Category Culture

Spotlight on: Jean-Philippe Ricci – International Actor

The cinema is an unquestionable passion we thrive upon, nourishing our sensitivity, quenching our longing to be transported to existing or hypothetical surroundings, and our desire to comprehend the inconceivable and mysterious – pieces of a puzzle we do our best to struggle with at times, in order to fully extract the intended implications. Emotions take us by the hand, and also lead us astray. Without fail, my mind automatically drifts to Fellini’s words when I reflect on the cinema in general – ‘There is no end, there is no beginning, there is only the infinite passion of life‘ – and life as we know, can be so overwhelming; overpowering and generous with surprises, developments, and the unexpected.

Meeting Jean-Philippe Ricci offered an opportunity to share and exchange some of these im...

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The continual charm and attraction of Erbalunga

This charming and sought after village can be found up north, at around ten kilometres from Bastia, and can be considered another beautiful example of what the ‘Cap Corse’ can offer. Particularly visited over the summer months, and maintaining a preserved and authentic village character. One notices the small, quaint streets with old stone houses, and it is known to be one of the most attractive villages not only of the island, but also of the Mediterranean itself. 

The spectacular ruins of a Genoese tower built during the XVI century at the entrance of the port remain a highlight, this tower was classified as a historical monument in 1995. 
Many photographers have chosen the port for its wondrous and wild beauty throughout the seasons, tones and shades enlightening and inspiring...

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Extract from: La Corse des écrivains, by Thierry Ottaviani

As we move towards the tip of the Cap Corse, we arrive at Rogliano. The village is located in the mountains. The perched ‘castelli’ (castles) are now in ruin, and are the last medieval vestiges of the great dynasties of the great lords. We discover a magnificent view of the island of Capraia, and with high-visibility even Elbe. 
The academician René Bazin appreciated Rogliano and said ‘If you ever go to Corsica, and plan to spend a season there, remember the name of Rogliano’ – in 1913 in his North-South, America, England, Corsica, Spitzbergen. He continues: ‘I write this with regret, because beautiful sites do not deserve to be known, but the truth is stronger...

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An invitation to the colourful world of Frédéric Picciau

It is said, that colours speak all languages. Maybe this is what I first perceived when viewing Fred’s creative works – a fanfare of vivid, animated and glowing tones. One remarks his general use of featureless individuals, thus allowing the public to use their imagination, and attach a form that may suggest a more personal signification.

Fred is a self-taught artist, who spent his childhood sketching, and more specifically, sketching poetry. One day, he decided he wanted to paint, and asked his mother to bring him to buy paints – she thought he was going through one of his changeable phases and reacted as such by saying: ‘that’s all we need now, for you to start painting!’ – and, even today, these memories remain his fondest.
 
It was from 2000 onwards, painting was to become a regular oc...

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A moment in the life of Bastia’s society: Racecourse in Bastia towards 1900

Now, here we have an ‘unreleased’ cliché of the racecourse in Bastia (towards 1900).

                                                             

The races took place on the way out of the town of Bastia, at the Campometta-Terra-Nova racecourse, and where the ladies of Bastia’s ‘high society’ could display their fashionable garments. Sumptuous outfits – including hats and boa umbrellas, would walk around with leisure. It was the Count of Béarn, (and husband of the daughter of Count Valery, friend of Tito de Caraffa), who founded the racing society in Bastia in 1900. A part from the obvious aesthetic qualities and natural composition, this image proposes a moment in the life of Bastia’s society...

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