The mayor of Nibionno (LC) described the idea behind the “Nibionno Band” project presented at the “Cresco Award Sustainable Cities” contest
“Music involves young and old generations at 360°. It therefore encourages collaborations, helps us to constantly grow together, to find each other and come together. Through music, young people can grow together, I thought that a group could be a winning recipe.” With these words Laura Di Terlizzi, mayor of Nibionno (LC), described the idea behind the “Nibionno Band” project presented at the “Cresco Award Sustainable Cities” contest, created by the Sodalitas Foundation in collaboration with Anci (National Association of Italian Municipalities ) and with the patronage of the European Commission, the Ministry of the Environment and Energy Security and CSR Europe, during an event held as part of the 40th Annual Assembly of the ANCI at the Genoa Fair.
With the “Nibionno Band” project, the Municipality addressed the young people of the area directly, offering them opportunities for socialization through music. A band was formed, made up of young people between 12 and 25 years old, who at the end of 13 meetings held by an expert in the sector, performed in front of an audience and will subsequently be involved in events organized by the municipal administration and the local associations.
“The choice to involve young people starts a bit from who I am – says the first citizen of Nibionno – I am a high school teacher and therefore every day I am in close contact with teenagers aged 14 to 19. I have also been mayor for two years. Involving young people in the administrative field seemed to me to be a combination of my two functions. There was a need to create a sort of reason why young people could find each other by having a common denominator that involved them and therefore music, why not?”. Poste Italiane particularly appreciated the project proposed by Nibionno, the municipality in the province of Lecco, which received the “For the sustainable development of small municipalities” award.