by Nadia Toppino
Located in the Roero hills, land of “fortresses”, vineyards and castles, the city of Bra is a crossroads of history, food and wine excellence and culture. Of ancient origins, it has roots that date back to the Neolithic age and that touch the Roman Empire and the Savoy dynasty, whose traces are still clearly visible in the area.
Today it is a city of almost 30 thousand inhabitants, famous in Italy and worldwide for being the home of the Slow Food movement, for its excellent sausage, for its international opening events and for being one of the cradles of the Piedmontese Baroque.
Here are some interesting events that are worth a visit in this small town of Roero:
1.Photo exhibition “Alza la testa”
22nd DECEMBER – 2nd FEBRUARY 2020
Palazzo Mathis, Piazza Caduti per la Libertà 20
The photographic exhibition “Raise your head”, created by ManueleGalante in collaboration with Progetto Emmaus, a social cooperative that since 1995 has been dealing with personal services in the territories of Alba and Bra, working online with profit organizations, will be open until February 22nd and local nonprofits. The photographs arise from the meeting between Manuele and the people who attend the activities organized in collaboration with the Social Services on the territory of Bra. Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9 to 12.30 and from 15 to 18, Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 12.30. Admission free. For information tel. 348.9154618www.progettoemmaus.it.
UNTIL 6TH JANUAR
Free exhibition of cribs made by volunteers. Those who wish can contribute by displaying their crib. For info: 347-1899259. Also at the Giardini della Rocca on 8 December, the organized chestnut of the association “Amici dei Giardini della Rocca” will be held in collaboration with the Civil Protection.
3. Theatre: “Valentina Vuole”
With Consuelo Ghiretti and Francesca Grisenti
This is the simple story of a little girl. Who is also a princess. She has it all. He lives in a safe place, where nothing is missing. But she is always angry and screams, always screams, because everything always wants more. Valentina wants. Maybe she’s missing something. But what does not know. And the grown-ups? They seem not to understand. Sometimes the most important thing is also the most difficult to see and find. And to do it Valentina will have to search the world, because that’s where you have to go to become grown up. The show was a finalist at In-Box Verde 2018 and finished third. Show for children and families. The single tickets (5 euro adult, free child) are on sale in the afternoon at the theatre box office in Piazza Carlo Alberto or on www.piemonteticket.it.
4. Waiting for the Befana
JANAURY // 3.30 and 5 pm
Museo del Giocattolo
The Toy Museum houses two workshops for the creation of original socks that will have to host the sweets of the nice old woman. Participation costs 5 euros, free accompanying adults. Info and reservations at 0172-413049.
5. Theatre: “Si ride a crepafavole”
10th JANUARY// 9 pm
With Francesco Paolantoni and orchestra
It starts with a monologue, obviously comic, telling and desecrating some very famous ones
fables: from Little Red Riding Hood to Snow White, up to an original and very personal version of Pierino and the Wolf, the work of the composer Sergej Prokofiev. The protagonist is the talented actor Francesco Paolantoni, in a reinterpretation of the most famous fairy tales. The single tickets (20 euro inside, 18 reduced under 26 and over 65) are on sale on Friday afternoon, from 15 to 19, at the theatre box office in Piazza Carlo Alberto or on www.piemonteticket.it.
6. “Nati per leggere”
JANUARY 20th // 5 pm
Civic library “Giovanni Arpino”
Animated readings for children from 3 to 6 years. Free admission on reservations required at 0172 413049. Clara Arnaldi tells “The colours of emotions”.
7. Theatre: “Il pipistrello – operetta (Strauss)”
22ndJANUARY// 9 pm
Directed by CorradoAbbati
Gabriel von Eisenstein was sentenced to a few days in prison for defamation. His friend Dr.Falke, however, brings him an invitation to the party that Prince Orlofsky will give the same evening. Eisenstein has no doubts: first the party and then to set up. Rosalinde, his wife, left alone, receives the visit of his suitor Alfred who is however mistaken for the landlord and then taken to prison in his place. But this will not be the only twist. Johann Strauss’s most famous and represented operetta in the world that embodies the spirit and essence of the Viennese operetta. The single tickets (20 euro inside, 18 reduced under 26 and over 65) are on sale on Friday afternoon, from 15 to 19, at the theatre box office in Piazza Carlo Alberto or on www.piemonteticket.it.
8. “Nati per leggere”
27th JANUARY //5 PM
Civic Library “Giovanni Arpino”
Animated readings for children from 3 to 6 years. Free admission on reservations required on 0172 413049. The association “Il Ghiribizzo” in “Come and meet the Marsupilami”.