Paganella Dolomites announces Mountain Future Festival

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Kicking off the 2022 edition of the Mountain Future Festival

Dolomiti Paganella announces the fourth edition of the Mountain Future Festival, the event dedicated to the future of the mountains. The 2022 edition, which will run throughout the summer from July to September with the theme “roots,” will feature an all-new format and numerous special guests including singer-songwriters, TV hosts and science popularizers: from Luca Barbarossa to Luca Mercalli, from Federico Quaranta to Hans Kammerlander.

The fourth edition of the Mountain Future Festival, the event born on the Paganella Plateau, in the presence of the Brenta Dolomites, and dedicated to the mountain and its possible futures, both from an environmental, economic and tourism point of view, as well as from the point of view of the quality of life for residents and guests of the area, is kicking off. Brand new is the formula for the 2022 edition, which this year will animate the Plateau for the entire summer, from July 1 to September 18.

“In these three years the Mountain Future Festival has grown a lot with peaks of audience that have exceeded, in some cases, even our best expectations,” explains Luca D’Angelo, director of the Apt Dolomiti Paganella, one of the organizers of the event together with the Municipality of Andalo, Andalo Vacanze, Molveno Holiday, Fai Vacanze, the Paganella Community and Libraries.

“In past years, many people have come to our district from different regions of Italy precisely to participate in the festival, attracted yes by the topics covered, but also by the way in which they are proposed: events that have as their natural stage the forests of the Brenta Dolomites and Paganella and meetings at the theater where famous singer-songwriters, in addition to performing their songs, discuss issues concerning the mountains with experts and scientists of international renown.”

Until now, the festival has always been held at the end of August, but in light of the success of the event, for the first time the 2022 edition will also offer events during the other summer months and events in the new areas that have recently become part of the Dolomiti Paganella district: San Lorenzo Dorsino and the Piana Rotaliana Königsberg.

The theme of this year’s edition is that of roots, to understand, through a journey through time among the beauty of the places and the communities that inhabit them, where we come from and where we can go, our connection with nature and our limits, but also what is the best way to move forward in the face of a climate crisis as serious as the current one.

“These issues will be addressed with the perspective of creating useful moments of reflection for the future of our community, of which guests who choose our mountains for their vacations are also part,” added Ruggero Ghezzi, Andalo’s tourism councilor. “In this sense, the festival represents an extraordinary moment for everyone to meet and compare ideas, where everyone can find stimuli for themselves and their community on the possible futures we can build.”

July events

In July, opening the debate on mountain-related issues will be the mountaineers and mountain guides of Dolomiti Open with the “Festival of Inclusive Climbing” (San Lorenzo Dorsino, July 1, 2 and 3): three days full of events, including round tables, theater performances and climbing on the Forgotten Crag, the wall saved by the community thanks to a crowdfunding operation started in 2017 and that today has as many as 30 climbing routes also suitable for people with disabilities.

Next, there will be two days of holistic practices with BrentAnima’s activities and festival (San Lorenzo Dorsino, July 16 and 17). During the event there will be talks about the courage to be imperfect and man’s limits in the face of nature with paragliding great Nicola Donini (Molveno, Church Square, July 14, 9 p.m.) and what wild animals can teach us with Fabrizio Bottamedi’s photography exhibition (Andalo, July 18-30).

Closing the month of July, with the first of two event nights of the fourth edition of the festival, will be Luca Barbarossa, who is on an Italian tour with the concert “Non perderti niente.” In addition to performing his hits, Barbarossa will talk with TV host Federico Quaranta about the importance of rediscovering the silence and flavors of the mountains (Palacongressi Andalo, July 25, 9 p.m.).

August appointments.

The first appointment in August will be with climatologist and writer Luca Mercalli and forest management and planning researcher Giorgio Vacchiano, who will uncover the relationships between forest resilience and the climate crisis (Fai della Paganella, Arena della Stelle, Aug. 6, 5 p.m.).

Another highlight of the month will be the 10th edition of TEDx Trento, which will take place for the second year in a row in Paganella, in the fascinating natural amphitheater of Malga Terlaga, an extraordinary balcony over the Brenta Dolomites (Aug. 7). This will be followed by two other eagerly awaited events: on the one hand, the one with writer and manager in the tourism sector Valentina Boschetto Doorly and writer, journalist and TV host Emilio Casalini, who, answering Graziano Cosner’s questions, will reflect on the importance of returning to one’s roots (Andalo, Palacongressi Park, August 12, 5.00); on the other, the one with the great mountaineer Hans Kammerlander who, retracing his exploits, will talk about his own limits and balance with nature (Molveno, Church Square, Aug. 14, 9 p.m.).

Also among the events that will enliven the month is the new edition of “Summer Nights, Down There on the Mountains” (Zambana Vecchia, Aug. 20, 9 p.m.), organized by the Pro Loco of Zambana, which offers an extraordinary journey through music and words to discover the relationship ancient peoples had with nature.

September appointments.

September will open with an engaging two-day event in collaboration with Swarovski and Albatros (Andalo, Sept. 2 and 3): we will then return to talk about nature and the relationship with animals, especially the brown bear, with zoologist, writer and popularizer Andrea Mustoni (Andalo, Palacongressi Park, Sept. 6, 5 p.m.).
Finally, for all lovers of outdoor activities and life in contact with nature, September will see the return of one of the most eagerly awaited events on the plateau: Orme – Festival of Trails (Fai della Paganella, Sept. 15-18).

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