PINOCCHIO FORUM

Grundtvig / Lifelong Learning Program (LLP) European Union

1.8.2012 | 31.7.2014

ASSOCIAZIONE CULTURALE PINOCCHIO DI CARLO LORENZINI /I – ITALY - coordinator
INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE SP. Z O.O / PL - POLAND
AMIATA ARTE / CH - SWITZERLAND
LLANELLI MULTICULTURAL NETWORK /UK - UNITED KINGDOM
  

The project is directed to the formation of a consciousness open to creativity and to increasing the operational group activities, to spread the knowledge of the territory and history, to improve partnership and civic responsibility, to provide support for the development of innovative programs to improve cultural heritage.
Comparison between the different interpretations of Pinocchio and European fairy tales through a European Pinocchio Path rich in surprises and activities for children and citizens over 50.
The project operates in a context of intergenerational dialogue.
The project aims to increase self-confidence and well-being; to increase awareness of similarities and differences among different culture; to improve cooperation and communication among partners countries and organizations in the field of activation of 50+ with a special focus to the social inclusion.
Each partner contributes with more than a lecture and discussion to introduce the similarity compared to the story of Pinocchio and the stories of their countries; trying to understand what is the perception of the people about the real knowledge of the author and historical places of the wooden puppet.
The two-year project is being implemented through a European itinerary dedicated to Pinocchio, with the creation and organization of high quality workshops, international exhibitions, conferences, seminars and special events, where the partners, working systematically together, learn to know and share values and visions of the European Union.
A working group was established and met regularly to guide this project and supervised by the Board. The Board is responsible for monitoring the project in line with the aims and objectives within the budget within the requirements of the funding, and to look for interesting and innovative methods of delivery.
The project Pinocchio Forum was presented in all the major events held and organized by the Cultural Association “Pinocchio by Carlo Lorenzini” in the presence of a large audience and with a substantial return of the press (videos and many photos are visible on the website www.pinocchiohome.it). In any event the association has held more than a lecture and more of a discussion to introduce the comparison emerged with European partners on the story of Pinocchio and the stories of their countries. Interesting was the perception that people have about the real knowledge of the author and historical places of the wooden puppet.
Pinocchio has been considered as a model for export in the world even through the retrieval and enhancement of historic workshops identifying the "Laboratory of Pinocchio" where anyone can learn arts and crafts, heritage of Italian craftsmanship.
And in the Quarter of San Lorenzo in Florence, nicknamed “District of Pinocchio” because there was born and lived the author of the tale, Carlo Lorenzini, was created a path where ad hoc identifying the craft shops that have joined the project Pinocchio Forum.

The two-year project is implemented through a European itinerary of ten workshops called "Laboratori di Pinocchio", where adults and children can learn under the guidance of excellent craftsmen the art of craft:
Ricciardo Artusi - Laboratory of Quality Products
Caterina Balletti - Flash Art Lab
Barbara Bersellini - Restoration / Gilding Lab
Agostino Dessì - Masks Lab
Gherardo Filistrucchi - Makeup Lab
Andreina Mancini - Laboratory of Cakes
Gabriele Maselli - Genepy Lab
Giovanni Noviello - Laboratory of Leather
Paolo Penco - Lab of the Master of Zecchini
Paolo Zoppi - Cooking Workshop 

JOINT RESULTS AND ACTIVITIES

FIRST JOINT MEETING IN POLAND
9 to 13 October 2012
The partners first met in Poland. They successfully established a friendly working relationship organizing workshops with music, songs, food and dances, learning the “Polonez”. In particular:  a storytelling workshop and a special visit in Gda?sk, Sopot, Malbork. 

SECOND JOINT MEETING IN UNITED KINGDOM
7 to 11 April 2013
The second joint meeting in Wales organizing workshops with music, songs, food and dances, learning the ”Twmpath”; drama and crafts workshop with performance in “Shadow Theatre”. In particular a special visit in Carmarthenshire with “Merlin”and comparison between Pinocchio & local fairy tales. 

THIRD JOINT MEETING IN ITALY
25 to 29 September 2013
The third joint meeting in Florence with the exhibition “Pinocchio World Wide” & 2 conferences “Pinocchio Forum” & “Psychological analysis on Pinocchio”. Workshops with Masters in arts, crafts, cooking, paintings, jewellery. Visits in Florence: Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi , National Library. Cultural workshops visiting the places those refer to the author of Pinocchio: Carlo Lorenzini houses, Villa “Il Bel Riposo”, Park Pinocchio, Garzoni Garden and Collodi National Foundation. 

FOURTH JOINT MEETING IN SWITZERLAND
15 to 19 May 2014
Fourth joint meeting in Switzerland in Bern: lectures and workshops with the psychoanalytic analysis of Pinocchio; flash-art, music and drama workshops. Visit between the high mountains and the mysterious castles, to learn about the history and culture. 

FINAL JOINT MEETING IN ITALY
6 to 8 July 2014
Final meeting in Florence verifying project success. The final conference was held celebrating Pinocchio’s birthday with art workshops (FLASH ART & ENOART); the presentation of a book; the music-art performance "ENOPINOCCHIO”. In the opening session of the City Council has been given to the President Caterina Biti significant artwork of Caterina Balletti by the delegation "Pinocchio Forum”. A special visit was made at the Bargello Museum. 

EVALUATION FORM AND REPORTS
During the first staff meeting in Poland we decided to realize the evaluation form (questionnaires) to be delivered to all participants of the joint meetings to get a feed back and consequently have created the “Evaluation Reports”. 

WORKSHOPS
Each partner has specific cultural workshops organized by master craftsmen, teachers, professionals and amateurs managed to develop several innovative and creative activities for children and adults who have been very successful. Some of these craft workshops of excellence, such as art, painting, jewelry and sculpture, continue to operate, especially in Florence. Everything is visible on partner websites. 

VIDEO
All 4 partners have created videos on the joint meeting that took place in their country and in the partner countries. Films representing each international visit. Almost everything is visible on youtube and on the websites of the partner countries. And in particular:
Film: Welsh Dragon in Gdansk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abKhjADUZ7U
The film documents the first transnational visit of the Project to the City of Gdansk.
It shows scenes of the visit and the reactions and comments of the hosts and participants.
It reflects the aims and objectives of the Project and the impact it has created.
Film: Pinocchio Goes to Wales
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGBBISqm_r8
The film documents the second transnational visit of the Project to Llanelli in Wales.
It shows scenes of the visit and the reactions and comments of the hosts and participants.
It reflects the aims and objectives of the Project and the impact it has created.
Film: Once upon a time in Florence
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R2xbUXgAuw
The film documents the third transnational visit of the Project to the City of Florence, the home of Pinocchio.
It shows scenes of the visit and the reactions and comments of the hosts and participants.
It reflects the aims and objectives of the Project and the impact it has created.
Film: Pinocchio in Switzerland
http://youtu.be/EGpBwbTGZNM
The film documents the fourth transnational visit of the Project to Switzerland
It shows scenes of the visit and the reactions and comments of the hosts and participants.
It reflects the aims and objectives of the Project and the impact it has created.
The creative process (of making the film) was itself a learning experience for all involved i.e. learning all the aspects of creating a film.
Our thanks go to Malcolm Boorer and everybody involved.

WEBSITE
Together with the start of the Facebook page the web page of the PINOCCHIO FORUM project was published. Next to the basic information about the aims of the project it contains reports about the partner meetings and descriptions of the fourth partner organizations. The website was very useful to learn about the project and the goals to the public, but mainly to communicate laboratory activities in order to involve more people, young and old.
Link to: www.pinocchioforum.com

PINOCCHIO FORUM PROJECT FACEBOOK PAGE
Created and maintained on behalf of the Project,by LMCN,the page is a visual record of Project activities and related items of interest both in the UK and in partner countries. Linked to the LMCN Facebook page(with  approx. 4,000 subscribers) it reaches a worldwide audience.
it contains 50 different albums containing thousands of pictures. It is a key tool for mass dissemination, raising awareness and sharing success.It will remain in existence and be updated after the end of the Project. 

MEDIA, NEWSPAPER ARTICLES & ONLINE PRESS ABOUT PINOCCHIO FORUM
Media & newspapers
Different newspaper articles have appeared in the local and international press on PINOCCHIO FORUM and have been published in the participating countries. Press releases and articles have been disseminated through the groups on the Internet, or issued, after press conferences organized during the project meetings. These articles are published on the websites of the partner and the site of the Forum Pinocchio; Pages in Facebook: Pinocchio Forum Project & Pinocchio by Carlo Lorenzini. 

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS MATERIALS
The websites of the project partners contain all the materials of conferences and seminars that have been made ??available since the first time. Each partner has had a role in the delivery of reports by the dates of conferences and some members have also hosted specific seminars. 

DISSEMINATION OF PINOCCHIO FORUM RESULTS ON PARTNERS WEBSITES
Numerous articles, links, promos, movies were published on the websites of the involved institutions, during the 2 years of PINOCCHIO FORUM partnership's implementation. 

ON-LINE BROCHURE
The on-line brochure of the project is presenting the aims and results of the 2 year project with photographs, testimonials, documents and information on transnational meetings highlighting the extraordinary artistic, architectural and cultural heritage of Europe.
Link to: http://eu.com.pl/pliki/PINOCCHIO.PDF

CITY PRESENTATION & EXCHANGE OF EXPERIENCES AND KNOWLEDGE
Each partner has prepared the presentation of the most interesting sites of their city and their region so that all participants have experienced the extraordinary historical, artistic and cultural heritage which took place the joint meetings (visible on partner websites). Teachers and students have actively participated in the planned activities and have gained deep knowledge of the different models of cultural development in visited sites, taking part even in the cultural and social events.

PINOCCHIO MINI DICTIONARY
Pinocchio mini dictionary in four languages: Italian, English, German and Polish. To know the specific names of the characters of the tale and to allow you to reflect on their significance in the partner countries. 

PINOCCHIO SOUVENIRS & PUBLICITY MATERIALS
Creation of promotional and information material as: stickers, t-shirts, posters, bookmarks, postcards, cookies Pinocchio, paintings using the technique of flash art, mini sculptures and pencils in flash-art with Pinocchio. Publicity materials as: presentation folders with logo, flyers, posters, brochures, press releases in order to know the workshops and Pinocchio to the public. The postcards were also used to exchange greetings among the partners and to the memory of the joint meetings.

  

MEETINGS, WORKSHOPS AND ACTIVITIES ORGANIZED BY THE ASSOCIATION “PINOCCHIO BY CARLO LORENZINI”

WORKSHOPS
The two-year project Pinocchio Forum is implemented through an ad hoc itinerary, which is still operational, of ten workshops called "Laboratori di Pinocchio", in the District of San Lorenzo in Florence, where adults & children can learn, under the guidance of excellent craftsmen, the art of craft. Masters: Artusi - Quality; Balletti - Flash Art; Bersellini - Restoration; Dessì - Mask; Filistrucchi – Makeup; Mancini - Cake; Maselli – Genepy; Noviello – Leather; Penco - Gold; Zoppi - Cooking . 

THIRD FLORENCE ART AND RESTORATION FAIR
During the “THIRD FLORENCE ART AND RESTORATION FAIR”, that was held at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence from 8 to 10 november 2012, they were shown a number of fine art and craft workshops called “Laboratori di Pinocchio" while, simultaneously, others were active in their place of origin in the District of San Lorenzo. The special conference on PINOCCHIO FORUM was held at the Talking Corner. 

ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF CARLO LORENZINI
Saturday, November 24th, 2012 after the deposition crown of flowers at birthplace of Carlo Lorenzini and listening to a concert given by young violinists rigged characters from Pinocchio was awarded the prize “Pinocchio by Carlo Lorenzini 2012”. Recognitions were assigned even to our masters of Pinocchio Forum while they were active in their fine art and craft workshops. 

BICIFI, FLORENCE BIKE FESTIVAL
BICIFI, Florence Bike Festival (1 to 3 March 2013) was held in the Fortezza da Basso in Florence, where "Pinocchio" has performed in an area animated by special attractions. The space was presented in a completely original with artistic works, workshops, innovations and pleasant with five great figures of "Pinocchio Mascot" Association designed and built in different shapes and materials by Master craftsmen of the "Pinocchio Forum" which on this occasion showed their artifacts. 

PINOCCHIO FOREVER
In Florence 20 to 28 April 2013, was presented the event-exhibition "PINOCCHIO FOREVER" at the “International Handicrafts Trade Fair” with a series of initiatives featuring some of the most prestigious workshops and listing the active workshops to be found in the District of Pinocchio.
Pinocchio has accompanied young and old in an animated path of the Masters' Art of industrious <Laboratori di Pinocchio> described in the two-year European project Pinocchio Forum. 

PINOCCHIO CELEBRATES 132 YEARS
Sunday, July 7th, 2013 was held the event "PINOCCHIO CELEBRATES 132 YEARS". After paying homage to the Lorenzini’s birthplace authorities and participants gathered at the Garden Pinocchio where was performed a musical and it was presented the board game GIRAPINOCCHIO with the historic Luca Giannelli and the Pinocchio Forum Masters: Paolo Zoppi and Andreina Mancini. 

ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF CARLO LORENZINI
Sunday, November 24th, 2013 was held the event “ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF CARLO LORENZINI”. After paying homage to Lorenzini has been awarded the Prize “Pinocchio by Carlo Lorenzini 2013” and was held the singular conference / debate "PINOCCHIO IN THE SCHOOL OF THE GODS" with analysis of texts at the presence of the students preparing the meeting in Switzerland. Success of the special flash art workshop by Master Caterina Balletti. 

BILATERAL MEETING IN SWITZERLAND
From 16 to 19 November, 2012 in Bern, Switzerland, participation of the President Monica Baldi and Master of the "Laboratory of Restoration", Barbara Bersellini, in the opening Ceremony of the Academic Year 2012 - 2013 by the Committee UNITRE Bern-Bienne held at the Italian Embassy; were illustrated courses involved in the project PINOCCHIO FORUM referred to the "Laboratory of Pinocchio”.  All organized together with Amiata Arte. 

BILATERAL SEMINAR "THE WAY OF PSYCHIC TRANSFORMATION"
In Serpiano, Switzerland, from 9 to 10 November 2013, was organized the seminar/debate on Pinocchio, at the presence of the President Monica Baldi and a large delegation of Italian students. It was analyzed the text "The way of psychic transformation" by psychotherapist Lucio Carraro; it was presented the new painting technique ENOART and performed the game GIRAPINOCCHIO. All organized together with Amiata Arte.

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