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Monday, September 26, 2011

Notte Bianca a Marta

 

Last year Marta held its first Notte Bianca which turned out to be a great success so it was repeated again this summer.  I posted about the event last year  Notte Bianca a Marta 2010  and also featured the one held earlier this summer in nearby Capodimonte  Notte Bianca a Capodimonte 2011

There is actually not an awful lot one can say about these events.  Apart from repeat the history of these evenings for those of you that are new followers of the blog.

The evening of the fourth of August 2011 was the second 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 towns and cities both in Italy and worldwide in the summer and I also learnt there that the first one held in Roma was in mid September of 2005.

The crowded steps of the Campidoglio in Rome during the 2006 Notte Bianca

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 with some mosaics to try and recreate the atmosphere.

 

    

 

I took fifty-three photographs that evening and have not quite shared all of them here with you, if you are interested in viewing the full album or any photos in a larger size you will find them in My Flickr Album entitled Notte Bianca - Marta 2011

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.

The photographs are all my own.   Copyright All rights reserved by LindyLouMac Photo Collection

I am linking this post to  La Dolce Vita and Mosaic Monday at Little Red House the latter where you will find lots of other beautiful Mosaics. Welcome to ‘News From Italy’ to the other participants, thankyou for calling by.

29 comments:

  1. Looks so colorful and nice! And so are your pictures from this event.
    Hope you have a great week:-)

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  2. Pictures speak louder than words quite often and I am sure that you have done the right thing here. Every time we have a festival, I always think how lucky we are to live in places where these sort of things happen. Great reporting. Diane

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  3. Well, you really caught the true atmosphere of it all with your wonderful photos Linda. I love the mosaic effect - well done! Marta certainly looks like a wonderful place to live.

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  4. I agree with Thisisme, Marta looks truly wonderful. You have captured the event really well, and the posing men really made me smile! I am a little behind with my replies Linda, I do apologise. Sorry you lost internet connection for 4 days, I hope you didn't have any damage to your property. Thankyou for both your visits and lovely comments, they are greatly appreciated. Love Linda x

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  5. We've enjoyed a few of these during visits to Italy. Colorful photo's! Thanks for sharing and for dropping by at my blog.

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  6. What a lovely selection of photos showing the festival in all it's glory, so much colour, beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. So many wonderful and beautiful things to see, and enjoy! Beautiful photos!

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  8. I have been reading a lot of books about Italy and really enjoying the virtual visit and here visiting you I get to see the sights.

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  9. A nice post! Thanks for sharing!
    Markus

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  10. My favorite is the picture of the shoes. I am sooo shallow, I now.

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  11. I love this post and the photos say it all-- they are just joyful! Such fun. I am so in awe of your wonderful post-retirement adventure, sometimes I just read your sidebar for a while until I remember that I came to look at your latest post.

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  12. I'm enjoying your photos so much, I'm going now to your flicker,, thankyou for sharing,

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  13. I enjoyed this post - you capture the white night atmosphere so well. The mosaic format is very effective. I need a master class so I can try it on my blog!

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  14. Beautiful town as always.Your skill of photo is great because I can't take a good photo at night.
    Night of photo is usually amazing.:)

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  15. Fantastic photos! You can feel the energy of the event through your images....Thank you for linking up! I will also check out Little Red House. abbraccio from Florence, Christine

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  16. Notte Bianca - I haven't heard of this festival before but would have loved to be there. You really told a story with such great collages. Don't they say a photo is worth a thousand words. sometimes i have a hard time thinking of things to say as well - for example what could one say about St Peter's...sometimes photos are enough...

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  17. Such fantastic mosaics for Mosaic Monday! Fantastic. SO MUCH to see and do...

    I would love an all-night arts festival!!! Right down my alley!!! :D

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  18. I've heard about these festivals in Montreal and Toronto where they're called Nuit Blanche.

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  19. You pictures are gorgeous. They look like something out of a magazine. I like the way you wrote Linda Lou Mac in the middle. I also love the frames, that looks great.

    Julie

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  20. I so love hearing about all the little details in your life over there.....and I can quite see why you don't yet want to say hello to Autumn!!!

    I thought it was about time I followed you here as well as at your book review blog!

    Sarahx

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  21. Thank you for sharing more about the place and the event. I loved the way you arrange your nicely captured photos.

    Really appreciate your sharing.

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  22. Linda .. I can certainly feel the atmosphere with your fantastic collages ... What wonderful celebrations :-) they certainly have gone all out to give you all a super Festa!!

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  23. I think you absolutely caught the atmosphere. I expecially love your colourful first collage.

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  24. I love the pics Lindy! I was in Terni this past weekend and planned to go to their Notte Bianca until I woke up Saturday morning with a cold! =(
    Anyways, I'm glad I could imagine as if I was there through your wonderful photos. Thanks!

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  25. I really like how you framed our photo mosaics - they look great!

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  26. What wonderful shots! I do love festivals and what better way to celebrate the light warm evenings of summer?

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  27. I LOVE seeing these pictures and reading the stories about them. My grandmother came to America from Italy and I've always wanted to visit the southern town she came from :)

    So fun.

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  28. Sounds like a lot of fun ... of course, it is a sleepless night, lol !

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  29. This just looks like a wonderful way to spend an evening. Your pictures really do tell a story and they are lovely.

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