At school you learn, it's true. Even as adults. Going there by chance, or for one of those duties that occasionally bring the "grown-ups" back to the classrooms, you can come across work, research, drawings that remind us how we were, how we would like to be, how we have forgotten to be. «I painted Peace», you can read on a drawing. Written well, with care. It was a poster painted by a little girl who didn't have «red for the blood of the wounded», she didn't even have black «for the weeping of orphans», or white «for the faces of the dead». But she had «orange for the joy of living» «green for the buds» and «azure for the clear bright skies». She took what she had, she sat down, and she painted Peace.

Peace can be painted, played, and heard. At the Bell this is done all day, and until September 17 even every evening: the gates are open from 9 until 10 o’clock. Maria Dolens guarantees her hundred strokes at 9:30 p.m., as always, and on Fridays, starting at 8 o’ clock, you can listen to a concert. The first was on June 17, an intertwining of popular music and acting depicting the life of St. Martin, written and directed by Michele Comite, choreography by Hillary Anghileri, featuring the ‘Collettivo Clochart’, the ‘Collettivo Studentesco Rovereto’ and the choir of Sant'Ilario directed by Federico Mozzi.

Next appointment on August 5th with Paolo Miorandi's “Lessico di Hiroshima”

But that's not all, for the programme of voices, instruments and people portraying Peace continues, as in the Lessico di Hiroshima by Paolo Miorandi (Friday 5 August), or they sing it remembering Father Eusebio Iori, as in the case of “Bianche Zime ”directed by Stefano Balder (12 August), or they play it all together as will happen on 21 September for the UN International Day for Peace with the concert of the “Felice e Gregorio Fontana” Band from Pomarolo directed by Mattia Grott. The Rovereto “Minicoro” Children’s Choir directed by Gianpaolo Daicampi, which constantly brings a breath of joy and enthusiasm to the Colle is a must. This time with Baldino, the Prince of Baldo, based on an idea by Maurizio Marogna, a text by Mauro Neri and with the theatrical direction of Michele Comite.

And what can we do? If we are far away, we can follow the live stream every night. If we are close by, we can leave the house with somewhere to go. We can bring the children, hoping they will want to teach us something, drive slowly thinking up ways to resolve the problems we have with our neighbours without resorting to lawyers, walk slowly along the Viale delle Bandiere avenue, staring for a few moments at the flags of the countries that are still experiencing bloody conflicts. We can remind ourselves how lucky we are not to have seen any bombs go off in our schools. We can sit down, listen, and think about peace. It is a small thing. It is a seed. Like the one thrown by the little girl. That of the school. The one who drew Peace. 

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