Town - Pennabilli
Pennabilli is a village located at the core of Romagna Apennines at 630 meters above sea level at the foot of Carpegna Mount and overlooking the Marecchia Valley.
The city was born in 1350 from the merging of two pre-existing castles: “Penna”, which was the cradle of the legendary Malatesta family and “Billi” that took its name from the ancient presence of a temple dedicated to the Etruscan god of fire “Bel”.
Besides the beauty of its historical centre, Pennabilli offers the opportunity to visit a network of 5 museums where you can discover its rich history and the work of the artist, writer and screenwriter Tonino Guerra. The valley is also a fascinating natural scenario where you can hike and climb.
In 2010 it received the prestigious “Orange Flag” by the Italian Touring Club for its excellent service and welcoming atmosphere. During the year, Pennabilli hosts many events. Besides the International Festival of Performing Arts "Artisti in Piazza", also the Festival of the Forgotten Fruits and the Fair of Antiquities attracts visitors from the whole region.
Site - Parco Begni
The chosen site for the 2017 edition of Migrant Landscapes Workshop is the Begni Park, a green area of 6 hectares facing the Marecchia valley and its hilly landscape. Thanks to its location, it became a reference point for the "Artisti in Piazza" Festival, a place for the shows but also for resting and camping. Because of its proximity to the City Hall and the local schools, it is also a leisure area and an important place for the community of Pennabilli.
In the past the area of the park was owned by noble Begni family, transferred from the San Marino Republic to Pennabilli during the XIII century following the Count Begni's appointment as bishop of Montefeltro. These fields were cultivate by metayers along the decades then gradually they were abbandoned. Traces of this agricultural past are still visible today thanks to the presence of old fruit and vines tress.
The history of the park changed only in the '60s, when the last member of the family decided to donate 9 hectars of land to the ProLoco of Pennabilli, an association that works to valorize the local territory. The only condition requested for this gift was the commitment to use this land only for and with the community. Following this propose in the past were proposed various projects to design this park but for technical and economical reasons they have never been realized. Because of these difficulties, in the '80s part of the land was sold to the municipality in order to make possible the building of a public swimming pool and various sports pitches.
The remaining part of the park is used today by the community during the year, but the undefined borders and the lack of facilities and urban furniture undermine the perception of the park as a welcoming public space. This perception completely changes during the days of the Artisti in Piazza Festival, in fact this area completely transforms into a dynamic and shindy space thanks to hundreds of people that set their tents all over the place keeping it alive 24h/day.
The complex nature of the area and the different uses and configuration it assume during the year make this park the perfect working site for the Workshop. Migrant Landscapes wants to explore the potential of the park as a junction between the landscape and the city.
The aim is therefore to transform it in a playful educational area with inventive interventions that can dialogue with the context and that are created in collaboration with the community and its institutions.