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Ex Locatelli premises - International Centre for culture and creativity

The Locatelli premises, not operative anymore, were recently purchased by the Reggio Emilia Town Council in order to create the "International Centre for children's culture and creativity".

Address and contacts

Via Bligny 1/a - 42124 Reggio Emilia
+39 0522.513752 - Reggio Children
Centro Internazionale Loris Malaguzzi

Opening times

The visit to the spaces and ateliers is possible and free from Monday to Friday: 10.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m.
Every Friday from 3.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. it's possible to book a the guided tour to the exhibitions and ateliers of the International Center Loris Malaguzzi.
All the other possibile visit are listed on the web site of Reggio Children.

Entrance fees

The guided tour possible on Tuesday and Thursday: 10.00 Euro
The visit without the guide is free

How to get there

The International Centre is located outside the city centre, beside the train and bus stations on Piazzale Europa

Historical notes

At the beginning of the XX century, in the northern area of the town behind the railway station, in the Santa Croce district, was built the first industrial area called "Le Reggiane". There, among many other remarkable complexes, the most important is probably the one that housed the Locatelli company.
The Centre, at present is dedicated to Loris Malaguzzi, is a meeting place for children, families, researchers, teachers and managers, but it may also be a great opportunity of innovation and transformation of an important area of Reggio Emilia. The Locatelli Complex is a result of intelligent industrial architecture from the twenties.

The idea of creating an International Centre in Reggio Emilia for giving value to children’s, parents’ and teachers’ culture and creativity had its starting point in
suggestions made by Loris Malaguzzi. The idea was discussed at meetings with different interested parties and began to take shape during the nineties when
commitment to the Centre was made by Reggio Emilia city administration (Comune) and initiatives for public awareness were undertaken for widespread involvement by citizens.
At that time international recognition arrived for Reggio educational services in Newsweek (1991) and in the shape of the Kohl Prize (1992). Diana municipal preschool was chosen to represent the entire “Reggio educational system” as a symbol of the highly qualified and innovative educational project.
From that moment we began working in Reggio Emilia to breathe life into an organism capable of responding to i n t e r n a t i o n a l reverberations. Reggio Children was created in 1994 through the wishes of a group of citizens, parents and workers and the Comune of Reggio Emilia, and entrusted with the task of constantly promoting and valuing our educational experience in suitable ways.
The experience itself is distinguished by its strongly research-oriented nature and by its observation and documentation of children’s thinking and work.