Summer Readings

20.06.2019 - 01.09.2019

Summer Readings in the Gardens of Castel Sant’Angelo
From June 20 to September 1, in the Gardens of Castel Sant’Angelo, a whole new edition along the most beloved “ enchanted walk “ of the Roman Summer.

Culture is play, music, relaxation, craftsmanship, dance, time spent in the trees and, inevitably, books. In one of the most evocative corners of the capital , a relaxing oasis just a few steps from St. Peter’s Basilica where you can spend a pleasant time under the trees among presentations, meetings and concerts in the Piazzetta degli Eventi or spending time with the whole family in the spaces dedicated to the little ones i. A special place is also reserved for quality craftsmanship to discover perhaps enjoying a good aperitif between one page and another in the two beautiful Readings bars: the Bistrot del Passetto and the Bistrot Letture d’Estate. I will also be able to go in search of the lost book but also satisfy the curiosity and the taste for forgotten but still functioning vintage objects.

The program
The Gardens will host a rich program of evenings that combine the magic of music and literature: the performance by Gioia Di Biagio accompanied by Le Cardamomò; the Roman preview of the new book by Frank Lisciandro on Jim Morrison; the poetry in jazz of Liè Larousse and Gianluca Pavia with Paolo Damiani. There will be special meetings like the presentation of rocker Omar Pedrini’s novel and you can go from the stanzas of the Italian rap to the antimafia poets with Kiave for We Reading; do not miss the evening tribute to the myth of the 60s of Folkstudio that will see as super guest Toni Santagata and, again, the tribute to the rock world of groupies with Barbara Tomasino, accompanied by the notes of Francesco Forni and Luca Carocci. And finally, the music and poetry project of the couple Gnut & Sollo,

Many authors of Summer Readings 2019:on the stage the most interesting national and international names will alternate, present on bookshelves like Federico Pace, Andrea Delogu, Ascanio Celestini, Vanni Santoni, Stefano Bartezzaghi, Andrea Colamedici and Maura Gancitano, Luca Di Bartolomei, Alex Kerr, the writer Cinzia Leone who will be accompanied by a musical tribute for solo voice by Miriam Meghnagi, Melissa Panarello, cartoonist Marco Corona, Miriana Trevisan, Cristina dell’Acqua and Ilaria Gaspari, Claudio Gatti, Giorgio Biferali, Giulia Ciarapica and Paola Cereda. Still many surprise guests and many interesting mixtures: literature meets sport with Federico Vergari and Fabio Canino; there is the sharp satire of, again for We Reading, but also an evening tribute to the myth of Frida Kahlo entitled I call you Frida curated by Paola Zoppi;

The selection of concerts is very rich ranging from surf music to Cuban tradition, passing through pleasant folk, blues and jazz entertainment. Among the musical guests: Al & The Newtones, Both Sides Now by Arianna Gaudio and Filippo Gatti, the percussions by Ramon Caraballo, the Texas blues by Greg Izor who will accompany us on the night of full moon eclipses, Lucilla Galeazzi and Stefania Placidi, Nando Citarella Drums of Vesuvius, Caltiki rock, Seresta project, Lavinia Mancusi, Enrico Crivellaro the only Roman performance, accompanied by the Simone Nobile Band, Spirit Bird Gospel Choir, the Bassifoli with their seventeenth-century music, River Blonde, The Jump Aces, Traindeville, Gloria Turrini Blues Revue, Raffaella Misiti and another evening dedicated to Tom Waits with Raffaela Siniscalchi, Marco Ballestracci and Lucio Villani.

Space for the little ones
Great attention will also be given to children: until 30 June, the „Game Festival from 0 to 115 years „, ten days in which the avenues of the Gardens of Castel Sant’Angelo will become an island of toys for alli, adults and children. Then, from 1 to 14 July, the Central Children’s Library will offer shows, guided tours, treasure hunts, workshops and meetings and the exhibition „The dancing trees“ in collaboration with the Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange. There will be daily games and workshops throughout the event in collaboration with Orso Ludo and with the Roman libraries L’Ora di Libertà and L’Isola non trovata; again, the juke boxing readings for the little ones, the Tempo di giochi festival and the photographic exhibition on Nairobi Street Boys by Amref.

Along the walk in the avenues, it will be possible, from June 21st, to admire the exclusive exhibition dedicated to Alberto Sordi by the Experimental Center of Cinematography , with photos taken from the Photographic Archive of the National Film Archive.

The readings of Summer Readings will open on Thursday 20 June with the grand inauguration grand ball by the AEMDanza Association, while on Friday 21 we will welcome the Summer with an event dedicated to families and designed for the Music Festival of Rome with the Gianni Rodari Quintet. Saturday 22 not to miss the first Great Aperitif at the Bistrot Letture d’Estate: a convivial event to present the event and to toast with many guests and friends at the beginning of the most beautiful season. In the avenues of the Gardens, there will also be the „ladies of the extra-virgin“, the producers of the Pandolea Association, who with their tastings will reveal to the public the immense heritage of typical Italian extra-virgin olive oil.

The activities of Summer Readings
Always, Summer Reading activities are aimed at raising funds for Peter Pan Onluswhich, since 1994, deals with the reception of families with children and adolescents admitted to the oncology wards of the Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital in Rome. Saturday, June 29th, the Great Feast of Peter Pan is awaited, a special occasion with solidarity in which Letture d’Estate offers the „Trilly Spritz aperitif“, accompanied by the ritual ping-pong tournament and many surprises designed to support this charity project of international importance. There will be other events of social importance such as the day „I’ll take you with me. Humanity in the World. Art, music, history and street food „scheduled on 12 July by the Network of associations for the rights of refugees and migrants coordinated by Amnesty International.

Along the avenues of the Promenade of dreams and desires, you can meet table tennis, table football and chess, available to all those who, between an aperitif and a musical event, will want to enjoy the playful dimension that has always characterized the event in which there will be the traditional launch of the „world’s most difficult Crossword“ by Ennio Peres. Still, the Gardens will see the return of the skilled hands of the artisans of ArtIngegno, the collective of Arti & Mestieri that, in addition to enhancing slow craftsmanship and works of creative genius, will accompany the public to discover the use of new materials and cutting-edge techniques. An island that, in addition to offering artifacts with man-made and sustainable manufacturing processes, will show how objects take shape thanks to living demonstrations, not just for the little ones.

After the success of the last edition, the charm of dancing evenings returns in the magic of starry nights: every Wednesday Tango with the Milonga El Castillo curated by Liv & Bossi and again Lindy Hop and demonstration lessons with sessions open to the public by Swinghaus starting from Saturday 13 July. In addition, Summer Readings will host the Ferragosto Great Party with Giorgio Cuscito and the Swing Valley Band. 7

You will also have the opportunity to train and care for the mind and the body thanks to the activities promoted by a virtuous reality of the Roman territory, the Shiatsu Igea School, which this year will again allow you to discover the secrets and benefits of ancient and fascinating discipline.

Summer Readings 2019 has a very low environmental impact and aims to guarantee a long-lasting redevelopment of the Castel Sant’Angelo Gardens through continuous maintenance works of gardening, pruning, deratization and monitoring already in progress, preserving with the Rome Garden Service Capital. Not only: with particular attention to the most recent environmental problems, Letture d’Estate refreshment points will be equipped with compostable dishes and crockery, continuing a good practice that is part of the identity of the event.
The event – completely self-financed, free and open every day from morning to night – is organized by the Italian Invitation to Read Federation and is part of the program of the Roman Summer promoted by Roma Capitale Department of Cultural Growth with the contribution of SIAE. The programming of events designed for each visitor is the result of the creativity of Margherita Schirmacher and Lucio Villani, respectively curator and artistic director of Letture d’Estate and Stefania Cane for the cycles of events dedicated to children.

Location: Garden of Castel Sant’Angelo, Lungotevere Castello, Rome
Date: June 20-September 1
Cost: Free


Castel Sant'Angelo, Lungotevere Castello, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy



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