L’Albero della Cuccagna

L'Albero della Cuccagna with the presents

L’Albero della Cuccagna with the presents

31st of May 2012 – Secret Gardens – The Willow Wind – Tent Rotterdam

L’Albero della Cuccagna was first known as the May Tree. Its origins are in the Celtic areas and it was celebrated as symbol of abundance and fertility for the new season. Around it there was the feast that as all popular and religious feasts had at the center food. The Germans were celebrating the tree and its Gods offering bread on the sacred tree.

Around the May Tree there were the celebrations, from archaic origin in the agrarian civilizations, of the summer and of the winter solstice, as it remains for different religious celebration with the Christmas tree.

Tent Rotterdam invited Spaghetti Forever to Celebrate Willie Stehouwer, curator of  Tent, in a long program full with music, videos and special surprises under the title The Willow Wind and subtitle Una Donna Particolare. Closing the celebration was L’Albero della Cuccagna from which the public could harvest Italian culinary specialties in a sort of a pagan interactive celebration for an unusual dinner. The harvested products were shared with everyone on the table.

Spaghetti Forever | L’Albero della Cuccagna was hosted by Giuseppe Licari and Tent Rotterdam. Special thanks to Chris Kosidis at the violin.

L'Albero della Cuccagna waiting for the guests

L’Albero della Cuccagna waiting for the guests

Starting the harvest

Starting the harvest

Willie Stehouwer harvesting her presents. Photo by Bas Czerwinski

Willie Stehouwer harvesting her presents. Photo by Bas Czerwinski

Continuing the harvest with Mariette Dolle, director of Tent. Photo by Bas Czerwinski

Continuing the harvest with Mariette Dölle, director of Tent. Photo by Bas Czerwinski

Taking down the freshly harvested products. Photo by Bas Czerwinski

Taking down the freshly harvested products. Photo by Bas Czerwinski

Chris Kosidis at the violin

Chris Kosidis at the violin

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