by Salvatore Di Marino
Mayor of Ravello
In a season that seems suspended in a timeless limbo, (a season) beset by uncertainties and lack of gestures, wonts, habits which used to define our lives in such a phased way to often seem given for granted, in a year that keeps fobbing us off with bleak perspectives, every now and then brightened up by the dazzle of the news which are only echoing as a refrain, Ravello and its Festival, are a hymn to life and to the desire of taking off again.
After being stopped, locked in and wittingly limited, the time to look ahead to our future with trust and with a wider consciousness has come, eschewing any form of thoughtlessness, superficiality and risk.
Our territory, which usually bursts with enthusiasm, events and tourist voracity, especially during these times, is holding up the devastating impact of this pandemic with an enviable dignity and fortitude.
With a high-quality schedule which will accompany us until the winter season, with choices aimed at further exalting, even in these moments of great difficulty, our land, the Ravello Festival will be the pennant of a safe, welcoming territory, ready to show itself, right on its feet, in all of its extraordinary, ductile and variegated beauty.
From music to culture, moving on to enogastronomy and historical evocations, the fulcrum of this post Covid-19 strategy is, undoubtedly, to be traced in the extensive work of synergy, confrontation and osmosis between the Administration who I represent and the Ravello Foundation: a capillary and constant effort which not only will pledge the new edition of the Ravello Festival, but luckily, it will also blast away the baleful shadow of an historical disruption of this tradition which has been uninterruptedly kept alive since the Fifties.
And there’s a lot more to this: along with the approval of the right to use of the Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium, and the relative works of redevelopment which will follow, the prestigious structure will aesthetically rise again and it will propose itself as a standing out location where the dense schedule of cultural events organized by the Region will take place.
I have read that the darkest periods are generally the prelude to a positive change. It is like the rainbow that crosses ourselves at the end of violent and unpredictable storms.
We have been ready for a long time: to the beauty, to the sun and to the so long awaited sign of the end of this storm.
Thanks for translation to Barbara Vitale and M. Sveva Ferrajoli