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SITU
FESTIVAL

2021

SITU Festival, founded by the artist Nicola Tineo, curated by Sofia Baldi and sponsored by the Aps Zona Blu, wishes to trace in Militello in Val di Catania, Sicily, the design of an "open-air museum", where culture is at center of the Festival's activities.

The project consists of a residence from 16 to 29 August 2021 for 9 artists selected through Open Call who will each receive a church as a studio to think and design the work that can be visited by the public from 27 to 29 August.

In addition to the exhibition dimension, SITU Festival has organized a program of collateral events (talks, video projections, live performances, art therapy workshops, musical explorations) to reactivate Militello's identity context with innovative social-cultural proposals.

SITU Festival - Edition 2021 takes shape in the prestigious Baroque architectural setting of Militello in Val di Catania, a small town in the Sicilian hinterland included among the most beautiful villages in Italy and since 2002 a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although Militello is not one of the most popular tourist destinations on the island, this village is considered one of the most fascinating in Sicily and as evidence of its illustrious past, domes and bell towers, 20 churches, 9 convents as well as numerous noble palaces stand out.

SITU Festival intends to dialogue with the social fabric and the different economic realities of the territory, to stimulate collaborative mechanisms and dynamics between artists, cultural operators, participants and the community of Militello. The goal is to experiment and disseminate inclusive and aggregative cultural practices for resident and non-resident communities, through a re-evaluation and re-discovery of everyday places.

SITU Festival uses interdisciplinary creative practices designed ad hoc for the territory, capable of involving different types of audiences to trigger a territorial regeneration starting from the experience of culture.

 

Festival: 27-28-29 August 2021
Artist Residence: from August 16th to August 29th 2021

ARTISTS 

FLAVIA REGALDO
EDOARDO SPATA
TAMARA MARINO
LEME
ELISA ZADI
LA PERRA ALEGRIA
MATTHEW LICHT


COLLATERAL INTERVENTIONS:
NICOLA TINEO 
GIUSEPPE STORNELLO

Press

SITU Festival is a contemporary art project within sacred spaces and historical sites founded in August 2020 by the artist Nicola Tineo, co-founder of the A.p.s. Zona Blu, organizer of the third edition to be held from 1 to 11 September 2022 in Acate, RG, (Sicily). 

This year the heart of the project envisages that the Castello dei Principi di Biscari, the former Capuchin convent and the hangar located in the industrial area of Acate, temporary studio of the artist Giuseppe Stornello, curator of this edition of the festival, will be entrusted to 7 artists, selected through an open call, to create an itinerant exhibition itinerary capable of embracing the historical and peculiar identity of Acate in dialogue with the urgencies of the contemporary panorama. 

The Festival includes an artist residency from 1 to 8 September and a subsequent exhibition of site-specific works, talks, 

video projections, live performances, DJ sets and musical explorations, to reactivate the identity context of the territory with proposals 

innovative socio-cultural events, accessible to the public from 9 to 11 September.

This year we will have the honor of hosting inside the atrium of 

castle the "Third Paradise", a prestigious work of the master 

Michelangelo Pistoletto, and the special guest Antonio Presti, founder of Fiumara d'Arte, with whom we will inaugurate the Festival.

SITU Festival uses interdisciplinary creative practices designed ad hoc for the territory, capable of involving different types of audiences for 

trigger a territorial regeneration starting from the artistic and cultural experience. 

SITU Festival takes shape inside the prestigious halls of the Castle of the Princes of Biscari di Acate, a municipality part of the Val di Noto.

Although Acate is not among the most sought-after tourist destinations on the island, this municipality carries with it a fascinating historical burden full of Sicilian noble and war events, evidence of a past that in its part has forged the territory. 

SITU Festival - 2022 Edition, intends to dialogue with the social fabric and the different realities of the place to stimulate mechanisms and dynamics 

collaboration between artists, cultural operators, participants and the local community. The goal is to experiment and disseminate inclusive and aggregative cultural practices for resident and non-resident communities, through a re-evaluation and rediscovery of everyday places. SITU Festival also wishes to trace an exhibition itinerary in Acate that winds through historical, sacred and contemporary sites, the prestigious heritage of the place, where culture is at the center of the Festival's activities.

The project is supported, sponsored and made possible by the Italian Ministry of Culture, the Municipality of Acate, the Pistoletto Foundation Embassy of Lentini, the Antonio Presti Foundation - Fiumara d'arte, 

by the A.p.s La Mosca of Florence, by the German Embassy, by the contemporary art gallery "Nero Gallery", by the Analogique, Push Palermo, Casa Periferica associations and by the "Civico45" bar/bistro.

 

Project Curator: Nicola Tineo

Editor of the edition: Giuseppe Stornello

Project coordinator: Viola Lo Monaco

Local Coordinator: Councilor Ugo Lantino

 

Artists in residence: Lidia Meneghini (Leme), Flavia Regaldo, Elisa Zadi, Edoardo Spata, Tamara Marino.

 

Performers: La Perra Alegrìa, Marta Mariano, Matthew Licht.

 

Musicians & Djs: Luca Sinatra and Cesare Cristaudo Jazztronic Band, Lorenzo Cutrera (Coolor), Collective L.O.V. Crew, Alessandro Betto (Bad Brain), Paolo Quirino (DjPaul).

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