Anthropica Festival says goodbye to Restera

After seven editions, the Anthropica cultural festival experience is unfortunately coming to an end. Born in 2015 in Treviso with the aim of promoting the cultural and social development of the city and improving the urban landscape, starting from Rester del Silea, it then expanded to Silea along a path chosen for the beauty of the landscape and its potential, at a time hidden by the general desolation of the area and still largely uncultivated. From the very beginning, urban art has been the festival’s main vehicle for action and expression, both because it allows, with limited means, to redesign and decorate the area, and because it spreads art and culture in everyday life, beyond forms and spaces. traditionally reserved for them. As the name suggests, Anthropica wanted to combine an artistic and creative approach with an “anthropological” one, placing the person and their space at the center.

Over the years, several dozen works of urban art have been created within the framework of the Anthropica festival, mainly murals, but not only, such as images of Trevisan playing cards, frescoes painted in the traditional technique, installations, spray graffiti, etc. Some of them occupy tens of square meters, others are small. Although much of the work is still in excellent condition, due to regular maintenance work, some of it has been destroyed over the years. In any case, the favor and acceptance of the public, Treviso and not only, in relation to the works was amazing: in many ways they were accepted and made by users of their own, and with rare exceptions were not subjected to vandalism. . Thanks to the works created by Anthropica in recent years, the “Rester Art District” was born, a kind of open-air museum on the first part of the path along the Sile.

In addition to Restera, Anthropica also extended its urban art to other areas of the city, such as Sao Paolo or the various underground passages created between Treviso and Silea. And along with urban art, Anthropica organized concerts, theatrical performances, photo exhibitions, conferences and book presentations, etc., trying to revive and make a special contribution to the cultural life of Treviso. Finally, certainly not for importance or social satisfaction, Anthropica facilitated the meeting between people and the city through lunches or dinners that she hosted on the street, in Rester or in Prato Fiera, during which hundreds of people dined together in one place. public place.

CURRENT SITUATION AND REASONS FOR FAREWELL

“Organizing a festival like Anthropica requires dedication and extraordinary sacrifice that extends far beyond the festival period, to roughly the entire year. Although this was not compensated financially, since the festival was based on a voluntary contribution from the organizers, the work behind it was just as professional in nature in terms of commitment, responsibility and skills, some of which are of a high profile and experience, says President Michele Zappia – The main emphasis was on the desire and satisfaction of contributing to the improvement of the city and the community in which he lives, on the desire to creatively express himself, as well as on similar artistic, intellectual and social motives. “

“More specifically, one of the main goals of Anthropica was to create an art trail along the Restera del Sile, a sort of open-air museum capable of enhancing and intensifying the beauty of the landscape and the history of human presence that you breathe as you walk along this path. After all, there are various virtuous examples of such initiatives and ways that can increase the territory and create art, culture and wealth, including economic. Some of them, both in Italy (for example, Arte Sella) and abroad, have become real drivers of tourist attraction, and not only at the local level. And, of course, the Sile region, whose beauty and potential are known to all, would deserve such an improvement,” he continues.

“We tried. Anthropica was one of the first and most active subjects interested in improving Restera: if it is now, at least in the municipality of Treviso, more beautiful than a few years ago, if its charm and the interest that people show in comparisons, witnessed by the growing flow of tourists and people going for a walk (but also evidenced by the huge investment in real estate and the increased value of the buildings that overlook it), thanks in part to Anthropica – a brilliance – E if, more generally, a little So-called “street art” has returned to decorate some of the streets and squares in the area, although below the most active and lively cities, this is for the work of Anthropica and the people who are connected there.

“Unfortunately, our resources are very limited and we sincerely believe we did a lot with the little or nothing we started with and had available. Now there is a real art trail, not very long, but full of art, which starts at the beginning of Restera, and that is what we called the Rester Art District. It does not reach the sea, as we would like in our dreams, but still able to decorate one of the most charming places of Treviso and attract the attention of an increasing number of people. Moreover, under these conditions, we know that it is impossible to do this, so we prefer to stop. We remain firmly convinced of the quality of a developed and accessible project, but in order to continue or continue the development of an artistic path that can adequately improve Restera del Sile, we need commitment, funds and resources that go far beyond our limited capabilities. opportunities., and that at the moment they are simply not available,” emphasizes the president of Anthropica.

“In any case, we leave Rester better than we found it, we leave the Rester Art District to the city and hope that the municipality, the region and its entities, as well as individuals and businesses in the area, will want to cooperate. take care of it, and who knows what needs to be done to grow a project that has already brought visible results and is finding more and more love and appreciation, but still has much of its untapped potential and can make a huge contribution to cultural, social and economic growth district. Therefore, at the end of the experience, Anthropica wants to once again thank everyone who has dedicated themselves to one or more editions of the festival: in addition to the artists, volunteers, friends and acquaintances who have provided their time and skills. , as well as companies that have supported us with donations or technical support, and professionals of various profiles with whom we have collaborated,” concludes Zappia.

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