A Present Heritage

a performance festival from 18. to 24.11.2019 in Palazzo Sambuca, Palermo


Photo Erika De Martino


A Present Heritage is a live art and performance festival focusing on the experience of receiving and passing knowledge. It is a dialogue between different generations that have experienced major paradigm shifts in history.

The experience of post-war, the introduction of telematics in day to day communication, environmental issues, the instability of markets, austerity politics, global migration. How is the present entanglement between different generations working on these issues? What kind of collaboration is desirable that would put in connection different know-how in problem solving? What role do we envisage today for historical memory?

These are the topics that we want to explore through a universal, often non-verbal language: performance.


Artists invited

Andrea Cusumano, Claudia Di Gangi, Shinji Kanki, Liina Kuittinen, Dario Lo Cicero, Giuseppe Lomeo, Egle Oddo, Irma Optimisti, Tomasz Szrama, Timo Tuhkanen, Vishnu Vardhani Rajan, Roi Vaara, Inari Virmakoski, Oliver Whitehead, Willem Wilhelmus.


Dates and place

Dates: live program from 18.11 to 24.11.2019. A group exhibition will continue until 15.12.2019 in Palazzo Sambuca, featuring the traces and artifacts created during the performances.
Venue: Palazzo Sambuca, an historical building in Palermo, Italy.



In the context of Manifesta 12, which happened in Palermo in 2018, a group of artists resident in Finland grew important relations with the cultural professionals in Italy and in Palermo. This project wants to continue growing and expanding those relations.



Idea and coordination: Egle Oddo.
Oddo has coordinated the exchange Palermo-Helsinki started in 2017 with Collective Intelligence group and continued in 2018 in collaboration with Myymälä2 gallery and Pixelache Helsinki.