THE FIFTH SIREN
An English podcast dedicated to Venice and climate change
Banor Capital, together with the Italian Cultural Institute in London, supports The Fifth Siren project, a five-episode podcast conceived by the creators of FILL (Festival of Italian Literature in London), in which Venice is told through the emergencies that the city is living.
When the high tide reaches Venice, there are four levels of siren that sound to warn the population of the threat level posed by the rising water. Yet on 13 November 2019 there was no sound after the last siren, and nothing to prepare Venetians for the level of destruction that the approaching storm would bring to the town.
From this void, The Fifth Siren emerged, to alert and explore what lies beyond the loudest alarm, and as an attempt to understand the new dangers – environmental, cultural, social, technological – we have to consider while facing an unknown future.
In each episode leading scientists, activists, scholars and writers (including Salvatore Settis, Guy Standing, Adam Lowe, Marigusta Lazzari, Markus Reyman, Karl Appuhn, Filippo de Vivo, Sophia Psarra, Rachel Armstrong, Andrea Segre, Giacomo Salerno, Alvise Papa, Fantina Madricardo, Georg Umgiesser, Tommaso Cacciari, Solène Rivoal, Franco Schenkel and Tommaso Gastaldi) explore the past, present and future of the city. The Fifth Siren is an ongoing conversation with the city, which long ago was a myth, and today is a cautionary tale to be told.
The Fifth Siren is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and on thefifthsiren.com from Monday 4 October with the first episode and on Monday every week throughout the month.
Banor Capital has been a supporter of FILL since its first edition. Marco Magini, Paolo Nelli, Giorgia Tolfo and Maddalena Vatti, among the promoters of the Festival of Italian Literature in London, in 2020 decided to go further, starting to produce cultural content under the name of FILL Productions. The Fifth Siren is their first podcast, designed in English to tell a global story to a global audience.