Liscio@museuM – Savignano sul Rubicone

Liscio@museuM was founded in 2006, within the framework of the cultural network “Istituzione Cultura” of the Municipality of Savignano sul Rubicone, as a research and documentation centre aiming to preserve and promote the traditional and cultural heritage of folk dance music in Romagna. This extraordinary cultural phenomenon reflects the customs and identity of Romagna. Carlo Brighi (Fiumicino di Savignano 1853 – Forlì 1915) and Secondo Casadei (Sant’Angelo di Gatteo, 1906 – Savignano sul Rubicone 1971) are the best-known representatives of “liscio” in Savignano.

This virtual museum uses digital technology to reproduce and preserve its collections, and make them available to the public. The idea for a virtual museum arose in the knowledge that the costs of a traditional museum would have been impossible to bear. Digital technologies (photographs, videos, and telematic resources) made it possible to create an easy, direct, and inexpensive museum: without the need for physical premises, interested users can access the museum online from any authorized terminal.

Liscio@museuM is “housed” in Palazzo Vendemini, an 18th century building that hosts the municipal historical archives, cultural centre, and library. The website (www.lisciomuseum.it) contains historical information, news, and up-to-date summaries of the initiatives, which include photographic exhibitions, the publication and promotion of music repertoires from the ballroom dance (liscio)period, and events dedicated to people and periods that influenced the genre’s development and evolution.

Liscio@museuM was born in collaboration with “Casadei Sonora”, the music publishing house led by Secondo’s daughter Riccarda Casadei and her family. “Casadei Sonora” holds an extensive collection of records, musical manuscripts, photographs, posters, videos, articles, set lists, programme notes, musical instruments, mementos, trophies, and personal objects that belonged to the unforgettable author of Romagna mia and many other famous songs.