Since 2017 Campsirago Residenza, with delleAli Teatro and Teatro Invito, has been involved in Vimercate Ragazzi Festival, a youth theatre event organized by the local council of Vimercate (province of Monza and Brianza). This event is the successor to “La Città dei Ragazzi”, which ran for 25 years organised by the Tangram cooperative.
Inspired by this precious heritage, we decided on an artistic, organizational and technical direction focussed on networking and on bringing in new skills and energy. A new festival was born, with a new name, which, although constantly looking to the future and to renewal, did not forget the experience accumulated over the years. This is an important regional festival, which attracts people from all over Italy and which hopes to involve people from all over the world.
This festival works on two levels: it is chance for youth theatre companies to step on stage, but it is also an event closely tied to locations and life in the town: it features open-air theatre on stages in the town centre, events in the town parks, artistic workshops, spaces promoting local theatre groups, street artists and projects in schools.
This event brings the beautiful medieval town to life, filling it with colour, children, mothers and fathers, art, games and theatre. This festival allows the companies to truly connect with an audience of children and teenagers.
In 2019 the local council in Vimercate confirmed the festival for another three years (2019, 2020, 2021) and also confirmed that Campsirago Residenza, dalleAli Teatro and Teatro Invito would be in charge of artistic and technical direction and organization. This three-year project, chosen with an open invitation to tender, will bring new energy, resources and outlook to the festival. This will mean growth for Vimercate and the surrounding area, and for regional and national youth theatre.
The participating companies are selected through a public call by an artistic commission formed by a representative of each organising company (Campsirago Residenza, delleAli Teatro, Teatro Invito).
The call for performances and projects by professional youth theatre companies wishing to participate in Vimercate Ragazzi Festival 2020 closed on 31st January 2020. The artistic committee met on the 2nd March to select the shows of the IV edition, which will take place from the 5th to the 7th June 2020.
The 2020 edition will be promoting the urban landscape though live shows in courtyards and parks and also through theatrical and artistic itineraries around the town’s trees, ancient buildings and historic streets.