Photo: The courtyard during More Than Words, an attraction that opens the stage for all types of artists.
The courtyard opened during More Than Words, an attraction that opens the stage for all types of artists.
Pizza, cute scooters and flowery balconies are guaranteed, but when it comes to Italian traditions, Milan is almost out of the list. At the busiest point in Italy, in the place of the sounds of gestural and overflowing conversations, there is a mix of languages, street musicians, and the noise of hurrying cars and motorcycles. Still, the city is far from being boring. A worldwide reference when it comes to design – whether it’s graphic, fashion, interior, and so on, Milan has a lot of artistic and, of course, creative potential.
Although its winter is severe (it snows!), The Milanese summer is one of the warmest in Italy, with temperatures around 40 degrees even after sunset – which happens around 9 pm during the season. As usual in big cities – and without beaches – many people end up escaping to the coast or to the lakes, but, day by day, the capital of Lombardy is opening up the range and offering interesting options for those who spend their time in the city.
Base is one of those committed to that. With the same meaning we know in English, the name in Italian comes from the initial structure to create something new. And, at Base, there are “new somethings” every day. The place is a mix of what’s trendiest and most democratic nowadays: cultural centre, art gallery, coworking, bar, restaurant and accommodation.
During the summer it gets even more interesting. Base Summer Factory (or, in the local language, Stabilimento Estivo) is a program that features cool attractions every day during the season, even if it rains.
The period, which slightly lengthens the summer season itself (its release was in May and the events take place until August), featured an opening party on May 29, with drinks and good music, and since then it has hosted whoever wants to want to meet nice people and interact with a universe of innovation and culture through experiences that involve art, gastronomy and a lot of creativity.
During the day, the routine is almost the same as the other stations: from 9:30 am the work and study space opens, accompanied by the local bistro bar. The change is the summer bar, located on the outdoor patio, where drinks start being served from 6.30 pm.
In the late afternoon, the schedule starts to heat up. Every Monday, for example, from 9:30 pm to 1am, the space is open to all types of artists who have something to show. The patio stage hosts readings, debates, stand-up comedy, poetry contests, and so on.
When it comes to Tuesdays, the protagonist is one of the main traditions of the country: wine. The tasting – from different producers each week – offers 3 kinds of drink – red, white and sparkling. Always outdoors, to the sound of contemporary jazz.
Wednesday is aperitif day. The Italian happy hour, which combines drinks and food at Base, takes place mid-week, from 6.30 pm to 1 am. The soundtrack is on the web radios carried by students from the best – and coolest – arts universities in Milan.
As the weekend approaches, the plans start to get busier and more music oriented. Thursdays are up to a Linecheck warm-up, one of the coolest festivals in Italy. Pre-events at Base host some of the line-up artists who present their stories, sets and inspirations.
In addition to the entire summer factory, the establishment hosts the Escola Estiva do Fazer Criativo (Summer creative school), a session of short courses, lasting one to three days, always focusing on innovation and creativity. Topics include illustration, classic painting, web marketing and fundraising.
Throughout the year, Base offers parties that mix experimental music, quality DJ sets, discussions with guests engaged in leading causes and other interesting events, which make the place always crowded by the curious people who come to Milan looking for new stories, languages and ways of thinking.