“Porretta belongs on every serious blues and soul festival-goer's bucket list, a confluence of positive forces to be honored and treasured.”
Dick Shurman, Paul Harris Living Blues 2017

ART DIRECTOR Graziano Uliani


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Shaping Up Sweet ART Graffiti

From 21 to 27 June 2021 a new series of murals will tell the story of Soul music and the Porretta Soul Festival.

The public will have the opportunity to follow the proceedings.
The intent is to enhance the history of soul music and the Porretta Soul Festival through mural art, creating a path that leads to Porretta travelers, not necessarily fans of soul but of good music, with an artistic itinerary that allows you to discover the most charming spots of the town and the territory of the Alto Reno Terme.

The artists selected by a contest that saw the participation of 33 competitors from all over Europe are: Aurora Bresci (Florence), Ermanno Mari (Bologna), Nadia Vola (Francavilla al Mare – Ch), Edoardo Ettorre (Giulianova – Te), Antonio Cotecchia (Salerno). Special mention for Ivan Netsvetailo (St. Petersburg – Russia), Riccardo Fornasini (Bologna), Annalisa Fusilli (Pistoia) and Maurizio Cioni (Porretta Terme). The jury was made up of Graziano Uliani (artistic director of Porretta Soul Festival), Marco Della Fonte (director), Lucio Mazzi (journalist), Alice Palmieri (painter) and Andrea Pizzuti (musician and sculptor) who examined the proposals of the 33 candidates, all of excellent quality.

A specialized guide will tell anecdotes, stories about the link between legendary artists and Porretta as well as of course the profile of those who designed the murals. An illustrated folder will be available with historical and bio notes of the artists represented. A QR code next to each work will provide detailed information. In the final three days, films relating to the artists depicted will be shown, implemented by talk shows with excellent testimonials and mini concerts. The murals will then be an attraction to visit Porretta in every season.

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June buskers performances, the Tuscan Market and Street Food. On 26th special guest Luca Guaraldi Rock & Roll, Boogie Woogie Piano. On 27th special guest will be the famous Lovesick Duo (Americana, 40s / 50s Country, Rock ‘n Roll and Western Swing).

All under the patronage of the Municipality of Alto Reno Terme and the collaboration with ArtLab the creative community of Alto Reno Terme. The artists represented are: Soul Men (ensemble with Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett, James Carr, Eddie Hinton), Soul Women (ensemble with Ann Peebles, Mavis Staples, Millie Jackson, Carla Thomas, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Toni Green, Chick Rodgers) , Memphis Horns, Dan Penn, Booker T. & The MGs, Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Bobby Rush, Swamp Dogg, Rufus Thomas, Sam Cooke.

The route through the streets of the historic center of Porretta Terme takes place with 11 stops in front of each mural, with a description of the work, from 21 to 27 June 2021. The meeting is in the square of the railway station in Porretta, continues on the bridge dedicated to Solomon Burke (Solomon Burke Bridge), Rufus Thomas Park and city segments with a stop under each mural and a visit to the Soul Museum. In the evenings of June 24, 25 and 26, screening of films at Rufus Thomas Park and musical interludes.