The program of the Congress offers many possibilities for leisure time and cultural enrichment. The activities are free and open to all, with the only exception of the “World premiere for the One World Award” that will take place during the Gala Dinner.
Opening Ceremony (June 17th at 6:30 pm)A splendid opening ceremony will officially inaugurate the Congress on Tuesday, June 17th, 2008, at
6:30 pm, in the picturesque setting of Piazza Grande, next to the Modena Cathedral and the Ghirlandina Tower, both declared UNESCO World Heritage sites. This important moment will be public and open to everyone. World-famous scientists and international activists will alternate on the stage, where they will bring their precious contribution to the works of the Congress and inspire its contents. The institutional moments will be complemented by interludes of artistic performances, dance, music and theater in particular. Artists will not miss a chance to praise the cultural and
traditional aspects of Modena’s territory, with particular attention given to the organic world gathering in Modena.
today, development, biodiversity, the environment and climate change. The exhibition sites in the historic center, the meeting rooms, the botanical garden will be the places for this reflection and certainly worth visiting.
The complete list of offered visits will be available to the participants upon arrival to Modena and at the Congress sites.
Evenings of the Este (June 12th - 22nd, historic center)From June 12th to 22nd, Modena hosts the Serate Estensi (Evenings of the Este), a historic
commemoration of the Este Dukedom that, in 1598, moved its capital to Modena and ruled it for centuries. The splendors of the Court of Este in Modena are reminded with ten-day festivities in the historic places around the city (Piazza Grande, Palazzo Ducale, Piazza D’Armi, Giardino Ducale) and with cultural exhibitions and conferences. The theme of the 2008 edition is the art of the banquet, from the kitchen to the table. The events to be pointed out are the theme dinners, the Great XIX Century Ball at the Ducal Palace, the Great Concert on Piazza Grande, the theatrical shows at the
Ducal Gardens, the popular Banquet and the Banquet of the Noble House of Este. Antique codes of cuisine and precious furniture belonging to the artistic legacy of the Este family will be at the center of the exhibitions on the Este cuisine. Among the events most sought after by the public, there are the challenges of the Historic Soccer, the Quintana Cybea and the Great Este Quest for the Stolen Pail. Scores of nobles from the 1600’s to the 1800’s will make us relive the ambiance of the
ducal court every evening. All the evenings are free of charge.
Promoter: Municipality of Modena – Council for the Sports.
lifestyles, with positive and negative examples immortalized by the camera. It concludes with a
unique evening at the Summer Supercinema, with the screening of a feature film entitled “The Real
Dirt On Farmer John”. This film tells the personal story of a farmer, the mirror of an evolving society and a testimony of lifestyle choices. Author and actor John Peterson will be present to talk with the public. Don’t miss it!
In collaboration with Arci Modena.
Festival of the Other Economy
“CONSUME BETTER. WASTE LESS!”The 5th edition of the critical, fair and aware consumption week.
Alternative economic models are possible. This is the conviction of the associations gathered at the Table of the Other Economy of Modena that, together with Agenda 21, Modena’s International Cooperation Office and the Oltremare Cooperative, will bring to life the 5th edition of the Other Economy week, in concomitance with the IFOAM Congress.
In parallel to an economy that sacrifices the environment, social equity, quality of life, and where well-being is measured based on GDP, a different economy develops and grows, “other” by its methods of production, distribution and consumption. An economy that’s equitable, sustainable, ethical and fair, and which runs on other ideas, based on the principles of ecology, equity, simplicity, balance, social justice, respect of the environment and solidarity among peoples and countries.
During the week: 3 days of going in depth into themes such as social farming, international cooperation and alternative development models, with international guests, offering to Congress participants, and everyone else, occasions for exchange and comparison.
On the weekend (June 20th - 22nd): an exhibition hall at the Market Festival site, in the area of Piazza Matteotti, devoted to international cooperation and fair trade associations and projects, as well as to aware consumers, recycling associations and those promoting alternative energy, to acquisition groups and to the many other subjects that constitute the rich and heterogeneous world
of the Other Economy.
In collaboration with: Agenda 21, Modena’s International Cooperation Office, Tavolo Altra Economia, Modena Città Equosolidale.
Fête de la Musique (June 21st)
Also known as World Music Day, it is one of the most important cultural and entertainment events in Europe. It takes place on June 21st, during the summer solstice. Launched in France, in 1982, it has grown to international proportions. Supported by municipal administrations, cultural associations
and community institutions, today it takes place in many European cities. Hundreds of free concerts are organized in various locations in the cities, which become big stages under the stars for a night of music.
The festivities arrive to Modena on the occasion of the IFOAM Organic World Congress, invading the common places: streets, squares, churches, courtyards, monuments, but also unusual locations, places for you to discover.
Famous artists and emerging musicians, students of music schools, choirs and bands, youth groups and solo interpreters will be the protagonists. From rock to rap, classical to techno, traditional music to modern and experimental sounds; music that goes beyond all barriers, music that unites, music that mends the social relationships with a universal thread and gives value to differences.
A celebration for the free creative expression that tries to regain a sense of an individual and collective experience, of a comparison with others, for a modern and civil cohabitation.
The party will start late in the afternoon and long into the night, to fully enjoy the longest day of the year.
The night will be very lively, propitious for making new acquaintances, for discovering the city and its museums, for making music and listening to it.
Promoters: Province of Modena, participating Associations and Bodies, in collaboration with: Italian Association for the promotion of the World Music Day, Association for the Development of Creation, Studies and Projects.
1) “Ristorante Città (City
Restaurant). Architectural and culinary tastings”
To tell that, which cannot be told, or that may seem impossible to tell. The squares, the courtyards, the markets of Modena’s historic center – a city that takes pride in the architectural, cultural and gastronomical world-renowned experiences it has created – will transform into venues for agricultural events.
The Koinè theater company, which promotes the culture of environmental sustainability in Agriculture and in Theater since 1994, will transform the urban and architectural spaces of the city into scenes of theatrical expression, where the spectators can taste organic products. Picturesque and original guided visits will leave from the Theatralized Informative Camp, not far from the main Congress site, to discover the origins of Italian organic productions: wine, cheese, fruits, vegetables and meats. Courses on plowing and using a hoe, short lessons on sustainable agriculture, tasting the presence of the pasture, the cows, milk, herdsmen, curd and casaro (cheese maker) contained and concentrated in the crafted cheese, visits to markets and meeting the farmers.
2) “Encounters with extraordinary animals. The cow, the pig, the hen.” (June 20th - 22nd)
Three love stories told in a circular-shaped venue resembling an arena.
The public, comfortably seated on wooden steps, a striped big top above their
heads, witnesses a clash-comparison of the various forms of love: paternal
love, fraternal love, impossible love. Three animals are witnessing, unmoved:
the cow, the pig, the hen.
Harmonies in music and
World premiere for “OWA” - the One World Award
In Spilamberto138th Fair of St. John the Baptist (June 20th - 24th, historic center)
It is the most important economic/cultural event in town, visited by
thousands of people interested by the array of products that are typically from
In the magnificent setting of Castle of Levizzano, three rendez-vous are scheduled to inaugurate the newly renovated fortress and to welcome Congress participants:
Promoter: Municipality of Castelvetro.
In The Province
“Concerts of the Milky Way” is a summer event that features “classical” music concerts inside the aging rooms of the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese production plants.
A pairing that may seem somewhat risky at first sight, yet the concept takes its inspiration from the strong contrast between the refinement and elegance of a concert and the simplicity and genuineness of a Parmigiano-Reggiano aging or production room. The objective of the project is to promote culture and to present places that are rich with our earth’s typical values, just as the dairy farms of Emilia are.
Being its 6th edition, the exhibition has proven its popularity with about 20 concerts per season, distributed among the provinces in the area of production origin (Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Bologna).
Thanks to the collaboration of the Italian Cultural Institutes, the international twinning started in 2007 will continue in 2008. Furthermore, Congress participants will have the possibility to participate in one of the concerts.
Promoters: Arci Reggio Emilia, Dietro le Quinte, Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium and interested Provinces, with the contribution of the CCIAA and the Municipalities where participating dairy farms are located.
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