20-22 May. Three days of contemporary circus in Milan.
Central Milan will become a huge open-air circus from 20 to 22 May as “Stradarts” gets under way between the Fabbrica del Vapore social centre, Via Paolo Sarpi, Piazza Gramsci and the Lea Garofalo Gardens in Via Montello.
Street artists – and artistes – to entertain the public, clowns, jugglers, portrait painters, story-tellers, acrobats, workshops for kids, photo and video exhibitions, but not only these: off the streets, the three-day event will include technical discussions and exchange of experience between city administrators and entertainers.
Milan, the only Italian city with a university faculty dedicated to circus arts, is also one of the few cities to have revoked the traditional laws forbidding buskers and instead to set up in 2014 a municipal database and calendar to enable artists to plan the hours and location of their gigs.
Now, with four years of experimentation under their belt, city fathers, street entertainers and interested residents want to take stock, discuss possible improvements, and ensure the public is getting what it wants and needs.
The event website includes a full programme of all the events, both on the streets and in the conference locations, as well as a form for citizens to enrol and take part in the discussions.