A Delegation From The Terra Madre Migrants’ Network Will Also Join The Parade
Slow Food takes part in the Together Without Walls march that crosses the city of Milan, Italy on May 20.
Carlo Petrini, President of Slow Food: “It is often desperation that takes millions of people out of their homes, embarking on a trip risking their lives. We want to ask ourselves what is the origin of this desperation and what can we do as global citizens to relieve some of their suffering.
In Africa and the Middle East, conflicts and insecurity are undermining entire communities. Our governments have great historical responsibilities for helping to create the actual conditions. We all have a duty to ask for action to create opportunities in these countries to combat the Western productive model, which today kills the local communities that are unable to cope with climate change and environmental difficulties. For years, Slow Food has been carrying on projects to support those who have decided to resist and stay on their own ground to fight the phenomena that deplete them. Today, we are marching together without walls to fight indifference and alarmism and show that change starts from all of us.”
Speaking about seas and the Mediterranean, it is impossible not to think of the tragedies of the thousands of migrants dead in an attempt to cross it. But there are also success stories of migrants who in the country of arrival create new businesses and enriching with new cultural and gastronomic identities. Slow Fish, the international event dedicated to fisheries and marine ecosystems, organized by Slow Food and the region of Liguria, taking place right now in Genoa, will talk about these stories. The final conference of the event will be dedicated to them: Sea of Cultures (May 21, 4 pm) with Cheikh Guisse of the Senegalese association of Genoa, Andrea Pescino of the Collective Garden association and Stefano Liberti, writer and journalist.
Also the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo has decided to address the theme and, in collaboration with Slow Food, presents this year the first edition of the Migranti Film Festival, which will take place in Pollenzo, Italy, from June 10-12, 2017. During the three days of the event, six feature-length films in competition will be screened, as well as eight shorts and other films out of competition. Space will be given not just to screenings, but also concerts, the food of migrant communities, conferences and theater performances on the issue of migration will alternate with particular attention to issues relating to migrations, particularly second generations, coexistence, identity and multiculturality.
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University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG). In 2004 Slow Food created the University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG) to offer a multidisciplinary study program on the science and culture of food. UNISG is another way in which Slow Food combines innovation and research from the academic community with the traditional knowledge of farmers and food producers. Since 2004 about 2,100 students from over 85 countries have attended the university.