Eutropia Festival at the Città dell’Altra Economia

The "Città dell'Altra Economia" and Eutropia Festival

Entertainment with a heart in Rome

Citta dell’Altra Economia is like a mini city of arts, an anti-commercialist cultural venue in the gentrified ex-trade neighbourhood of Testaccio. In their expansive grounds they aim to create solidarity among people with a common interest in low environmental impact.

The complex spans 3,500 square meters and promotes organic farming, fair trade, renewable energy and green building. A long list of initiatives come together to create the most individual events, live concerts and festivals in the city. Neò eco-design store was created solely by women and offers contemporary products such as handbags, jewellery and home furnishings made with traditional craft techniques. Emporio concept store sells art works and artistic products and aims to help disadvantaged members of society. Spazio bio is a store where biological produce is sold directly by the producers, creating more opportunity for small holders. The bio-bar Café Boario serves ethnic organic and fair trade cuisine with a cocktail menu and beer garden. Bio-restaurant Stazione di Posta offers innovative yet unpretentious vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes with a full drinks menu. There is also a games room, children’s library, up-cycled bicycle store and many more. To top it off every Saturday and Sunday an organic market sells biological and artisan products from 9am to sunset.

The "Città dell'Altra Economia" and The Eutropia Festival

History

The ex-slaughterhouse and cattle market or ‘ex-mattatoio’ was realised in 1891 and spanned 105,000 square meters with a network of large shelters, pavilions and open spaces in traditional stucco and brickwork mixed with cast iron structures. Since 1988 the structure has been reused in various ways and has most recently been shared among initiatives such as the department of architecture for Roma Tre University, Macro contemporary museum and Città dell’Altra Economia. Reinventing the space once used as a truck scale for weighing cattle, organisers of Citta dell’Altra Economia renovated the existing pavilions and yard while building new contemporary spaces to connect the pre-existent buildings along with a stylish steel canopy. The result is a hub of multiple creative spaces in a suggestive historic setting.

The "Città dell'Altra Economia" and The Eutropia Festival
Photo Andrea Stevoli

Eutropia Festival

In describing the land of Eutropia Italian writer Italo Calvino wrote of a ‘city of many cities’, which is exactly what organisers of the Eutropia festival wanted to create. Held in Città dell’Altra Economia the festival has four main parts: music, socialising, food and DJ sets. They pride themselves on diversity of ideas with music from all over the world, cinema screenings of the season’s best films and a summer disco under the stars.

One of the first groups to kick off the festival’s live music calendar was famous Napolitano rap ragamuffin group 99 Posse (whom I had the fortune of opening for with my own band Etruskajazz). With a view to creating a synthesis of musical influences, innovative international and local bands offer a vast array of musical styles on the huge open-air stage with everything from dancehall Reggae and Balkan experimental to Latin Orchestral or soul-infused electronic music. A diverse selection of food stalls serve up Italian street food, burgers, kebab and pizza. Film events screen popular International and Italian flicks in their custom projector room with seating for a hundred. The Astrogarden Summer Dance floor hosts a different DJ every night ranging from Reggae and Hip Hop, 70’s Funk N ‘Disco to African Rock’n’Roll and Swing in the sprawling piazza. Free entry every night after midnight. Try Eutropia festival for a refreshingly different night with a low eco-footprint in Rome.

The "Città dell'Altra Economia" and The Eutropia FestivalCittà dell’Altra Economia
Campo Boario (Testaccio)
Entrances at Piazza Giustiniani, Largo Dino Frisullo & Lungotevere Testaccio
Until 21st September
eutropiafestival.it
cittadellaltraeconomia.org

 

Programme:

1 August
Aprés La Classe, Frankie Hi Nrg Dj Set
Ticket: €10
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2-6 August
9.30pm
Cinema d’Estate- Film screening
Ticket: €5
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7 August
Simonetti’s Goblin – “PROFONDO ROSSO- Live Soundtrack”
Ticket: €10
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8-31 August
9.30pm
Cinema d’Estate- Film screening
Ticket: €5
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4 September
Alpha Blondy & The Solar System
Ticket:€12
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5 September
Giuliano Palma “Old Boy Tour” (Italia)
Ticket:€13
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6 September
Public Enemy
Ticket:€12
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7 September
Wild Beasts
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8 September
Angelique Kidjo
Ticket:€ 10
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9 September
Bluvertigo (Italia)
Ticket:€15
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10 September
Giovanni Lindo Ferretti “A Cuor Contento” (Italia)
Ticket:€15
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13 September
STEAM PUNK FEST
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14 September
STEAM PUNK FEST

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