From Friday 19th to Sunday, November 21st, Explora is host to the AAA Festival: three days to illustrate “Accessible Art for All”, the European project that made it possible to bring works of art to unusual places, such as toilet facilities at Explora, by turning them into works of Toilet Art. A special programme of free workshops and activities with artists,set up in the outdoor area and the Museum.

The festival starts on Friday, November 19th, with the opening for schools and the visit to the Museum: an event to celebrate World Toilet Day, an international day which has been recognised by the United Nations since 2013. 

The World Day of Children’s Rights is celebrated on Saturday, November 20th, in the outdoor area of the museum, with Sea cleaning creatures, a free workshop by artist RuGGGe, to give free rein to imagination and create extraordinary mutant animals and yet-to-be-invented ingenious machines that will help us clean up the sea from our garbage.

On Saturday evening, at 07:30 pm, special timed visit, adults can be admitted at the token price of 1 Euro while children have free access.

From 07:30 pm to 09:15 pm, a fun timed visit will take place with workshops led by Mook artists and Cristina Damiani, the makers of the masterpiece of Toilet Art in the toilet facilities. The ongoing and free workshops available during the free-admission timed visit are: Paper waves, to bring a 3-D sea to life with moving waves and discover an interesting cutting technique and sea art prints, learn how to apply ink to various materials leaving different imprints (rollers, stamps, fabric or wood) and create textures reminding us of water and its flowing movement.

Sunday, November 21st, is the second day of activities in the museum’s outdoor area: Sea cleaning creatures, a free workshop by artist RuGGGe, to give free rein to imagination and create extraordinary mutant animals and yet-to-be-invented ingenious machines that will help us clean the sea from our waste.

Art, social inclusion and environmental sustainability: the toilet art by the Explora museum.

Explora was created to turn play experience into an opportunity for growth, experimentation and awareness-raising of issues related to the environment and sustainable development, through exhibits and themed hints designed to playfully convey concepts and make the public more aware of issues involving the entire community.

So far no one had ever thought of continuing Explora’s identity in the bathrooms: the opportunity comes with the AAA – Accessible Art for All project, through toilet art from the works by a group of Mook artists and Cristina Damiani. The Toilet Art message at Explora, plunging visitors into an underwater background populated with sea icons, abysses, fish and coral reefs, highlights the fundamental role of the toilet as a place of inclusion, a community space to share and a place for interaction between human beings and Nature towards sustainability and environment-friendliness. It’s just on the latter point that the awareness-raising campaign that inspired Explora to come up with the AAA Festival is based: drinking water shortage, drought, sea pollution are part of the reality we live in. That’s how our choices need to turn into cooperation and dialogue, become a message devoid of any architectonic barriers or distinctions, to reach everyone.

The full programme for the Festival is available on https://www.mdbr.it/festival-aaa/