Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Bazart 2014

An initiative taken by a young creative father to promote the arts and crafts in this part of Sicily.

An effort to recycle, re-use and involve children and adults alike in creating a new, cleaner and craftier city (or world, if you like).

A gathering of artists and artisans, activists and like-minded individuals to point out our mistakes as citizens and try to reinvent our lifestyle.

A mix of mostly-free workshops (the sharing of knowledge and skills like homemade soap making or Bach flower remedies), traditional song singing or African dancing lessons, recycled toy making for children, DJ's, live traditional music with a strong African influence and strange instruments and lots of really talented artisans showcasing their one-of-a-kind items, together with a vegetarian local food stall and some simple drinks at the Bar(zart)

 The use of an unused community space against an incredibly beautiful backdrop of a mountainous landscape in the old historic part of Ragusa, called Ibla.

The efforts of a university student group to make everyone aware of the lack of public spaces for youngsters to be in and their signature gathering to present a project to the authorities.

Child entertainers, art exhibitions, friendly people and a sense of community...

All this sounds good to you?

Then why on earth, in a city with a population of about 70,000 people, we only had a maximum of 50 people at any given time, coming to check out the (free!!) event?

Why on earth does this city look deserted when you walk about the gorgeous historic center? (and why is the shopping center full on Sunday evening, why?)

Why on earth does this city not offer more facilities to the tourists checking out what their citizens seem to not appreciate at all?

So many questions, so little time. I really don't understand it here. All I know is there's so much to learn about supporting this kind of initiatives that only benefit the locals and they need it so much...what a disappointment...

By the way, I had a stall at the event and I only made enough in 5 days to cover the rent, which wasn't expensive at all. So did the rest of the artisans.

On the plus side, I have two potential stockists for the near future and a lot of left over material in the shop, go check it out.

 AND, we had a really good time dancing to the drums and the wicked bands :-)

Nautical knot bracelets

Have a good week everyone!

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