Creative Food Cycles Online Festival

11 December 2020 | GENOA, ITALY
Università di Genova | Albergo dei Poveri

The mandatory radical change for the pursuit of sustainable development goals requires a positive and creative attitude to reinterpret the reality that surrounds us and the objects of everyday life. Among those, food waste represents a fertile field either for experimentation either for fully understanding the relationship between ethical elements and the new aesthetic dimension. Considering food waste as an opportunity to develop new products and materials is a revolutionary action and, like all revolutions, must be illustrated and made acceptable by an audience as wide as possible.

The urban event “FOOD interACTION!” International Festinar (webinar + festival) will be held in Genoa on 11 December, in an abandoned heritage building known as ‘Albergo dei Poveri’, involving citizens, cultural associations, local authorities, and professionals with the aim to demonstrate the possibility and convenience of recycling materials (including food wastes) as drivers for performative creation, social cohesions, and new economies for the city, by offering new potential meanings and spatial combination in design reinterpretation. “FOOD interACTION!” International Festinar is focused on three topics: Art, Cinema and Fashion, sustained by a creative-cultural approach like art, video and fashion performances, appyLecture, creative panel and a market of ideas with the contribute of creatives.

The International Festinar is part of the Creative Food Cycles (CFC) project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The event is organised by the Department of Architecture and Design of the University of Genoa (UNIGE), and supported by the Institute of Urban Design and Planning of Leibniz University Hannover (Germany) and the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia IAAC in Barcelona (Spain).

Register now to join the Creative Food Cycles International
Online Festinar 11 December 2020!


Fri 11 December 2020

  • 11:30 _ Welcome and Festinar introduction
    Manuel Gausa Navarro (University of Genoa – DAD)
  • 11:50 _ Virtual visit of Albergo dei Poveri
    Marco Sinesi (University of Genoa – Albergo dei Poveri)
  • 12:00 _ AperiLecture
    Luca Mazzari (University of Genoa – Chamber of Architect of Genova Province)
  • 12:45 _ Art Performance: “Food tasting: scarpetta experience”
    Giulia Soldati (Food designer and artist – Amsterdam)

Lunch break

  • 14:30 _ Creative Panel: project activities
    Jörg Schröder (Leibniz University Hannover – IES)
    Chiara Farinea (Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia)
  • 15:00 _ Market of Ideas
    Short inputs selected among the Open Call for products

Coffe break

  • 17:00 _ Fashion performance “Fashion food show”
    Elio Micco (University of Genoa – DAD)
  • 17:45 _ Video performance “Food in films”
    Davide Rapp (Polytechnic of Milan – Design Department)

Award Ceremony: Open Call for products

  • 18:30 _ Round Table: moderation by
    Silvia Pericu (University of Genoa – DAD)
    Giorgia Tucci (University of Genoa – DAD)
    Chiara Olivastri (University of Genoa – DAD)


Creative Food Cycles Festinar will take place ONLINE on:

11.12.2020 11:30 – 19:00

The web video conference is organised by University of Genova. Online live-streaming of the International Festinar will be available on Zoom Conferencing and Facebook CFC channel


The Festinar is free of charge. Please register by filling the following fields or sending an email to You will get updates regarding the Festinar programme.

Scientific committee

Raffaella Fagnoni, full professor of design, IUAV University of Venice (IUAV)
Chiara Farinea, Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC)
Manuel Gausa, full professor of urbanism, University of Genoa (UNIGE)
Areti Markopoulou, academic director, Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC)
Silvia Pericu, University of Genoa (UNIGE)
Jörg Schröder, full professor of urbanism, Leibniz University Hannover (LUH)
Emanuele Sommariva, Leibniz University Hannover (LUH)

Organisation board

Manuel Gausa
Silvia Pericu
Giorgia Tucci
Chiara Olivastri
Alessia Ronco Milanaccio
Matilde Pitanti
Francesca Vercellino

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