Hereby annexed a first draft of the program of the Second day of slow living and news relating to the year, the Slow Living festival taking place in New York. We hope that the attendance will be consistent, with many people with new ideas, willing to spread the benefits of slowing down to
anybody, as slowing down means be better able to control our own time. Only to ask ourselves questions, it is necessary to slow down. Slow down to wonder and to go deep, to appreciate small things that daily life offers and to finally realise that the highest possibly wealth we can profit from are
human relationships.It necessary to slow down to live and possibly to run.
February, 25th 2008 - Worldwide day of slow living
February, 25th - 27th 2008 - Slow living festival, New York
WORLDWIDE DAY OF SLOW LIVING
The Associazione L'arte del vivere con lentezza on February 19th, 2007 organised the first day of Slow Living, welcomed with enthusiasm by citizens and media. Many initiatives were launched in Italy: from walk around on a mule in Tuscany to the "slow marathon" in Rome, to the symbolic fines to hurried Milanese, up to the Ferrara bike ride, whose only the last riders won, and the Slow but Happy competition in Trento. More than 100 events at the same time.
During the second day of slowness, scheduled on February 25th, 2008, different events will be spontaneously organised in many Italian cities, simply depending the creativity of people sharing our own idea of a voluntary and convivial choice, to live better. One single day, a Monday, a day where it is very hard to start to slow down. Events will be also in London, Lyon and Jaipur.
And once more in Italy many different cultural and joyful initiatives will be organised, attended by artists, associations and laymen, all aiming at stressing once more, through simple events the need to live under more human terms.
The topic is extremely cared for by media, consecrating more and more time and attention, a sort of suspense for the day, but on the occasion of the second anniversary, the willingness to slow down will overcome Italian and European borders to land in New York, where the slowness festival is going to be held.
SLOW LIVING FESTIVAL
A three day Festival (February 25th, 26th, 27th) during which many different events will be organised in co-operation with the City administration, with the Cultural Association Slow Lab N.Y., The Istituto Italiano di Cultura, and with the patronage of Italy-America Chamber of New York, Casa Italian Zerilli-Marimò New York University.
During the three days of the Festival different topics will be analysed, from economics to philosophy and music, through the ancient street games. Those are the main events that we hope will be the kick of for
a rethinking about Time Wealth and the will be the start of many spontaneous individual or team or groups events in NYC and in other towns of your Country.
PREVIEW: On feb 24th at Green Brown Orange Restaurant - 61 Hester st. NY - Julia Mandle presents some work and ideas and then there will be a discussion abuot it. The slow dialogue is organized by the Cultural Association SLOW LAB - NY -
Feb 25th, from 10 am to 5 pm, in Union Square or Washington Square (it depends on where the Park department will give us the permit) , Passovelox and the slowness guards will be working, fining New York people who are excessively in a hurry. Once more in Union Square or WS ancient street games will be organised, happily and energetically animated by Giorgio Reali, with the Associazione dei giochi dimenticati. During the day we will distribute to the people the Slowmandaments (Slow Commandaments, 14 general and 7 for the kitchen)
Feb 25th 6, pm the new working culture, based on slow down, on spontaneous co-operation and down shifting, it will be possible to discuss why time became such a unique value and the real society unique richness, while a drive to improve the GDP is the only thrust to wealth and progress of any
Country. It will be the topic of a meeting at Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò NYU, with Professor Claudio Baccarani of University of Verona.
A long day meeting on feb 27th, 5pm-10 pm at Istituto Italiano di Cultura where The Program will continue with Arie di Puccini by Erasmus Quartett, Improvisation on Temporary files by duo
Prada&Soragna (Piano an traverse Flute), Eric Sylvers free lance for NYT and HT in Milan will talk about his Via Francigena (900 km walking from Sam Bernardo to Rome in 34 days, long the ancient road), and Renato Miracco will talk about some small beautiful objects of design.