“Under a blood red sky” <br/> America’s 1968<br/> at Villa Della Torre
04 May 2018

“Under a blood red sky”
America’s 1968
at Villa Della Torre

Cultural events are resuming at Villa Della Torre Allegrini: on Friday 11th May, starting at 5.30 pm: "Under a blood red sky. Cultura e coltura nel '68 americano: la storia degli uomini e del... pomodoro". (Under a blood red sky. Culture and agriculture in 1968 in America: the story of a people and... the tomato".
50 years after the murder of Martin Luther King and Bob Kennedy, we will trace the story of this dramatic and crucial period of the 20th century, in which diversity began to be perceived as valuable and a precious resource.
In 1955 an African-American dressmaker, Rosa Parks, was arrested: she refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white person. The town was Montgomery, in the racist State of Alabama. It was the spark that ignited the Civil Rights movement in the United States of America.
The Reverend Martin Luther King organized strikes and boycotts: with his courageous leadership and passionate speeches he advocated equality for blacks.
"I have a dream" is the title of the famous speech given by Martin Luther King on 28th August 1963 in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, at the end of a protest march for civil rights: "I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood [...]. And if America is to be a great nation this must become true [...]." But one "Early morning, April four / Shot rings out in the Memphis sky / Free at last, they took your life / They could not take your pride". So goes 'Pride (In the Name of Love)', one of U2's most famous songs. Martin Luther King was murdered 50 years ago, in 1968. Since then, his message of peace, non-violence and brotherhood has not lost its relevance for our times.
The assassination of Bob Kennedy, the other great wound, marked out the lines of this blood red period that succeeded in highlighting, in the eyes of the world, diversity as a thing of great value and a precious resource: 'blood red' like the great American crop of biodiverse, umbiquitous tomatoes that are always present in our hearts, in the images and flavours of our everyday life.

5:30 pm Guided tour of Villa Della Torre Allegrini
6:00 pm Greetings
Giancarlo Mastella, Director of Villa Della Torre Allegrini
Gabriele Panziera, Head of Research, Training and Development, ​​Coldiretti Veneto
6:15 pm Fabrizio Tonello: Martin Luter King e il peccato originale degli USA (in Italian)
Gianni Moriani: Gli immigrati dalle Americhe accolti fraternamente a tavola (in Italian)
Gabriele Panziera: Incontri di popoli e persone con un viaggiatore: il pomodoro, dall’America all’Italia, dall’Italia all’America, il “King” dell’orto. (in Italian)
Music by American musician and singer-songwriter, Deborah Kooperman
Event manager: Enrico De Angelis
8:00 pm Themed aperitif with Allegrini wines in the Peristyle designed by Giulio Romano, 16th century
8:30 pm Dinner by invitation only, culinary delights of the tomato: speeches and contributions by tomato producers
Menu focusing on Veneto-grown tomatoes and strawberries created by chef Diego Speri