The jewel in the crown of the Veneto Jazz calendar is the Venice Jazz Festival in its third season scheduled for July 23 – August 1, 2010. The line-up includes a series of concerts in the prestigious Teatro La Fenice, in Piazza San Marco and in other significant areas around the city, with a carnet of collateral events that will take place in locations and in the public “campi” around Venice, using a formula of audience involvement in varying hours of the day and night. Artists of international fame, emerging talent, innovative offerings of the jazz scene alongside top headliners, Venice Jazz Festival is the high point of the city’s cultural programs, having already hosted stars like Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis and Paolo Conte.
The theme of this edition will be the monument, or rather that radical process of de-monumentalisation which has freed sculpture from any celebratory, encomiastic function. The monument has been the emblem of power, the tool of mass homologation, but also the catalyst of patriotic values and an irreplaceable building-block in the construction of collective memory. It became a fundamental target of revolts and revolutions, and was then eliminated with the application of the ideals of democracy and freedom of our times. The town of Carrara, where Michelangelo and Canova once came for their marble, and whose history is linked to both marble quarrying and processing, is at present suffering from the loss of centrality of this raw material in the art world. The local context thus becomes a mirror of those cracks in the production system of the whole western world, and the contact with this real situation provides inspiration for the artists invited to the exhibition.