At the heart of the programme are two exceptional protagonists, the Ukrainian Alina Pash and the young Tuscan artist Frida Bollani Magoni. The event sees a preview, on Friday 7 October at 6 p.m. at the Auditorium Mine in Castelnuovo d’Avane – the abandoned village that will be reborn thanks to the awarding of 20 million euro from the Tuscan PNRR call for proposals by the Mibact for depopulated and abandoned Italian villages – the round table at which the artist Alina Pash, on a unique date for Italy, will talk about the culture and music of her country in wartime, together with well-known personalities from the world of Italian music and local and regional institutions. Participants include Massimo Bonelli, organiser of the May Day concert, and Claudio Agostoni of Radio Popolare. This edition of Arezzowave is in fact in support of the end of the atrocities and war in Ukraine, in harmony and sharing with Yourope, the European federation of 90 rock festivals in which Arezzo Wave represents Italy. Also confirmed is the launch of the literary competition ‘Inseguire le storie’ (chasing stories), with writer Marco Vichi, in which mystery and music intertwine. After all, the cases of his commissioner are not so far from these areas. During the two days, also the finals of the Arezzo Wave Music Contest, with the performance of the 19 finalists of the regional selections, chosen – since January – from more than 900 proposals and 3200 musicians, whose winners will be announced. With 51,437 bands registered since 1987, 8,173 bands that have performed in over 1,980 evenings of live selections all over Italy, and 579 winning groups brought to the stages of Arezzo Wave, the contest now changes considerably. The finalists will take the stage before the main artists, from 8.30 p.m., each proposing one song of their own and an original version of a well-known song, either Italian or international. The jury of insiders will award the prize for the best artist or musical group, the best original song and the best cover song, while a jury of under 21s will award the prize to the best talent. The location of the festival is new, leaving the municipality of Arezzo but not its province, moving to the green and beautiful Cavriglia at the gates of the Chianti region, a meeting point with the provinces of Arezzo, Siena and Florence, just a few kilometres from the Montevarchi exit on the A1 motorway. In addition to the Municipal Theatre in the main square of the town, a few km away in Castelnuovo d’Avane the Auditorium Mine will be the venue for the opening of the festival and the afternoon training sessions between the finalist musicians and prestigious teachers. In addition to the aforementioned preview on Friday 7 October, two other events will be held on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October. The first one, at 3 p.m., will be held by Alberto Salini, consultant of the Master 24 Ore Business School and active collaborator with Universal Music, BMG and AFI. The theme will be ‘Monetising your artistic work’ and will provide a series of useful indications for the continuation and development of musicians’ artistic careers. The second event, at 4.30 p.m., will be attended by Dario Falcini, one of the young operating minds of Rockit, the spiritual guide of new Italian bands and artists, and will be dedicated to “Bucking the Screen” or how to make people talk about themselves and their music through social communication and other strategies to publicise their talent. Both events will be repeated, at the same times, on Sunday 9 October. The meeting on Friday, 7 October will also discuss the rebirth of the village of Castelnuovo d’Avane, winner of the 20 million euro call for bids for the cultural, social, and economic regeneration of villages at risk of abandonment and neglect, promoted by the Mibact with PNRR funds, with the support of the Region of Tuscany. Thanks to these funds, the municipality of Cavriglia will revive the splendid village of Castelnuovo d’Avane through culture. In fact, a series of exhibition venues will be set up dedicated to the promotion of cultural projects ranging from art to music, from painting to photography, and a series of themed events. Specifically, museums, regenerated public spaces, places of memory, artists’ residences, a contemporary art house, a diffuse hotel, and commercial and artisan workshops will be set up, to revive the ancient lost town through a new dimension that until a few months ago seemed unthinkable.
Info: Admission to the initiatives is at the symbolic cost of 2 euros and the proceeds will be donated to the Calcit section of Cavriglia. For further information www.arezzowave.com