Matera 2019

Matera 2019 presents the Aarhus 2017 Model of Sustainability

Matera 2019 made the concept of sustainability one of the fundamental values of the project they presented in their candidature dossier. The city is, in fact, home to a major model of sustainability through its example of the delicate harmony between man and the landscape.

Aarhus, the European Capital of Culture 2017 in Denmark, was the first to present a  Sustainability Model tied in with its cultural programme, thus focusing attention on the relationship between man and nature, and offers inspiration for a more sustainable way of life.
Culture gives us new eyes with which to see new opportunities, encourage dialogue, gain knowledge of virtuous experiences and alternative solutions.
How can we inspire from the Aarhus Model to Basilicata? We will build it together at Casa Cava on 28 February and 1 March, using our knowledge of national and international cases, sources of inspiration, as well as local situations that are already making use of and planning the future with cultural and environmental sustainability in mind. If you are one of these businesses, please write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “28 February 2017 meeting sign up” on the subject line. In the body of your email please tell us your name, contact info and a brief description of the case or experience you would like to present. You will have ten minutes for your presentation. We will accept requests to the end of business hours on Saturday, 25 February.
At the end of the presentations, we will, together, choose the case that will represent Matera 2019 at the  Samsø Sustainability Festival in June 2017, a part of the Aarhus 2017 cultural programme.  

Matera 2019 is already an active supporter of the Aarhus Model of Sustainability starting with the planning phases of this event! No machines and only recyclable products and exclusively digital communication will be used, and locally grown and bred food eaten.

Provisional Programme: the programme will be progressively updated as candidates are received

Tuesday, 28 February 9:00/18:00

At 9:00
Meeting place: the Linea Sassi bus stop at Via Saragat. We will go to Casa Cava by bus.

At 9:30
Raffaello De Ruggieri, Mayor of the city of Matera

At 9:45
Rossella Tarantino, Development and Relations Manager of the Matera-Basilicata 2019 Foundation

 At 10:00
Ariane Bieou, Cultural Manager of the Matera-Basilicata 2019 Foundation
Sustainability of the european events

At 10:30
Peter Christensen, Samsø Energy Academy e Soren Stochholm, Worldperfect

Presentation of the Sustainability Model and the Sustainability Festival of Samsø that is part of the Aarhus ECOC 2017 programme.

At 11:30

At 12:00
Silvano Falocco, Director of the Ecosistemi Foundation
Presentation of a National case: Forum Comproverde, a example of the completely sustainability event

At 12.45
Discussion all together

At 13:30
Lunch Break with menu featuring only locally grown and bred products.

At 15:00 The programme will be progressively updated as candidates are received
Presentation of local candidature case studies

- Maurizio Barberio, NFRG Secretariat – Politecnico di Bari
- Pio Acito, Legambiente “100mila alberi per il 2019”
- Michele Cappiello, Ferula Viaggi
- Vitangelo Caponio, Associazione Evolvente: Luoghi e Persone in Evoluzione
- Emanuele Sileo, Associazione Al Parco
- Rocco Perrone, Associazione Eventi Green
Marcello Santantonio, Cooperativa Le Monacelle
- Lucrezia Didio, Agrinetural 
- Pierfrancesco Pellecchia, "Il Parco della Murgia Materana: conoscere per proteggere"
- IC Pascoli di Matera, "Forme di sostenibilità ambientale attraverso la progettazione e la realizzazione di percorsi didattici"
Mariangela De Bonis e Luciana Paolicelli, Festival del Benessere "del buon vivere"
Francesco Paolo Lamacchia, The new European “Culture” towards a Zero Emission Future
Annalisa Catapano, Visit Ginosa&Marina
Francesco Semeraro e Marino Speciale, "Cammini rupestri per Matera 2019: 365 itinerari tra natura e cultura".
Michele Darò, MI. DA Studio di progettazione acustica

After each has been presented, the local case that will take part in the Samsø Environmental Sustainability Festival will be chosen.

At 18:00
Elio Manti, Manager Department Planning and Finance of the Basilicata Region

Wednesday, 1 March 9:00/12:00

At 9:00
Meeting place: the Linea Sassi bus stop at Via Saragat. We will go to Casa Cava by bus.

At 9:30
All of the study cases will take part in a workshop together with international experts to get inspired from the Aarhus Model of Sustainability to local needs. With the participation of Julie’s Bicycle (on skype).

At 12:00