Roberto Alborghetti's visit 4-8 June 2019
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/
We then all visited the Weston Gallery’s fascinating exhibition “ Facts & Fantasies - Culture & Heritage of the Romantic Age c.1780-1840” on until 25th August.
Tim Rushby, Audience Development & Marketing Manager, came out to welcome Roberto and us, and to introduce him to Mark Dorrington, Keeper of Manuscripts & Special Collections (over from King’s Meadow Campus). It was great for them to converse about the exhibition and Mark’s role. Roberto also talked about Bergamo’s similar happenings during the Romantic Age.
Roberto also talked about his Lacer/Actions project he started nearly 20 years ago and gave Mark his brochure. Thank you Mark and Tim!
At 3.15pm, we all gathered at Lakeside Cafe to meet up with my friend and tourism colleague, Assoc Professor Scott McCabe, Tourism Research & Marketing Postgraduate Business Studies (based at Jubilee Campus). Scott has been keenly interested in Roberto’s Ghost Bus ‘Roads’ Project for some time and it was a great opportunity for them both to meet and talk with each other. Thank you Scott for joining us!
**INSERT PIC of Scott with everyone at table - in space above **
Off at 4pm to catch a taxi back to Beeston and a little relax before the evening event.
By 5.45pm I’d collected Roberto and William from the hotel and brought them to The Garage/Gallery on Chilwell High Road. The Garage Events space is now operated by the Barton Bros - Tom, James and Richard. It was a great reunion for Roberto with the Barton family since last March 2018.
I must add that Caron, Paul Bradshaw of Bradshaw Media and Chris Turner of Sheffield Audio had been skillfully setting up and preparing the day before and today the space at The Gallery with Tom and James Barton, before we arrived. Great teamwork and their hard work so much appreciated.
The Event - GhostBus2019 - In Conversation with...Roberto Alborghetti
And so by 6.15 - 7.00pm, the guests were arriving…
We were honoured by the presence of newly elected Mayor of Broxtowe, Cllr Michael Brown.
What a superb magical evening it was! To experience the whole LIVE streamed recording CLICK HERE
Superb photographs were taken by Tracey Whitefoot so here's her album for you to browse through.
**INSERT Paul Bradshaw's video links here. Here are his edited versions of the interview in two parts including images and video clips.
Tribute to Celia Clayton 23.1.65 - 20.4.19
- Ghost Bus follower since March 2015 & was President of the Beeston Camera Club. Also one of the Tuscan Raiders (8 of us) during ACT Tuscany Tour October 2015 incl Italian premiere of The Ghost Bus short film & unveiling of the Volcano Dress by Yarden Mitrani. Designed from one Ghost Bus macro photo by Roberto. This took place at Piancastagnaio community theatre, Siena country. New film premiere of The Volcano Dress is included in Paul Bradshaw's edited video.
Robin Hood today and what he means to Roberto.
Pope Francis - 6 volumes - what is he like? Latest best seller - Dining with Pope Francis - translated into 15 languages. How important it is to dine altogether at the table like the Italians do.
Food and food waste
RA books - ‘Pronto? Sono il Librofonino’ - A cell phone tells stories of smombies, smart phones & cyber bullying - children losing so much time of their lives. 'Social or Dis-Social - measure your way of being (well) in the network - guide for Under 14's. And more children's books.
The Mayor of Broxtowe Cllr Michael Brown said a few words at the end to thank Roberto and in turn Roberto presented him with a signed print of his visual art.
A big Thank you to All :
Event & Screen Sponsors:
Milano Express Pizza, Fred Hallam Ltd, Artworks, Onyx Goldsmiths, GH Hurt & Son, Macaron Marlo, AGC Print, Costa Coffee, Trattoria L’Oliva
The Garage Events/Barton Bros
Partners & Supporters:
University of Nottingham Lakeside Arts, The Beestonian - Christopher Frost, NottsTV, Creative Quarter, NTU Employability, Beeston Camera Club. The Barton Family, Jeanie Barton, Broxtowe Borough Council Civic Office, Pixels & Graphics, VAB Broxtowe, Nottingham Diocese, UNESCO Nottingham City of Literature, Justin Donne Associates, Linden Leaf Hotel
Event Team: Roberto Alborghetti, Marysia Zipser, William Ranieri, Caron-Jane Lyon PCM Creative, The Garage Events/Barton Bros, Inna Schutts, Chris Turner Sheffield Audio, Bradshaw Media, Tracey Whitefoot Photography, Dawn Lindson.
Around 9.30pm William, Roberto and I walked down to The Frustrated Chef restaurant for wind down and tapas with Caron joining us. As you can imagine, it is very tiring for Roberto to speak for 2 hours in English and getting the right words prepared in his translating head to answer the questions as best he can. Roberto, you did a fantastic job believe me! We are all in awe of you and what you do. Grazie mille Roberto, William and Caron!
Thursday 6th June
William says fond farewell to Roberto at Beeston Station at 10.00am to catch his train back to Brighton. Friendships bonded native Italian style. Thank you so much William for your skilled journalistic presenting and interviewing! This time, it was a rare appearance for you to be in front of the film cameras instead of behind them!
For Roberto, this visit was a time to meet up, relax and talk with personal friends he has made since his first visit to Beeston in October 2014. So he was very glad to have that personal time with Simon Barton and his family earlier this day. So much has developed on both sides since they met last year, and it was lovely to catch up with all their respective good news.
Roberto and I then went on a walkabout along Chilwell High Road and Beeston High Road meeting and talking with local businesses as our kind sponsors, taking photos, and visiting Chilwell Methodist Church and Beeston Parish Church, with a coffee shop break. Big thank you’s all round.
3.15pm Roberto and I meet up with Neil Walker, Head of Visual Arts Programming, at Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside Arts. A fascinating discussion was exchanged while Neil took us on a tour of the gallery and talked about its development since 1992. Roberto talked about his Lacer/Actions project, and the similarities between the textile industry development in Milan and Lombardy and the British influences there, and Nottingham. He explained about Caravaggio’s family origins from the town and commune in the province of Bergamo. Thank you Neil!
Neil then introduced us to Clare Pickersgill, Keeper of University of Nottingham Museum, who showed us both round the present exhibition of ‘Current Archaeology in the East Midlands’ on until 30 June. Recent excavations by Trent & Peak Archaeology. Absolutely fascinating! Thank you Clare!
My grateful thanks to Shona Powell, Director of Lakeside Arts who had arranged Roberto’s tour program and meetings with Mark and Neil months prior. It was a wonderful showcase and sharing opportunity between Nottingham/Midlands and Italy.
4.10 pm Back to Beeston for another rest.
At 7pm, Roberto joined his Beeston creative friends for a last supper together at Amores Restaurant in Beeston. Lamar Francois, Sharon Walia, Marcus Gilmore, Pam Miller, Rosemary Wels, Oksana Holbrook and I.
A great evening was had by all. Warm hugs and kisses exchanged...until the next time!
Friday 7th June
A personal day for Roberto to meet up with his English relations and spend valuable time with them - they all met up in Leicester (and visited King Richard III's tomb). For me it was a day for reflection and evaluation as well as some rest and relaxation.
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