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Niki La Rosa - Livorno's Italo-Scottish singer-songwriter, doing what he loves best

Niki La RosaNiki La RosaNiki La Rosa has quite a story to tell. If he tells it in Italian, you wouldn't suspect he was anything but a local Livornese boy, but as soon as he breaks into English, you realise that there are hidden depths of Scottish origins!

Glasgow born

Paolo Virzì, Film Director

Paolo Virzì (right) in conversation with comedian Paolo Ruffini, at Effetto Venezia, LivornoPaolo Virzì (right) in conversation with comedian Paolo Ruffini, at Effetto Venezia, LivornoPaolo Virzì was born in Livorno on 4th March 1964. He spent his early years in Turin, Piedmont, but grew up in the Sorgenti district of Livorno.

Having studied Literature and Philosophy for a time at the University of Pisa, Virzì moved to Rome where he frequented the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. It was here that he met Furio Scarpelli, a teacher at the school, who became his mentor and collaborator.

Stefano Pilato

Stefano Pilato with his Ray Fish sculptures and Enjoy Cacciucco t-shirt designStefano Pilato with his Ray Fish sculptures and Enjoy Cacciucco t-shirt designIn the heart of one of Livorno’s most traditional districts -  Il Borgo - lies the workshop where Stefano Pilato creates his unique sculpture-designs, most with a marine flavour. In fact his shop is called Pesce Fresco (‘fresh fish’). All his sculptures are made from reclaimed materials, from driftwood, to nuts and bolts, and even abandoned computer mouses which he made into squid!

Stefano was born  in Livorno in 1965 and grew up in the Borgo Cappuccini district. He began drawing when he was a child, and cultivated a love of design and architecture through his studies at the Istituto d’Arte in Pisa.

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