About the event on 2 April 2014 – ‘Cenere’ in Hong Kong
Forty-eight hours with a high temperature and cold helped to give this very recent event a kind of detachment, which seemed blurred at first glance. On the contrary, in the mists of the fever, some things appeared clear, as they were flashes of light—or, at least, I hope they were illuminations and not outbreaks. The first is that culture is a real bridge. I know that this phrase could be a consummate cliché, but having been involved in a cross-border event, with different voices from various parts of the world, you can understand that there is a common denominator, it is true, a great glue, culture. You have to consider that we were presenting—in modern Hong Kong!—a 1916 silent movie based on a novel by Nobel Prize winner Grazia Deledda, a Sardinian writer. A film that speaks about a far and generally unknown country and a remote past. With forgotten actors, and a strongly nineteenth-century plot.
Well, the reaction from an audience composed of American, Australian, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Hong Kong and Spanish people—I hope I have not forgotten anyone—was extraordinarily warm and attentive, committed to the topics that both the lectures and the movie disclosed. Yes, art is universal and culture creates communication among different ages, countries and backgrounds.
Thus, it is possible to talk about Grazia Deledda to an audience in Hong Kong, on a wet and stormy evening in April, 2014, using different perspective: Angelo’s, Juan’s, Betty’s and mine, from northern Italy, from Spain, from China and the US, and from Barbagia, respectively. Moreover, people were prepared to appreciate a silent and trembling movie, something ancient, coming from a disquieting past, but still present in our genes.
The second consideration is that a cultural event is a creative act. So it requires creative people who can conceive, design and perform it. But it also requires a strong determination and will, and so strict plans, rules, roles and goals, and a sergeant, yes, all of these are necessary.
The creative groups require a strong sergeant, believe me. Often, in fact, art surrenders because of practical difficulties. And a cultural event is not an easy task indeed. Beyond Thirty-Nine (behind the marketing trade name there are Angelo, Betty, Ciriaco and Juan, be careful, with Alessandra, Fabrizio and Georges behind the bench) is performing great things and achieving such huge results because each one of us is a creative person, a mouthy prima donna and a heavy sergeant too.
The events that we are planning for the end of May, in Hong Kong again and in Macau are a real challenge for a small entity as Beyond Thirty-Nine is now and for people very busy with their jobs and families. However, we have a strong and supportive audience, the best in town, and are determined to offer something special again to our fans.
We are the ones who dared to speak of Grazia Deledda in Hong Kong. See you soon then.
Ps: Here is my short presentation: