With Claudio Martinez Mehner’s piano concert, held in memory of Dino Ciani in Angera last Saturday, the 2014 season of our Festival has successfully come to a close.
There were many new features and it is only fair that we briefly summarize the events of this edition.
First of all, some of the figures: there were 35 events (18 concerts, 2 theatrical productions/readings with music, 4 films, 4 musical landscapes in refuge, 1 guided tour, 3 conferences, 2 children’s workshops and 1 book presentation with music); we welcomed approximately 4.000 visitors (it is worth mentioning that the Alexander Girardi Hall for Stefano Bollani’s concert and the presentation with music of Bahrami’s book were completely sold out, but also new initiatives – films and readings – enjoyed great success, filling the halls of Hotel Cristallo); the number of people who followed us daily on Facebook doubled in just a few weeks, from 650 to 1.380 (there were many visits to our new website, both the Italian and English pages); this year’s Friends of the Festival, who supported us till now and who we again would like to thank, are 88, a really significant and encouraging number for us; we received assistance from many sources: in addition to many local institutions and some important sponsors, 16 hotels and 2 restaurants also provided support (another signal that the Festival is well-established in Cortina and is supported by those who live and work there all year long). As for the Academy, we had 25 young talents from 8 different countries. Finally, the team that worked hard day and night for the Festival was composed of more than 25 people. I thank them again for their dedication and commitment.
There are many other things worth sharing, but it would be impossible to do so briefly. Moreover, we prefer to look to the future rather than to the past. Encouraged by this year’s great results and by our public’s response, we are already working on the next edition that will undoubtedly be even richer.
First of all, as I announced during the opening ceremony, we are planning to host a mini winter season this year: it will take place in February and we will announce it in fall.
Our aim is to widen the cultural offering, by continuing and expanding those initiatives that have proved to be successful, attracting big names to Cortina and trying to increase the Festival’s popularity, first in Italy and then abroad. Based on this year’s experience, we would like to improve many organizational aspects in order to make the services more accessible to the public and to the Friends of the Festival, thereby facilitating participation in our events for everyone.
Naturally, we will keep you informed of any updates or plans. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and on our website. Send us your comments, suggestions, requests and – why not – criticisms.
Finally, I would like to renew the appeal for help by asking you to join the Friends of the Festival (click here for more information). Now that many of you have seen the edition that has just ended and the renovation which has started, we feel even more confident in asking for your financial support, even if only a small contribution. Ideally, we would like to exceed the mark of 100 friends for this year. Your support will greatly encourage our work.
See you soon.