Last year Marta held its first Notte Bianca which turned out to be a great success so it was repeated again this summer. I posted about the event last year Notte Bianca a Marta 2010 and also featured the one held earlier this summer in nearby Capodimonte Notte Bianca a Capodimonte 2011
There is actually not an awful lot one can say about these events. Apart from repeat the history of these evenings for those of you that are new followers of the blog.
The evening of the fourth of August 2011 was the second white night to be celebrated in Marta. What are White Nights? According to Wikipedia in this particular format they are White Night Festivals, all-night arts festivals held in many towns and cities both in Italy and worldwide in the summer and I also learnt there that the first one held in Roma was in mid September of 2005.
The centre of town was closed to traffic and participating shops, restaurants and other businesses went to a lot of effort to decorate their premises provide food and or entertainment where appropriate. There were also various market traders and a car club exhibit in the streets which added to the party atmosphere. Also in the squares and at various other locations there was live music varying from pop groups and discos to more traditional accordion music. Also the local band and majorettes marched through the streets. In fact while walking through the streets you hardly left the noise of one entertainer behind before you came across the next one.
I find it is difficult to explain events such as these with words, so I will let some of my photographs from that evening do the talking with some mosaics to try and recreate the atmosphere.
I took fifty-three photographs that evening and have not quite shared all of them here with you, if you are interested in viewing the full album or any photos in a larger size you will find them in My Flickr Album entitled Notte Bianca - Marta 2011
I hope in fact that you will find time to look at the rest of the photos as all the businesses I took photos of had put in so much effort and there was no favouritism intended in the photos I selected to publish. I would have liked to share them all to be fair but it was not feasible so it was difficult choosing exactly which ones to include. I am also certain that I missed some good photo opportunities completely.
The photographs are all my own. All rights reserved by LindyLouMac Photo Collection
I am linking this post to La Dolce Vita and Mosaic Monday at Little Red House the latter where you will find lots of other beautiful Mosaics. Welcome to ‘News From Italy’ to the other participants, thankyou for calling by.