Ettore at her front door. Large light filled rooms are filled with up-cycled furniture and decorated with paintings and objects she has found in markets […]