Milan celebrates confiscated mafia property

40 events for a “culture of legality”

Milan city hall is inviting residents to join in events around the city to help celebrate the successful seizure of real estate and other patrimony from convicted mobsters.

For three days – from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 November – the third festival of property confiscated from organised crime bosses will offer an opportunity to see how crime doesn’t pay. Theatre, documentary screenings, debates, bike rides and kids’ games will be organised in some of the locations turned over by the city to socially active companies and associations. Entrance to all the events is free.

The festival will open at 18.00 on Thursday with a concert for harp and soprano attended by mayor Giuliano Pisapia and the chair of the parliamentary antimafia commission, Rosy Bindi. The concert will be held in Via Momigliano 3, one of the seized properties now occupied by the non-profit association Coop Zero, which carries out educational projects for juveniles and adults.

Other events include the inauguration of the House of Legality in Via Curtatone 12, with Don Luigi Ciotti, president of the anti-mafia association Libera, Nando Dalla Chiesa, sociologist and son of the prefect of Palermo gunned down with his wife by mobsters in 1982, and the rector of Milan University, on Friday at 13.00. There will be a Festival of Legality on Saturday from 15.00 to sundown in the Casa Chiaravalle in Via S. Arialdo 69, including a screening of the film Quando c’era Berlinguer

On Saturday from 11.00, the social market in Via Leoncavallo 12 will be open to the public, where non-profits have set up a shop for goods at reduced prices for families in economic difficulty.

City hall has published a detailed map of the properties, with information on the previous owners, why the property was were seized, and who is in the property now. Green pins on the map show locations where festival events will be held, with details of the celebrations.

In five years, Milan has received from the state and put to auction over 160 items of real estate. Of these, 138 have already been handed over to the new owners, while 14 are still being assigned and qualified organisations have already expressed firm interest in the remaining 9.