Ligia and I used to be flat mates and liked to call our house âThe Sleep Over Clubâ.
Friends and, at time strangers too, were always welcomed to come around and make themselves comfortable and we loved the idea that people should have felt like at their own houses.
When Ligia started this project in Dublin I was having a very dark moment of my life as well as she was. She kept bombarding me with her ideas and it was a pleasure for me to help and support some of her projects. That helped us both to be alive and on truck.
We always dreamed about setting up â The Planetâ, which was meanly inspired by âThe L word" (series which brings awareness about human rights and inclusion), and so I proposed not to limit the project in Dublin but to have âwandering eventsâ around the word.
âThe planetâ for us, does not only mean a space where you live your life, but also where you should be feeling free to express yourself, in any forms of creativity, art and taste.
As I often say â dream big and act biggerâ and here the fantasy of bringing â La Mansardaâ to London became reality.
I was please to host a big event in my tiny little flat, themed âThe Planetâ, as a starting point for an itinerant project.
The first artists I thought of inviting to take place for the first event of âLa Mansardaâ aboard were two close friends of mine from Italy, as I knew they would have been super enthusiastic about playing in London for the first time, specially for a charitable event.
Enrico De Santis, songwriter and musician and Federico Restino, producer with whom he his working on the creation of his the first album.
My cousin Giacomo Carpinelli, AKA LUNÃTICO, a fashion designer based in London with a passion for electronic music.
Ligia, from her side, brought two artists based in Dublin, Seamus in art Arfi720, with his spoken words and Robbie, in art Robbie Raidan, a singer-songwriter.
Despite the heebie-jeebies of the first event aboard in my flat, the evening was amazing and very pleasant for all of us.
Thanks to the artists and friends who came over to encourage this project and support UNICEF too, which is the linked charity to the event.
We have received wonderful feedbacks and we are really grateful for that, it would not have happened without you all.
A special thank goes to my Partner Paolo too, who supported me and also helped me with the layout of the house which contributed to the perfect house event.
We hope to continue to bring â La Mansardaâ all around the word.
âAbout the author:
âI also, as Ligia, am a Nurse and work for a Pediatric Hospital in London.
Despite many other hobbies, which space from planting to DIY, yoga and meditation, making macrame and photography, helping others to promote awareness about human rights and support charitable events has been part of my life for a very long time, mainly via fitness activities.
In fact, I am in the process of registering a cycling club â The bike ductâ with the aim of raising awareness and support cholangiocarcinoma research, to honour my mum who sadly passed away a year ago.
Also, will be running the Royal Park Half Marathon this coming October for the Scleroderma and Raynaudâs UK, the only UK charity for people like me affected by Raynaudâs Syndrome and for those like my partnerâs Mum, who lost their lives due to Scleroderma.
This collection of blog posts is a firsthand account from artists who are an integral part of the La Mansarda community. Whether they took the stage or enjoyed the show from the audience, each post offers a unique perspective on our vibrant community.