Thousands of dinners across Italy and Europe, telling the culinary traditions of thousands of families
A project by Matera 2019, European Capital of Culture.
Mammamiaaa is a celebration of food and relationships, it's about a connection to a place, and a bridge between the generations.
Between 2018 and the summer of 2019, thousands of dinners will be organised across Italy and Europe in a spirit of conviviality. At each dinner, family members and guests will share stories about food and cooking.
How does it work?
Becoming part of the Mammamiaaa community is very simple, anyone can join it! You just need a family recipe, a story linked to it, and the desire to share and document both at a dinner which you host. The dinner is arranged for friends and family, during the preparation (and then during the dinner) it is important to record everything with photos and videos. These will be shared on Facebook and Instagram and your dinner will become part of the great digital archive of Mammamiaaa!Participate
It all starts from the material culture, specifically from the food, as a catalyst for cultural identity. Dinners, preparations, mums, dads, grandparents, children, grandchildren. The family opens up to the world. Thanks to the dinner device/medium.Upcoming dinners
Every dinner becomes a tangible memory… a ceramic plate. Every plate is unique and represents an organised dinner, and the mother with the recipe of the evening. Every mother / father / grandmother / grandfather etc, who has organised a dinner will have their plate to remember the dinner and the recipe they prepared.
Thousands of dinners to generate thousands of recipes and stories, all documented online and through social channels, creating a big digital community and online archive.Visit the archive
The installation and the final collective dinner
Ten thousand dinners, where the memory turns in ten thousand dishes: a huge installation in the landscape of Basilicata revealed for a special event of Mammamiaaa.
At the end there will also be a great collective dinner, where the whole italian and international community will partecipate.
Atlas of Social Food Projects
Mammamiaaa is not a one-off event. As a legacy of Matera 2019, an Atlas of Social Food Projects will be created to help this movement grow. An online platform curated by John Thackara that aims to make visible – and findable – a wide variety of social food projects that, right now, are little known – even to each other. We are inviting many people to submit social food projects for the Atlas: community groups, farmer associations, fruit growers, brewers, bakers, soil restorers, food hubs, seed savers, fishers, schools, community and catering colleges, refugees, foragers, fermenters, urban farmers, edible foresters, bee keepers, street food vendors, fair trade networks.
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