The Festival of Spoleto now meets the school world every year, summoning young people to rediscover a cultural identity closely linked to the creation and development of the event. The initiatives proposed to students in primary and secondary schools of the town are structured according to age groups: the project "We are the Festival", courses in theater education, the school-work alternation and the promotions on shows dedicated to young people.
WE ARE THE FESTIVAL, in its eighth edition, is a project aimed at all primary and secondary school students in the town of Spoleto. It is also an opportunity to rediscover the city across stories and memories, documents and archive material, but above all, an opportunity for young people participating to visit the town from a different perspective: squares which become stages, secret spots to discover, churches dedicated to the performing arts, everyday places which become special, historical monuments transformed in the hands of artists and dark cellars that become precious studios.
In previous editions, different themes were treated: knowledge of the Festival Crafts to reflect on how the different roles of those who worked for the Festival have evolved, becoming consolidated over the years, or being transformed and giving rise to new skills and professionalism; the memory of Spoleto on the 50th anniversary of Sculptures in the City, the historic contemporary art exhibition that in 1962 saw the town of Spoleto transformed into a "City Museum". The discovery of the Theater, a theme chosen for the last two editions, revealed the secrets and the most hidden corners of the two theaters, symbols of Spoleto, Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti and the Roman Theater to the youngsters, on a journey that brought them back in time to learn about the history, the architecture and the structure of these places, while having fun, to reconstruct the history of the Festival through the venues where the event has been held for over half a century.
The labs, which are predominantly playful, take on the form of a game, thus increasing the studentsí knowledge, enabling them to develop their perceptive capacities, fantasy, creativity and helping them communicate, to express themselves and become acquainted with the theater, its parts and its history.
The creative works (graphic, audiovisual, musical, photographic material and handcrafts) tell the Festival of Spoleto from the studentsí contemporary view: the idea is to collect sensations, emotions, reflections on the Festival through the eyes of children and young people, through an educational project dedicated to grasping the identity elements of relationship between the territory and the event.