La Nottola Aps-Asd is a non-profit association that pursues the goals of social promotion through the protection and enhancement of environmental and natural heritage. It organizes and promotes sports activities in nature, deals with environmental education for schools and scientific research in the field of natural resources conservation. It supports international cooperation and solidarity, promotes and enhances the principles of pluralism and the encounter between cultures, solidarity between peoples and the development of a responsible, conscious and environmentally friendly tourism. Lastly, it enhancement of rural world’s sustainable legacies, techniques and arts. Established in 2012, La Nottola Aps-Asd is soon involved in naturalistic and speleological projects in Bosnia Herzegovina, is member of the Consulta dell’Escursionismo di Bologna and organizes several outdoor activities not only in the Emilia Romagna region, but also in the national territory and beyond it.
La Nottola Aps-Asd manages the Naturalistic Museum, the Multimedia Museum, the Visitor Center and the Botanic Garden based in the Nature Reserve and Caves of Onferno (Rimini); it undertakes many speleological activities in Vesso del Gesso Romagnola Parc (Ravenna); it organizes the Mc Candless Cup on Corno alle Scale (Bologna), an engaging and wild event.
Approaching Reno Folk Festival, La Nottola promotes local folk dances in collaboration with local institutions and during the festival it organizes and manages a trekking event and the speleological visit at the Spipola Cave.
The name we gave ourselves, Giovani Danzatori Bolognesi (Young Dancers from Bologna), yet defines us very well. We are an informal group of people who use folk dances as a social and relational tool. The adjective “young” does not refer to one’s age, but to dynamism, open-mindedness and a great desire to turn the world into something better.
For three years we have been holding a free course based on weekly classes/meetings that turned out to be responding to a real social need: college students – and not only them – have been able to find a meeting place for socializing with real people.
The course has been acknowledged as a moment of aggregation in continuity with ancient traditions that try to survive today and to resist the increasingly globalized industry of cultural practices. Throughout the dance we give back to people the opportunity to be human again. We often dance in the streets creating spontaneous events with the intent to give life to new urban spaces, today too often undervalued and just crossed, not lived.
Our work has no economic return: the motivation that inspires us is the deep passion that binds us all to the folk dances and to the will to bring it back to be a common way to integrate, socialize and meet new people and make experiences.
It is a Community Amateur Sport Club headquartered in Casalecchio di Reno (Bologna) for the last 50 years. Based on a Giovanni Masi’s idea, the Polisportiva grew by promoting the importance of sport and physical education in the whole community of the city. Its members have always met the Club’s needs, they provided facilities for eligible and qualified sports, in a healthy and culturally rich environment: they encourage people to take part in them. Moreover, they insisted to avoid segregation and racial discriminations based on sex, religion, political belief, race or ethnicity.
Nowadays, the community is proud to count 8 thousands associates, tens of different sports and wellness courses, boys and girls at a competitive level, school or charitable integration programs, internships, several pools and gyms spread in the area, and so on.
In this “Masi’s World” enthusiasm and passion lead to concrete projects and outcomes. Giovanni Masi himself was used to say “Let’s make every effort to allow every teenager to freely express what their body are willing to”.
Their programs tell much more than words: there are 30+ local amateur sports, courses, activities, events and much social commitment.
ARCI San Lazzarois a social club founded by a group of San Lazzaro’s citizens in 1977. At the beginning it was located in an old barn, restored thanks to thousands hours of volunteering. Today, the club is situated in a modern building, in which free Wi-Fi coexists with traditional card games.
This social club promotes culture with meetings of members of all ages and brings local dance-lovers together. Moreover, the club organises regional and national competitions of bocce and billiards. During the yearly overview of jazz music, it organises concerts involving musicians with a worldwide reputation as well. Furthermore, it gives an opportunity for interaction between different generations. The club building also includes a bar and a self-service restaurant providing dinner service, where associates and employees serve traditional dishes.