Ente Friuli nel Mondo coordinates a network of more than 150 associations of Friulians scattered all over the world, the so called Fogolârs Furlans (“Friulians hearths”) that will help spread globally Mittelfest's cultural project through specific activities and online events, and also by mean of their “Friuli nel Mondo” magazine, a bimonthly which has been published by the institution since 1952. Friulians who are members of a Fogolâr (both in Italy or abroad) will also be granted special access to the festival's shows, which will take place from August 27th to September 5th in Cividale.
Mittelfest's President Roberto Corciulo and Ente Friuli nel Mondo's President Loris Basso just signed a three-year deal of collaboration: «Mittelfest's spirit has always been both local and international – Corciulo said – It was born and nurtured in a unique territory, all the while involving Central and Eastern European countries in its activities. This collaboration definitely marks its global aspirations, as the festival aims to become an acknowledged point of reference for Friuli Venezia Giulia's culture. Now it will travel even further thanks to the Fogolârs' network».
«Ente Friuli nel Mondo is and has been for 70 years a key connection for all Friulians who live in all continents – Loris Basso explained – and is devoted to keep, enforce and enrich the bond between migrants and their homeland. We're really satisfied for this partnership, and to be able to bring to the world Mittelfest's excellent work. This collaboration points to enhance the region's immense cultural heritage and its identity, both in Italy and abroad».
MittelYoung and Agrifood FVG, an expanding strategy
Mittelfest's President Roberto Corciulo recently signed another important three-year deal with Agrifood FVG's President Claudio Filipuzzi to promote Friuli Venezia Giulia's wine&food culture and traditions, and the so called "slow tourism". «Mittelfest is empowering the bond with its territory, also through the food&wine culture and local economies that play an important part in creating Friuli's unique story and traditions», said Corciulo. The collaboration with Agrifood FVG, Friuli's agribusiness cluster, began last year when the project “Io Sono FVG” (I am FVG) was officially launched during Mittelfest, a brand designed to identify FVG-made products.
Mittelfest also actively recruites young talents, and the call for its MittelYoung events – taking place from June 24th to 27th – was answered by more than 160 artists from Italy and 25 European countries: Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, Germany, Albania, Switzerland, Greece, Malta, Kosovo and many others. «Simbolically speaking, it's a strong result, considering that all cultural places and events have been shut down for one year, crushing showbusiness professionals – said Giacomo Pedini, Mittelfest's Artistic Director – The festival aims to overcome all these hardships through MittelYoung by promoting dialogue, artistic interconnections and the youngs' talent». Now a commission made of 30 showbusiness professionals aged between 20 and 30 years old, coming from Friulian cultural associations, along with the festival's Artistic Direction will choose nine shows (three out of every discipline: theatre, music and dance) that will be performed in June, three of which will eventually make it to Mittelfest's official calendar at the end of summer.
About Fogolârs Furlans
The term “fogolâr”, or hearth, was chosen as a powerful symbol of Friulian tradition. Standing by the fireplace, in the kitchen, was the key moment for families to be reunited after a long day of hard work, and to be finally together and sharing food, wine, stories. The need for a network connecting Friulians all around the world particularly rised along with the strong wave of immigration that involved many people in Italy immediately after World War II, fleeing from poverty towards wealthier places (a first, considerable wave already started after World War I). The Ente Friuli nel Mondo was officially established in 1953, reuniting associations all around the world known as Fogolârs Furlans and promoting through them not only cultural but also economic activities. Now it accounts for 150 active associations with more than 20,000 members in multiple countries and continents: Argentina, Mexico, Perù, Uruguay, Venezuela, Brazil, China Japan, Iraq, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, Australia, Canada, U.S.A., Congo, Madagascar, South Africa, Mozambique and all over Europe.
Photos taken from Mittelfest official website www.mittelfest.org