Area Back A Weekend. In Faenza from 27 to 29 May “Let’s make a robin” with a traveling dinner, art and workshops.

The 15th traveling event returns to Faenza, Romagna. in the area of ​​the historical center with a high artistic density. After a break for Covid, the event, which in 2019 had more than 15,000 attendances, returns to its original format: three days characterized by three different meetings, always and in any case focused onthe union of art and food as engines of fun and sharing.

Doors and courtyards reopen with unique and unprecedented combinations of artists, restaurateurs and a cellar: houses with art galleries, offices turned into small restaurants, streets turned into open-air bars, and everything that makes this weekend in the heart of Romagna special.

Consolidated format, with many surprises and always new results, but with significant organizational changes in order to safely restart major events. On Friday night, during the mobile dinner, which has always been the busiest and most popular, the use of a wristband pass was added to access the places with drinks.

Traditionally, this marathon is united by a new and unusual theme that stimulates the creativity of chefs, producers, artists, presenters.

“Let’s make a robin” is a real dedication to one of the founders of the project, Walter Dal Pane, a restaurateur, but above all a cultural agitator.. In the tenth year after his death, District A also joins the rich program of Faenza celebrations, the Waltz of Events, headlining three days with one of the most recurring phrases.

“He said “Let’s make a little robin” to let us know that new ideas are boiling in his head,” the organizers say, “. For us, it is also a variation of the very classic Romanesques “Fata rôba”, “S’èla sta rôba”, “A fasé ‘na rôba”, reduced in a diminutive, which also speaks of how we want to return on tiptoe and with humility . after these difficult months for food and wine. Our return to our roots.”

The artist invited to work on the robin theme was Nero/Alessandro Neretti, who ironically interpreted it and abandoned the graphics of Sophia Banzola and Julia B. Francalanci for a coherent depiction of the event. The artist will also be present at his event on Friday 27 at the Bartoletti and Cicognani architectural studio.

Briefly about the program


The gastronomic realities of the city, as well as restaurateurs and wineries, some of the most interesting in the region, open for just one evening a temporary and unprecedented place in the Faenza region, enriched by the presence of art installations. The formula is always the same, but in order to access drinks and therefore properly enjoy a traveling dinner, it is necessary to have a pass bracelet to reduce the flow to private premises, avoiding traffic jams and fees. A formula that summarizes the desire to start over with major events that introduce new social practices. So entry remains free, but a drink requires a pass, which can be purchased from District A’s website or even on the same evening in two offers. A simple one robina pass costs €5 and for €10 you get a many robina pass which includes a classic glass set with a pocket and a pin dedicated to the event. However, access to the surroundings is free, open to all those who want to walk around, enjoy the atmosphere and situations en plein air.

As usual, the choice is very wide. “We will create a robin” in 46 different spaces that will open their doors to 24 restaurateurs, 22 wineries, 5 breweries and 9 cocktail bars. There are local loyalists and historians of the area such as Clandestino, Mens Sana, Osteria della Sghisa, San Biagio Vecchio, as well as pop-up offerings such as Postrivoro and the now official Senegal Boys (a local food project invented by Walter himself). There are many locals in Romagna who continue to choose Area A for their trips such as Loco Squad, Marè, Locanda di Bagnara, l’Acciuga as well as new entries such as Osteria Del Povero Diavolo, Agrofficinina and Villa Monty Banks. District A also always leaves room for charitable projects, including fundraising for The Lioness, Aid for the Mother, La Bottega della Loggetta, Dress Again, and the Pirazzini Parents’ Committee. Obviously, there will be “Baretto del District A” with Monica E Tonica drinks.

On the same evening, art installations open, the path of which ideally starts from the former workshop. This is Block A, a fluid space with a constantly changing address, a mobile art gallery curated by District A, this time in collaboration with Habitat, a project of collective residences and workshops, created in response to the theme of the rebirth of Italian villages. and their cultural heritage. Continue, as always, in diverse spaces and interventions: from the school next door to houses that have never opened before, which become small galleries, to courtyards that have not missed a graduation. We are moving from the Sauli Museum, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this weekend, to the new Latte Project Space gallery to continue working in artists’ studios such as that of the late Danilo Melandri. Exhibitions, private houses, performances, DJ sets, talks, parades that alternate for three days, in a program to be carefully studied in the already classic folding program / map.


Whether it’s an impromptu table of the first editions or the presence of food trucks, Saturday is dedicated to street food. In this edition, Scamporella will take care of the meeting in Via Croce. “Sometimes nel District A” is a four-course menu prepared by DOC Cesenatico with Torre di Oriolo wines served at one large table to share with friends old and new, decorated in the format’s famous style.

The program lists all open spaces to visit in the evening, including the workshop of Danilo Melandri and the exhibition.

In the afternoon there will be walks: with the SOS Donna anti-violence center to celebrate the opening of Casa Nicoletta, with the Clock Tower to discover the center’s unusual details, with the architect Ennio Nonni to visit the MUS collection. – The territory of the Museum Sector, as well as a tour of the Risorgimento Museum. This year the program is also enriched with talks on the restoration of works of art in the laboratory of Maria Letizia Antoniacci.

The attention to know-how also returns with art and craft workshops for children and adults, which alternate in different locations between Saturday and Sunday: time-lapse photography with Stefano Tedioli, press, carpentry, street art and tailoring are among the offerings for adults and children. New for those who want change: Verena Alpi

Sunday, May 29 BREAKFAST AND TOURS (and workshops!)

On the last day of the weekend, District A is organized as always to enjoy the surroundings in the morning light, in the name of relaxation and discovery.

It starts with an O’Fiore Mio Hub breakfast at Bartoletti Cicognani architecture studio with adjoining museum garden, but latecomers can head straight to the Quazàr co-working space for brunch accompanied by Mozart and Chopin arias prepared by NOVE100 and served in the restaurant. The Sala della Lirica is decorated by the Liverani brothers. During the library brunch, there will be an informal talk about color in space with Bianca Maria Canepa for those interested in interior architecture.
For those who want to move and discover new routes, there will also be two bike rides: one that connects ceramics and sculptures from the Open Air Museum of Modern Art; and the second, dedicated to architecture: Paolo Rava, an exceptional guide, will pave the way to discover the works of Filippo Monti. It will present the figure of the architect Claudio Piersanti and, thanks to the collaboration with the Order of Architects of the province of Ravenna, the participating architects will be given a loan for professional training. For those who want to stay in the area, the studio of the photographer Raffaele Tassinari is open to discover the secrets of vintage portrait photography or devote himself to street art and tailoring workshops.

District A - Traveling Dinner

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