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- Posted on Apr 14th 2008 12:00PM by James Sullivan
The festival is part of a wider cultural movement to protest a garbage crisis that threatens the historic city. With almost four million residents in its greater metropolitan area, Naples is running out of places to dump its trash, and the local Mafia has created illegal landfills that are contaminating the food chain. High dioxin levels in mozzarella are causing panic in the city that invented pizza.
To raise awareness, local musicians have been making music with trash from the landfills, including wash tubs, tires, bottles and old mattresses. Festival organizers came up with the idea of charging recyclable goods as admission. The junkyard style even has its own genre -- Monnezza Sound, loosely translated as "Garbage Sound."
"Naples is an irreverent city," said one musician whose band has released an album encouraging residents to stand up to the Mafia. "It doesn't suffer in silence."
They may be knee-deep in garbage, but it can't be any messier than Woodstock '94.
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