Wunderkammer is the consortium that runs the vibrant community hub of the Wunderkammer pier: a center for research, innovation, education and cultural, social and environmental production at the Ferrara river docks.

Wunderkammer was founded in 2011 as a project that focused on bringing back to life the former river warehouses of Ferrara and has since received awards and both national and international recognition for the successfull revitalization of these public urban spaces through innovative cultural practices.

The refurbished spaces make up a sort of “cabinet of curiosities” for the community hub of the Wunderkammer pier: an innovation port, a point of reference for the regeneration of the entire area of the Ferrara docks and a catalyst for its fruition, both active and participatory.

Since 2021 the Wunderkammer Consortium is also a member of Lo Stato dei Luoghi, the first Italian national network of activators of culturally regenerated places.

The Wunderkammer Consortium counts eight associations:


Associazione Musicisti di Ferrara (AMF)

A non-profit cultural organisation that runs the School of Modern Music (Scuola di Musica Moderna), the largest of its kind in the area, counting over 600 students and 40 collaborators and offers 40 different courses and 60 free initiatives for the community. Founded in 1990, it’s been part of the Wunderkammer Consortium since 2014 and the school has occupied the entire first floor of the former Savonuzzi dock warehouse since 2012. In 2015, it became the first place to have a certified Department of the Ritmìa Method of Music (also recognised by the Ministry of Education) and it’s been the only one present nationally ever since. AMF also publishes the Wah Wah Magazine and since 2016 it’s organised the Un Fiume di Musica festival, which transforms the Savonuzzi pier into an open air arena every summer.



Associazione Ferrara Sotto le Stelle

A non-profit organisation responsible for the Ferrara Sotto le Stelle music festival, among the most important and respected alternative festivals in Italy and Europe. The festival has been taking part in Ferrara every summer since 1996 and it has hosted artists such as Bob Dylan, Radiohead and many more, but it's also recognized for its role in supporting young and emerging artists, ranging within all contemporary and independent music. It has joined the Wunderkammer Consortium in 2022 and it now hosts most of the festival's events in Wunderkammer's river docks.



Basso Profilo

A non-profit organisation dedicated to the expansion of environmental culture and active citizenship practices, urban regeneration and the enhancement of local heritage, through urban social design projects, education, meetings, exhibitions, performances and residences, aimed in particular at young practitioners. Founded in 2007, Basso Profilo was one of the founders of the Wunderkammer Consortium in 2011, where it’s been based since 2014. It also has operational headquarters in the metropolitan city of Bari and is a member of the national network of activators of regenerated cultural placesLo Stato dei Luoghi”.



Canoa Club Ferrara

A sports organisation dedicated to the promotion of canoeing which, after forty years of experience, is proud to have amongst its students regional, national and international champions. Since 2021 it’s been part of the consortium, where its headquarters are, and where children, youngsters and adults practice a number of canoe styles in the Po di Volano: slalom, downhill, polo, speed racing and dragon boat. The Canoa Club also manages the Oasis on the Vigarano Pieve lake (Oasi sul lago di Vigarano Pieve, FE), which houses the summer activities of the club, such as summer school for school children and sports practices for the disabled, as part of CASP, for the initiation of paralympic sports.




A cultural organisation, for sports and recreation, which offers theatre workshops, creates performances, organises events, develops intercultural projects and actively participates in the enhancement of river life as means of communication and exchange, environmental resource and cultural identity. Founded in 2009, it’s been part of the Wunderkammer Consortium since 2014, where it keeps its fleet of boats, ready to navigate and explore the branches of the Po river that stretch to the Adriatic and reach Venice. Fiumana also edits the Giornale del Po (Newspaper of the Po river).



Jazz Club Ferrara

A cultural organisation that manages and animates the Jazz Club Ferrara, which was awarded several times as "Best jazz club in Italy" at the Jazzit Awards. Since the 1970s, the Jazz Club has brought to Ferrara artists such as Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Michel Petrucciani, McCoy Tyner and many others. Since 1999 it has been operating in the prestigious Torrione San Giovanni venue, a jewel of the ancient Este city walls, where the "Ferrara in Jazz" concert season takes place, with over eighty dates every year. Since 2022 it has been part of the Wunderkammer Consortium, with the aim of contributing to the common project of urban regeneration, cultural production and social transformation.




A collective of architects united in an organisation of social promotion, which develops projects and interventions that have as their main objective the research and exhibition of the most unexpected aspects of their profession. Founded in 2017 to overcome the classical barriers of academia and professional practice, HPO has chosen the Wunderkammer Consortium as the ideal environment where to conceive its studio, as part of a hyper-connected territorial whole from which to develop their participatory and collaborative experiments.



Phorma Mentis

An organisation that runs and hosts courses and initiatives at Wunderkammer dedicated to professional training, social inclusion, circular economy, active employment policy services, career and study orientation. It is part of the Phorma Mentis network, which provides consultancy services for professional, business and public body growth and development. It joined the Wunderkammer Consortium in 2017 and has been participating in particular through its partner Centoform, a training center accredited by the Emilia-Romagna Region.


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