A day dedicated to everyone that feels the world is turning too fast and cannot keep the personal balance in such a turmoil; working and living in modern cities makes more and more difficult to maintain this balance, given the fact that we all have to fight hard against time, says Bruno Contigiani, president of the association “L’ Arte del Vivere con Lentezza” (www.vivereconlentezza.it).
You don’t need to stop the world and try to get down; take your time and learn how to become the guardian of your time , starting from the little gestures of daily life, as we suggest to do from the 19th of February to the people who consider worries the rule of their day.
February 19th: The World day of slow life
Slow celebrations were organized all around Italy on February 19th! Milan, February 16th 2007
The Slow Living World Day promoted by the association L ’Arte del Vivere con Lentezza on February 19th 2007, is collecting more and more support from people and organizations all around Italy, each of them unique and beautiful, magically slow. Events where held in Milan, (where the number is increasing daily), Casciano Terme, Castel San Pietro Terme, Corbetta, Modena, Napoli, Roma and Teramo, and more will be organized by the 55 Slow Cities and by the Manager Zen Association. From Germany comes the message of Lothar Seiwert, author of “The bear Strategy”.
The Slow Cities
In Italy, we can count 55 cities part of the international movement “the little towns of good living”, part of the slow food pholosophy; all of them joined the The Slow Living World Day, promoting activities such as: slow walks, slow meetings in the squares, streets, libraries and wine shops.
Without hesitation the Manager Zen Association (www.managerzen.it) supported the event on February 19th, which is having enthusiastic enrolments.
The Slow Living World Day is starting also in Germany, where many events are taking place under the message of Lothar Seiwert, author of the book The bear’s strategy: its strength is based on the value of peacefulness. Ed. TEA, Milano 2006 – ISBN 88-502- 1026-4 www.tealibri.it or www.baeren-strategie.de).
Many events are popping up spontaneously. Have a look ate the list of the main events taking place in various cities, in alphabetical order
Casciano Terme (Pi)
Castel San Pietro Terme (Bo)
After the “Slow Carnival” on February 19th, the slow town of Castel San Pietro Terme www.comune.castelsanpietroterme.bo.it) took the leadership in the area during the Slow Living World Day: the village have invited each citizen to make use of public transports or bikes instead of cars, and have a long walk and start t for he preparation for the Spring Party that took place on March 17th and 18th.
Bread and Chocolate at the bar, in Piazza Corbas, and at 6 pm slow reading by Nucci Rota.
The Compagnia del Buon Cammino (the company of the good walk) and the local government organized a reading session followed by a short walk in the fluvial park. The meeting point is at 5.15pm at La Biblioteca dei Ragazzi , in Via Cacciatori delle Alpi, n.4.
The Ferrara-NordKapp association organizes a “slow” bike competition: the winner will be the last to cross the winning post! For any further information and if you want to approach this philosophy, visit the website www.ferraranordkapp.it
Going Slow, Going Far, Going Thinking: grandparents read their tales to children from 2 to ……. 60 years.
Andrea Pelù and Marco Vichi invite all the citizens of Florence from 5 pm to a slow cup of tea at “Colle Bereto” in Piazza Strozzi.
Poems at home and at the supermarkets, read by the young members of the Banca del tempo (Bank of time). In the afternoon, the children will held in the town streets the “Fantastic Auction”: dreams, ideas, memories offered to those who will stop by and have a little break with them.
In big or small groups, alone, at home or in a bar, some moments will be dedicated to theslow reading of “the bear’s strategy” written by Lothar Seiwert.
In Corso Vittorio Emanuele, at 11.30 am and for the all afternoon, the pedometer will start fining people who are in a hurry and they will be invited to ponder on their sense of urgency and how to slow down to embrace peacefulness.. The city-walkers invite everybody, to have a walk in their own city. The evenet is organized by Lodovica Amat,. The idea is to realize a bigger event next summer dedicated to walking travellers. At Zazie Theater, at 9pm the acting company Scimmie Nude (Naked Monkeys) organizes slow readings taken from “The bear’s strategy” of Lothar Seiwert, with live music, of course slow. At the Bodeguita del Pilar, in via Malipiero n.10, you could have a slow dinner, with delicious dishes and wines, that requires the right time to be prepared and tasted. - www.bodeguitadelpilar.it
The Tahoist association Tienli (www.tienli.it) invites to “walk slowly altogether with thetaijiquan”. Meeting point at 12 am under the Arcades of Piazza Grande. http://tienli.blogspot.com
Based on the initiative of Alberto D’Angelo and Lina Marigliano of” Il Filo di Partenope (Partemope’s thread) edited by Editori Artigiani (www.ilfilodipartenope.it), starts “Raccontiamo a occhi chiusi” (Let’s talk with closed eyes), an experience of harmony at 5.30pm at the Pavone nero (Black peacock). The initiative is held by the architect –poet Riccardo Dalisi. For further information and reservations visit www.ilpavonenero.it
An invitation from Club dei Vogatori, in Borgo Basso to taste the Barcé from 5pm to 6pm: to move along the river as we were used…slowly
SlowfFIT opens its fitness club from 8.30 am to 10pm with free lessons of pilates, yoga, meditation and free sessions of personal training. In particular, in Ortoleto Lido at 8 pm there will be a special lesson held by Fausto Di Giulio, the creator of the program. If you want to know the list of the Italian fitness club participating to the event, please visit the website www.slowfit.com , always updated .
The meetup Amici di Beppe Grillo ( Beppe Grillo’s friends ) in Tourin (http://beppegrillo.meetup.com/13/) organizes the following events: 1.45pm: meeting point in Piazza Palazzo di Città at the entrance of the City Hall to attend the consiglio comunale. To register, is mandatory a valid ID. 3.40pm: meeting point in Piazza Palazzo di Città outside the city hall and walk to Grom (htt://www.grom.it/pages/filosofia.htm). 5.30 pm meeting point in Via Bogino 9, in front of the Circolo dei Lettori. Once inside, it is possible to take part to the evening meeting or take some time to read!
Jungo (www.jungo.it), tries the hitchhiking again
Pasta Rummo lenta Lavorazione (www.pastarummo.it) supports the “The Slow Living World Day. Slowness is part of the DNA of this high quality kind of pasta, because to make it good you need time!
Lexmark (www.lexmark.it) is the technical Partner of The Slow Living World Day. The meeting is Monday February 19th, to celebrate together the St. Valentine’s day… slowly…