“10 Tables for 100 Benches”, in dialogue with Paolo Naldini
As part of the project "100 benches for Rome", the coordinator of the Rebirth/Third Paradise ambassadors Francesco Saverio Teruzzi proposes a series of video interviews in the wake of the themes dealt with by the Rebirth Forum Rome. The eighth guest is Paolo Naldini, director of Cittadellarte. “Culture is the social drug that allows us to go from being automatons to being authors”.

It is an opportunity to talk about culture and active citizenship, as if we were at the tables of the Rebirth Forum” with these words Saverio Teruzzi presented the new cycle of interviews proposed in the context of 10 tables for 100 benches and the project 100 benches for Rome. As reported in our previous article, this is a participatory, socially useful and low-environmental-impact project, which involves the installation of one hundred benches made of recycled plastic in different areas of Rome; in this regard, we remind you that until 30th April it is possible to make a donation – of at least 10 euros – for the collective benches through the crowdfunding campaign on Produzioni dal Basso. With the series of interviews, Saverio gives voice to various actors involved in the Rebirth Forum in Rome and in the related working sites. After the first seven episodes – which saw as protagonists the curator of the Museo delle Periferie Giorgio de Finis, the Rebirth/Third Paradise ambassadress and founder of the startups M’AMA.SEEDS and Slow Flow Alessia Montani, the writer, songwriter and lyricist Giulia Ananìa, Elisa and Stefano Battiato from the social promotion association ‘Happy Coaching and Counseling Rome’, the cultural entrepreneur Giovanna Caruso Fendi, art historian and curator Costantino D’Orazio, and Cecilia Pecorelli, director of Galleria Continua Roma at The St. Regis – we are now publishing the eighth interview. On this occasion, the guest is Paolo Naldini, director of Cittadellarte.

Why invest in culture?
Because culture is the social drug that allows us to go from being automatons to being authors.

What will be the role of art in the cities of 2030?
I hope and work hard so that art in the city of 2030 can be the national sport.

A definition for Rome and three words for its future.
Rome is a hive of practices and communities that carry out and live the activities through which they create an incredible collective work; it takes the form of buildings, empty and full spaces, squares, trattorias, restaurants and all that human practices are capable of organising. It is a hive because it is an integrated system made up of many microcosms, which together create a single and large cosmos.