Manifatture Digitali Cinema Prato and the Order of Chartered Accountants and Accounting Experts of Prato, in the context of the Sensi Contemporanei Program, present A veglia! Prato si racconta per il Cinema, three events, in three different places of the city, in which some Personality from Prato (from the textile and the professional/cultural world of Prato) will tell their own experience. Together with them, there will be screenwriters, directors and film producers, because from every story an audiovisual product can be born: a film, a documentary, a TV series, a web series.
A veglia! Prato si racconta per il Cinema is an initiative that harks back to the past – summer vigils in the courtyard of farmhouses and manor houses where farmers and workers gathered with their families to share moments – to make a contribution to the future of the city. The first meeting took place on Wednesday 10 July, at 10.00 pm, at the Palazzo delle Professioni (Via Pugliesi, 26, Prato, Italy), with a watch listening of the accountant Fabrizio Marchi from Prato, an accountant for numerous companies from the 1960s onwards. To underline the centrality of the fabric, symbolic element of the city, there were the installation of the architect Luigi Formicola: scenic elements, covered with colorful fabrics made available by the event sponsor, AVIEM Tessuti Srl of Montemurlo (Prato, Italy). The “Vigil” was held at the end of the event organized by the Order of Accountants and Accounting Experts of Prato entitled Sunset Run (second edition): 10 km run or 5 km walk, departing from the inner courtyard of the Palazzo delle Professioni. The proceeds of the initiative were donated to AIL – Association for the fight against Leukemias, section of Prato.
The other two scheduled appointments will be held from September onwards, one inside a building of industrial archeology in Prato and the other one in Manifatture Digitali Cinema Prato.
The textile sector of Prato is composed of many small and medium-sized and some large companies, which every day produce both classic and innovative fabrics, carrying on the great tradition of Prato in the regeneration of clippings and scraps, of used clothes, of “Stracci“, with a capital S, as they called them: processing scraps, shreds of clothes that would otherwise have gone to waste and on which Prato founded her wealth. Many stories, human and professional events, intersect in this almost millennial production. The growing audiovisual industry can look with great interest at the narration of Prato’s industriousness, projecting this precious memory in the contemporary world.
See the gallery of the first date (10 July 2019- Palazzo delle Professioni, Prato, Italy):