lettera27 is a non-profit foundation, born in July 2006. Its mission is to support the right to literacy, education, and the access to knowledge and information. 
lettera27 is the 27th letter of the alphabet, the missing letter, the letter yet to be, the hybrid sign, the empty box, the link between oral and written words, the connection to the future, the intersection of analogic and digital.
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Paradise, Hell, Purgatory: African Artists Interpret the Divine Comedy
March 13, 2014
Paradise, Hell, Purgatory: African Artists Interpret the Divine Comedy
On 20 March the MMK - Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt/Main in Frankfurt will be inaugurating The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory revisited by Contemporary African Artists, a project curated by Simon Njami which transposes Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy into the form of an exhibition, through the work of more than 40 of the main contemporary African artists. It is a large event that will be on show at the MMK until 27 July and thereafter in another four important international museums (watch the trailer). lettera27 and Moleskine are partners of the project and will be accompanying it in the next legs around the world.

Image: Aïda Muluneh, The 99 Series, 2013, © Aïda Muluneh.
Luoghi Comuni
Luoghi Comuni: the past and present of a project that is on the move
March 21, 2014
Luoghi Comuni: the past and present of a project that is on the move
During the course of 2013, the project Luoghi Comuni/little migrating stories inspired laboratories on migrations that were devised and carried out in secondary schools by two of the associations that in recent years took part in the project, Modena per gli altri and PPA - Parma per gli altri which were involved in the Modena (2010) and Parma (2012) legs respectively. These projects demonstrate how Luoghi Comuni triggers processes of active involvement within people and entities, leading to the experimentation of new forms of telling stories and getting to know others that grow and take on independent forms even after the completion of each leg.
Borders
Va' Pensiero, storie ambulanti. Presentation of Dagmawi Yimer’s new film in Milan
February 21, 2014
Va' Pensiero, storie ambulanti. Presentation of Dagmawi Yimer’s new film in Milan
It was 31 May 2009 when Mohamed Ba, an actor and cultural mediator, was the victim of a racist attack right in the centre of Milan. A senseless crime that took place amidst the flight and disinterest of passers-by and the institutions. There were no investigations and Ba was left alone to be swallowed up by the sad media fanfare reporting acts of violence against migrants: one of many who represents a ‘news’ item for a few days, and then disappears. In his film Va' Pensiero, storie ambulanti director Dagmawi Yimer begins with the this and other attacks that took place in Florence in recent years to restore the focus on the facts and give space and a voice to the victims. The film will be presented at an official preview in Milan at Cinema Anteo on Wednesday 26 February, at 9 pm, with the support of Fondazione Cariplo, the collaboration of numerous associations operating in Milan and the involvement of mayor Giuliano Pisapia.


Image: Milan, still, Va' pensiero, Italy, 2013. Courtesy of Dagmawi Yimer.
WikiAfrica
Intellectual Property, Creative Commons and music
December 19, 2013
Intellectual Property, Creative Commons and music
An article by Cristina Perillo, that was recently published by Doppiozero, starts from the experience of a workshop on Creative Commons and music that took place in Vanuatu at the camp for musicians in residence, during the course of Music Bridges. The article describes and outlines the results and issues that have emerged from actual experience of musical production and consumption in Mozambique and Vanuatu, thanks to the author’s meetings and discussions with musicians, cultural operators and local producers during the workshop.


Image: Katy Toave, singer and drummer from La Réunion, with musicians during the Singaot Musik Kamp. Photo by Cristina Panicali, CC BY-NC.
Mobile A2K - Mobile Access to Knowledge
Urban transformations: the 2013 edition of SUD, in Douala
November 29, 2013
Urban transformations: the 2013 edition of SUD, in Douala
From 3-10 December 2013 the city of Douala, Cameroon, will be buzzing with installations performances, screenings, concerts and workshops thanks to the triennial festival of public art SUD - Salon Urbain de Douala. The event is created and produced by doual’art, a centre of contemporary art, a partner of lettera27 since 2007, that experiments with new urban practices, involving artists to work in and on Douala. The 2013 edition is produced in collaboration with Goethe Institut, Arts Collaboratory, ICU art projects, Tate Modern and GT Bank, University of Bogota, Flemish Ministry of Culture, DRAC pays de la Loire, Societe Generale Cameroon and Activa Insurance Cie.


Image: Pascale Marthine Tayou, Colonne Pascale, SUD-Salon Urbain de Douala, Douala, 2010. Photo Roberto Paci Dalò.
Detour/myDetour
The new Detour exhibition for Beijing Design Week
October 01, 2013
The new Detour exhibition for Beijing Design Week
Sketches, narrations, images and words: stage after stage the Moleskine notebooks that make up the Detour project are forming an archive of itinerant creativity across continents. In donating their notebooks, each author participates in the construction of this archive and contributes to supporting the activities of lettera27. Detour unveils a new exhibition of notebooks from its collection at the Taikoo Li Sanlitun Moleskine Store in Beijing, during the Beijing Design Week.
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