From Manifestation to ManifestAction: this is the meaningful motto chosen for the 2nd edition of the Melbourne Rebirth Forum, which started today at the Richmond Rowing Club. A clear reference – therefore more than a simple emulation – to the FridaysForFuture inspired by Greta Thundberg, i.e. the Fridays of protest organized all over the world to draw attention to the global emergency on the front of climate change.
The Rebirth Forum doesn’t limit itself to highlighting the environmental (and consequent socio-political) problems, but extends to a collective work promoting actions aimed at a responsible change in line with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The first day of the Rebirth Forum was carried out with this in mind, inspired to the Third Paradise and the Art of Demopraxy, and organized by Independent Schools Victoria and Cittadellarte, in collaboration with Project Zero – Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Paolo Naldini, director of Cittadellarte, accompanied by his daughter Ginevra, has gone to Melbourne in person to coordinate and take part in the Rebirth Forum; before the start of the works, they met with the team of the Arts Learning Festival from Independent Schools Victoria, Melbourne’s Rebirth/Third Paradise embassy, for a final revision of the programme of the two-day event. The Forum investigates through the art of storytelling how to collectively narrate and imagine strategies for a re-mediation of sustainability; it also presents itself as an act of synthesis among pedagogical strategies, artistic approaches and political actions.
Paolo Naldini giving his speech in the course of the first day of the Rebirth Forum (click here to watch an excerpt).
“We have engaged with the art of storytelling and other participatory activities including an investigation on how to transform needs and wishes into actions, – writes Paolo Naldini in a post on our Facebook page – I particularly want to thank the director of Melbourne’s Italian Institute of Culture Laura Napolitano, Independent Schools Victoria, the facilitators, the teachers, the students and the Scottish narrator Donald MacLean”.
Ginevra and Paolo Naldini’s video-intervention before the start of the Rebirth Forum..
Picture gallery of the first day of the Rebirth Forum: