Matera 2019

Irsina is a town that changes through its residents. A lot of people emigrated, but in recent years there has been an influx of foreigners, who have bought houses and promoted new cultural initiatives, making Irsina a town with an international profile, but a town which has preserved its authenticity and tradition. One of the most ancient traditions is the cult of Sant’Eufemia, the patron saint, represented by a beautiful statue by Andrea Mantegna in the Cathedral with artifacts from the De Mabilia Collection. The aim of the project 'Traditions and Contaminations from the World' is to combine these two elements – international identity and deep-rooted traditions – through international and Italian artist residencies, where artists will re-interpret works in the Collection and the sacred rituals linked to the traditional cult of Sant’Eufemia.

A photo exhibition based on the theme of the local landscape will be organised to pay tribute to the beauty of the area that attracts people from all over the world and makes those who have left nostalgic. A journey on foot and by train will be dedicated to the theme of migration and end with a play at the Stazione dello Scalo.

The project will last three days and also be an occasion for a thoroughly international experience, which will include dancing, cooking, traditions and customs from Irsina and from the rest of the world.

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Municipality of Irsina for Capital for one day