“I know and feel that doing good is the true happiness that the human heart can enjoy,”
said Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and we couldn’t agree more: doing good makes us feel good, doing good is receiving good, doing good is the ultimate expression of good.
Especially during difficult and unpredictable times like the ones we are living right now, where our life is turned upside down and the future seems more uncertain than ever, supporting a good cause can be a form of escapism and joy, and you can do it without leaving your home! Speaking about it, what are your plans for Sunday 19th at 9 pm? During this evening, actors and artists will virtually gather to create an “event” promoted by the Associazione Amici per il Centrafrica Carla Maria Pagani to fight the COVID-19 emergency in the Central African Republic.
This secular Association was established in 2001 and, through its volunteers and supporters, works tirelessly to ensure food, health care and education in the Central African Republic, one of the poorest areas in the world, to promote peace and reconstruction and ensure an independent future for those who find themselves involved in a war or a situation of extreme need.
Following the outbreak and spread of the pandemic, the Association renews and strengthens its commitment to support those who are facing the COVID-19 emergency in the Central African Republic; in fact, no evil or obstacle can prevent good from taking its course at any time and in any part of the world. The purpose of the 19th April’s event is that of offering a moment of entertainment, hope, dialogue and charity by making the audience interact with some artists (all friends of the Association) who will read poems, stories and doing music.
During that evening, Paola Minaccioni (Actress, comedian, radio host, filmmaker), Anna Foglietta (Cinema, theater and television actress), Paola Cortellesi (Actress, screenwriter, comedian, imitator, dubber), Sarah Falanga (Theatre and cinema actress, singer, dubber), Francesco Pannofino (Actor,dubber) and Arturo Muselli (Cinema, theater and television actress) will alternate each other with the aim of “listening, talking about ourselves and supporting those who are fighting,” as stated by Paola Minaccioni herself.
To tell us something more about this evening and his idea of solidarity was Arturo Muselli, who you may know as “Sangueblù,” the young boss from “Gomorra”, which we will see in 2020 in the stage adaptation of “Loose Cannons” by Ferzan Ozpetek, alongside Paola Minaccioni.
How did your relationship with the Associazione Amici per il Centrafrica was born?
The relationship with Amici per il Centrafrica was born when we were on tour with “Loose Cannons.” We also shared a moment on stage at the end of the show, during the final applause.
How would you like to carry on that relationship with solidarity?
I would like to carry on this relationship not only by making myself available for other events, but also by visiting the places where the NGO works, perhaps even representing those places, the finished work and the one that they are still doing through my camera.
Tell us something more about April 19th: what will you do and what do you expect? What made you say “yes” to this project?
During the evening of April 19th I will propose a short monologue written by me starting from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” in which two similar but different languages intertwine, such as Neapolitan and English. I am pleased to take part in this event because I am happy to give my support, even if in a small way, to the mission that this Association carries on with devotion.
Art and solidarity: how do they combine in your opinion?
I believe that art and solidarity can and should meet in a reality made of precise human values, and they can create moments of dialogue through events or situations such as that of April 19th. For both art and solidarity, the idea of speaking to an audience is inherent. Both do not exist if no audience listens and acts. So what better opportunity is to come together and bring a message to a “live” audience?
To join the event, click here.
Special thanks to Carola Amelia Muttoni.