“ROAD TO MYSELF – Walking The Ancient Trails in Southern Italy”

Puglia Tourist Board celebrates travelling Cultural Exhibition highlighting Southern Italy

This new travelling exhibition from the Puglia Tourist Board aimed at showcasing the enchanting and cultural itineraries available across the region, whilst simultaneously showcasing a new short film directed by Alessandro Piva.

Open to the public and free to enter, the exhibition commences its tour in London before travelling to three more European cities: Paris, Wien and Müenchen. Complete with local food and drink produce, the project aims to promote South Italy’s diverse cultural itineraries; a re-discovering of “slow” journeys, and provide an experience through film. The project also aims to highlight out of season travel.

These are the themes included in “Road to Myself”, the new documentary by Italian director Alessandro Piva, that will be screened during the travelling exhibition as it tours Europe from 14th June to 1st July.

The documentary has been supported and produced by South Cultural Routes – a collaboration between the Italian regions of Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise, and led by Puglia. The film has been co-financed by the Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities and Tourism.

Director Alessandro Piva has won several accolades, such as the David di Donatello and the Ciak d’Oro (2000) with his cult film “My Head is Spinning”; “Black Pasta” (2011) won an award at the Venice Film Festival. Throughout his film, Piva guides viewers through unique sights, meetings and experiences to engage and touch viewers. The film has was produced by two Apulian (Puglia) companies: Seminal Film and Studio9/Italia.

It takes a certain effect to bring a film based on the slow path and the inspirational journey all around Europe, but in past centuries the Grand Tour – of which Italy was a fundamental step – was considered an important training course for those who want to consolidate their own intellectual growth. Today we realise that in a some kind of striking short circuit between the past and the modern we’re launching, so to speak, a rear-wheel drive Grand Tour”, Piva said.

Taking place in the GX Gallery in south London’s Camberwell, the exhibition will be open to the public from 15th – 16th June: 10am – 5pm daily. During the exhibition, visitors will be able to sample a taste of local food and drink produce, admire the work of local artists such Iginio Iurilli and Federica Soldani, as well as watch Alessandro Piva’s documentary and receive information on Southern Italy’s cultural itineraries.

Location: GX Gallery – 43 Denmark Hill, London, SE5 8RS (nearest station: Denmark Hill Overland – direct trains from Victoria (9 min), London Blackfriars (11 min), and Clapham Junction (13 min)


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