written by GiuliaP

Carnival with WHAIWHAI


Thanks to The Ruyi, we learned many Venetian secrets. But clearly, an extraordinary, historic city like Venice has a lot more surprises in store. And there isn’t a more fascinating and mysterious time of year in Venice than during the Carnival. It’s the perfect occasion to rediscover the thousand facets of the city – with or without a mask.

That’s why we’ve teamed up once again with accomplished writer Alberto Toso Fei to create a new story about Venice, a story about Casanova and the follies of Carnival. It’s called Carnivalia, and it’s the official game of the 2010 Venice Carnival. This new WHAIWHAI arrival is different from the games you’re used to: it isn’t a guidebook separated into jumbled pieces, it’s a special map, one big folded sheet of paper that contains all the stories and directs you towards the places you’ll discover. Like the other WHAIWHAI editions, though, you interact with the game via text messaging on your mobile phone. Soon we’ll have some pictures to show you what it’s like. You will be able to buy the map for 8 euros at any time during the Carnival celebrations in Venice: they will be on sale at Sensation info points and at newsstands everywhere in Venice as an add-on to the daily newspaper Corriere della Sera. In the meantime, you can read this short excerpt from the prologue and see if it doesn’t make you anxious to go on this new adventure.

Giacomo Casanova never died. No, I don’t mean to say that his fame or the spirit of his era have endured to the present. I mean to say that he is actually still living in Venice. He alters his identity from time to time; perhaps you even saw him this afternoon, not knowing who he was, sitting in a café or strolling about the Rialto. Who is Giacomo Casanova? It is I. And now I wish to introduce you to the madness that embodies my city.

For more information about Carnivalia, write to carnivalia@whaiwhai.com

Carnivalia also allows a set of collective events: here the calendar

Saturday 6 February 12 a.m. - railway station Venice (Sensation info point)

Sunday 7 February 15 p.m. -  San Marco place ( IAT point - near Correr museum)

Thursday 11 February 12 a.m  - railway station Venice (Sensation info point)

Saturday 13 February 15 p.m. - San Marco place ( IAT point - near Correr museum)

Sunday 14 February 12 a.m. - railway station Venice (Sensation info point)

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