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Pergine Spettacolo Aperto

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Pergine Spettacolo Aperto is a cultural association based in Pergine Valsugana (Italy) that every year, since 1976 runs Pergine Spettacolo Aperto Festival. The Festival’s aim is to commission, curate and deliver high quality, interdisciplinary art and live events, at national and international level, while fostering collaborations with the city, its inhabitants and local organisations. Born as a summer stage for local audiences, the Festival grew over time becoming a cultural benchmark in the Region, planning and implementing high-quality artistic trainings, workshops and productions. In 2007 the Festival started to explore the controversial heritage of Pergine, the former Mental Asylum, concentrating its productions on the themes of marginality, mental illness and deviance. In 2011 the Festival won the Best Territory Improvement Award from Festival of Festivals association and in 2012, after the closure of its open-air theatre, the Festival reshaped its format and mission, fostering a reconnection to the local dimension through an international perspective. The Festival started revitalising abandoned places of the town through site-specific and participatory projects with the local community, while delivering a thematically focused international programme of contemporary theatre and performance, and a special audience development project to improve accessibility for people with disabilities to venues and programme content.