Program 2023


9th June

10th June

11th June



Naima Karlsson & Lawrence Kumpf introducing the book "Organic Music Societies"
Avant-garde jazz trumpeter Don Cherry and textile artist Moki Cherry (née Karlsson) met in Sweden in the late sixties. They began to live and perform together, dubbing their mix of communal art, social and environmentalist activism, children’s education, and pan-ethnic expression “Organic Music.”


Invernomuto presents Black Med Chapter 1, Listening Session
Black Med is an ongoing platform initiated by Invernomuto in 2018. The Mediterranean sea, once understood as a fluid entity aiding the formation of networks and exchange, is now the scenario of a humanitarian crisis and heated geopolitical dispute. Black Med aims at intercepting the trajectories that sounds trace passing through this protean area, as migration routes leave sonic trails.


Whitney Wei in conversation with architects Bengt Carling and Matteo Ghidoni (Salottobuono): “Architecture and the Musical Experience”
The panel will deconstruct a theoretical framework around architecture and the experience of music/ creativity. How does the aesthetic experience of architecture add or subtract from a performance? What are the factors in place that can make audiences more suggestive to the music? The panel is supported by SHAPE+ platform, co-funded by the European Union.

SATURDAY 10th and SUNDAY 11th

Dharma Yoga and Sound Bath Workshop w/ Lavinia Cometti
Dharma Yoga sequence is a challenging and dynamic practice that emphasizes the integration of all eight limbs of yoga. It is suitable for practitioners of all levels, and it offers a comprehensive approach to physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Sound Bath is a powerful tool to explore different dimensions of consciousness.


Christine Kakaire "The importance of the archive as related to Black music innovation"
Award-winning culture journalist and critic Christine Kakaire will moderate a panel with secret guests to be announced soon. The panel is supported by SHAPE+ platform, co-funded by the European Union.


Looongplay, BABAU
Babau will offer a twofold contribution consisting of a live set and an improvised durational performance: looongplay, the output of their 2022 SHAPE+ residency. The improvisational, procedural soundscapes created in collaboration with musician Alberto Ricca/Bienoise will animate the surroundings with especially commissioned liquid, vibrant computer compositions and vertiginous imaginative extravaganzas.


“Eco Print” workshop by Yosephine Melfi and Laura Dell’Erba
The “Eco Print” workshop combines the sustainability essence of the festival with Carhartt WIP’s efforts to work on organic products by customizing them through dyeing techniques. The workshop will be led by two experts of the field to give the participants knowledge and skills that can be applied in the future to give garments a new life.
Anonima Luci “Meet Me Halfway”
Once again this year the collective Anonima Luci will enrich the festival with a unique installation. The wooded entrance of the festival is transformed into a colourful bright walkway guiding the spectators to the main stage area. Halfway along the path an illuminated plaza opens up with a dual function: signalling new pathways and recreating a place for meeting and interaction.
Salottobuono “Bucky Dome”
In 1971, Don and Moki were invited to recreate their home inside Stockholm's Moderna Museet in the form of a geodesic dome. Terraforma will recreate the iconic Dome in collaboration with its original architect Bengt Carling, Matteo Ghidoni from Salottobuono and the Domus Academy students. The new structure will enrich the garden of the Villa and host talks, workshops and installations.
Salò “Ubiquitous Baronato Quattro Bellezze”
The Roman collective Salò will curate an art installation in the garden of Villa Arconati together with Kuboraum Editions, an area totally dedicated to the development of the collective’s artistic vision, which will feature the participation of artists and friends. On Sunday, the installation will be the starting point for a parade leading up to the Alpha stage for the last special live performance of the festival.
“Organic Tapestry Theater”
Knitwear brand Vitelli together with Spaccio Maglieria and Garbage Core will create a brand new textile installation inspired by Moki Cherry’s tapestries, enriching the Bucky Dome and its programme during the festival.
The art project SBAGLIATO, born in Rome in 2011, will realize a unique installation for the festival. "PAREIDOLIA" is a portal inspired by the architecture of Villa Arconati that plays with optical illusion and trompe-l'oeil effect.
Guided Tours
Guided Tours
Guided tours of the Villa are organised by Fondazione Augusto Rancilio and will take place on Saturday, June 10th, in the morning. Slots: 10:00AM / 10:30AM / 11:00AM /11:30AM /12:00PM /12:30PM. Book your preferred time slot at the info point. Among the most beautiful and majestic Villas in the North of Italy, Villa Arconati holds a heritage of outstanding historical, cultural and architectural value. You will visit some of the most unique areas of the Palazzo: the grand staircase of Honor, the splendid Phaeton Room, frescoed by the Galliari Brothers (set designers of La Scala in Milan) in the mid-18th century for the "court" of Giuseppe Antonio Arconati, and the Ballroom embroidered with stucco and gilding.