History

Festival of Trees

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RICHARD BERENGARTEN The ‘planting’ of Richard Berengarten’s chant-poem TREE in Margutte, together with translations into other languages, marks the beginning of an ambitious poetry publishing project that has strong ecological relevance and resonances. This roots potentially wide-reaching international prospects and…

Speak Out Against the War

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Fifty years ago, 9 November 1965 at 5 a.m., Roger LaPorte set himself on fire in front of the UN building in New York City to protest against the American involvement in the Vietnam war. Margutte wants to celebrate his…

Italian Immigrants in France

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ISABELLE FELICI writes an essay about the Italian emigration to France. One of the emigrant was her grand-father, of whom she tells the story in an imaginary letter, written for the opening of an Emigration Museum in Gualdo Tadino in…

Epiphany Balloons

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PIERGIORGIA ODERDA ABSTRACT. Balloon pilot John Aimo has a flying school and a club for balloonists in Mondovì. He has organized an international meeting  every 6th January since 1981. Pictures by Piergiorgia Oderda http://www.aimoballoons.com/

Youth at the Beginning of the 20th Century

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SILVIA PIO Not many know that the  Fascist song “Giovinezza” (Youth) was written before the coming of the disastrous political period which led to dictatorship and war. It was written at the beginning of the 20th century by the student-poet…