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IT.A.CA' Festival of Responsible Tourism – 9th edition

IT.A.CÀ Migrants and Travelers, the first and only Italian festival of responsible tourism, is back for the 9th year in Bologna, and not only, from May 19 to 28, with all free events open to everyone.

The stop in Bologna is in fact the driving force for the other parts of the festival: Ferrara, Padua, Ravenna, Rimini, Trentino, Reggio Emilia, Parma, Rovigo and Monferrato. There will be many themes in each city: from the sustainability of tourism to migration, from home-sharing to social integration, from rights of citizens to environmental sustainability, from accessibility of infrastructures to mobility, from local tourism to green destinations in Italy. All of these topics offer a glimpse at a new way to travel, at something other than mass tourism, which is not invasive or destructive but respects the most precarious areas with a development of the land and those who live there.



In the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development declared by the UN, the city of Bologna, an emblematic hub of the national overview in terms of sustainable tourism development and the promotion of creativity and innovative culture, will inaugurate the festival on May 19 by hosting, also during the following days, expositions, meetings and musical shows throughout the city, in an itinerary that includes a total of 22 locations. Of particular interest are the two exhibitions on the theme of migration: “(Di)Stanze” by Max Cavallari, a photography project about Italians abroad (at 6pm - Manica Lunga, Palazzo d’Accursio) and “Chi è Bologna”, which will challenge prejudice through the faces and voices of those living in the refugee centers (at 7pm - Urban Center Bologna, Biblioteca Salaborsa).


In the week from Monday, May 22 to Friday, May 26, the festival IT.A.CÀ will cover the city like leopard spots with a packed list of side events and moments of discussion on the themes of integration, social innovation, mapping and participative cultural promotion: film projections and documentaries, workshops for students, concerts, exhibitions, performances and seminars are just a few of the events offered. To discover integration starting from the table, there will also be a pleasant migrant dinner, which can be enjoyed on Friday, May 26 at 8.15pm, at L’Altro Spazio, in the company of the Turkish chef Semi Hakim who will cook with the help of refugees from various countries (event by reservation only).

Among the most highly anticipated conventions are the one on Tuesday, May 24, at 7pm, at the Dynamo bike station “Bologna a sustainable tourist destination” curated by the University of Bologna and the one on Thursday, May 25, at 9.30am, at the Quadreria of ASP Città di Bologna “Paths that unite – International cooperation interacts with fair trade economy”. In the same place, on May 26 at 9.30am, the debate will begin on the maps that over the years have constructed the narrative of the city of Bologna. Following that, at 12.30pm, visitors can take place in the inauguration of the “Map Room” of ASP Città di Bologna.


The weekend will be dedicated to responsible fun. And so here come the exhibitions, concerts and cultural events. But that’s not all: "Handyamo, si parte!" on May 27 and 28, is a two day event where the keyword is accessible tourism. Among the many events to write in your calendar, Sunday at noon, at Via Indipendenza 71, there will be "La Skarrozzata", a walk where you can experience what it is like to have a disability with many available means such as wheelchairs, hand-bikes, bikes for transporting disabled people, and electric scooters. Afterwards there will be workshops for adults and children, book presentations and the evocative performance of Carlo Maver and Alberto Capelli in a live performance of tango and Mediterranean sounds.


Following the philosophy of unexplored places yet to be discovered and of the ancient forgotten beauties, there are many free guided tours on foot or by bike, both inside the city walls and beyond: a digital treasure hunt among the wonders of Val di Zena, nighttime excursions around Casalecchio di Reno, San Luca and Bologna, walks in the Gessi Bolognesi Regional Park and Calanchi dell’Abbadessa, walks in history, trips by mountain bike in Sasso Marconi, guided visits in the Great Italian Gardens near Imola and much more.


Here we are. Let the journey begin.


Discover the program of this Festival in Bologna May 19 › 28





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Last modified May 19, 2017

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