Song Festival Under 14
Musical experiences through poetry, images, and technology
to better understand life, love, and nature…
embracing Europe …
Ministero per i Beni e le Attivitŕ Culturali (The ministry of Cultural
Resources and Activities)
RAI - Segretariato Sociale (Italian national television)
Nazionale Italiana Cantanti (The National Italian Singers soccer
Project and Artistic Director: Alfonso Belfiore
Francesca Amore, Servizio Cultura/Comune di Pisa, tel. 050.910474
Alfonso Belfiore, Ist. Int. Arte e Tecnologia, tel. 0583.369028
Istituto Internazionale Arte e Tecnologia
Comune di Pisa
Provincia di Pisa
Comune di Roma
Fondazione Teatro di Pisa
In Association with:
Accademia Internazionale delle Arti “Leonard Bernstein” di Roma
Ente Parco Naturale di Migliarino, S. Rossore e Massaciuccoli
With the Collaboration of:
Unione Italiana Ciechi
Stamperia Braille di Firenze
Musical Edition: Vecchio Mulino Produzioni
The project will be organized over a three-year operative plan for
the period of 2003/2006.
The project is open to elementary and middle schools, song and musical
schools, to children and teenagers under 14 years old from European
Union member states, as well as those from SEE/EFTA states and from
states canditated for EU membership.
The project is also open to all songwriters and composers of pieces
written for kids under 14.
These artists may be of any nationality, without limits as to age,
who are resident in Italy.
Project “Fortissimo” aims to stimulate and promote reflection and
- the broadest and deepest
- among kids of the European Union toward the themes of life, nature,
and respect and love for nature in all its forms.
The project seeks to achieve these goals by way of meaningful educational
experiences, both creative and expressive, articulated through music
and poetry, where these young people can take their first steps
in an interdisciplinary experience of on-stage performance, communication,
and electronic and computer technology for the recording and processing
of sound and image.
“Fortissimo” is also aimed at the development of a repertoire of
artistically-valid songs, written in the languages of the various
participating nations, inspired by ethical, civic, and social ideals,
proposed in an imaginative and expressive language suitable for
the education of children and teenagers, stimulating creativity
by way of the very encounter and exchange of different languages,
cultures, and modes of expression.
Structure of the Project:
The project is made up of three main areas:
1. training, creative, and expressive activities internships/laboratories
for teachers and students conducted by experts in the areas of musical,
visual and literary language, by experts in the areas of nature
and the environment, and by experts in computer technology. teaching
and creative activities conducted in class by the teachers themselves
(with the aid of original materials proposed by Project Fortissimo)
2. productive activities (poetry, music, and images) creation of
teaching material destined for schools (available free on the internet)
- music to write lyrics to (original compositions made expressly
by Project Fortissimo) - short films for the creation of music (original
video-poetry made expressly by Project Fortissimo) creation of texts
for songs/poetry (from the original music proposed by schools) creation
of music for images (from the video-poetry proposed by schools)
3. meeting the public (via shows, TV, CDs and video clips)
Fortissimo, Song Festival Under 14 for UNICEF
Publication, recording, and distribution of best works from the
festival for UNICEF
Publication of a book of the texts by the schools for UNICEF
Publication of texts and music of the songs dedicated to kids under
14 for UNICEF
Publication and tele-distribution of video-poetry
The project does not have a view to making a profit and aims to
sustain UNICEF programs that support children in the world.
Project “Fortissimo” had its start in 2000/2001, and since its first
edition has received an extremely significant participation from
the schools and from the young people at whom it is aimed.
This artistic workshop experienced for several months by many participating
student groups has been large and active.
Over the first three editions of the project, more than 7,500 youngsters
have actively participated in the creation of the works presented
at the festival, the best of which are gathered into the production
recording for UNICEF.
These works testify to the significance of this experience in their
Surely a significant moment for high visibility for Project Fortissimo
is the annual “Festival Fortissimo”, a time for the participants
to take part in a live production, to face and to get a response
from a large public audience.
The festival, which for the first three editions has been held at
the “Verdi” theatre of Pisa (Teatro Verdi di Pisa) with actress
Sara Ricci conducting, has met with great success.