UPrato is a series of knitting-related events will lead up to the creation of an artistic installation by the artist Beatrice Gallori, which will be displayed on the façade of Palazzo Pretorio from June 17-18 and then in the courtyard of the ex fabbrica Campolmi in Prato until July 31. The event is or organized by Museo del Tessuto and BettaKnit with the patronage of the Provincia di Prato and Comune di Prato.
The event is inserted into two major worldwide celebrations of knitting, Worldwide Knit in Public Day (June 9-17, www.wwkipday.com) and the last International Yarnbombing Day (June 9), but has been interpreted and organized on a local level. UPrato combines both these worldwide events with an authorized yarnbombing of Palazzo Pretorio in Prato on June 17.
Participants can pick up a free UPrato kit at a distribution point from May 28 to June 13. The kit contains yarn and instructions to make a 20×20 or 10x10cm square, and other UPrato material. The square should be dropped off before June 13 at the same distribution points.
Some of the squares from the UPrato project will be be donated to KasCare, Aid for AIDS Orphans, a nonprofit organization providing warm blankets and knitted items for orphaned children with AIDS living in Lindiwe and Wandile, South Africa