The Social Enterprise Open Camp took place from the 20th to the 23rd of October 2023 in a jewel of Umbria: Todi, a city also known as the “land of the Gods”.
The opening (October 20) and closing (October 23) sessions was held at the Teatro Comunale of Todi, a real wonder inaugurated in 1876 with the play “Un Ballo in Maschera” by Giuseppe Verdi. Since 1992, the theater has been proposing the prose season every year which, linked to the Stabile dell’Umbria, has offered and continues to offer outstanding performances. The theater also hosts operas, operettas, musicals, concerts, and other important events. The curtain, which represents the arrival of Ludovico Ariosto in Todi in 1531, is the work of Annibale Brugnoli, an artist from Perugia of great fame.
The Montesanto Convent in Todi was instead be the “headquarters” of SEOC 2023 where workshops and talks will be held on the 21st and 22nd of October. In ancient times it was called Monte Mascarano, with a temple dedicated to the god Mars and the goddess Bellona. In 1235 Buono, Abbot of San Fortunato, gave the land to the blessed Ruggero of Todi to build a Monastery of Poor Clares, at the request of Gregory IX. Perhaps even Jacopone da Todi was part of the community of devotees at the service of the monastery. The Poor Clares abandoned Montesanto in 1367 and the Monastery was transformed by the Albornoz into a fortress. In 1448 the Community of Todi entrusted it to the Observants, transforming it into a convent.