“The whole event was simply beautiful. I was fascinated by the way people on the streets started engaging spontaneously with the cinema tour guests, reviving memories or counting anecdotes. Furthermore the poetic beauty of an abandoned cinema with the celluloid still on the editing spools, was striking. Last but not least, the enthusiasm of the local team of young cultural workers is envigorating. Cinema culture is very much alive in Bari.”Professor Philippe Meers (Antwerp University)
The ECA team organised an event in Bari to present the research findings to the general public, including school children, cinema exhibitors and film industry representatives.
This video – created by Massimo Ruggiero, from the Sapore di Sale’s team, shows the public engagement event organised by Francesco Maggiore e Silvia Sivo, in collaboration with the European Cinema Audiences’ team: a journey through the abandoned cinema theatres in Bari’s working class district Libertà, once populated by many several cinemas which have all closed over the years.
The national newspaper La Repubblica reports on its TV channel on the public engagement event Sapore di Sale.
The expostModerno project – presented at the Sapore di Sale public engagement event, aims to regenerate the exArena Moderno, an open air cinema based in Bari’s working class district Libertà. This is an unprecedented experimenting space open to the territory, a site which can potentially enable a new cultural vision, new creative processes,and a new common good that reinterprets the community’s role of cinema. If you want to support the re-opening of this cinema, please donate here: expostModerno