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Leotta Raciti’s

Float “European Malavoglia” - 2nd category

“We’ll work one day less and we’ll earn as we’d work one day more”.

A phrase of Ex Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi embodies perfectly the atmosphere breathed during Italy going on a wide European community. Nine years apart, where’s that promised Europe? Where’s the “will of a rich and prosperous Europe” waited by people? Those far dreams dissolved in a different reality with the promised wellness lost in the sea of recessions, instability, debts and wrong economic manoeuvres that impoverished the Italian Country. So “Malavoglia” is the name of this float, revoking the typical drama of Sicilian author Giovanni Verga. It indicates the feeling of confusion that took people to a general, social and identity crisis. The float represents the glorious but damaged boat ( called “Providence”) with a victim of a shipwreck (Italian people) struggling with waves. Behind him the European Union is a siren, remembering Omero and his Odissea, that has charmed the Country with her kind sing leaving it alone later. The only way to escape from this bad context is the noble history and culture of Italian people, represented by the famous “Satiro danzante” of Mazara del Vallo. Trough art and culture spread in 2000 years, Italy can stand up and go back to be protagonist in Europe.