“Badia Lost & Found” is the story of a neighbourhood, of a community and of the places in the Badia area of Lentini (Sicily), a story which began with art experimentation and educational workshops, with the contribution of local and international artists, with the aim of giving birth to the first Urban Art District in the province of Siracusa, to find and give back the “lost luggage” of Culture and Memory to its community, giving new life to abandoned places and buildings.
A project of urban regeneration that built new itineraries and places of creativity and exchange.
The artworks are not just “decorations” but are deeply connected to the territory and tell stories about Lentini and its surroundings, its myths, legends and its historical figures.
They gave new value to the neighbourhood and became one of the principal attractions of the city, as well as being welcomed by the citizens. Walks, activities, cultural exchanges helped regain a sense of belonging among the citizens. Moreover, public art interventions are positively impacting on the local housing market and on tourism, launching new opportunities for the economic fabric of the territory.
Today we are a community who chose to write the pages of its own future through a shared project. A dream, a vision but also a concrete goal that we want to reach together. Being responsible for our territory means to return memory and dignity to it.