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The school “adopts” the city and its sea: after two years of hiatus “Panormus” is back

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Four appointments in the symbolic places of the Palermo coast, from the Foro Italico to Sferracavallo.
After two years of pandemic, the longest-running cultural event in the city is back

After two years of hiatus imposed by the pandemic, he is back “Panormus, the school adopts the city”the longest-running cultural event in the city, born in the spring of 1994 from the will of the school and civil society to reclaim Palermo and its spaces.

“Living the city to the rhythm of its sea” is the theme of this 2022 edition which will see students from 53 schools (6 preschools; 4 didactic directions; 27 lower secondary schools and SMS, of which 17 are musical; 6 secondary schools grade and 10 peer institutions) together with the girls and boys of 19 nurseries, animate i symbolic places of the maritime Palermo over the course of four weekends.
The appointments are April 9-10, April 23-24, 7-8 May, May 14-15.

The scheduled activities (games, theatrical and musical performances, workshops of all kinds) will take place between Foro Italicothe Sant’Erasmo pier, Mondello, SferracavalloL’Arenella, Romagnolo, Settecannoli And La Cala, involving – in addition to schools – numerous associations operating in those territories.
Adopting places that intertwine a relationship with the Mediterranean sea means bringing to light the babelic plot of the city, open to the coexistence of cultural and linguistic differences, in which it has survived and evolved.

The school adopts the city “, in fact, continues to maintain a vocation of urban pedagogy: from the adoption of monumental and environmental sites, the project today focuses on the deepening of issues of important social relevance such as multiculturalism, attention to female figure and, this year, the sea and music.

Tuesday May 17 the Massimo Theater will organize the final day of the event.
Pupils from seventeen musical institutes involved in the project will play and sing on the steps of Piazza Verdi and in some of the internal rooms of the Theater.

To consult the detailed program of the four scheduled appointments, just connect to the School Portal of the Municipality of Palermo.

“Despite its position, in recent decades the link between Palermo and the sea has been urbanistically declassified and only recently rediscovered through a gradual re-appropriation: from the Cala to the Foro Italico in Sant’Erasmo, in a continuous process of redevelopment of the coast” Councilor Giovanna Marano declared that, as usual, during the press conference she handed over the keys of the city to the students.

«We know that listening to the musical rhythm of the sea leads us to reflection, meditation, to feel good.
Today, neuroscience studies show that observing the waters of the sea causes the brain to produce serotonin and dopamine, and that its inimitable blue is a powerful stress reliever.
Music, on the other hand, for the emotions and feelings it arouses, is the “voice of the soul”, a universal language, without territories or borders, a main tool for building dialogue, confrontation and peace between peoples ».

To the common traits between sea and music and to the pedagogical and educational suggestions that these elements evoke, the training course was dedicated to the educational and teaching staff of the educational services and schools that have joined “Panormus.
The school adopts the city ”.

“In memory of Alessandra Siragusa, to whom the city will dedicate a stretch of the Lungomare del Foro Italico – declared the councilor for Culture and Toponymy, Mario Zito during the press conference – the activities start again after two years of stoppage due to the pandemic of Panormus.
The theme chosen for this edition, Living the city at the rhythm of its sea, wants to be an invitation for the entire city-community to find a “common” breath that allows us to sing the beauty of the city in polyphony of voices.
colors of the sea, the voices of ‘seafarers’ ».

For Marco Betta, superintendent of the Teatro Massimo Foundation in Palermo: «An event that has always put children and young people at the center of its program and taking charge of the territories and their cultural institutions.
There are important things in life, but some are the things that remain: this relationship between schools, music and institutions is one of them, an integrated system that sows and is already bearing fruit ».

“The” Panormus.
The school adopts the city “project has been a fundamental point of reference for the school community and for the whole city for years now,” said Mayor Leoluca Orlando.
“Through this project, the city school community plays a fundamental role in the promotion and construction of rights.
We come from two years of pandemic that have upset parents, students, teachers, yet the Palermo school, despite the difficulties, has proved its worth, confirming the strong link between school, family and territory.
We are therefore preparing to live this event with enthusiasm to tell the beauties of our city and to learn to take care of it ».