International Symposium ‘Dialogue among Cultures: Carnivals in the World’ 3-7 February 2016 (Italy)

1st INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM
Dialogue among Cultures
CARNIVALS IN THE WORLD

proposed by
ROMUALDO DEL BIANCO FOUNDATION
INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE LIFE BEYOND TOURISM
FLORENCE, ITALY
UNIVERSITY OF NARIÑO
PASTO, COLOMBIA

with the collaboration
FONDAZIONE CARNEVALE VIAREGGIO
VIAREGGIO, ITALY

FLORENCE – VIAREGGIO (Italy)
February 3-7, 2016

http://www.lifebeyondtourism.org/evento/727/

Submission Abstract: extended to July 31, 2015

COORDINATION OF SCIENTIFIC INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM:
Claudia Afanador, University of Nariño, Pasto, Colombia
Olimpia Niglio, International Institute Life Beyond Tourism by Fundación Romualdo Del Bianco, Florence, Italy; University of Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogotá, Colombia.

VENUES OF THE INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM:

Florence (Italy)
February 3-4, 2016
Centro Congressi al Duomo, Via de’ Cerretani 54/r

Viareggio (Italy)
Viareggio, February 5-6, 2016
Il Principino, Viale Marconi 130 and Cittadella Carnevale, Viareggio

Viareggio, February 7, 2016
The parade. First Sunday of Carnival

Contacts and Information:
carnevale.simposio@gmail.com

MAIN LANGUAGES:
Italian, Spanish and English

PRESENTATION:
The characters of the popular traditions, based on the disguises, have origins in ancient festivals very different among them. In these artistic manifestations there is a large opening to human sentiments and thoughts; these are expressions of meetings where converge all peoples with their social, ethnic, economic, political and religious differences. In these traditional celebrations the daily life is built by the imagination, by the game and all this allows a continuous enrichment and exchange of cultural knowledge. These urban festivals allow to build art forms often unique.
Among these artistic events we identify the Carnival, a city festival, that in the West it has origin in ancient ceremonies of the Greek and Roman period. These customs are survivals of ancient purification rituals. However today the Carnival has become a symbol of meetings that take place in public spaces of the city where you could meet people with different cultural backgrounds. All this allows you to enjoy and to share, in the large festival with interesting diversities, the traditional and artistic expressions of the different cultures.
The 1st International Symposium Life Beyond Tourism, Dialogue among cultures. Carnivals in the worlds, is going to take place in Florence and Viareggio (Italy) in February 3-7, 2016. The Symposium offers a reflection on the international Value of Intangible Heritage as defined by UNESCO, or rather practices, representations, knowledge and techniques that must facilitate a strong sense of cultural identity (UNESCO, Declaration of 2003) among the communities, groups and individuals.
This Cultural Heritage is showed in different sectors of human activity: art, economics, sociology, anthropology, architecture, engineering, etc.. So the Carnival plays an important role in the cultural world because it proposes to protect an important traditional heritage and to strengthen the cultural and social integration between East and West.
Another very important aspect is the education to the popular culture, a fundamental educational process for the new generations to promote knowledge of the history and the value of their local heritage.

ACADEMIC FINALITY OF THE SYMPOSIUM:
The fundamental finality of the 1st International Symposium Life Beyond Tourism is launching a biennial event in Florence for to analyze the issues related to the urban festivals and masquerades, festivals that take place in different methods and in different countries of the world. During this Symposium will be studied and deepened new topics related to these cultural urban events and will be favored a large debate to a profitable intercultural dialogue.
The 1st International Symposium on the Carnival was born with the scope to deepen the knowledge of different and multicultural expressions that occur in public and urban spaces for the cultural dialogue, for the integration and the respect for differences.

FINALITY OF THE ORGANIZATION:
To promote a space for intercultural dialogue between the scientific community, the local community and future generations, with the finality to share the different methods of understanding the tradition of the Carnival around the world.

METHODOLOGY:
The Symposium will be realized with individual and selected presentations. These presentations will be accompanied by colorful pictures – very representative – graphics, video, music media with the scope to reconstruct the environments and the sensations of the individual Carnivals in the world.
It follows an interdisciplinary debate. It can also show videos, documentaries, books and documents on the subject of the Carnival.
The program of the Symposium will be disseminated between the main academic institutions and the universities around the world.

MAIN TOPICS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM:
1. Carnival and Intercultural Dialogue
2. Carnival and urban theater
3. Carnival and traditions
4. Carnival, art, technology and economy
5. Carnivals and their role in identity and place-making.
ORGANIZING INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE:
Claudia Afanador, University of Nariño, Pasto, Colombia
Maurizio Bossi, Board Member Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco, Italy
Paolo Del Bianco, President, Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, Florence, Italy
Emma Mandelli, University of Florence and International Institute Life Beyond Tourism by Romualdo del Bianco Foundation, Florence, Italy
Olimpia Niglio, International Institute Life Beyond Tourism by Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, Florence, Italy
Marc Laenen, Board Member Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco, Belgium
Gerardo Sanchez, University of Nariño, Pasto, Colombia

INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE:
Luca Baraldi, Istituto Superiore di Scienze Religiose “Santa Maria di Monte Berico”, Vicenza, Italy
Mirtha Buelvas, University of Atlántico, Colombia
Alberto Escovar Wilson White, Ministery of Culture, Colombia
Vincenzo Esposito, University of Salerno, Italy
Fabrizio Galli, President, Associazione Costruttori Carnevale Viareggio, Italy
Marcos Gonzalez Perez, Intercultura Colombia
Riccardo Gionata Gheri, President, Rotary Club Firenze “Amerigo Vespucci”, Italy
Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy, President, ICOMOS Scientific Committee for Intangible Cultural Heritage, Australia
Eliyahu Eduardo Muñoz, Fundación Organización Carnaval Nacional de Carnavales, Colombia
Stefano Pozzoli, Università Parthenope of Naples, Italy
Francesca Sbardella, University of Bologna, Italy
Javier Tobar, University of Cauca, Colombia
Isabel Tort, UNESCO Chair Forum – University and Heritage, Universitat Politècnica de Valéncia, Spain

SCIENTIFIC SECRETARIAT:
International Institute Life Beyond Tourism by Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, Florence, Italy

Contacts and Information:
carnevale.simposio@gmail.com

Website:
http://www.lifebeyondtourism.org/evento/727/