The 2016 Carnival’s theme: Creatum introducing Arts and Traditions

A BIG STAGE WHERE THE ARTS, TRADES AND TRADITIONS BECOME PROTAGONIST IN VENETIAN HISTORY

CREATUM: an idea for a new start, a rebirth of Venice's ancient origins. Names of alleys (calli) and small town squares (campi) like “calle del forno”, “ruga dei oresi”, “campiello del remer”, “fondamenta dei vetrai”, “calle dei fuseri” or “frezzaria” are a tribute to the arts and trades, and will be at their best in St. Mark's Square.
Like in a fairy-tale village, with sets organized by La Fenice Opera House, artisans and their mastery recount Venice's unique history.

THE PROMOTION OF THE TERRITORY'S EXCELLENCE

Like in preceding editions, exploiting collaboration with scenographers - Angelo Lodi, Guerrino Lovato and Massimo Checchetto and costumes from Atelier Nicolao and Francesco Briggi's Atelier Longhi, the promotion of the territory's excellence continues and strengthens this year, thanks to a collaboration with mask makers, and weavers.

AN INVITATION TO PASS “CARNIVAL-TIME” FESTIVITIES IN VENICE

According to definition “Passing” carnival time in Venice means immersing in festivities.
Venice proposes a very rich programme of performances, exhibitions and events also connected to wine-and-food tasting and their top quality products. Literary, theatrical and musical traditions, both national and worldwide offer numerous ideas to inspire this year's artistic and scenographic choices organized by artistic director, Marco Maccapani.

JUST LIKE IN AN OLD WORKSHOP WHERE YOU CAN SEE A FACEMASK OR A BEAUTIFUL COSTUME BEING CREATED

Arts and Trades are the protagonists in this year's Carnival. Live for the public in St. Mark's Square - Mask makers, weavers, tailors and glass-makers in their 18th century Venetian workshops. Their most minute or delicate activities will be amplified on a big screen set up in the Square. Actors and masks will emphasize the important moments and phases during artisan activities; the groundwork used to transmit the message that arts and traditions in Venice, are real, unchanged over the centuries, and still present in the city. The St. Mark's Square backdrop will be a frame to a giant living canvas with masks, costumes, and cloths, where the arts of the trades are framed by bursts of a gone-by Venetian life, where theatre and music alternate until a final triumph.

Together with the mainland, where the Carnival will spread, and celebrations become a showcase exhibiting long traditions of Venetian life, even Calli and Campi in Venice will become places for musical and theatrical events. While preparations and re-enactments once again, present Venice's relationship with arts and trades at the Arsenale, the “factory” par excellence.

Theme-based itineraries, special openings, temporary exhibitions, and iconographic itineraries will be offered, thanks to collaborating museums and cultural institutions.

MUSIC AND THEATRE

A rich and well-structured programme dedicated to music and theatre. The art of costume and disguise has had a major expression in Venice. Therefore, the 2016 Carnival rediscovers theatre, opera and comedy, not only inside the theatres – but also in the open air at St. Mark's square to be used as a stage, and in the campi and calli. A big performance where the real world and artistic illusion meet, enhancing all the traditions in the arts and trades of Venetian culture.
Music will be brought back to the campi, calli, and Venetian canals, transforming everything into a travelling Carnival.

THE CARNIVAL OF CULTURE

The involvement of cultural organizations spreads all over the Venetian territory and on the mainland with a cultural programme: a schedule that has been structured to include the whole period of events connecting city situations, from the Civic Museums at the State Museum centre, including private independent foundations in a precious calendar of events (concerts, conventions, exhibitions, theatrical and cinematographic shows) focusing on the carnival theme, works that testify the culture of arts and trades in Venice; iconographic itineraries centred on the arts even in sacred places; theatrical and comical events; fairy-tales and little theatres for children, to workshops where even they can become protagonists of handicrafts.

EDUARDO GUELFENBEIN - ENDORSING THE 2016 VENICE CARNIVAL IMAGE

The poster for the 2016 Venice Carnival, the event's official picture, and all the graphic elements of this edition were designed by artist Eduardo Guelfenbein, who worked with the “cut out” method, clippings, taken from his most recent pictorial works. “I have always liked making collages, and playing with scissors” - says Eduardo - “the carnival is a good way to express an explosion of vibrant colours - The cut-out symbolisms reflect the creativity and imagination of the person behind the events.”

 

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