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Fire show in Italy ?
Posted October 4th, 2012 - 8:00 pm by from Olkusz, Poland (Permalink)
Hello :)
I have few questions.
1). Do I need permition in Italy - and if so where to get them and is it expensive?
2). Are there some cities where I ca or I can't do a fireshow?
3). I.ve seen few teams makin fire in Italy so I know it is possibile. If someone could help me it would be great.

In return I can give you info about Poland, Germany, Spain, Holand and UK.

Greets
Wilk

Posted October 4th, 2012 - 11:57 pm by from London, England (Permalink)
Hi,
yes, you need a permission in almost every city in Italy if you want to use fire (there are only few of them which are particularly open to street performances, where artists can do it without permission, for example Pennabilli in Emilia-Romagna).
Each city has its own rules about it. so what you have to do, if you want to be regular, is to send an email to the municipality and ask, or to check on the official website of the city if there's anything about the laws on that matter.
I think you might have to wait a lot of time to get a permission, if you will get it at all.
Talking about performing in general, in my city (Bologna), for example, you can work without permission but with strong limitations (no fire, no amplifiers, no fire, no more than an hour on the same spot). But really, as I said laws change a lot according to the city you are in.
Now, I'll tell you what I usually do and what a lot of artists do here: we learnt to not care too much about the law in this cases, and to just go there and perform, and if a police man come and complain, always be open to dialogue and to show that your intention is just that of entertain people and not to cause any damage; if a compromise can't be reached, you just smile at the audience, bow, take your applause and money, and stop.
I know is not the best solution, but so far is the only thing we can do. We are working hard to make italian laws more street artists-friendly, but it will take time till we'll be completely legalized.
The laws are particularly ambiguous about using fire in the streets (and often, street performing in general), so most of the times is up to the single policeman if you'll be able to keep working or you'll have to stop.
In any case, whatever you'll do, it's very important to give an impression of safety during the shows (for example a fire extinguisher is highly recommended, and personally I always bring it with me when I do fire).
I hope I've been of some help.
Good luck,
Domenico

Posted October 6th, 2012 - 12:02 pm by from Olkusz, Poland (Permalink)
thanks :)