Ortigia Sound System 2023 | 1869 – 2071
1869-2071 | The Tropicalisation of the Mediterranean
Sicily is the geometric centre of an ecological, geopolitical, and cultural system that inhabits the Mediterranean Sea, dividing it geographically into four cardinal sectors. Imagining the future of Syracuse basically amounts to speculating on the transformations of the Mediterranean and the impact these will have on the territories and populations around it.
The transformation of the Mediterranean into a tropical sea is part of a vast series of imbalances that contribute to the general overheating of the area. Phenomena such as the progressive abandonment of large industrial plants, the jurisdictional ambiguity of military bases on Sicilian soil, or the telluric movements that animate the Hyblean-Maltese fault, resonate with each other, increasing the revolutionary impact of the tropicalisation of the Mediterranean.
The process that began in 1869, in other words, does not just entail an overturning of the ecosystem, but involves a total transformation of the Mediterranean and consequently of Sicily. The island that will emerge in 2071, between desertification and sinking below sea level, between human migrations and animal colonisation, between industrial transformations and cultural constants, will essentially be a new Sicily. The following research attempts to glimpse the Sicilian mutation, constantly looking back, towards the past, and simultaneously moving inexorably towards the future.
OSS 2022 Mito
The 8th edition of Ortigia Sound System focuses on the theme of the ΜIƬO. We’re slowly approaching a post-pandemic era, launching ourselves toward a renewed world with forward-thinking communicative, cultural, and artistic tools.
This quite significant historical moment encourages us to re-imagine a ΜIƬO while paying homage to the past. Its values, fundamental contents, and iconic locations have shaped the cultural and social identity of our festival until now.
The entity of Ortigia Sound System Festival aims to re-write the ΜIƬO: a brand-new narrative, aware of the models which shape and define our world, but also mindful of the many beautiful things past.OSS 2021 Ritornerai
"Ritornerai" is the concept manifesto of Ortigia Sound System 2021. Inspired by the famous piece by Bruno Lauzi, masterfully reinterpreted by master Franco Battiato, "Ritornerai" expresses the desire for a return, both physical and emotional, to our human dimension, made of relationship and feeling. A return to a new normal, more aware and inclusive, able to grow thanks to empathy.It is for these reasons that we must remember that, precisely as human beings, we need to live the experience that music gives us: if the pandemic has, however, excavated and shown the fragility of this sector, it will be starting from the passion for a shared culture that we will start again, we will return.