Ancona hosts KUM! Festival


The beautiful city of Ancona hosts from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st October the second edition of KUM!. New project by psychoanalyst Massimo Recalcati, who is its scientific director, KUM! is the festival dedicated to the theme of care and its different practices that in 2018 will deal with the theme Resurrections.

Heart of a territory where the quality of life is among the highest in Europe, Ancona is the perfect setting for a reflection, so far absent in Italy, on these issues. Among its main monuments is the Mole Vanvitelliana, where KUM! will take place: an eighteenth-century Lazzaretto that stands on an artificial island in the port of the city – a metaphorical line of continuity between the mainland and the open sea – is a place born for treatment, indeed for its natural mother: prevention. The festival is thus closely linked to its location and makes Ancona a city of reference for the themes of welfare, health policy, hardship, care and its possible philosophical and social declinations. Started by Luigi Vanvitelli in 1732 on commission of Pope Clement XII and completed in 1743, the Mole, born as Lazzaretto, over the years has been a prison, refinery and tobacco store. Today it has become a real cultural system, the Mole renews its function of “care” of the city by hosting the specialists of the clinic – psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, doctors, pedagogues – but also the philosophers, historians, writers and theologians who will attend the festival.

The Mole Vanvitelliana is just one of the many architectural works that characterize the capital of the Marche region. Of particular note are: the Cathedral of San Ciriaco, which includes the remains of an ancient Hellenistic temple and a Christian basilica; the Roman Amphitheatre, built in the first century to hold about 8,000 spectators; the Arch of Trajan, a work of extraordinary elegance made of marble in homage to the Emperor who knew how to enhance the port; the Theatre of the Muses, built in neoclassical style.

These monuments bear witness to the long history of the city, the eras it has gone through and the people who lived there. Over the centuries, the sea has made it the landing place of great civilizations: first the Piceni, then the Dori of Syracuse (the foundation by the Greeks of Sicily, dates back to more than 2400 years ago), and finally the Romans, who supported its vocation as a “gateway to the East. The sea has also given it the free and proud nature of a maritime republic and a free commune.

Ancona boasts a particularly impressive natural landscape that fades gently from the mountain to the beach, just remember that, thanks to its position “elbow” on the Adriatic Sea (in Greek Ankon means just “elbow”), is the only city on the coast where you can admire both the sunrise and sunset over the sea. Its Monte Conero, overlooking the sea, gives its name to the regional park that begins right in Ancona and preserves unique and surprising views of nature.

Ancona is also the land of one hundred flavours: those of a tasty cuisine between sea and mountain and some of the best wines in the world, Rosso Conero, Verdicchio, Lacrima di Morro d’Alba.

KUM! is organized by the City of Ancona – Department of Culture in collaboration with the Department of Social Services and Educational Policies – with the contribution of the Marche Region and the Cariverona Foundation, and the organizational coordination of the cultural association Esserci, with Jonas Onlus.



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