Monthly Archives: September 2013

26th September: Festival of Languages

Today is the Festival of Languages, taking place at Castello San Giorgio in La Spezia. The festival, which is now in its fourth year, has been included in the list of official events for the celebration of European Languages Day and is recognised by the European Council.

The event, which is organised collaboratively by CSH Language School and the Institution of Cultural services for La Spezia, is designed for students and teachers of languages as well as anyone with an interest in languages. There will be free classes for children aged 6 to 14 and workshops for adults wishing to learn a new language and the evening will conclude with a short performance of ‘The Roots of Voice’ by the Academy of Sarzana Bianchi.

13th September: All the Wine in the World.

A few days ago I ended up at the Montecarlo (the one in Italy, not Monaco) wine festival. Well, I suppose ‘ended up’ isn’t really how the situation came about as it implies that I hadn’t spent the past three weeks desperately planning and looking forward to this wonderful wine soaked day.

Apparently more than 40,000 people turned up, which is unsurprising when I think about how packed it was but everyone seemed on their best (if slightly tipsy) behavior. There was more to the wine festival than just wine, there was also theater, art, music and a lot of food. But mainly there was wine. A lot of amazing wine and friendly happy people. It was a good day.

September 6th: Photo’s of L’Aquila

A couple of weeks ago I went to see an exhibition of photo’s about the earthquake in L’Aquila by the renowned photographer, Roberto Grillo. The exhibition was aptly titled ‘Faces and Signs of an Earthquake’ and it was probably one of most moving collections of photography that I have ever seen.

I take a passing interest in art; I enjoy going to galleries and pretending to know more about it than I actually do but I’m definitely no expert. This exhibition left me completely speechless, the stark emotional intensity of the photos and the reaction of the other gallery goers (many of whom may have witnessed some of the tragedy in L’Aquila) is something that I’ll always remember.

The exhibition has had 21,000 visitors thus far, which is incredible but completely understandable once you’ve seen it. The exhibition is now over but Grillo has hinted at displaying the the exhibition in other cities.