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Saturnalia festival sets a firm principle of inclusivity

Held at the artist run MACAO centre in Milan, the festival hopes to counter institutionalised art

DIY music festival Saturnalia returns this June at Milan's self-organised art space MACAO, a former slaughterhouse with a strict anti-art institution philosophy. Now in its fourth edition, the event serves as a season closure for MACAO and its sound collective Tavolo Suono, celebrating experimentation and inclusiveness.

“We're offering this whole line up at a price of 5€ per day and those who can't afford this price are still let being part of the celebration - this is one of the means through which we realise one of the principles we believe in, ie inclusivity," explains festival promoter Arcangelo Leone de Castris. “Our main aim,” he continues, is to “make people discover the alternative practices and production processes we put in place and why they can be valuable compared to the ones we're all used to in institutional contexts.”

Artists on this year's line up are RP Boo, Copeland & Gast, Camusi (Stefano Giust & Patrizia Oliva), HHY & The Macumbas, Bernardino Femminielli, Valerio Tricoli/Giulio Nocera/KNN/Sec_, Evan Parker & Walter Prati, Kilbourne, O$VMV$M, Rider Shafique & Manonmars, Beneath, Madam X, TSVI, Voronoi, Jack Roland, and others.

Saturnalia will take place 16 & 17 June.