The interjection Ō! expressed in Latin a wide range of emotions: joy, pain, desire, admiration, amazement. An invocation, an exclamation!
Ō Festival has the ambition to repopulate the Baths of Diocletian, to give life to the presence of women and men who find themselves to be good. As it once was, the Baths will be a place of union, of prosperity, open to all. Instead of water, music flows; instead of steam, bodies invade spaces.
Also the programming reflects the articulation of the rooms of the Baths: the public ideally runs through the tepidarium, the calidarium and the frigidarium, through a series of comforting, enveloping, perturbing proposals. All the international artists who for a whole month dialogue with the ancient spaces of the Baths, present or unpublished works or projects totally redesigned for this extraordinary context. The public has the opportunity to discover a new place every day, in a wandering that leads him from the impressive halls of the Baths to the sumptuous, metaphysical, Renaissance cloisters, passing through the evocative Planetarium.
To ensure that Ō offers all the emotions promised by this polysemic interjection, a multitude of musical genres is present: from techno to electronic, through afro, continuing with indie pop, neofolk, dabka, dance, classical music, dub ... The same goes for dance, which is between contemporary, acrobatic and futuristic hip-hop.
During the various appointments, the public is invited to enter the universes of creation. We witness the direct creation of a fashion cover, we observe the objects and materials that influence an archistar, we explore the whole creative process of a design studio, from drawing to craftsmanship, immersing ourselves in olfactory and visual installations .
Artists and the public are invited to express their concept of well-being. Their ideas, words, images will be spread and projected on the walls of the Baths, because Ō is an artistic project of sharing. Ō in fact takes life when the letter becomes a word, the cell is a fabric, the point is an infinite whole.