Hub/Art is happy to announce the launch of the Yarn Bombing Festival – Milan edition, an event organized with the collaboration of Yarn Bombing Trivento, Formidabile Lambrate, Made in Lambrate, Scalo Lambrate and the patronage of Milan Municipality and Municipio 3.

The special edition of Yarn Bombing Festival Milan, fully focused on the crocheted works of art, will start from Piazza delle Rimembranze (aka Viale delle Rimembranze), which connects the north and south of the Lambrate district and then spread along Via Conte Rosso, Via Ventura and Via Massimiano, from 11 to 13 June 2021.

The weekend was not chosen at random. The 12th of June is in fact the World Yarn Bombing Day.

All over the world, artists and lovers of this unique art practice use to share their work in public spaces and make it go viral on social media using the hashtag #worldyarnbombingday.

The first edition of the festival in Milan will be held in the eastern side of the city, in the Municipality 3.  Here, roughly 500 metres from Milan’s Lambrate railway station, rises the Scalo Lambrate, an industrial space reborn thanks to an urban regeneration project that includes coworking spaces, a showcase for artists and designers, a synergistic garden and a bar and restaurant. The special edition of the Milanese Yarn Bombing is part of the cultural and educational agenda at Scalo Lambrate.

From south to North. The edition of Yarn Bombing Milan 2021 has been strongly supported by the Cultural Association Formidabile Lambrate and its founder, Fabio Lucarelli, who was impressed by a visit to the historical village of Trivento, in Molise. The first Italian edition of Yarn Bombing was in fact held in the summer of 2019 in Trivento, where more than 130 crochet artists from all over the world took part in the event, exhibiting works in the historic centre of the village, transforming it into an open-air museum.

 

 

For the Milan 2021 edition, a call to action was launched on Instagram and FB where all crochet artists were invited to share their work by tagging and sharing it with the hastag #ybfedizionemilano.

The event’s planners then selected the artists who donated the works, which will invade the district’s streets, courtyards, and parks. More than 100 pieces by artists from Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Chile, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Israel, Lithuania, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, USA and Venezuela.

The installations also include the collective work entitled Social Phobia, made up of thousands of eyes in different colours and yarns expressing support for those suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder.

Social phobia represents the uncomfortable feeling and the fear that some people experience in social situations where there is the chance of being judged by others and is intended to raise awareness. In order to recover from this disorder, it is not enough to “make an effort”, but in some cases psychological support and pharmacological treatment are required.

The non-profit event is intended to support the solidarity projects of Caritas Ambrosiana.

The works on display will be up for sale and the revenue will go to the Municipio 3 Solidarity Emporium.

The Covid-19 emergency has in fact led to an increase in social inequality and poverty. Through the Emporio Solidale supported by Caritas it will thus be possible to strengthen this system of food distribution, allowing families and people in difficulty to access the solidarity supermarket and shop with respect for their dignity.


The Yarn bombing, also known as urban knitting or graffiti knitting, is a special street art that emerged spontaneously in the early 2000s in Houston, USA, and soon became a global phenomenon. Brightly coloured knitted or crocheted works soon invaded the streets in Europe and Asia.

The strength of Yarn Bombing was that it borrowed a maternal gesture such as wrapping something in a warm blanket and transferring it to the concrete and steel of the urban landscape. Hydrants, lampposts, mailboxes, bicycles, cars – even large objects such as buses and bridges – have all been wrapped in recent years, always gently and usually at night.

Milan is getting ready for this peaceful invasion, which, through its weaves and yarns, becomes a symbol of “networking” and restarting.