There’s a place in Sicily in which contemporary art has been an opportunity of rebirth. A forgotten place that suddenly developed a great potential in artistic and cultural terms:. That is the Favara Farm Cultural Park.
Favara is a town near the city of Agrigento. A major urban development project has deeply changed the status quo of his historical center. Giving life to the Farm, that is now a private cultural institution, thanks to Florinda Saieva and Andrea Bartoli, two sicilian contemporary art lovers who changed the destiny of historical center. In 2010 They decided to ask many architects and young artists to develop a concrete plan of transformation of the town. In order to give value to a forgotten place.
FAVARA FARM CULTURAL PARK
“The desire to remain in Sicily and to let our daughters grow up in an international environment was the main reason to start up this project.” Florinda Saieva says.
Exhibitions. Performances. Meetings with artists from all around the world. Adult and children’s workshops and architectural competitions. All these events gave the city a new identity.
Inside the ancient Bentivegna Palace, we find seven courtyards: like in a Sicilian una Kasbah. Cultural and art venues find a place in this palace, in order to host paintings exhibitions and art installatons.
DREAMS COME TRUE
In the new school of architecture for children, renowned architects and academics drive excited children in the free manifestation of their creativity.
Installations and cultural projects by national and international artists and architects change twice a year. Events of contemporary art, architecture and public design come together in celebration of street food in Sicily. And also night parties and a unique and exclusive events.
THE ART IN FAVARA FARM CULTURAL PARK
“Thanks to what we did here, now I think that even the most unlucky place may have a chance.” Florinda Saieva continues.
The farm is a sort of people museum, as Florinda Saieva herself defined it. And now her creation has founded its place on the Lonely Planet guide. In 2012 the Farm took also part to the XXIII International Exhibition of Architecture in Venice.
The growth of this private cultural institution has allowed a revival of the real estate market too. For example, the XVIII century Palazzo Cafisi is now home of cultural events and contemporary art exhibitions. In perfect link with the Farm Cultural Park.
“The recent history of Favara is the statement of a great will of redemption.”
Pictures by Francesco Coniglio