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Intercultural Lab presents 'The gift of diversity'
To celebrate the individuality of each person, Intercultural Lab will organise a festival in Rome. The aim is to create a space where, 'interculture' will become just culture, and public will agree that diversity is the first value to celebrate.
The idea:

’INTERCULTURE’ MEANS confrontation, exchange of information and communication among diverse cultures, towards an open view and a larger dialogue to sort out differences and discrimination. However, somehow, privileging interest to origins and traditions of the person that we meet, even if he is rich and amazing - and that normally we call a stranger, we may risk to forget his true particularity, maybe the most important thing: his story and not his country’s; his experience and not his people’s; his emotions and feelings, not his race’s. So, we can make the mistake of building a weak and false image, a masquerade, where people are just playing roles: the African, the Chinese, the Arabian and so on. Words are important and, when concepts linked to them have a fundamental value in our life, contradictions are not possible.

We are different or equal? We can’t be both, this is our provocation. If you think we are all unique, then, maybe, you could agree with the idea behind this project: the most powerful, significant and revolutionary way to have an intercultural point of view, in other words, to underline the importance of differences and richness inside our individuality, is to show the diversity of people that often think themselves as equal - not celebrating the equality of strangers -, to tell how interesting it is to listen when people are speaking of themselves and how all become wonderful if they are proud to mix with each other.

II Edition:

In May 2008 we’ll present the second edition of this festival ’The gift of diversity’. The first edition of the festival was thought to build a foundation and this time we wish to reveal our idea of ’interculture’. Local or foreign artists, considering their diversity as a gift, will tell their story in their personal language or dialect. Because Italy and all countries in the world are wonderfully multicultural places even without immigrants, which are just other colours to improve the rainbow.

Almost seventy artists and companies, from North to South, sent us their proposals, convincing us that our point of view is not so crazy. After a hard selection we will present nine shows from Italy. The aim is to create a space where, thanks to Theatre Storytelling, interculture will become just culture, while actors and public will agree that diversity is the first value to celebrate.

The shows are, in order of appearance:

- 8 May , 9:00pm: ’Scantu[1]’, by and with Adele Tirante, “Cosa sono le nuvole” and “Viaggio inverso”
- 9 May, 9:00pm: ’Francesco Pileggi, the true story of a man of honour[2]’, by and with Andrea Chianelli
- 10 May, 9:00pm: ’Calafrica[3]’, by and with Manuela Valenti
- 15 May, 9:00pm: ’Refugees’, by and with “Rataplab”
- 16 May, 9:00pm: ’Zagara[4]’, by and with Maria Cristina Sarò
- 17 May, 9:00pm: ’It’s spring’, by and with Antonio Carletti
- 22 May, 9:00pm: ’Horrible heritage on the lake[5]’, by and with ’The differents, almost equal but different’
- 23 May, 9:00pm: ’The town of Punt’, by and with Elisa Menchicchi
- 24 May, 9:00pm: ’The true story of Jean Baptiste du Val-de-Grâce, orator of the human race’, by and with Alessandro Ghebreigziabiher and Cecilia Moreschi

[1] Trad. (Sicilian): Fear
[2, 3] Performance in Italian and Calabrian dialect
[4] Zagara is a flower and the word comes from Arabic language. It means "to shine a white iridescent light"
[5] Totally improvised collective storytelling in Rome and Naples dialects

The festival will be at the Studio Uno Theatre , in Rome, Via Carlo della Rocca, 6. (

The Laboratory:
The Intercultural theatre storytelling laboratory is directed by Alessandro Ghebreigziabiher , with the precious collaboration of Cecilia Moreschi. (

Information: Luisa Moreschi

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