My life mantra is to try anything I like – one may ask how would you know if you like it if you don’t try it? Well, I let fate and my gut guide me – which is pretty much the way I find myself involved in Red Shoe Events. It was an extremely random and fortuitous encounter between my parents and Alex’s mum and sister on a flight from Rome to Newcastle that has led to me being part of this venture.
I’ve only been in the UK for just over a year, but I have had the feeling of finally being in the right place since the day I first set foot in Newcastle.
The main reason that brought me to this wonderful city was of an accademic nature. With a background in languages and translation, I have always believed my future was not to be in Italy, my home country. The opportunity for a change came when I applied for an MA in Media and Journalism at Newcastle University and got an offer almost immediately. I didn’t know the city but I had a good feeling about it, so I packed my bags and left.
Since I got here, a series of events have taken place that have made me feel I was right where I was supposed to be… And somehow these moments have all been connected to events, particularly music events. From being amongst the few selected people to attend a surprise gig by Maxïmo Park -one of my biggest music crushes – as part of a radio show hosted by Lauren Laverne at Newcastle University Student Union, to being able to interview another favourite band of mine, the Stornoway, for the student radio or being part of the team working on Evolution Emerging and BBC6 Music Festival.
As a passionate music enthusiast, gig-goer, food lover, people-watcher, creative brain and writer, I am always looking for new stuff to do, new ideas, inspiration… And working on the various Red Shoe Events projects is giving me all of these things and in abundance!