Slow Fish Arena

The Slow Fish Arena is where the protagonists of Slow Fish tell their stories in an open, dynamic dialogue with our visitors.

It’s the heart of the event where fishers, chefs, researchers and experts of the international Slow Food network, as well as young people, indigenous people, migrants, and innovative Italian companies present their best practices: whether it’s a small act or a large project, it all counts towards raising our awareness and protecting the sea, a common good.

The Slow Fish Arena program has something for everyone, so see what piques your curiosity: from the way our everyday behavior can help improve the health of our planet and become a virtuous cycle, to how we cook at home and the well-being of all the living creatures in the sea.

The Sea Workshops are shows and workshops for young people and families on the importance of recycling properly.

The Sea Stories are meeting with fishers from across the world who are preserving and passing on traditional fishing techniques, and with chefs who promote lesser-used fish species to enrich the minds and palates of their customers.

Among others, we’ll meet some of South Korea’s “mermaids,” women who free dive down to 15 or 20 meters to catch fish, holding their breath for more than two minutes, and South African chef Loubie Rush, who works closely with local fishing communities.

As well as fishers and chefs there are also food bloggers, like Caroline Rye from the UK, and photographers like Marielle Kleinlandshorst from Denmark, who have made sustainable seafood and artisanal fishing communities the focus of their work.

Stock up on optimism with the Sea Ideas, where you’ll hear from companies who are working towards a more sea-friendly future and the environment.

We’ll learn about initiatives trying to combat plastic in the seas and in the kitchen, hear from environmental champions who are working to increase people’s awareness and see how many good practices also have an important social value.

The Slow Fish Arena is open every day from 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m., and on Sunday from 10.00 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.

  • 14:30 - 15:15
  • Porto Antico-Slow Fish Arena 
  • Slow Fish Arena

Some fish, others gather, still others use traditional conservation methods or cook. In this meeting we explore the seas of Europe and Asia, and right down to the Cape of Good Hope, giving a voice to the women of Slow Fish communities: the haenyeo of Korea, who combine fishing with…

Free event
  • 16:00 - 16:45
  • Porto Antico-Slow Fish Arena 
  • Slow Fish Arena

Food waste is part of our daily life. A third of all the food produced in the world goes to waste, and the problem is growing: it is estimated that by 2030 it will reach 2.1 billion tons a year. This waste has an enormous impact on the environment and…

Free event
  • 17:00 - 17:45
  • Porto Antico-Slow Fish Arena 
  • Slow Fish Arena

Since 2017, Slow Food has sent all its advertising banners and billboards made with PVC to the Sc’Art association in Genoa as part of the Rici-bag recycling project. This consists of creative workshops for women detainees at Pontedecimo Remand Prison as well as former prisoners. The women involved in the…

Free event
  • 18:00 - 18:45
  • Porto Antico-Slow Fish Arena 
  • Slow Fish Arena

A meeting dedicated to all those who don’t use plastic, and those looking for alternatives. Our care for the environment and protection of ecosystems depends on using less plastic in our daily lives, and every stage of the value chain is important, from production to packaging. There are sustainable, recyclable…

Free event
  • 13:30 - 14:15
  • Porto Antico-Slow Fish Arena 
  • Slow Fish Arena

Conscious fishers are genuine guardians of the sea. They’re the people who know fish behavior most intimately, they love and understand their local ecology, and they’re opposed to the forms of resource exploitation—like drilling for fossil fuels—that put marine biodiversity at risk. We bring you three stories in which communities…

Free event
  • 14:30 - 15:15
  • Porto Antico-Slow Fish Arena 
  • Slow Fish Arena

The seas of Africa are ever more threatened: industrial fishing is plundering their rich waters, while at the same time the markets are ridden with farmed and invasive species that have no connection with local culture. From Morocco to Tunisia, we’ll learn about the traditional fishing techniques of the Maghreb.…

Free event
  • 18:00 - 18:45
  • Porto Antico-Slow Fish Arena 
  • Slow Fish Arena

Islands represent ecological and social systems which, despite their geography, are not always synonymous with insularity and resistance to change. By widening our perspective, we can also highlight their role as havens, places of refuge. In ecological terms, islands promote speciation and facilitate migration, while for humans they can be…

Free event
  • 20:00 - 21:00
  • Porto Antico-Slow Fish Arena 
  • Slow Fish Arena

La voix des oceans is an ambitious project that aims to create a symphonic opera dedicated to the sea. It was presented for the first time in July 2018, consisting of 50 minutes of music and images that tell the story of the oceans, and the fragility of the plankton…

  • 13:30 - 14:15
  • Porto Antico-Slow Fish Arena 
  • Slow Fish Arena

Using their head and hands, chefs use recipes to tell the stories of sea and land, teaching us more about own cultures and taking us on journeys of discovery. There’s no shortage of chefs at Slow Fish, where they play a vital role as educators, promoters, and a bridge between…

Free event
  • 14:30 - 15:15
  • Porto Antico-Slow Fish Arena 
  • Slow Fish Arena

From Apulia to Sicily and Liguria, historic and innovative fishing systems all linked by a common thread: the desire to preserve a healthy environment, starting with work tools. The mussel farmers of Taranto reject plastic, using tools made with hemp fiber cultivated in an Archaeological Park. This focus on sustainability…

Free event
  • 15:30 - 16:15
  • Porto Antico-Slow Fish Arena 
  • Slow Fish Arena

The meetings of the migrant communities of Genoa present a combination of literature, music and food. There’ll be readings of passages by four great South American authors, including Isabel Allende, whose Aphrodite takes us from sea urchin sauce to drunken pears, prawn habanera to odalisque salad, from wind chime soup…

Free event
  • 11:30 - 13:00
  • Porto Antico-Slow Fish Arena 
  • Slow Fish Arena

Music and recycling. A pairing not to be missed on the last day of Slow Fish 2019: a concert by Ritmiciclando, who present their new album. This experimental project builds and uses instruments made from recovered materials, many of which come from the recycling centers of AMIU, Genoa’s public hygiene…

  • 13:30 - 14:15
  • Porto Antico-Slow Fish Arena 
  • Slow Fish Arena

Mariëlle Klein Lankhorst is a Danish photographer with a passion for travel. Her most important journey has turned into a long-term project around Europe’s coasts, including the Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Ireland, to meet, interview and learn about small-scale fishers. Loubie Rusch is a South African chef who…

Free event
  • 14:30 - 15:15
  • Porto Antico-Slow Fish Arena 
  • Slow Fish Arena

In Turkey, Mehmet Can Görgün has learned over time to adapt to the changing ecosystem and unpredictable situations. Up until a few years ago his community’s work centered around fishing native species. But since 2008 the seas have been invaded by new species, little known and therefore of little interest…

Free event
  • 17:00 - 17:45
  • Porto Antico-Slow Fish Arena 
  • Slow Fish Arena

Oliviero Alotto and Roberto Cavallo: what do they have in common? Someone who isn’t a fan of outdoor sports might say they’re mad! They’re both passionate about running, over long distances and often in extreme conditions. But there’s more. They both use running to raise awareness about environmental issues. Oliviero…

Free event
  • 18:00 - 18:45
  • Porto Antico-Slow Fish Arena 
  • Slow Fish Arena

A musical moment and a chance to discover all the delights which will bring to life the Piazza delle Feste (Party Square) at Genoa’s Old Port from June 14-24. Concerts, world cuisine, workshops for children, a chance to learn more about good environmental practices with EcoSuq and shows by Teatro…

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