In 2016 a week-long School in Barga, the ‘most Scottish town in Italy’, brought together students from across Europe and North America to learn Scottish music and dance, with tutors from Scotland and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
Barga artist Keane, founder and editor of Barga News, documented the week in a series of photographs. On 20th June 2017, a new exhibition of these photographs will be launched at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.
Keane said, ‘Since the Italian Renaissance, ideas, concepts, communication and culture have freely moved through the piazzas of Barga. The participants took to these open spaces as though they had been born to them. It was in these public areas that the joy of making music was best expressed and best enjoyed by the newcomers and the local residents’.
The exhibition will be opened by Linda Fabiani, Member of the Scottish Parliament, who was awarded the Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta’ Italia (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity) by the Italian Government for her work to promote Scots/Italian links.
This year’s Barga School of Traditional Song, Music and Dance will be held from 2nd-9th September 2017. More information is available here: hamishmoore.org/bargascot
A selection of Keane’s photos of the 2016 School are available on the Barga News site: barganews.com
To find out more about the exhibition at the Scottish Parliament or about the Barga School, please contact Hamish Moore or Iain Richardson.