Current crowdfunding projects in Tuscany

Helen Farrell
February 4, 2016

lottozeroTough times bring creative solutions. That’s the way it’s always been, and over the centuries Florence has had more than its fair share of tribulation and inspiration. Crowdfunding is this millennium’s medium to get things done.

Two sisters, Tessa and Arianna Moroder, both in their thirties, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds needed to purchase equipment for their new textile design workshop in Prato’s Macrolottozero area. Opening in May 2016, Lottozero/textile laboratories aims to be a shared space open to local and international designers for research, experimentation, prototyping and the exchange of information in the textile field. Inside the centre, there’ll also be an exhibition space for shows and events and coworking studios. Those who pledge funds will receive as a reward a silk scarf bearing prints inspired by Tuscany’s monumental facades, such as Florence Baptistery, the church of San Miniato al Monte and Prato Cathedral. Other rewards include greeting cards with Verde di Prato graphics, a cotton satchel, vegetarian dinners in the Lottozero space and exclusive use of the Lottozero laboratory, dark room or coworking space. The campaign will continue until March 22.shakespeare 

If the Bard is more your thing, then you might like to pledge a penny or two to Florence’s Shakespeare Festival. Taking place for two months from April to June to mark 400 years since the playwright’s death, actor and Shakespeare expert Simone Rovida is organizing the event, with the backing of the City of Bagno a Ripoli and Teatro Comunale di Antella. There’ll be much more to the festival than just theatre, however: expect dance, music, art exhibitions as well as workshops, original-language films and seminars. Rovida is hopeful of bringing two British theatre companies over to Tuscany for the occasion, and crowdfunding felt like the best tool for the job. ‘The costs are enormous, since we’d like to keep ticket prices really low (between 5 and 10 euro for professional performances.’ Donate here. Rovida is also looking for performers: ‘I’d really like theatre groups to take part suggesting Shakespeare-themed events in English too.’ Email [email protected] or [email protected] for more information.

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