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Cassero LGBTI CenterGender Bender Festival

Bologna, Italy / Project Leader

Il Cassero is the LGBT Center of Bologna, one of the most important institutions for the Italian LGBT movement and history. Founded in 1982, it works to improve the quality of life of the LGBTIQ community: raising awareness on the need of social and political rights and tackling discrimination on national and international level.

Gender Bender is the international arts festival produced by Il Cassero. Since 2003, it introduces the Italian public to the contemporary imaginary related to gender identity, sexual orientation and body representation.

Staff on the project

Project Manager
Adriana Malandrino studies theatre at the DAMS in Bologna, getting a specialization in performing arts management. She works in the field of organization and planning of various italian festivals in the areas of dance, theatre, music and contemporary arts, following the productive and organizational process as a whole. She is a professional journalist and also works as communication manager and press office manager for some institution in the field of arts. She is currently project manager of Performing Gender – Dance makes differences.
Del Pozzo
Artistic Director
Daniele Del Pozzo creates and develops projects in the fields of contemporary cultures and social innovation. Artistic founder and director of two projects developed in Cassero LGBTI Centre: Gender Bender festival and Teatro Arcobaleno, an educational project on gender differences. From 2013 to 2015 he was the Performing Gender project director, as artistic director of project leader partner. He is partner of DNAppunti coreografici, an Italian network that support research and production of young choreographers (realised in partnership with Romaeuropa festival, Triennale Milano, Compagnia Virgilio Sieni Firenze, Arboreto Teatro Dimora di Mondaino, CSC di Bassano del Grappa). From 2005 to 2009 he designed and managed as artistic director bè bolognaestate, the summer cultural seasons of the Municipality of Bologna. From 2010 to 2013 he had the same role in Ancona, with Amo la Mole, the summer programme. One of the founders of Link Project (1994 - 2000), indipendent cultural center in Bologna, a urban regeneration pilot experience.
Administrative Coordinator
Andrea Berna studies History of Art at the DAMS in Bologna and gets a specialization in Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts at the local School of Economics. Since 2016 he has been working as human resources and internal communication manager at Cassero LGBT Center. Starting from 2011, he is also EU project planner for Gender Bender Festival for which he has become organization manager in 2015. In 2013-2015 he has been project coordinator for the previous edition of Performing Gender.