Venetonight returns to brighten Venice
di Silvia Baldereschi

On the occasion of the European Researchers’ Night over 50 activities for every age group. Workshops, guided tours, performances, and unprecedented surprises between science and culture.

Thanks to the collaboration between Ca’ Foscari University and the local institutions, Venetonight comes back with 120 researchers involved in more than 50 free activities for the citizenry. Marie Skłodowska-Curie’s research project The Ophiuchus Supernova: Post-Aristotelian stargazing in the European context (1604-1654) for the 2022 European Researchers’ Night tries to reach every age range and to involve every kind of research. The event will take place in many spots of the lagoon, among which the university buildings and local museums. Throughout the 30th of September, students and professors with public and private institutions, will speak about the territory and their research.

Grand Opening and laboratories

34 laboratories and shows will be held in Ca’ Foscari head office throughout the day. There will be a small break from 5.00 pm to 5.30 pm for the grand opening held by the dean, Tiziana Liparelli. Every university field of research will be involved in this open didactics, from the studies of Van Gogh’s colours to Maglev trains and from bioplastics to Arabic.

Guided tours

Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia opens the doors of four of his venues to allow guided tours, in order to promote the protection, preservation and appreciation of the artistic and cultural heritage of Venice. On this day Palazzo Ducale’s secrets will be unveiled, all the senses will be awoken at Palazzo Mocenigo with fragrances and literature. Scientific essays on conservation methods will be explained at Museo Fortuny and during a BlueNight the Museo di Storia Naturale will collaborate with scientists that research the oceanic and marine landscape.

Expositions between science and culture

The university’s exhibiting spaces will open with three exhibitions. Venezia and Suzhou. Water Cities along the Silk Roads, which examines the present, past and future of two water cities and their balance between nature and mankind. Caffè Pensiero. Il caffè come materia, arte, incontro, researcher Sara Lando’s photo exhibition. And  L’Isola by Anush Hamzehian and Vittorio Mortarotti, with the scientific supervision of Patrick Heinrich, a project that tells about the life of a Yonaguni, a piece of land with few inhabitants and subject to the strongest Pacific Ocean’s currents.

Gastronomy and theater

Activities will reach Santa Marta hub, starting from the gastronomic culture events at restaurant. The activity will start at 5.30 pm with a special event, L’arte culinaria dell’Azerbaigian: una sosta gastronomica lungo la via della seta and it will go on with the workshop Ark of taste, curated by Asgarova Sakina. The evening will end with a tasting prepared by Afghan chef Elgun Asgarov, and at Ca’ Foscari theatre, where  Galileo and the Dialogo di Cecco de’ Ronchitti will go on stage at 7.30 pm .

Archaeology, music and performances

Among other extraordinary activities, archeology enthusiasts will be able to admire for the first time at the Venetian Lagoon Archeology Archive some remains of the Byzantine mosaics discovered at the long-lost church of San Niccolò del Lido.  Last but not least, Ca’ Foscari courtyard becomes a stage from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm with some jazz music and Italian music from the 40s to the 70s and with Bossa Nova Peacocks ensemble. The evening will end at 9.00 pm with Novecento, a theatrical monologue written and published by Alessandro Baricco and performed by Corrado d’Elia.


Thursday, 29 September 2022