The evening of the sixth of August 2010 was the first white night to be celebrated in Marta. What are White Nights? According to Wikipedia in this particular format they are White Night Festivals, all-night arts festivals held in many cities worldwide in the summer and I also learnt there that the first one held in Roma was in mid September of 2005.
Other Italian cities have since joined in but as far as I was able to ascertain this is the first time a small town such as Marta has decided to hold a Notte Bianca. In my opinion it was a resounding success and I hope it will become a regular event. The centre of town was closed to traffic and participating shops, restaurants and other businesses went to a lot of effort to decorate their premises provide food and or entertainment where appropriate. There were also various market traders and a car club exhibit in the streets which added to the party atmosphere. Also in the squares and at various other locations there was live music varying from pop groups and discos to more traditional accordion music. Also the local band and majorettes marched through the streets. In fact while walking through the streets you hardly left the noise of one entertainer behind before you came across the next one.
I find it is difficult to explain events such as these with words, so I will let some of my photographs from that evening do the talking and show the atmosphere and for noise effects I found a short video on YouTube.
Courtesy of cortonotte | 06 August 2010
I took fifty photographs that evening and have not shared anything like that number here with you, but if you are interested in viewing the full album you will find them in My Flickr Album entitled Notte Bianca A Marta 2010
I hope in fact that you will find time to look at the rest of the photos as all the businesses I took photos of had put in so much effort and there was no favouritism intended in the photos I selected to publish. I would have liked to share them all to be fair but it was not feasible so it was difficult choosing exactly which ones to include. I am also certain that I missed some good photo opportunities completely.
A Great Prima Notte Bianca a Marta