Green and sustainable are terms that come in handy, but they are often too widespread and misunderstood, and don’t always lead to concrete, measurable results: Landscape Festival – I Maestri del Paesaggio, the event celebrating its 11th iteration this year, is the exception that proves the rule. A project that began from a distance, but has immediately put down deep roots. Once again this year, it confirms its ambition to reach for the stars.
For 8 days, Bergamo hosts workshops, ateliers, educational areas, exhibitions and training events, always with landscape as the central focus. The key of interpretation, obviously, is that of sustainability.
For the set-up of Piazza Vecchia in the city – renamed Green Square for the occasion – Arketipos, the non-profit organization that invented the initiative back in 2011, and the City of Bergamo have called on the famous garden designer Cassian Schmidt, who in turn has guided a group of German students from the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Science.
This is the first time the festival has involved a world-renowned school with a forcefully green, innovative and practical approach, also flexible and open to interactions with science, high technology and Land Art.
After five months of work, a super-jury (featuring the presence of the landscaper and urban designer Stephan Tischer) identified the group behind the project Forgotten Landscape as the one to form the spinal column of the event.
The initiative is supported by Pedrali, Panariagroup, Simes and Mapei. Landscape Festival – I Maestri del Paesaggio represents a case history that demonstrates how it is possible to create a sustainable landscape without compromises or shortcuts. A high-profile undertaking to accompany Bergamo (together with Brescia) into the role of Italian Cultural Capitals 2023.