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A WHOLE DIFFERENT KIND OF CINEMA
The Anteo Palazzo del Cinema in Milan is not just a latest generation movie theater. It is also a place to meet with many other forms of entertainment, because not only films are shown but there are also concerts, theatrical performances and operas. This is a place for personal cultural growth thanks to various kinds of seminars, talks and courses, as well as a place where you can just have fun. The restaurant also has an open-air space in addition to a pub and a literary café managed in collaboration with Eataly. A dining room has also been added where you can have breakfast, lunch or dinner while watching a movie. In fact the Anteo is now open every day from 10am to 1am. The programming has become more and more family-friendly, with an educational space where children can learn and play while their parents enjoy a movie or, if they are more grown-up, they can be encouraged to explore the world of cinema thanks to mini courses that last for the duration of the movie being shown.
Another ingenious idea, taken from the world of television, is the idea of cinema on demand, in a room with about thirty seats where any film present or past can be shown. www.anteo.spaziocinema.18tickets.it
CONTEMPORARY ART COMES TO THE QUIRINAL PALACE
For the first time in its history, the historic palazzo which is the residence of the President of the Italian Republic will be hosting a contemporary art exhibition from 24th October to 17th December 2017 with the title ‘Da io a noi: la città senza confini’ (From Me to Us: the City Without Borders). Curated by Anna Mattirolo it is promoted by the Directorate General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MIBACT) in collaboration with the Secretary General of the Presidency of the Italian Republic. On display in the 10 historical salons of the Apartments of Pope Alexander VII there will be works by 22 artists, from Italy as well as abroad, all of whom are either resident or often active in Italy. These artists are Lara Almarcegui, Rosa Barba, Botto & Bruno, Maurizio Cattelan, Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio, Jimmie Durham, Lara Favaretto, Flavio Favelli, Claire Fontaine, Alberto Garutti, Mona Hatoum, Alfredo Jaar, Francesco Jodice, Adrian Paci, Diego Perrone, Alessandro Piangiamore, Eugenio Tibaldi, Grazia Toderi, Vedovamazzei, Luca Vitone, Sislej Xhafa and Tobias Zielony.
FOOD IS ART, YOU CAN TAKE IT FROM SELETTI!
A lively and accessible Pop Art spirit pervades the new Seletti collection, with a whole new approach to design. This is a project that follows on from the experimental collection Seletti wears Toiletpaper that brought images from Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari’s cult magazine onto tableware, accessories and furniture for the home. This soon branched out to 1950s style armchairs, bed linen, dishes with the famous spaghetti and tomato sauce image, and the irresistible Hot Dog
Sofa, Burger Chair and Banana Lamp, which constituted the Fast Food Furniture items from the UN_LIMITED EDITIONS collection designed by Studio Job.
The latest developments include two new lines of mirrors: Tribal Mirror designed by Marcantonio and Morning Glory by the creative duo Zaven. BLOW by Studio Job is one of the top projects for 2017–2018: a spin-off based on the concept of democratic design that has always distinguished Seletti. This is a brand new series of items in the spirit of “Pop” consisting of rugs, neon lamps, folding chairs, mirrors and porcelain plates.
MOTO GUZZI: HALF A CENTURY OF PASSION FOR TWO WHEELS
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first V7 model they created, Moto Guzzi has now produced the V7 III, the completely renewed third version of the company’s classic motorcycle. Its every detail has been developed so as to give maximum satisfaction in riding and handling, while leaving the originality and authenticity of this iconic bike unchanged.
V7 is one of the most famous and well-known Moto Guzzi models. Its fame relies its on ability to live up to expectations in and the reputation of a legendary make that, since 1967, when sales of the first V7 began in Italy, has become the leader of the company’s product range and the supreme representative of the Italian motorcycle, with a distinctive design and performance that capture the imagination and ensure the appreciation of a very wide and varied clientele. “The third version of an original creation”. www.motoguzzi.com
THE MOUNTAIN BUSINESS IS ITALIAN
The Italian outdoor sports industry continues to be the best travel companion for extreme mountaineers, skiers, rock climbers, runners and all kinds of mountain enthusiasts. Italy leads the sector and Vibram, Scarpa, Grivel, Salewa and Tecnica are just a few of the major Italian brands, amounting to around twenty small and medium-sized businesses with a total annual turnover of 612 million Euros, compared to the 5 billion generated in the field all over Europe. Italian outdoor gear began to scale the highest peaks in the world market over fifty years ago and to date it exports 87% of what it produces, surpassing both France and Germany in its capacity for innovation, while keeping the safety bar very high. “According to the data provided by the leading magazine Sportpress, this is one of the most resilient sectors in the overall sports industry. After many seasons of double-digit growth, it has remained stable or has even slightly increased in the recent years of generalized economic crisis” says Luca Businaro, the President of Assosport, the industrial sports confederation, and he points out that these companies have become successful thanks to many years of hard work, ensuring reliability and innovation for their customers.
ITALIAN FOOD EXPORTS FEEL NO EFFECT OF THE CRISIS
In the first six months of 2017, Italian food exports abroad grew by +10.9% in value compared to the same period in the previous year. This is the result of Coldiretti’s analysis of the Istat data on foreign trade for the first six months of 2017, after agro-food exports had reached an all-time high of 38.4 billion Euros in 2016. Coldiretti points out that almost two-thirds of agri-food exports are to countries in the European Union, but the United States is by far the largest market for Italian food outside the EU, and the third exporting country after Germany and France and followed by Great Britain. The leading Italian agri-food product to be exported abroad is wine, followed by fresh fruit and vegetables.
THE HISTORIC HOMES OF LAZIO OPEN THEIR DOORS
Historic villas, palazzos and castles are now increasingly well-equipped to welcome tourists, also thanks to a number of itineraries and routes on which culture can also be combined with the delights of food and wine. Architectural and artistic masterpieces once reserved for a select few can now be admired by all, and visitors can hear ancient stories and almost forgotten traditions associated with these places. This project is being supervised by Francesco Sforza, the current president of the Association of Historic Residences (Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane) in Rome and the Lazio Region, an organization that has created a network linking its members all over the region, with the aim of transforming these places also in the smaller towns and villages into a center of attraction for tourists who are interested in local cultural traditions. There is also a growth in number of tourists coming from abroad who travel on the old pilgrim trails and pathways, such as the via Francigena, or along the ancient Roman roads. This great wealth of Lazio is still relatively little known or hidden, and yet the region has a great deal to offer, ranging from visits to the mountain community of the Castelli Romani e Prenestini; to the towns of Palestrina and Paliano, or excursions in the Tuscia, to the Lake of Bracciano or to the castles along the coastline of Lazio. Visitors can go there just for a day trip or spend a weekend visiting historic sites, discovering the traditions of the past and enjoying the local gastronomic delights. www.visitlazio.com