Thunderous applause for the cloth of Bravìo 2015 painted by Cesare Olmastroni, inspired by the 100th anniversary of Italy’s entry into the First World War. The painting was presented at the Poliziano Theater on Sunday 23 August in the presence of the mayor Andrea Rossi, the city councilor delegated to Bravìo Stefano Bazzoni and to the Regulator of the Magistrate of the Contrade Giulio Pavolucci.
Cesare Olmastroni, gruff joke – as has been defined by many journalists – represents an authority in terms of painted palisades: he was in fact the author of two rags for the Palio of Siena and has many collaborations with famous masters and painters behind him. “Painting a war or a tragedy is always a bad thing, but I said to myself: yet, even a tragedy must have something beautiful to tell. This is how I painted a sentinel turned towards the sky with the shoulders behind, left behind , the tragedy of the war, as if looking and wishing for a better future”.
The municipal administration and the magistrate of the districts expressed their great satisfaction with the cloth, which fully reflects the spirit of the anniversary. The public also expressed its approval, welcoming the unveiling of the work with warm applause.
The mayor Andrea Rossi congratulated the whole Magistrate for the commitment that all its members are showing: “In the Municipal Administration the esteem and trust in the work of the Magistrate of the Contrade has never failed. a correct attitude, managing the resources available with transparency. For its part, the Municipality continues to consider the commitment made in Bravìo as a priority, both economically and through its own staff. My compliments go to the Rectors and all the management In addition, the mayor Rossi wanted to specify that Bravìo does not belong only to the police, but is indeed a moment of great attraction for the whole territory, as evidenced by the countless presences that Montepulciano is recording this week.
“It was a bitter and hard year but it trained us from many points of view – says the Regulator Giulio Pavolucci – The path taken during the year is to remind all the districts what Don Marcello had in mind when he conceived the “Bravìo: socialization and collaborative spirit, the two engines that make every district move and live, and consequently all Bravìo. In addition, I would like to thank all those who work behind the scenes of the districts, because they are the real pillars of the event”. During the ceremony, like every year, the “Grifo Poliziano” was awarded, a prize that is traditionally attributed to those personalities who have distinguished themselves for their commitment in the enhancement of Montepulciano and its territory. This year, the award was presented to the late master Hans Werner Henze, creator of the Cantiere Internazionale D’Arte who left us two years ago. The award will be withdrawn by the President of the Henze Foundation, Michael Kerstan, on the occasion of the Silver Ark.
For the third consecutive year, the district of Talosa was awarded the first prize of the food and wine competition “At the table with the noble” organized by the Consortium of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, now in its thirteenth edition. The yellow-red district triumphed with the dish “Tagliatini Giallo Rossi with vegetables and reinforcement” combined with the prestigious police DOCG. Godmother of the event the famous food blogger Sonia Peronaci of Giallo Zafferano.
The rich afternoon at the Poliziano Theater was followed, in Piazza Grande, by the exhibition of the Cloth and the inevitable performance of the Flag-wavers and Drummers of Montepulciano. On Sunday 23 August the night trials of the pushers began, with departure from the Colonna del Marzocco. The night rehearsals will take place throughout the week in the historic center of Montepulciano, accompanied by the inevitable dinners and entertainment in the district.