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The soul of Expo Milano 2015

800 events organized by 208 institutions of civil society: great energy to change the world

Cascina Triulza was the real newness and soul of Expo Milano 2015. For the first time in the history of the World Exhibition, Milan hosted a pavilion dedicated to the civil society, in which more than 200 third sector organizations - reality of associations, cooperation, promotion of the social, cultural and environmental, voluntary, ethical finance - have created one of the richest, detailed schedules of Expo.

A cultural program participated that has been a real laboratory of ideas and alliances between profit and no-profit sector to continue to work together even after Expo on issues of social innovation and sustainable development. (link to page on the new Hub) In the immediate future and until June 2016, Cascina Triulza will continue to organize events, workshops and educational activities dedicated to schools and children, and artistic and cultural initiatives that will make the place a center of attraction for the whole Milan metropolitan area. It can become, since November 1st, the reference point for the re-use of tangible and intangible heritage of Expo Milano 2015 during the dismantling of the pavilions.

During the six months of Expo 2015, Cascina Triulza hosted 800 events: meetings, debates, workshops, shows and art performances attended by more than 63,000 people. A program of initiatives that have made concrete the theme chosen by Cascina Triulza, "Energies to change the world". The events area of Cascina Triulza - with three workshop rooms and an auditorium with 200 seats - has also received numerous initiatives organized by other pavilions, institutions, orders of professionals and companies.

The values and the colors of the Civil Society won the attention of visitors, representatives of institutions, the media present at Expo. Values expressed from the beginning: the opening event of Cascina Triulza, on May 2nd, has had starring Vandana Shiva and his Manifesto Terra Viva, to promote a new covenant with the ground and with the Earth.

In addition to Vandana Shiva, the characters who visited Cascina Triulza during the six months of the Exhibition were many. Italian and international personalities who wanted to bring their greetings to the civil society pavilion, expressing their appreciation for the value that the third sector has led for the first time in an World Exhibition.

They came to visit us the President Sergio Mattarella and President Emeritus Giorgio Napolitano. And then Cristina Gallach, UN Under Secretary General for Communication and Information, the former president of Uruguay, Jose Alberto Mujica and Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid. Again the Italian Ministers Dario Franceschini (Cultural Heritage), Gian Luca Galletti (Environment), Stefania Giannini (Education), Maurizio Martina (Agriculture), Giuliano Poletti (Labour). Then Roberto Maroni, President of the Lombardy Region, Debora Serracchiani, governor of Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region, Giuliano Pisapia, Mayor of the City of Milan and of course the Commissioner of Expo Giuseppe Sala. And from the Third Sector Don Virginio Colmegna, Don Luigi Ciotti, Giuseppe Guzzetti, and many others.

There are also many celebrities. From the world of sport Demetrio Albertini, Maurizia Cacciatori, Tania Cagnotto, Maurizio Ganz, Daniele Massaro, the champion of the Tour of Italy in hand bike Valentina Rivoira. From the show instead Lella Costa, Marco Columbro, Simone Cristicchi, Anna Falchi, Antonella Ferrari, Federica Fiocchetti, Emanuela Folliero, Gene Gnocchi, Diego Parassole, Giovanna Vignola. The chef Carlo Cracco, Antonino Cannavacciuolo, Gualtiero Marachesi. Journalists Bianca Berlinguer, Luciano Fontana, Maria Concetta Mattei, Bruno Pizzul, Paola Saluzzi, Francesca Senette and others.

The themes that guide the actions of the Cultural Program of Cascina Triulza during Expo 2015 were seven. The themes have emerged from below, from the projects presented by civil society organizations that participated in the different International Call launched by Fondazione Triulza. To learn more, visit the page of the projects submitted. More information.