TO BE TOLD
Florence, 16 - 24 March 2012
In Europe is evident the risk of survival of some oral traditions related to recent history, or belonging to minority groups. There are several reasons: the spread of the global mythologies, the disappearance of older generations, the need of minority groups (ethnic, cultural, linguistic, etc.) to feel themselves within a system of alleged integration that seems reliable only in the dilution of differences. This lability of the individual and collective memories could produce a vacuum of meaning in the reflections about identity, and could generate a depletion in every cultural exchange.
To be told comes from these observations and follows the trail of a widespread desire for knowledge and conservation of the past as a tool for the construction of the present.
To be told aims at developing a diffuse awareness of belonging to Europe, through the creation of an actual network between citizens expressing minority groups within the European Union, by making them share their stories and memories. Twenty citizens from Europe, witnesses of stories and assets at risk of disappearance, participate in a workshop in Florence (16-24 March 2012) in order to narrate and share their stories and translate them in other expressions (drama, dance, photo, video, novel...). All collected materials will be made available on the on-line platform http://tobetoldflorence.tumblr.com/, open to further updating and implementation by the participants, a tool for disseminating Europe-wide a deeper awareness on the entitlement to citizenship.
To be told is a project conceived and coordinated by Pietro Gaglianò and managed by Marina Bistolfi, Associazione Fabbrica Europa, with the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme - Grundtvig of the European Union.