by Marysia Zipser
We met up with ACT event producer Caron Lyon and, and a short time afterwards, we warmly welcomed and introduced William Ranieri, who had travelled up from Brighton by train, to be our event host presenter and interviewer. William runs his own video production company https://ranierifilm.com/ and is Director-Producer for https://thelatest.co.uk/ TV in Brighton.
We went over Roberto’s schedule and visit program and in particular the Q&A content and script/running order of the next evening’s event - Ghost Bus 2019 - In Conversation with…Roberto Alborghetti - at The Garage / Gallery at Chilwell. https://www.thegaragechilwell.co.uk/
By Dawn Lindson
After a busy day leaving behind a sunny cultural island that has plenty of natural beauty and so much Art to explore… In case you hadn't guessed, the place I was describing is Majorca! I was pleased to arrive home in time to catch Roberto Alborghetti’s Ghost Bus 2019 performance live at the Bartons Garage. I had heard so much about him through ACT and how he has a special interest in Beeston so I was very curious to learn more.
He spoke of how he sees colours, I found this fascinating and it prompted questions from the audience. He said "Colours are our energy.....our life!" A comment I couldn't agree more with, especially since I have a craze for colourful things. I guess we all see colours differently and his perspective was quite unique. Roberto loves the colour red and when he first came to Nottingham he saw that in the bricks, which for him are a symbol of structure and history of our city. This became the inspiration for his first production called "Colours of Nottingham." He collaborated with singer Jeanie Barton (who I met at my first ACT event) to create visual and musical films which will be on her new CD album called "Moments of Clarity".
However the things that I found struck a chord with me most were listening to him discuss some of the 6 books he had recently published. One of them "Dining with Pope Francis" covers his passion of food for survival and how we are what we eat. As a world we waste so many consumer goods which is totally unnecessary and is having negative effects on our world. Roberto described how he believes food waste is the biggest problem in our world today and said Italy wastes 40 billion euros of food each year.
He also aims to have a positive influence on school children with his "Social or Dis-Social" guide. He rightly acknowledges that the use of digital technology is a great source of education when used appropriately. However, 90% of children are using it inappropriately by spending too much time chatting online and playing violent video games. He has concerns that children as young as 6 are losing as much as 4 hours a day on their smartphones, this also increases to 6 hours for teenagers.
Not only is this causing negative social effects but they are being affected by blue light. He is concerned that some people are allowing the digital world to destroy their lives and recognises the importance of a sensible approach to using the internet. The important message he wants to get across to school children, is to use their smartphone to better themselves and create a better world for everyone to live in.
It was interesting listening to him having a discussion with the presenter William Ranieri live on stage and I also enjoyed watching the videos which were displayed on the large screen. He has a very imaginative approach to taking photographs, which would inspire photographers all around the world. However, he is not just a great Artist but also a great influencer on important sociological issues the world is facing. He finished the evening by answering questions from the audience. I will look out for his next event in Beeston and perhaps next time I will be able to meet him in person.
Roberto shared Dawn's blog on his webite/blogsite on 20th June and here is the link, with photos by Tracey Whitefoot, Inna Schutts and William Ranieri.
By Inna Schutts
After Trattoria L’Oliva the plan was to visit Lakeside Arts at the University of Nottingham but Roberto had another priority - he wanted to visit the most famous statue in Nottingham, that of Robin Hood. So he went to pay his annual visit to the legendary hero of the area. After revisiting Robin Hood and a short tram ride to University of Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Roberto had a chance to meet with Mark Dorrington, Keeper of Manuscripts & Special Collections and ask questions about the Weston Gallery’s current exhibition “Facts & Fantasies - Culture & Heritage of the Romantic Age c.1780-1840”.
Later in the evening the ACT team gathered for the last show preparations at The Garage / Gallery at Bartons. Guests started arriving soon after. Roberto was greeting people, many of whom he knew from previous visits to Beeston. The evening was a happy occasion for a reunion of what looked like, good friends. And at 7pm the “In Conversation with... Roberto Alborghetti” began.
It was an engaging interview lead by host presenter William Ranieri. The talk covered many areas of Roberto’s past and current work, his vision and inspiration, his love of food and life itself. Many guests had questions regarding his books about Pope Frances and, unknown to many, facts of the Pope’s daily life.
Two hours flew by rather quickly but the audience was treated to Roberto’s Ghost Bus short film and still had a chance to talk to each other and Roberto afterwards.
An ordinary Wednesday in a small British town of Beeston was full of Italian flavour everyone enjoyed.
Photos by Inna Schutts
It was another culturally diverse, eclectic evening on Wednesday 30th May at the colourful Lace Market shop, tearoom and creative space of Debbie Bryan’s. I was delighted to be able to bring our Cultures Crossing events back into the city centre for its second time this year.
Entertaining us that night were Steve Benford, Celtic guitarist, Pam Miller Fine Artist (with paper pulp demonstration), Mike Payton storyteller, Manjit Sahota poet from Poets Against Racism group, and Vina Ladwa, Indian dancer from the Manushi Dance School. Thank you ALL SO much! You were all thrilling to watch and experience!
Debbie and her team are also celebrating their 10th anniversary at this site on June 20th - Congratulations to you all!! Such a great vibrant venue! Enjoy Inna Schutts wonderful photographs of the event!
Here are a few guest and performer comments we received about the night...
"What a wonderful evening! Story telling, making pictures out of paper, guitar playing, poetry...Amazing! Very cultural evening - think I will come again! " - Margaret Rodger
"Thank you for a great night!" - Clare
"A truly marvellous celebration of people and arts! What a lovely experience to be part of and I look forward to visiting again in the future!" - Chris Wilder, Trickster @chriswildermagic
"Really enjoyed being part of CC9, demonstrating my paper pulp paintings! Thank you so much Marysia and Caron for inviting me to take part, alongside so many talented performers - particularly Vina Ladwa, who during her interactive Indian Dancing, transported me to India! Many, many thanks." - Pam Miller, Fine Artist
"Really enjoyed being part of this evening - warm, entertaining and great company!" - Mike Payton, Storyteller
"Was a pleasure to be here, an amazing evening!" - Rafe Ladwa
"It was wonderful to be able to play for you - and I loved learning to dance!" - Steve Benford
"What an enjoyable evening! Got here a bit late really. Enjoyed the poet, curious to know if he is publishing his work. Loved the dancing, would like to get involved." - Quentin Hood "Veteran of the Folk Revival 60's"
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