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by Christos Emmanouilidis, Vassilis Koniordos and Stefanie Leontiadis

Several meetings both physical and via other communication means (phone, skype) were held to plan this event. The final planning meeting was organized at the Municipality of Thessaloniki premises on the 10th of July 2013. It was decided that in order to maximize the event impact, it was appropriate to organize the event as a synergy of different Cultural Routes and other initiatives. Considering that the ATRIUM project piloting targeted a key area of urban re-development intervention in Thessaloniki, that is the area around Platform A of Thessaloniki’s port, a target was also set to engage the Port Authority of Thessaloniki and a site visit to the area. Finally, it was sought from the outset to place the whole event under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, as part of the European Heritage Days (EHD) 2013, therefore the dates for the event were chosen to be 27-29 September 2013, coinciding with EHD.

The conference took place at the Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum. The opening was on the evening of 27/9, when the introductory remarks were made by the organizing committee and official representatives from regional and other authorities were present and gave brief introductory talks and support. The concept of cultural crossroads was highlighted by the inclusion of the ‘En Chordais’ ensemble, a world-class music group playing Mediterranean music with cross-cultural influences. The main conference sessions took place on 28/9, including 4 main streams:

1. The Phoenician’s Route
2. The Wine Routes
3. ATRIUM
4. Best practices and other initiatives

Finally a site visit at the piloting case study of the Thessaloniki Port Headquarters was organized on the 29/9. Importantly, after the visit the Municipality of Thessaloniki opened the ‘Demetria 2013’ festivities at the same site. ‘Demetria’ is the main annual cultural event in Thessaloniki and hosting it at this particular site signifies the grown importance that the urban re-development of Thessaloniki’s port Platform A has acquired over the years.

 


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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:52
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The pilot experience of the project “ATRIUM – Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes of the XX Century in Urban Management” took place during 01-03 of September 2013 in Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria. The program included numbers of events - exhibitions, concerts, performances and workshop. The theme of ATRIUM has been also approved as the theme of the European heritage days for Bulgaria 2013 by the Ministry of culture.

Our guests from the project during the pilot experience were partners from the Municipality of Forli, Italy – presented by Marino Mambelli, partners from Iasi, Romania –presented by Damian Costel and experts from the other Bulgarian partner – National Institute of Immovable Cultural Heritage, Sofia. The program started with the opening of the exhibition “Europe – in the footsteps of ATRIUM” which was presenting the countries, partners and heritage involved into the future cultural route. The most interesting event in the first day of the pilot experience was the performance for the opening of the ATRIUM wall bass relief by the partners and citizens.

Mr. Ivo Dimov – Mayor of the Municipality of Dimitrovgrad together with the partners from the project and the citizens have finished the wall panel presenting the logo of ATRIUM – a sign for the cultural heritage that unites the partner countries from South East Europe. The second day from the Bulgarian initiatives of ATRIUM was made up by a number of exhibitions and by a concert of the famous newly formed band “Acoustic Beatles project”. The Liverpool band “Beatles” is recognized as a phenomenon in the world of music. Near 2 hours the central square of Dimitrovrgad has been singing the greatest hits of the band performed from one of the most famous Bulgarian musicians - Donny, Kotseto - Kalki, Slavcho Nikolov – the guitar player of the BTR rock group, and the former drummer of the “Te” band – Venko Poromanski.

The exhibition “Dimitrovgrad- in the footsteps of ATRIUM” represents a retrospective view of Dimitrovgrad and its most significant architectural examples saw by the photographer Vassil Ravenski. The highlights of the exhibition are the Central “Bulgaria” boulevard, formerly named “Georgi Dimitrov”, the “Tolbuhin” district, today called “Slavyanski” and the “Penyo Penev” park. All three locations are included as casestudies in the project ATRIUM "Architecture of the totalitarian regimes of the XX Century in Urban Managements ". The third day of the pilot experience started with the interesting exhibition “TOT and antiTOT”. The purpose of the exhibition is to find out and to trace the antitotalitarian expression in the art of caricaturists who lived and worked in Bulgaria in the period from the 1960s to the 1980s. Another interesting project was the performance of the three partner organizations presenting the different aspects of the Bulgarian underground of the 80’s through the art heritage of Dimitar Voev. Sofia University was presenting the exhibition “Youth Counterculture in Bulgaria during 70’s and 80’s of the last Century”.

Foundation “Dimitar Voev – New Generation” was presenting 20 black and white pictures which present the subculture, inspired by the cult to “New Generation” in the 80-th. The two exhibitions gave us an idea for the way of clothing, the hair-style and also about the different discreet signs of the otherness of these generations. Young street musicians will enlarged the message of these three sided project by one spontaneous contact with the audience presenting a wonderful music. The highlight of the pilot experience was the great Retro night organized in the summer garden of the City library and Historical museum- Dimitrovgrad. The Retro night brought back all the visitors to the atmosphere in the time of the communist regime in Bulgaria – manifestation, dance performance, workshop for souvenirs, posters and all the other typical things revived in one night. The pilot experience of ATRIUM in Dimitrovrgad showed the potential and ambitions of the Municipality to preserve and promote its heritage and history on a European level. The message that we all have to share is to remember our history, rethink of the mistakes from it and to dedicate the respect of who we are to the next generations. Because everything that happens to us is our priceless experience and our memory without which there will be no future.

Our guests from the project during the pilot experience were partners from the Municipality of Forli, Italy – presented by Marino Mambelli, partners from Iasi, Romania –presented by Damian Costel and experts from the other Bulgarian partner – National Institute of Immovable Cultural Heritage, Sofia.

The program started with the opening of the exhibition “Europe – in the footsteps of ATRIUM” which was presenting the countries, partners and heritage involved into the future cultural route. The most interesting event in the first day of the pilot experience was the performance for the opening of the ATRIUM wall bass relief by the partners and citizens. Mr. Ivo Dimov – Mayor of the Municipality of Dimitrovgrad together with the partners from the project and the citizens have finished the wall panel presenting the logo of ATRIUM – a sign for the cultural heritage that unites the partner countries from South East Europe.

The second day from the Bulgarian initiatives of ATRIUM was made up by a number of exhibitions and by a concert of the famous newly formed band “Acoustic Beatles project”. The Liverpool band “Beatles” is recognized as a phenomenon in the world of music. Near 2 hours the central square of Dimitrovrgad has been singing the greatest hits of the band performed from one of the most famous Bulgarian musicians - Donny, Kotseto - Kalki, Slavcho Nikolov – the guitar player of the BTR rock group, and the former drummer of the “Te” band – Venko Poromanski. The exhibition “Dimitrovgrad- in the footsteps of ATRIUM” represents a retrospective view of Dimitrovgrad and its most significant architectural examples saw by the photographer Vassil Ravenski.

The highlights of the exhibition are the Central “Bulgaria” boulevard, formerly named “Georgi Dimitrov”, the “Tolbuhin” district, today called “Slavyanski” and the “Penyo Penev” park. All three locations are included as casestudies in the project ATRIUM "Architecture of the totalitarian regimes of the XX Century in Urban Managements ". The third day of the pilot experience started with the interesting exhibition “TOT and antiTOT”. The purpose of the exhibition is to find out and to trace the antitotalitarian expression in the art of caricaturists who lived and worked in Bulgaria in the period from the 1960s to the 1980s. Another interesting project was the performance of the three partner organizations presenting the different aspects of the Bulgarian underground of the 80’s through the art heritage of Dimitar Voev. Sofia University was presenting the exhibition “Youth Counterculture in Bulgaria during 70’s and 80’s of the last Century”.

Foundation “Dimitar Voev – New Generation” was presenting 20 black and white pictures which present the subculture, inspired by the cult to “New Generation” in the 80-th. The two exhibitions gave us an idea for the way of clothing, the hair-style and also about the different discreet signs of the otherness of these generations. Young street musicians will enlarged the message of these three sided project by one spontaneous contact with the audience presenting a wonderful music. The highlight of the pilot experience was the great Retro night organized in the summer garden of the City library and Historical museum- Dimitrovgrad. The Retro night brought back all the visitors to the atmosphere in the time of the communist regime in Bulgaria – manifestation, dance performance, workshop for souvenirs, posters and all the other typical things revived in one night. The pilot experience of ATRIUM in Dimitrovrgad showed the potential and ambitions of the Municipality to preserve and promote its heritage and history on a European level. The message that we all have to share is to remember our history, rethink of the mistakes from it and to dedicate the respect of who we are to the next generations. Because everything that happens to us is our priceless experience and our memory without which there will be no future.

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:46
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by Ognjen Tomic

To promote and manage the ATRIUM Cultural Route the ATRIUM Association was founded in June 2013 by the partners of ATRIUM project, financed under the South East Europe. The project highlighted a key element of twentieth-century European history: the cultural heritage and memory associated with totalitarian regimes and their particular architectural legacy. All partner countries, in fact, have traces of architectural heritage dating from a period characterized by the presence of political regimes which in different ways may be characterized as “totalitarian”. The period and the historical context varies from Fascist Italy of the 1920s and 1930s, to the communist societies of Eastern Europe from the 1950s to the 1980s.

The partnership is thus an example of the common recognition of the importance of the architectural heritage of the twentieth century, and its relation to complex, contradictory and uncomfortable periods of European history.

Main objects of the ATRIUM Association:

  • disseminating knowledge, protecting and promoting the European heritage - both tangible and intangible - associated with the architecture and history of the 20th century, with special focus on periods marked by dictatorial and totalitarian regimes in Europe;
  • coordinating the local European itineraries of the architecture of totalitarian regimes of the 20th century within the framework of a single ATRIUM transnational route;
  • carrying out activities aimed at fostering the study, knowledge and enhancement of the cultural and architectural sites and itineraries in cooperation with universities and research centres.

ATRIUM: the European Cultural Route

The main result of the cooperation between the partners was to bring together different experiences in order to discover shared historial elements. The definition of a European Cultural Route can provide a way for European citizens to explore certain aspects of their twentieth-century history, looking at traumatic events through the prism of urban landscapes in the different countries and cities.

The transnational cultural route suggests a tourist itinerary that connects several countries of Europe which share a desire to focus on the architectural heritage of the different totalitarian regimes they have experienced from a cultural and historical point of view. The urban landscape still visible on the streets of the cities of these countries is a testimony to the traumatic nature of the first half of the twentieth century as well as the subsequent birth of a democratic Europe and a European Union project firmly based on a rejection of these totalitarian experiences.

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:44
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by Maria Maltoni, Conselor for Tourism, Municipality of Forli and Patrick Leech, Counselor for Culture and International Relations, Municipality of Forli

June 2013

Forlì is a member of the Art Cities of Emilia Romagna because of the various monuments dating from different periods as well as the art works that can be founder in the city. With the conclusion of the ATRIUM project and the presence of Forlì within the European Cultural Route of the Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes in Urban Memory, the question arises as to how this historical and architectural legacy can be made into an opportunity.

The buildings, linked to the urban development of the city between the two wars, with all the historical, social, political and institutional implications behind this development, can become an opportunity for cultural tourism not only for specialists. This has nothing to do with any supposed clemency towards a period which denied basic political freedoms to Italy for twenty years and which ended in the horror of the Racial Laws and war. Quite the opposite: making this heritage available, cataloguing and restoring it, helps us to avoid cancelling this history. The interest in the historical legacy left by the totalitarian regimes, in fact, can be seen in a wider European context, one which includes not only the architectural legacy of the Fascist period but also that relating to the Stalinist period which marked much of eastern Europe, a similarly awkward heritage. The European Cultural Route ATRIUM, in fact, includes Italy as well as a series of countries of south-east Europe,with the intention of enlarging the partnership to other countries in the future. The concluding events of the ATRIUM project, therefore, aim to explore the architectural and urban character of this heritage, with in addition a series of cultural, theatrical, musical and historical events and exhibitions. In addition, the project has produced multimedial material as well as tourist information which allow the visitors to Forlì to choose their own visitor pathway, on foot or by bicycle, in the classic tradition of Romagna.

To promote the Cultural Route from a tourist point of view, the cultural events linked to ATRIUM have been supported by the organisation of a “Festival of the Twentieth Century”, a collection of events which involve the whole Forlì area including five towns of the district: Bertinoro, Castrocaro Terme-Terra del Sole, Predappio, Forlimpopoli and Cesenatico. The guiding principle is to propose a visit to the area which, starting from rationalist and monumentalist architecture, is able to include all that the cities can offer in terms of art, events and food.

The European Cultural Route of the Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes, then, offers the opportunity for a cultural and critical tourism which, taking as its starting point architecture and the often problematic legacy of totalitarian regimes of the past, develops along the lines of a more traditional tourism and the search for traditions and characteristics of the area.

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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:43
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by Tamás Horváth

Photos were taken by András Nagy and Tamás Horváth

In the ATRIUM cooperation two Hungarian partners are presented: the Széchenyi István University in Győr and the Municipality of Győr. Closing the project the Hungarian partners organized an event series called „Our Architectural and Cultural Heritages from the 20th Century”. The program aimed to demonstrate how much interesting relations could be found in Győr in the subject of ATRIUM (Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes of the XXth Century in Urban Management). Programs were not concentrated only to the architecture. Several events presented the effects of the totalitarian regimes in the other segments of the culture (e.g.: theatre, fine arts, movies, culture history).

The organization of the event series started in July on the experiences of the Italian ATRIUM Festival, which were organized in Folrì in June. Our events were between 12th of September and 3rd of October. One basic site of the event series was the Architectural Studio of the Széchenyi István University, but several other scene and organizations were involved in the program as could be seen in the leaflet.

The most visited events are: The architectural scientific conference called “Architectural heritages from the second part of the XXth century” where researchers were invited to have a lecture. Lecturers represented several different research centres of Hungary. In the conference package the guests got all the written materials which were presented in the ATRIUM project in Hungary: Transnational Survey brochure with a study about the building history of Győr written by Gábor Winkler, Manual of Wise Management published by the University of Ljubljana, a brochure about the building history of Dunaújváros written by Tibor Kuslits and the ATRIUM Route brochure published by the Municipality of Velenje.

In collaboration with the Italian Spaci Indecisi a photo and video competition was established in the first part of 2013 with the title TOTALLY LOST. An exhibition of the selected works was organized in Győr in the County Library with the same title. The photos indicate undeservedly abandoned buildings which cannot or not willing to be utilized by posterity due to the historic events or era related to them. The aim of the exhibition is to draw attention to the preservation and utilization of the 20th century architectural heritage. The architect, András Nagy’s photos about Győr complement the photos arrived for the exhibition. His photos show a look-round about the condition and state of the 20th century buildings of Győr.

In September of each year several events are organized for the European Heritage Days. This year they were held on 21st and 22nd of September. This weekend ATRIUM project offered programs for the tourists and citizens. They could visit with guidance some modern building of Győr and some exhibitions of the museums of Győr. The two most interesting events were the church tour by bycicle on Saturday organized by the Baross Gábor Technical Collage, and the city walk in the Sunday afternoon guided by Gábor Winkler.

On 28th of September a bus tour to Dunaújváros was organized together with the Chamber of Architects. Participants visited the steel city built up from Dunapentele to Dunaújváros in the 1950s due to the order of the authority. They walked along the ‘soc-real study path’ with the architect Tibor Kuslits. Dunaújváros shows the features of the art of socialism as a whole, nowhere else can you find such an essence of social realist art. On the way back the collection of the works of art in the Memento Park of South Buda was visited. 42 works of art can be found in the Park, which were displayed in the streets and public squares of Budapest between 1945-1989 according to the requirements and expectations of the cultural policy of communism.

The Hungarian event series as a pilot experience of the ATRIUM European Cultural Route could demonstrate properly the architectural and cultural heritages of the Hungarian totalitarian regimes which are one base of the ATRIUM Route. In the programs were involved several external partners who are interested in the promotion of the ATRIUM. The established relations – thanks to the pilot experience – are really valuables for the creation and operation of the ATRIUM Route.


'Totally-lost' exhibition

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:41
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by Zhenya Aleksandrova

The pilot experience of the project “ATRIUM – Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes of the XX Century in Urban Management” took place during 01-03 of September 2013 in Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria. The program included numbers of events - exhibitions, concerts, performances and workshop. The theme of ATRIUM has been also approved as the theme of the European heritage days for Bulgaria 2013 by the Ministry of culture.

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:37
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by Lead Partner

SPAZI INDECISI, the Municipality of Forlì, lead partner of the “ATRIUM” project and the Province of Forlì-Cesena as a project partner, launched a video and photo competition at a European level, “TOTALLY LOST”, with the aim of discovering and recording the architectural heritage of European totalitarianism. Photographers, artists from all Europe took pictures and made video of derelict buildings or still in use, which date to the period of the Totalitarian Regimes, in the partner countries of the “Atrium” project (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary): factories, institutional buildings, dwellings, places of propaganda, places of power, etc. The competition provide an opportunity to bring to light this important and fascinating but “uncomfortable” architecture. The Totally Lost exhibition is made uo pf photographs and videos selected on the basic of historical and artistic criteria.

For more information about the programme: www.spaziindecisi.it

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Monday, 24 June 2013 12:25
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by Lead Partner

On 15th June 2013 the ATRIUM – Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes of the 22th century in Europe's Urban Memory - Association has been founded in order to promote and manage the ATRIUM Cultural Route. The founder members of the Associations are: Municipality of Forlì (I), Municipality of Labin (HR), Municipality of Dimitrovgrad (BG), Municipality of Doboj (BiH), County Council of Iasi (RO), Municipality of Predappio (I), Municipality of Cesenatico (I), Municipality of Forlimpopoli (I), Municipality of Catrocaro and Terra del Sole (I), Municipality of Bertinoro (I). Main objects of the ATRIUM Association are:

  • disseminating knowledge, protecting and promoting the European heritage - both tangible and intangible - associated with the architecture and history of the 20th century, with special focus on periods marked by dictatorial and totalitarian regimes in Europe;
  • coordinating the local European itineraries of the Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes of the 20th century within the framework of a single ATRIUM transnational route;
  • carrying out activities aimed at fostering the study, knowledge and enhancement of the cultural and architectural sites and itineraries in cooperation with universities and research centres.

The main result of the cooperation between the partners has been to bring together different experiences in order to discover shared aspects of this experience. The definition of a European Cultural Route can provide a way for European citizens to explore certain aspects of their twentieth-century history, looking at traumatic events, through the prism of urban landscapes in the different countries and cities. The transnational Cultural Route suggests a tourist itinerary that connects several countries of Eastern Europe which share a desire to focus on the architectural heritage of the different totalitarian regimes they have experienced from a cultural and historical point of view. The urban landscape still visible on the streets of the cities of these countries is a testimony to the traumatic nature of the first half of the twentieth century as well as the subsequent birth of a democratic Europe and a European Union project firmly based on a rejection of these totalitarian experiences.

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Monday, 24 June 2013 11:42
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by Province of Forli-Cesena

Since the beginning of the project, the Province of Forlì-Cesena involved four of its municipalities in the implementation of the project activities. The choice of the four municipalities, namely Bertinoro-Fratta Terme, Castrocaro Terme e Terra del Sole, Cesenatico and Predappio, was born with the idea to include themes of the Fascist Period that are still visible in the architecture of the areas.

Predappio, as hometown of Benito Mussolini, dictator and founder of the Italian Fascist Party, represents one of the most important example of a new city building according to Rationalist architecture. Bertinoro Fratta Terme and, Castrocaro Terme e Terra del Sole were chosen for the theme of spa resorts and complexes that Fascism promoted through the construction of thermal facilities. Cesenatico is linked to the last Fascist theme, the development of the “colonie di vacanza” (holiday camps) for the workers’ children that were also aimed to promote the cult of body and health. One of the most valuable examples in terms of composition and style is the Colonia S.I. Mussolini (1937-38), designed by G. Vaccaro for AGIP that is located in Cesenatico and is one of the few still used for children summer camps.

To completion of the final conference of the project ATRIUM, a series of collateral events were organised in all the municipalities involved.

In particular the Province of Forlì-Cesena supported the organisation of three important exhibitions, in cooperation with the municipalities:

  • the photographic exhibition “Colonie Marine” (seaside holiday camps) from 1 to 30 June 2013 in Cesenatico. The exhibition is made up of documentary panels, objects of the period, video projections, historical photos and is divided into different sections.
  • the art exhibition “Tito Chini: from architecture to decoration” from 14 June to 30th September 2013 at the Feast Pavilion of Castrocaro Terme. Tito Chini was a fine artist in charge both of the decoration and the direction of the construction of the Feast Pavilion. The exhibition was realised by Prof. Ulisse Tramonti, member of the Scientific Committee of the project ATRIUM.
  • the art exhibition “Art and Colonialism. Art and Regime” from 5 to 14 June 2013 in Castrocaro Terme. The exhibition is made up of different pieces of African culture owned by a private family whose ancestors moved to Africa at the time of Italian colonies. The exhibition was also the starting point to develop a didactic project for schools.
Monday, 24 June 2013 11:38
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by Lead Partner

From 1st to 16th June 2013 the Municipality of Forlì and the Province of Forlì-Cesena organized the first pilot actions of ATRIUM Project. A plenty of activities were organized throughout the cities of Forlì, Castrocaro Terme e Terra del Sole, Forlimpopoli, Predappio, Bertinoro Fratta Terme and Cesenatico. A hundreds of citizens, international guests, representatives of project partners took part in the events. These concluding events of the ATRIUM project aimed to explore the architectural and urban character of this heritage, with in addition a serious of cultural, theatrical, musical and historical events and exhibition. In addition, the project has produced multimedial material as well as tourist information which allow the visitors to Forlì to chose their own visitors pathway, on food or by bicycle, in the classic tradition of Romagna. To promote the Cultural Route from a tourist point of view, the cultural events linked to ATRIUM have been supported by the organization of a “Festival of the Twentieth Century”, a collection of events which involve the whole Forlì area including five towns of the district: Bertinoro, Castrocaro Terme-Terra del Sole, Predappio, Forlimpopoli and Cesenatico. The guiding principle is to propose a visit to the area which, strating from rationalist and monumental architecture, is able to include all that the cities can offer in terms of art, events and food.

Some of the activities organized during the first pilot action in Italy:

  • Exhibition “the Problems of Fascism – the numbers as a means of propaganda”, put on by the Alcide Cervi Institute of Reggio Emilia. The exhibition was the result of a research carried out on school textbooks and the ways in which they exhibited Fascist propaganda;
  • Exhibition “Sport, Athletes and Olympic Games in Europe during WWII (1936 – 1948), organized in collaboration with Memoial de la Shoah of Paris. This exhibition provided a key to underspending the history of the twentieth century through an examination of the extraordinary development of sport during the period;
  • Free guided tours of the architectural heritage of the Fascist period in Forlì and Predappio
  • Scientific Conference: Society and Education in Building the New Men. Comparing Totalitarian Regimes;
  • Scientific Conference: Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes of the XX century.
  • Presentation of the research “From fields and from kitchens – the food system in Forlì (1920-1945);
  • Public conference to present the Cultural Route and all ATRIUM's outputs and results

The full programme of the ATRIUM final event in Forli can be downloaded from www.atrium-see.eu

Monday, 24 June 2013 11:35
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