From 7th to 25th September 2016 Bergamoundergoes a transformation for the Sixth Edition of I Maestri del Paesaggio – it becomes a stage for nature and beauty. Nineteen days ofopen-aircultural unrest revolving around different themes: #Green Square, #Educational, #Green Design, #Green Fashion, #Green Food, #Green Show, #Kids, #Green Tour, photography contests, music, installations and land art itineraries in inviting alleys, courtyards, cloisters, gardens and green pathways.
A calendar designed for discoveries, meetings and reflections, all in the presence of the most well-known landscape archistars, guests and speakers at the International Meeting of the Landscape and Garden and at other seminars and conferences, centring around the theme of Wild Landscape, to be held this year.
Installation in Piazza Vecchia
The makeover of Piazza Vecchia, heart of I Maestri del Paesaggio, comes about from the ideas of the students who participated in the 2015 Edition of the Summer School led by Professor Stefan Tischer. Perfected by Stefan Tischer together with Lucia Nusiner and Maurizio Quargnale, the project aims at setting up a dialogue between the history and the architecture of the piazza by means of a section of the biodiversity of the Orobic Alps nature on an undulating walkway.
The makeover of Piazza Mascheroni (Title Partner Banca Popolare di Bergamo) was inspired by the students of the 2015 Edition of the Summer School led by Annacaterina Piras. Reworked by Arketipos, it is aimed to lead children of all ages to the Wild Landscape. Visitors to this temporary adventure park will find themselves in the midst of instruments of adventure – platforms, ropes and hanging bridges.
Photography contest “Obiettivo sulla Piazza Verde e dintorni”
The Fifth Edition of the photography contest promoted by Cairo Editore with Gardenia and Bell’Italia will award the best photographs of the Green Squares and of other areas of I Maestri del Paesaggio.
Art in nature
The Norwegian artist and teacher Jan Erik Sorenstuen gives the city an installation of land art situated in a picturesque corner of the Upper Town for the 2016 edition of “I Maestri del Paesaggio”. Those who enjoy walking can experience two small circular paths and they can have also the possibility to admire, besides the installation, the beautiful Roccolo Casati, an example of plant architecture admirably shaped by human hands.
Tresoldi Green Table
From September 7 to 25 Tresoldi Bakery will set up "TRESOLDI GREEN TABLE", a green space in the heart of Bergamo Bassa. Via Monte San Michele, near Piazza Dante, will undergo a change thanks to a Master of Landscape who will transform it into a truly "wild" garden. At the centre there will be a large community table to bring together adults and children in educational games of times gone by.
Donizetti Wild Spriss
The Donizetti Wild Spriss, dedicated to Bergamo’s great composer Gaetano Donizetti and to the yellow and red colours of Bergamo, this will be the official drink of I Maestri del Paesaggio 2016; it can be tasted from 7th to 25th September.
In Casa Suardi in Piazza Vecchia, Clay Paky will celebrate its 40th birthday with an exhibition which tells of the MoMS, the new museum dedicated to Modern Show Lighting and with the projection of films from the international video contest “Riprenditi la città, Riprendi la luce”.
Locales that are usually inaccessible to the common public now unveil their hidden beauty. Courtyards, cloisters and gardens in Città Alta open their doors to visitors and to companies that specialize in outdoor products, with installations, events and products that, through their design, create meaningful dialogue between nature and architecture. An initiative in collaboration with Gardenia magazine.
Guardia di Finanza Academy
The Guardia di Finanza Academy, a Military Institute of University-level education, has the duty to impart the high ethical standards of the Corps on the attending Cadets and arm them with the professional acumen necessary in legal, economic, financial, business and technical aspects to assume the role of “Official” and “Commander” of the Financial Guard.
AIAPP and IFLA’s exhibit – Tasting the Landscape
This year too, the collaboration between I Maestri del Paesaggioand AIAPP (Italian Association of Landscape Architecture), this time with IFLA (International Federation of Landscape Architecture) renews itself through an exhibit of Tasting the Landscape.
new! Clay Paky Light Exibition
For the entire duration of the Event, every evening, Clay Paky – world leader in the manufacture of event illumination products – will bring light to life in five magnificent parts of Città Alta, through light animation shows in Piazza Mercato delle Scarpe (from 9 p.m.) and Piazza Vecchia (from 9.30 p.m.), that will light up Torre del Gombito, Porta San Giacomo and Torre della Campanella-Cittadella to call out to visitors.
new! Green Night
Opening night of I Maestri del Paesaggio. The businesses of Città Alta, coordinated by the Comunità delle Botteghe, will colour their windows green and will offer tasty treats to passers-by. At various points, musicians will entertain visitors with the music of Gaetano Donizzetti. Museums, libraries, gardens and parks will remain open, completing the extraordinary atmosphere of the evening. There will also be a festive dress code for the occasion: visitors are invited to dress in green.
Art in nature
A special walk like an immersion through Bergamo landscape made by earth and light, culture, nature and architecture led by two exceptional protagonists: the Norwegian artist Jan Erik Sorenstuen, which will show us his Land Art installation, and Mr. Casati who will lead us to the knowledge of his Roccolo, wonderful construction of plant architecture.
September in terrace
The terrace and fashion store of Tiziana Fausti will be transformed into a garden of fashion and will be the heart of the photograph exhibition “Uno Sottile Filo Verde” by the famous Australian freelance photographer Claire Takacs. Nature and landscape unite with fabric, models, shape and colour in an outstanding location open to discovery for the entire period of I Maestri del Paesaggio. Four of the evenings will be dedicated to Conversazioni in Terrazza (Conversations on the Terrace) on various themes presented by exceptional speakers and well-known guests.
Nine encounters on green taste, organized by the Istituto Alberghiero iSchool to talk about the value of food as an expression of a culture and as an instrument for socialization. An occasion for reflection in the company of specialists and exceptional guests who will speak on the wild element in alimentation and health, art and culture, environment and sustainability, man and nature.
For this edition of I Maestri del Paesaggio, the Guide Turistiche Città di Bergamo propose two guided tours in keeping with the Event’s spirit, to promote the spread of landscape and garden culture.
1st route – 8th and 15th September at 7 p.m.: Gardens and terraces of Città Alta. The greenery inside the walls.
2nd route – 10th and 17th September at 3 p.m.: The greenery of the hills.
new! Universitè d’Etè - Bergamo: A permanent observatory of the landscape
Conference Day, instituted under the patronage of the President of the Italian Republic and now in its 13th edition, will confront the themes of protecting not only our cultural traditions, but also the protection of the identity of our landscape from large-scale interventions which change our land and the place where we live.
Wild jewels, flora e fauna in jewellery design
After the success of the last two editions, a new wild setup frames the jewels of ELA Antichità. Media Partner Case&Country.
Sette Terre Wine Fest
In the picturesque cloister of the "Seminarino", in Via Tassis, tasting of wines from Bergamo, managed by the wineries part of the Association of Independent Winemakers of Bergamo "Sette Terre". Slow Food, Associazione Italiana Sommelier and ONAV will also attend.
new!Green Company Award
Promoted and organized by Confindustria Bergamo and Arketipos, with the patronage of ATS Bergamo and in collaboration with the periodical ABITARE, the contest was born in the cultural wake of I Maestri del Paesaggio and aims to highlight the concrete realizations and the good practices that valorised greenery and landscape, initiated by companies based in the province of Bergamo. The award is a copperplate engraving realized by the students of the Accademia Carrara di Belle Arti, a sign of the organizers’ desire to sensitise people of all ages to a possible synergy between a company and landscape. (Closed on Mondays)
The initiative presented by the Bergamo Town Council returns in its second edition. An open-air watercolour workshop for children of all ages. The subjects of the artworks will be the grasses, flowers and fruits present in the setups of I Maestri del Paesaggio.
A picnic to taste the zest for life is scheduled at 255 Raw Gallery, in Palazzo Zanchi. An occasion also to taste the Donizetti Wild Spriss, the official cocktail of I Maestri del Paesaggio, and to preview the exhibition dedicated to the private gardens that will open their doors the following weekend.
new! Green Run
We Run on its usual Wednesday evening bootcamp will follow the itinerary of Landscape Route. A free step nocturnal run with regular pauses for fitness exercises accompanied by background music.
Kidslab – Infiltration
The power of the wild, the invasion of greenery, the unstoppable and indomitable overflow of nature. moBLArte bases its projects on this idea. The project is dedicated to children and adults with the scope of leading them into, recognizing and naming the wild with the aid of experiences bearing the hidden strength of an infiltrator who eventually breaks down a structure.
Mushrooms: history and science from another kingdom
The exhibition, conceived by the Gruppo Micologico Cantù e Como, is presented as an educational / scientific path outlining biology and the role of fungi in the different ecosystems and in human food history.
Kids Climbing al Clubino Square
Have a wild time at the adventure park of Piazza Mascheroni on the ropes, hanging bridges and walkways.
new!LAND ART Workshop
Aimed at students, teachers and lovers of art and landscape, these workshops are held by Professor Jan–Erik Sørenstuen and emphasise the green heritage in order to lead the participants to the realisation of small land art installations at Parco Suardi and along the Landscape Route, the circular walking itinerary that starts from and ends at Piazza Vecchia, going through the Parco dei Colli. In collaboration with GAMeC and the Adger University of Norway.
Historical houses and courtyards in green
The Seventeenth Century Villa Pesenti Agliardi in Sombreno opens its doors to visitors once again. Discover the beauty of its architecture and landscape, the work of architect Leopold Pollack.
Sunday 11th and 25th 10 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. – 3 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday 18th 3 p.m. – 4.30 p.m – 6 p.m. Sombreno di Paladina
The Alpine Seminar is a cycle of conferences which proposes high altitude lectures in an alpine environment on the landscape themes of I Maestri del Paesaggio. In keeping with the focus of Wild Landscape it talks about its particular section of the context: the Alpine mountain.
The Vasi Aqueduct
The Vasi aqueduct, located in the north-west hilly area of Bergamo, carried water from various sources over a distance of 3544 m within the Venetian walls. The tour of the Vasi aqueduct, led by the Gruppo Speleologico Bergamasco le Nottole, will take place mainly outside the water complex from Porta S. Alessandro to the village of Case Gallina.
Paesaggio e “Io Arlecchino”
The film Io, Arlecchinorecalls the Bergamasco landscape of the Valle Brembana with its historical traditions. It is these values of the protagonist, together with the feeling of attachment to the land and to the mountains of Bergamo, that are struggling to survive in a chaotic modern world. The orobic landscape shows itself in all its different shades, highlighting its uniqueness that comes from the rarity of its special morphology.
In its third edition, the Summer School 2016 with a 15-student team led by the visiting international professor Peter Fink, will look at the upgrading of Via Autostrada, motorway access to the city, using the community planning approach.
new!Seminario Regione Lombardia - Wilde landscape and biodiversity in the design of green spaces
The seminar is organized by the Regione Lombardia, and is dedicated to architects and agronomists. Topics will cover the issues of the use of native plant species in land and landscape management, instruments that safeguard the biodiversity and Wild Landscape reconstruction.
The Garden of Hesperides – The Dance of Energy
This year too, ABenergie has a spectacular show in store for us. A theatrical elaboration of poetry which reveals that which exists somewhere beyond us, beyond those who see us. The Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo presents a suite created around a mythical category of the European social culture: the waltz.
new!CONAF and WAA International Meeting
The Consiglio nazionale dei Dottori Agronomi e Dottori Forestali (CONAF) and the World Agronomists Association (WAA) will hold an international meeting titled “TOWARD THE SUSTAINABLE CITY – health, social welbeing, environmental comfort and new green spaces”.
The Youth Orchestra project SMIM of Bergamo and its province was founded by the UST and an agreement according to which, in the current school year, 15 schools have joined with musical direction of the province (Istituto Comprensivo De Amicis, Donadoni, Mazzi, Muzio, Savoia, and S.Lucia of Bergamo, others from Curno, Ranica, Stezzano, Treviolo, Bariano, Spirano, Treviglio, Clusone and Coll. S. Alessandro).
The PiCa Festival, for its second edition, comes together with I Maestri del Paesaggio. It presents a programme rich with happenings and initiatives that will add to the Event: workshops, live music, tasting sessions, lunches and dinners. Care of Maite.
new! Green Run
Four trainers of We Run will follow the itinerary of the Landscape Route for three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon being the pacer for four different rhythms.
The private gardens of Bergamo Bassa and Alta reveal themselves to visitors. Gates to some of the best green oases (usually hidden from the public eye) will open, welcoming the public. The gardens that will be presented Architect Adele Sironi are orchards, typical Italian gardens and contemporary gardens.
To photograph means to observe the city and the landscape with curiosity, attention and wonder, slowing oneself down or speeding up. The Croce e Punto Association invites you to use your eyes and the art of wandering. The field of study is the Upper Town and its hills, the aim is (re)discovering and understanding its delicate balance. No need to be a professional photographer to participate in this exploration. The event is open to people of all ages, students and professionals, curious ones and storytellers.
Orti botanici, eccellenze italiane
By Marina Clauser and Pietro Pavone. Edizioni Thema, 2016.
Gabriele Rinaldi, co-author of the book and Director of the Orto Botanico di Bergamo, presents the new book on Italian Botanical Gardens realised by the Associazione Nazionale Nuove Direzioni, in collaboration with the Società Botanica Italiana.
In-depth meeting - Platek. Lighting Design Workshop
The programme (repeated on the second day) introduces the methodology of the project of light with examples, achievements, basics of lighting and direct experiences aimed at actively involving and inspiring the participants. Exceptional speakers from Bianchi Rossi Lighting Design.
new!Forum sull'ambiente – Forum on the Environment
The Department for Environment, Energy Policies and Public Greenery of the Bergamo Town Council will organize a public meeting to present the report on the state of the environment (Agenda 21), as provided by the Aalborg Charter “Charter of European cities for development durable and sustainable” adopted in 2005.
Valfredda Perennials Seminar - Speaking of flowers and perennial grasses in the house of Valfredda. A day with Fergus Garrett, Annie Guilfoyle and Mauro Crescini
After the experience and success of past editions, this year’s Event too will include the seminar on flowers and herbaceous perennials. Hosted and organized by the Valfredda Nursery, it comprises the contribution of important figures such as Fergus Garrett, Annie Guilfoyle, writer for the magazine Garden Illustrated, in tandem with Mauro Crescini, owner of Valfredda Nursery, European leader in production of herbaceous perennials.
Drawing wilderness - Watercolor workshop
A workshop on drawing the greenery and the architecture of the landscape.
The illustrator, Cinzia Ester Invernizzi, will present special methods to represent fundamental elements of the landscape using quick, free-hand drawing techniques to effectively express one’s perception.
Participants will draw the basic elements of the wild landscape: individual and groups of trees, grass, shrubs, together with architectural materials and water in order to clearly express the concept and theme of the project, not as the product of an artist’s easel but as a coherent and coordinated product.
Photography workshop with Claire Takacs
A workshop dedicated to the photography of gardens by freelance photographer Claire Takacs (AUS). Six hours of workshop, divided between a theoretical part in the classroom at the Sala Viscontea and a second practical part photographing the setups designed and made for the sixth edition of the Event.
The high point of the Event, the International Meeting, will take place on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th September. This exceptional showcase invites amateurs and professionals alike to observe true examples of the culture of landscape through the explanations world-renowned speakers.
"Face to face" encounters with our partner companies.
new! Green Run
In an extraordinary daytime version, We Run offers its classic evening bootcamp, by daylight. Free step running alternates with fitness exercises, at one’s habitual pace, but always with special attention to psychic and muscular toning.
Ballet in Piazza Verde - Ceci n'est pas un jardin
Fleeting and hidden presences lurk in the silence of the Wild Landscape of the Piazza Vecchia, an echo of spirits calling out to people from the present and the past. The collaboration between I Maestri del Paesaggio, UNICEF and Danzarea Group continues in this edition of the Event.
Arboriculture Seminar - The tree growth and its diagnosis.
The architecture of the trees: the new frontiers of knowledge in arboriculture
An extra-Event item, the Arboriculture Seminar presented by the plant biologist Jeanne Millet – who has worked for over 25 years in North America contributing to the development of this science – offers an in-depth encounter on the architecture of trees for all those working in the sector.