Slow Food

Terra Madre guests - Finding accommodation for over 5000 delegates

United Kingdom - 20 Oct 06

The reception, accommodation, and transport of over 5,000 participants has required a truly remarkable organisational effort, and would not have been possible without the help and support of establishments, institutions, associations and families. Piedmont took up the challenge and has thrown open the doors of its homes to farmers, fishermen and artisan manufacturers, people who play a fundamental role as the custodians of worldwide food biodiversity for future generations. The aim of Terra Madre is to facilitate and promote an exchange of experiences and interaction between different cultures. Therefore, the experience extends beyond the meetings and discussions at the Oval, through the relationships that the hosts, located all over Piedmont, are able to establish with visitors from distant locations. Participants in Terra Madre will be found accommodation in the 60 municipalities of Piedmont. The city of Turin has made available 900 lodgings at the Olympic Village plus another 200 at the Lingotto Lodge, while local families are to be the hosts of over 300 delegates. Some of the 200 lecturers will lodge in Turin University halls, thanks to the Region of Piedmont, and others in the private homes of the Turin Ambassadors, the municipal delegates called upon to represent the city at the Olympic games. As in 2004, the Region of Piedmont and the city of Turin will also make available the Olympic complex of Pracatinat, which can accommodate over 100 participants. Thanks to the contribution of Coldiretti Piemonte about 500 delegates will stay in guest-houses and hotels. Slow Food’s own hometown, Bra, will host over 200 people – the highest number of delegates in one single town after Turin – mainly from the Ukraine and Byelorussia, thanks to the work of the local Chernobyl Committee. Ivrea and its surrounding villages have confirmed their contribution to Terra Madre and to interpopulation dialogue with their accommodation of 92 Israeli and Palestinian delegates. Carignano will repeat the help lent at the first edition and this year once again will open its homes to Mali representatives. Asti has a strong Senegalese community who will host their compatriots from food communities in Senegal, while families from the municipalities in the Asti area will accommodate about 160 people. 110 delegates from South America will gather in the municipalities belonging to the Territorial Pact of the North West of Turin (11 municipal towns from the first belt around Turin) where various thematic events will take place. Fossano, which has agreed to offer about 70 places to French delegates, will involve its residents in organising dinner parties, meetings and public debates. In Alessandria, Cia has organised accommodation for 30 people. The local council of Saluzzo has set up lodgings for 50 African delegates. Carmagnola will once again welcome representatives from Cameroon and Ghana, while Racconigi renews its hospitality to 50 Brazilian participants. In order to promote exchange and communication between similar production sectors, Biella will welcome 50 representatives of communities worldwide raising classic breeds of cattle and sheep. On Friday 27 October at 17:00 the Città Studi of this town will hold a conference on the same theme. The Piedmont hometown of honey, Sommariva Bosco, will extend hospitality to the representatives of honey-producing communities from several parts of the world. The Abele Group deserves a special mention amongst the associations, since it will accommodate 30 delegates from Santo Domingo, Tunisia, Malaysia and Togo in its communities.