SEIF2019, ITS RESULTS AND IDEAS FOR THE FUTURE
Accompanied by the notes of all the hits of "Be Yourself", Nick
the Nightfly's new album, in the Piazza of Marciana Marina on
Sunday the 30th of June the second edition of SEIF - Sea
Essence International Festival 2019 came to its conclusion.
An important edition indeed, which this year saw the full and
direct involvement of Legambiente (a national environmental
association), the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, IULM University
and the Brera Arts Academy in the role of organisers, as well as
important support provided by the Toscana Region and the
municipality of Marciana Marina. An edition which grew upon the
success of last year, drawing great participation from the public
thanks to its truly immersive experiences: among them, the beach
cleaning initiative led by Vele Spiegate, the hikes along the
trails of the island, discovering all of its scents and colours,
the activities for kids organised by Legambiente Arcipelago, and
the interactive artistic exhibitions organised by the Arts Academy
of Brera. All of this, alongside high-level seminars and cultural
evenings of the finest calibre.
Starting from its inaugural evening, held on the 28th
of June, which was opened by an important video message from the
European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and
Fisheries Karmenu Vella, reminding us all of how the sea represents
the past and, especially, the future of humanity, inviting the
youngest generations to take care of it, so that the sea itself may
also take care of us.
An initial objective was then achieved already during the course
of the first day of SEIF, when the two new mayors of Portoferraio
and Marciana, Angelo Zini and Simone Barbi, signed the Pelagos
Plastic Free Protocol, bringing Elba just one step away from
becoming the largest island in the Mediterranean leading the war
Another important result was the focus applied on protected
marine conservation areas, which allowed the re-opening of a
long-forgotten debate and, most importantly, led to an agreement
for the realisation of a network of shared strategies between the
Authorities, entities, institutions and associations of the island
to safeguard increasingly extensive zones of the sea and the
fragile, endangered ecosystems its supports.
From science to literature, two publications were also presented
during the course of the second edition of SEIF: "Racconti di Mare"
("Sea Stories"), a collection of short novels about the sea
realised in collaboration with the IULM university and the precious
contributions of 13 different authors; as well as "Alfabeto del
Mare" ("The Alphabet of the Sea") by Giada Tofanari, an educational
illustrated booklet for kids, so that they may learn from a young
age how to appreciate and respect the beauty of the sea.
Even more, from literature we ranged to arts and cinema, thanks
to the collaboration with 2 prestigious universities: indeed,
during the three days the festival took place, the characteristic
streets of Marciana Marina turned into a huge open-air arts
exhibition featuring the works and installations of the initiative
"Sometimes Art Fails Everywhere", created and realised by the
talented young artists of the Arts Academy of Brera, coordinated by
their Vice-Director, Professor Maria Cristina Galli. "Ondetempo"
was instead the title of the short film presented during the first
evening of SEIF, which was realised by the students of IULM
university, coordinated by their Professor Mauro Ferraresi and
their Dean Gianni Canova. Both of these were moments achieving a
high degree of success in terms of attendance from the public of
There is still more to tell: the second evening captured
everybody's attention with the unseen videos and exciting
discoveries narrated by Giovanni Chimienti, one of National
Geographic's brilliant Explorers, whilst Nick the Nightfly ended
the third evening with his great music, performing a truly
entertaining concert alongside his quintet.
SEIF has only just concluded, but it is already time to think
about ideas for the future. Indeed, the objective for the 2020
edition, which was already announced on stage during the final
evening of the Festival by the President of Acqua dell'Elba, Fabio
Murzi, is to donate the whole event to the territory as a gift,
with the intention of involving a steadily increasing number of
entities and institutions, turning it more and more into a public
heritage for the whole community.