by Marysia Zipser
It's always a joy to welcome Roberto to Beeston and Nottingham. Here are public reactions to his 'In Conversation with..." evening on Wednesday 5th June at The Garage in Beeston/Chilwell
Photos by Tracey Whitefoot /Whitefoot Photography.
See her album on my previous blog 11.6.19.
"I was pleased to be invited to this event and was fascinated by the excellent work. It’s delightful to see the creative community bringing events like this to our Borough." - Mayor of Broxtowe, Councillor Michael Brown
"Enjoyed it very much! Very interesting and entertaining. Thank you!" - Pam Miller & Rosemary Wels
"Great to meet up again! The Ghost Bus Lives On!!" - Christopher Frost - The Beestonian.
Read Christopher's awesome review further down.
"Thank you for prompting me to come to this Marysia! It was an enjoyably eclectic evening, very warm and sociable." - Karen Med
"We found the evening fascinating, Roberto finds another angle with which to see the world; he slows us down and helps us to appreciate the here and now - the beauty of the everyday. It was refreshing and energising! " - Jeanie Barton
"Thank you for the live-streaming, wonderful to watch!" - Lee A. Meisner, Ohio, USA
“A relaxed evening listening to someone with an amazing range of interests and achievements, from being the official biographer of Pope Francis to a visual artist specialising in abstract photography.”
“Roberto’s work in education is fascinating: he has recently written a book articulating the concerns many have for the limiting effects of social media on young people.”
“William Ranieri was an impressive interviewer, and did much to create a positive and relaxing evening. As with all good interviewers he knew when to step back and when to gently nudge forward.” - All above comments from Robert Richardson
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
An old bus brings Pope's biographer back to Beeston
The Ghost Bus 2019 - In Conversation with...Roberto Alborghetti - Wed 5th June 2019
Beeston Set to Host Global Gathering for Italian Art Exhibition
TICKET LINK - www.landrovermapping.eventbrite.com
Notes & Links to Editors:
About Roberto Alborghetti: https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/about/
Ghost Bus Project web page: https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/the-ghost-bus-project/
Barton Bus Company website: http://www.bartonsplc.co.uk/
Visiting Artist Joe Ganech’s website: www.joeganech.com
Featured ACT Artist, Rand Heidinger: http://modernist.ca/
Visiting Artist Kimberly Pelkey webpage: https://www.behance.net/pelkeysoutc837
Peter Bullock’s Fine Shoes “The English Shoemakers”: https://englishshoemakers.co.uk/
Land Rover Mapping Screening Venue: https://www.facebook.com/chilwellartstheatre/
Beeston Film Festival Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/beestonfilm/
Launching Joe Ganech's website was a major objective of the event. Over joyed he could join us from Brussels via live-stream. All our dignitaries got one to one time with Joe. Check out his site.
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