Basilicata culture, a non-profit organization, was created in 2014 as a culmination of a lengthy process of project work and analysis.
The result is a living, open and active organism, a workshop of intellectual resources and cultural passions whose intention is to become a collector of a network of associations, companies, people who share clear objectives, in accordance with ethical values and transparency, to promote a cultural and economic growth that is intelligent, sustainable and encourages inclusion. Articles of association.
Basilicata culture's lizard
The most ancient inhabitant of Basilicata, the most direct witness, however unwitting, of those woodlands (cf. Lat. Lucus) so called by the Latins more than two millenniums ago, to signify, literally, “what is not illuminated”, is the lizard, or, in more ancient times, “sauro”. And it was, even then, the result of a million-year-long evolution, that enabled it to adapt to humid and less mild climates, without the sun that characterised its native desert habitat. The Adriatic and the Tyrrhenian lizards take refuge amongst bushes and branches that shade everything in the lucanian mountains. A symbol of longevity, therefore, of adaptation, mutation and endurance: able to self-mutilate and regenerate later, in order to survive; able to tolerate the lethal winter without going into hibernation, waiting for Nature's prosperous rebirth; tireless, indefatigable, ready for slowness and speed, hidden but ever-present and never baleful. In the light of this, the lizard seemed an appropriate choice as a symbol, both of a culture that is able to evolve and orientate itself through change, that will cause, for better or for worse, its production, diffusion, fruition, duration; and of a land and its people, that must have inherited a part of that tenacity, considered regal by some, for the Byzantines, centuries later, to choose the Basilisk (cf. gr. Βασιλίσκος), a mythological-biblical figure (still present in many city emblems), as a symbol of this area: the “little king”, the lord of reptiles that had already astounded the psalmist, Pliny the Elder and Lucano, the father of all “sauri” (lizards) that had left his heirs in the world, to inhabit the earth and to endure.