Roberto with Robin Hood, his Merrie Men & Maid Marian (Spirit of England theatre group) at the Robin Hood statue.

The Ghost Bus Night Show spreads its magic

Beeston’s beautiful St John the Baptist Church hosted the spectacular Ghost Bus Night Show to a delighted audience.  It was truly a visual and musical arts immersive experience.

Roberto Alborghetti, Italian author, journalist, visual artist and official biographer to Pope Francis, came to Beeston, and Nottingham, for his 8th time since 2014 when he first set his eyes on the old rusty bus at Bartons Garage.

Roberto produced and presented a series of short videos including three new ones – J Cidel Collection of handbags made in Italy taken from his macro photo images, shown at London, Paris & Miami Fashion/Art Weeks 2023;  Lacer/Actions in London Special Edition and BEESTON is ABSTRACTIVE, a video dedicated to Beeston 2014-2022.

The Ghost Bus project has been travelling around the world for 10 years.  It is part of Roberto’s Lacer/Actions multi disciplinary project which he started over 25 years ago concerning macrophotography (and street macrophotography) of decomposed and torn publicity posters, natural cracks and scratches, and urban/industrial tokens.

The event was directed and curated by Marysia Zipser, Founder of ACT group. After ten years of ACT, it was announced that Beeston is now the UK’s Art Culture Tourism Capital.

Mayor of Broxtowe, Councillor Sue Paterson said:

“Being a budding photographer It was my pleasure to attend. I found the event fascinating, learning about Roberto’s work and his talent for transforming decay into abstract art, revealing the hidden beauty in everyday surfaces. The experience was further enhanced by the accompaniment of Jeanie Barton’s original music.  It really showed that there is beauty all around us, if we only opened our eyes more.” 

Marcus Gilmore, workshop leader at Marcus Gilmore Art, said:

“The Ghost Bus Night show was a great event, well done!  I was particularly impressed with your fashion designs and seeing your artworks on bags!  The music composed and recorded by Jeanie Barton-O’Shea in 3 of the videos was excellent.” 

Liezel Magill, NHS worker at Queen’s Medical Centre, said: 

“So very interesting. The photos are beautiful. Really extraordinary eye for detail. I could see many images untold. Thank you.” 

Posted on 17 June 2024

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