Bam, Mediterranean Archipelago Biennial: in Palermo the festival dedicated to the peoples of the sea


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Event date: From 11/06/2019 to 12/8/2019

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It will take place in Palermo from November 6th to December 8th 2019, with a core program by the Merz Foundation, European Alternatives and a BAM section – Palermo with initiatives resulting from the synergy with the city's cultural institutions, the second edition of BAM – Biennale Mediterranean Archipelago.

BAM is an international festival of theater, music and visual arts dedicated to the peoples and cultures of the countries bordering the sea, focused on the themes of reception and dialogue. Palermo thus continues to pursue its ethical and cultural vision as one of the most important social labs in the Mediterranean.

The 2019 edition of BAM – Biennale Arcipelago Mediterraneo, entitled ÜberMauer, takes place in the year in which three anniversaries of strong political and symbolic significance occur: the thirty years of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Tienanmen Square uprising and the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall motions. From these historical cues the project begins that sees a rich program of events, scattered in the historical places of the city, from the center to the periphery, with the participation of internationally renowned artists. The program was written by several hands by Fondazione Merz and European Alternatives, which for the occasion moves its Transeuropa Festival to Palermo, together with the various actors of the cultural, artistic and political life of the City of Palermo.

Each city is a community in its own right, wrote Aristotle, thus revealing one of the great tensions that still accompany us today: that between the universalism of notions such as humanity and justice and the often repulsive character of the polis, defined by contrast with those who do not have right of citizenship.

But is it possible to found a political community on encroachment? Is it possible to solve what Zygmunt Bauman considered the challenge of the moment, namely "to design – for the first time in human history – an integration that is no longer founded on separation"?
We find this condition pulsating, even today, in a plural city like Palermo: the center of the Mediterranean; the cultural and political connection between continents, with a strong cross-cultural vocation. BAM – Biennale Arcipelago Mediterraneo re-interprets and unites through art the iconic places of the polis, connecting the past with the present, towards a perspective of continuous change and inclusion, which as the philosopher Walter Benjamin taught us, should to bring more and more to "familiarize what is familiar with what is foreign and foreign".

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