Streets, canals, palaces, museums and many unusual corners of Bologna are getting blue for a whole night on Thursday, September 22.
A rich programme of events, such as guided tours, performances, concerts, and screenings are all tied by a single theme: water. For the Notte Blu 2016 (Blue night 2016) about twenty initiatives will make people discover a fascinating and unexpected town, with its hydraulic history and the many canals, conduits, sewers located under the streets. Besides, Museo del Patrimonio Industriale, Centrale Idroelettrica della Canonica, Opificio della Grada, Il Guazzatoio, Le Terme San Petronio, Il Ponte della Bionda, Sostegno del Battiferro, and many other places will be exceptionally open for this occasion. Here some events of Notte Blu 2016:
Percorsi di acque: la Bologna nascosta, guided visit inside Palazzo Pepoli Un giardino sull’acqua, a graphic design atelier opens its garden over the canal Canale delle Moline Una passeggiata tra i canali di Porta Galliera, a tour to discover a part of the Moline Canal, accompanied by Gruppo Speleologico Bolognese e l'Unione Speleologica Bolognese Visita guidata al restauro della Fontana del Nettuno, face to face with the Neptune statue, one of the Bologna symbols, using the scaffolding mounted around the Neptune Fountain for the restoration works. Camminando sull’acqua, special opening of Opificio della Grada, the historical building housing the Waterwheel and built over the Canale Reno. Scatta una foto alla Chiusa di Casalecchio di Reno, open gates at Chiusa di Casalecchio, for the international photographic contest Wiki Loves Monuments. Mistero al Guazzatoio, together with the actors Malandrino&Veronica. La Favola di Aposa e Fero – Danze sull’acqua, a performance about a melancholic love legend. Urban Rafting Reno, an evocative tour of about two kilometres on the raft.
The whole area in via Augusti Righi will be the stage for music performances and animations, and also the location of the most moving moment of the night “Il Canale Incantato”, when, in the beautiful scenery of the Guazzatoio, all participants will leave their water lilies floating along the canal. The event can be seen from via Malcontenti, via Piella and via Oberdan.
Notte Blu is promoted and coordinated by I Consorzi dei Canali di Reno e Savena in Bologna, in collaboration with Confcommercio Ascom Bologna. The event has been supported by Galletti Spa, and Confesercenti Bologna.