Comune di Bassano del Grappa is a public body. It is the only municipality in Italy which runs, under independent artistic directorship, a dance house (Centro per la Scena Contemporanea) and a multidisciplinary festival (Operaestate Festival).
Operaestate Festival involves thirty five cities and presents nearly three hundred multidisciplinary performances and events each season in theatres, castles, parks, natural landscapes, villas and museums of the territories involved. Operaestate Festival is devoted to artistic development, community projects, productions, promotion of artistic mobility and audience engagement.
Centro per la Scena Contemporanea offers more than fifty residencies to Italian and international artists every year and promotes many educational activities and research projects for dance artists.
Comune di Bassano del Grappa is the initiator of Dance Well – movement research for Parkinson’s and other initiatives (for cancer survivors, migrants and asylum seekers, students and youngsters) which engage citizens in the regular practice of dance, promoting their social inclusion, cultural dialogue and participation.
It is leading, and is part of, projects supported by the Europe for Citizens, Erasmus+ and Creative Europe programmes of the European Union. It is committed to developing new and enhanced ways of engaging artists and audiences whilst continuing to focus strongly on building a sustainable future for the performing arts and particularly dance as the Italian’s leading supporter of dance artists. It is committed to transforming and enriching lives through dance, to shaping where dance is going next. It is the Italian member of the European Dancehouse (EDN) and of the Aerowaves networks.