For ordinary people

FARM Cultural Park

We are trying to build a better world, a small community dedicated to inventing new ways of thinking, living and being..Farm Cultural Park is an Independent Cultural Center. Here art and culture are noble instruments that give the City of Favara a new identity and future dimension.

There's a place in Favara where it is permitted to multiply the eyes, amplify the ears and open the heart, lightening it. This planet is called Farm Cultural Park and who is part of it, works every day to realize a dream. If you have never been here before, don't miss the chance to be enchanted!

Welcome to Farm 
When everything seemed doomed to collapse, a small Cultural Centre choose art and culture to renew an Historical Centre and to give a new identity and a future to a City with no past nor present.

It's always very hard to explain what Farm Cultural Park is. Every year thousands of artists, creatives, journalists or just visitors share their experiences to rethink new ways to live, work and be together. For this reason we talk about ”People’s Museum”.

A piece of better world. 
Farm Cultural Park was born from an intuition of Florinda and Andrea. A young couple of professionals who decided to remain in Sicily, not to complain about what is not happening, but to become protagonists of a small and significant change, to donate to their puppies Carla and Viola and to their community a small piece of a better world. 

The "7shop" is the store where you can buy a vintage or handmade souvenir

The Sette Cortili
The Sette Cortili are a kind of Sicilian Kasba. Seven small connected courtyards which host a series of smaller palaces and hide few small, but wonderful gardens of Arabic array. In this evocative surrounding cultural and recreational spaces are adjacent the aunts' houses. Antonia, Rosa and Maria are three of the aunts who live the Sette Cortili with Vito and few other residents. Visitors always ask us what they think about Farm and how they took the change. Try to ask them. They will answer you that they are happy, there are a lot of people and they receive daily phone calls from their relatives abroad who heard good things about the Sette Cortili. Both inside and outside of the Sette Cortili you can visit exhibitions, installations, artworks ofnational and international artists.

Exterior of “Raft,” one of the first renovated edifices within the seven courtyards, that since 2015 has hosted a video-photographic exhibition of the history of Farm Cultural Park from 2010 to the present, designed by architecture studio Analogique

A portrait of Mareme Cisse painted by "Rosk & Loste" in 2015. Mareme is a Senegalese cook who gave life to take-away spot "Ginger People & Food", an ethnically African culinary space inside Farm Cultural Park between 2104 and 2016.

You can eat in different places:  fresh octopus and Sicilian street food by Purperia, fresh pasta in the corner Basta Pasta Restaurant; coffee and drinks in the corner Basta Bakery or pastries and fruit at the Sette Cortili entrance

The spaghetteria belongs to the “Basta” corner which includes the bar inside Farm Cultural Park as well. You can eat homemade and organic pasta in many different ways.

The purperia is a place where it’s possible to eat fresh octopus and Sicilian street food made by the great Lillo: a relentless traveler, founder of “Purperia”

Farm & Co is a Tiffany inspired, new luxury toilet of “Seven Courtyard”.

Cultural Space
An explosive cultural planning has characterized the first six years of Farm Cultural Park: indoor temporary exhibitions and permanent installations in public spaces, artists’ residences, festival, workshop with youth and children, book presentations, architecture competitions, portfolio readings of artists and numerous presentations in Italy and abroad.
It’s also possible to take part at book presentations, children's workshops, cooking courses, readings of important personalities from the world of culture, musical events where you can let loose and dance 

HERE R.I.P. YOUR ASHES” is one of the Farm Cultural Park ashtrays created by ‘ChiocciolineLab’ in 2015. Chioccioline Lab was founded by designer Rosangela Leotta and craftsman Salvatore Maria Nasontem, who are partners both in work and in life, and work predominantly with wood.

Detail of work by street artist, designer and illustrator La Fille Bertha (pseudonym of Alessandra Pulixi). Her visual imagery is populated by creatures of a feminine appearance and often animalesque characters, that display conceit and mystery at the same time.

Kitagawara: Structural concept of the Japanese pavilion presented at Milano’s Expo 2015.
A section of the Japanese pavillion at Word EXPO 2015 located in Milan, designed by Ar. Atsushi Kitagawara, takes a second life thanks to an idea coming from Prof. Marco Imperadori from ‘Politecnico di Milano’ and the generosity of ‘Galoppini Legnami’.

Detail of work by Roselena Ramistella, Sicilian artist, taken from her photographic reportage “Face of Japan” (2015); on the right “Put in the trash, Putin" created in 2014 by Flavio Kampah, designer, painter, illustrator, director and stencil artist.

Put in the trash: A stencil on 2 walls which represents Vladimir Putin, Russian Prime Minister, inside a dumpster. The artist of this work is the designer, painter, illustrator, director and stencil artist Flavio Kampah. The murals were made in August 2014. We can also notice the wordplay in the title.

Work of Sicilian artist Roselena Ramistella, taken from her photographic reportage "Face of Japan." Her photos recount the revolving lives between the center and the outskirts of Japanese metropoli like Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto

Co-working Space
The artists have the chance to study and do their research at Farm Cultural Park. In addition, it’s also possible to make a request for using the co-working space. “Holy Cow” is a beautiful space of co-working where we are honoured to incubate two extraordinary realities as Polline and L’edicola dell’innovazione. Nzemmula is a space which hosted educational and lab-activities.
The Riad
The riad is a perfect place to refresh oneself in the hottest hours of Sicilian summer; Within Riad Farm is possible to book a wonderful suite for a special occasion.
Farm XL
FARM XL is the most important cultural space of Farm. There are exhibitions, installations, cultural projects and photographic exhibitions that change twice per year. One of its most important cultural project is Sou, the school of architecture for children. The gallery has also a cocktail terrace. 

On the left the work "Make Art Not War" by Paolo Galletta, Sicilian artist who works with the camera to find a deeper relationship with the world; on the right a piece from the exposition “Gente Comune” (Common People) by artist and publicist Stephen Ginestroni

Fresh Sicilian octopus: an installation made in 2015 by the artist Calogero Palacino from Caltanissetta. It represents an octopus with the head of Rosario Crocetta, the President of the Region of Sicily.

Meeting space inside the FarmXL gallery dedicated to meetings and encounters. On the right the manifesto presenting the Children’s Museum project.

Feel what I feel is an idea born in 2014 by Barbara Cammarata, using pieces of her dowry, given from her mother in 2011.
During the installation of “Bed” many people were involved for 2 months and 200.000 pins were used. She dedicated her research to the cultural and social identity. Work was made inside the gallery Farm XL in 2014, during the fifth birthday of Farm Cultural Park.

Work of art made by the ceramist Calogero Palacino to celebrate Terry Richardson, an American photographer and director known for his transgressive and provocative style. He had an exhibition in Farm XL gallery.

"You could love the whole world", interactive light installation to find love by Sergio Cascavilla, exhibited in the XL space, during the 5th Anniversary of Farm Cultural Park

“Sedia Vitra Miniature Favela”, created by designers Humberto and Fernando Campana, inspired by the slums of their homeland. Behind a portrait belonging to the personal photo exhibition of Stefano Ginestroni “Gente Comune”

Unicorn Project
An installation on the theme of crisis, created by Dimora OZ, a laboratory of visual, performing and multimedia arts, a transdisciplinary space animated by numerous residents from Palermo. Dimora OZ is an art factory that addresses contemporary issues, creating productions, events and workshops, with a particular attention to relational dynamics of collaboration and participation.

Details of a work from project “UNICORN”, created by Patricia Stefanek, during the second annual laboratory organized by Dimora OZ, through a residence in Favara, on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of Farm Cultural Park.

Farm Bombing is a project that connects guerrilla gardening, service design, urban strategy and social innovation. For 3 days, 500 seed bombs were distributed facing the Sicilian pavilion of Milan EXPO. The aim of this project was to give environmental benefits for the cities: a great dose of green weapons to bombard the polluted cities. .

You can find an amazing terrace inside Farm XL, perfect for a cocktail party with some friends, a stag party, a birthday party or a romantic dinner.
Education changes the world
We want our children to be accustomed to freedom of thought, the magic of creativity, the vocation to realize the dream, the desire to make possible the impossible.Because only investing in future generations, tomorrow we will have more free, ethical and generous citizens.
Sou. The School of Architecture for children.
The first in Italy, the second in the world. In close collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano and the Atelier Kengo Kuma Tokyo, an extraordinary new space within the Seven Courtyards, not only for children but also for the boys and for their families. The first School of Architecture for Children is specialized mainly in educational activities after school, related to urban planning, architecture and the environment, the construction of the Community, but also to art, design, urban agriculture and to ' food education. And again with a momentum to the world of cooperation, social innovation, DIY culture. With a small tribute to Japan and its most enlightened contemporary architects and visionaries. The mission of the School is not only stimulate reflection, planning and action for the betterment of society but also the promotion and education in the host values, participation, tolerance and solidarity, generosity and social commitment. Two hundred and fifty square meters with a design office, workshop for the production of prototypes, small auditorium for presentations, exhibition space, a small garden and a kitchen will host courses and educational activities not only for children but also for their parents.

It’s possible to attend annual courses but also individual laboratories or workshops.
Farm Cultural Park is part of a large national and international network of professionals in architecture, art and the world of education

Farm involve all architects, artists and creative people who attend or will be housed in Favara organizing research projects, conferences, workshops and insights that will enrich the cultural offer of the new school

Once Upon a Time . . .

Credits: Story

The exhibition was curated by Giusi Messina and Jessica Mannone

Texts and translations:
Vera Bocina
Elena Borghese
Cristina Ciampaglione
Viviana Giglia
Ian Richard

Photo and video
Nadia Castronovo
Giuseppe Guarneri
Luana Sabatini

Rosario Castellana
Daniela Frenna

Special Thanks to Andrea Bartoli e Florinda Saieva

Credits: All media
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