For his 5th time to Beeston since October 2014, Roberto Alborghetti is now one of our Beeston community and a highly respected VIP of Nottingham. Roberto is not only the biographer to Pope Francis, but a wonderful visual artist, award winning Arts & Culture & Environmental journalist, best selling author, and Chief Editor of OKAY! Magazine established 20 years ago, which goes out to every school in Italy.  He regularly lectures all around Italy to students and presents at European book fairs which now accounts in thousands.  Roberto is an inspiration to us British citizens, and has now been honoured by the City of Nottingham Lord Mayor on his March visit in 2017.

Since the Show of The Ghost Bus short films which Roberto produced March 2015 with Bartons plc at Chilwell, in conjunction with ACT / Art Culture Tourism, there has been global impact and publicity, which has grown and grown each year.  It has brought a wonderful collaboration and strong links between Beeston/Nottingham and Tuscany which has developed into a business and art/cultural and food/drink/fashion/textiles and festivals synergy.  And so the ACT/The Ghost Bus Project/Robin Hood Initiative is travelling around the world 2018, to countries who wish to collaborate to help sustain their art, cultural, tourism and educational projects.  For the last two years, countries like USA, Canada, Egypt, Mexico and Ghana, to name a few, are particularly keen for us to visit them to initiate such projects.

Here is Roberto’s draft programme curated by myself for your consideration and attendance/event participation.

Friday 9th

11.00-13.00 hrs  Opening launch of the ACT Italy Arts & Photography Exhibition 9th-24th March, at The Hive, 2 Union Street, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 2LT.  Press launch and Roberto to meet the Beeston community & dignitaries.

14.00 – 16.00  TBC Invitation as guest speaker at Nottingham Trent University (city centre campus) to Visual Arts, Art & Design & Journalism students OR University of Nottingham (Highfields Beeston campus) History of Art, History & International Affairs students.

During above time, he may be invited to meet the present Lord Mayor of Nottingham Cllr Michael Edwards at Council House.  Or the Lord Mayor may visit university campus for Roberto’s lecture TBC…

19.00 – 21.00 hrs  World premiere of The Land Rover Mapping short film and Ghost Bus films at Chilwell Arts Theatre, Beeston, Nottingham.  VIPs, local dignitaries, sponsors, & local film celebrities attending.  I have also invited the London Italian Ambassador /his Cultural & Business Attaches 9th-10th March.  The Sheriff of Nottingham Cllr Glyn Jenkins and Nottingham’s official Robin Hood, Tim Pollard, have confirmed and will be attending.  I have also invited the Mayor of Broxtowe to attend.

21.00-23.00 hrs  L’Oliva Bar/Bistro, Beeston High Street for invited VIP guests (& main event sponsors) & Ghost Bus Friends, for authentic Italian food and drink.  24 pax.  Host Marco di Blasi (Sicilian). Also Beeston Film Festival sponsor.

8th – 11th March – Beeston Film Festival – now the biggest international short films festival in the Midlands, at The White Lion.  ACT is a sponsor for 2nd year, for Best Audience Vote, awarded by me on Sunday evening 11th Jan.   International participation, 300 films submitted from around the world before closing date 1st Jan.


Saturday 10th March

10.00-12.00 hrs Roberto meeting the Beeston & Nottingham community and students at The Hive.  I am also inviting the Bishop of Nottingham .

Here are the Ghost Bus/Land Rover Mapping Projects links: please see the Magical Night of the Ghost Bus Show March 2015.

Eventbrite ticketing now LIVE for March 9th 7-9pm Chilwell Arts Theatre, see link & click

Marysia Zipser

Arts & Heritage Tourism Promoter, Founder, Art Culture Tourism

07899 798487, The Hive, 2 Union Street, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 2LT

Find Marysia Zipser on Facebook, Twitter @MarysiaZipser & LinkedIn 11K followers & Key LInfluencer for Nottingham & Midlands Region

Supported by Nottingham Trent University/University of Nottingham/University of Derby collaborative programme  / ERDF / NTU Enabling Innovation / Nottingham Law School  –  NBV  Big House  ERDF – D2N2 Growth Hub



Two years after the film premiere at Bartons Plc, the “Ghost Bus” is back to the Land of Robin Hood with two days that celebrate the success of a visual art project born and developed in Nottingham, Chilwell and Beeston by Roberto Alborghetti, Simon Barton (Bartons Plc), Marysia Zipser and ACT Group (Art Culture Tourism). It’is another opportunity to approach and the “Ghost Bus” and its amazing world. Here are the key moments of the program curated by Marysia Zipser


Friday 10th March

12.00 – 12.30    Meet and talk with Lord Mayor of the City of Nottingham at Nottingham City Council House and presentation to Roberto of 1929 book published for the official opening.

Presentation by Roberto to the Lord Mayor of one of his best selling volumes of Pope Francis.  With Photo Call

12.30 – 13.30   Presentation by Roberto Alborghetti and 3rd public showing of THE GHOST BUS film and showing of “Can I Think of Love?” by Jeanie Barton (Colours of Nottingham Streets)  FREE ENTRY by invitation EventBrite/Facebook & email

Venue:  Members Lounge (now called the ‘Weddings Registry’ room)  50 pax allowed + few extra if need be. With Projector and screen in situ

13.30 – 14.00   For Roberto, Tour of the Council House completed 1929, and opened by HRH Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII and the Duke of Windsor) on 22 May 1929            

14.30 – 15.30    Press Conference with invited journalists/writers                       Photo Call

Venue:  THInk: Creative meeting space in Nottingham city centre, Cobden Place, Cobden Chambers, off Pelham Street, Nottingham NG1 2ED   Contact: Jeanne and Emma, Directors of THINK:


Back to Beeston

18.00 – 19.30    2 showings/sittings of 25 pax each  of

THE GHOST BUS short film & showing of video “Can I Think of Love?” by Jeanie Barton (Colours of Nottingham Streets),   (Total 17 mins)

Venue: RUDYARDS TEA HOUSE, High Street, Beeston    FREE ENTRY by invitation EventBrite/Facebook & email

18.20     1st showing/allocated seating

18.55     2nd showing/allocated seating

From 19.00 –     MEET AND GREET Roberto Alborghetti at

Venue:  L’OLIIVA, High Street, Beeston – Bar/bistro/Italian specialities

O/Night The Star Inn, Beeston


Saturday 11th March

10.00 – 12.00    Invitation to BEESTON residents to come and talk with Roberto, at The Star Inn, The Snug Room


For Infos: Marysia Zipser, Founder/CEO Art Culture Tourism, Beeston, Nottingham, UK, Mob:   07899 798487.









Blogger and Media Presenter Marysia Zipser (Founder of ACT Group in Beeston, Nottingham, UK) wrote an interesting article (“Art and cultural diversity”) about the artpiece I dedicated to the Victims and Martyrs of Kefalonia massacre (the canvas reproduces one of my abstract photos for “Lacer/actions” project and research). This is the link to her article posted at Linkedin Pulse Blog:



I’m so glad today to make public this video, “Seaside Town”, from “The Ghost Bus” project, with the participation of Bartons Plc and Act Group. It’s one of the two short films I created  after my visit at Bartons Plc, in the former bus depot in High Rd, Chilwell-Beeston, in Nottingham (UK). I was deeply impressed by one of the oldest buses,  the so called “Ghost Bus”, a piece of history of English public transport: a URR 865 vehicle AEC Reliance made in 1956! Simon Barton me that a vehicle-sister of the bus was documented in 1959 on a wonderful  film of a Bartons Road Cruise Holiday taken in Italy in 1959. The film is  in glorious Kodachrome colour made by professional film maker Bill Freeman.


I was stricken by the story of Bartons Buses. They were the first bus company to have continental holidays by coach and also they had heaters on their pre-war Leylands. And Bartons was the first company to provide their drivers and conductors with a uniform fit for them to go to church in… As “The Nottingham Post” stated: “ There’s only one Turbine Hall, and it’s in Tate Modern in London. But if Nottingham has an equivalent then it would have to be the former Bartons bus depot in Chilwell, where a history of labour and bare concrete and metal provide an appropriate backdrop for sprawling exhibitions such as Carnival of Monsters”.

So I began to create, processing and selectin’ hundreds of pictures I took that day (October 2014) around the old bus… Trasforming and turning pictures of ripped and decomposed publicity posters (on outdoor billboards), natural and random cracks and scratches, industrial crevices and deteriorations into “art subjects”. This is the aim (and the challenge) of my research-action (named “Lacer/actions”) which investigates, analizes and exploits the in-credible dimension of decomposition, decay, degradation and mutation of outdoor advertisings, urban structures and industrial materials, as The Ghost Bus.


My whole concept is “making art” from industrial deconstructionism, caught on camera, on macro scale. My shots actually capture the randomness of deconstructionism, letting the picture tell the story.  I catch and document the reality.  And I don’t change what I see.  There’s nothing contrived, or worked in… I love showing what I see. I always catch the flakes of paint in their true state and experience the environment while I’m shooting the pictures. Yes, I know that many people spend hours trying to create  in Photoshop, preferring to manipulate images to their preconceived ideas.  They construct what the viewer sees, whereas I prefer to allow the viewer to construct their own conclusions about the pictures.



For the first film “Epic Voyage”, which lasts 13 minutes, I choose a powerful and stately soundtrack composed and performed by Audiomachine. The flow of images are grouped into four themes (Maps, Lands, Horizons and Skies), they are illustrated by a number of citations on the ‘journey’, penned by great authors of world literature, from Kerouac to Hemingway.

The second film is 6 minutes in length and entitled “Seaside Town”. It is set to a soundtrack composed, arranged and performed by Simon, Richard, James and Tom Barton, who have participated with great enthusiasm in the project. Their soundtrack is emotive and highlights the human history of this vehicle and the hundreds of thousands of miles the bus travelled bringing pleasure to so many people.

For these short films I worked on details and particulars. Few centimeters of rusty iron surface reveal palettes of landscapes, dawns and sunsets. Or – as I’d like to say – the revolt of the skies… I think that every image may be considered a sort of a singular visual artwork.  That’s the reason why, for the “Seaside Town” film, I choose to show them in frames, while splashes of watercolors dot the background of the pics, creating a colorful kaleidoscope effect.

We made “The Ghost Bus” experience not for a commercial purpose. We did it for the joy to create, to tell and to share, building bridges of collaboration and friendship between people, Countries and the world wide web. Since the moment we started to put on line some pics, flyers, cards series and video trailers, lot of people across the world have been expressing, thinking and commenting on the Ghost Bus project. This is the power of visual and musical arts. This is the wonder of a family history, the Bartons. This is the beauty of what human beings can do through creativity and mutual cooperation.

My warmest thanks to those who made possible these dream and project: Simon Barton and his family, Richard, James and Tom, Fiona barton, Jeanie Barton, Marysia Zipser, founder of Act Group, to fellow bloggers and journalists who supported the two films premieres we had in Chilwell (March 2015) end on Mount Amiata (Piancastagnaio, Siena) in Tuscany (October 2015).  As I quoted in the Ghost Bus short film, “the road never ends…”






Yes, the road never ends for THE GHOST BUS PROJECT by Roberto Alborghetti, Marysia Zipser, Act Group, Simon Barton and Bartons Plc. The photo by Christopher Frost about the event of last MARCH 27, 2015 (premiere of the two short films) is PHOTO OF THE YEAR! Congratulations to friend and fellow journalist Christopher Frost for this great achievement which is also a great new for The GHOST BUS PROJECT and for the Team who worked hard to develop it.
Read Christopher Frost article on:


The City Daily Photo theme for January is ‘your best photo of the year’. So for my entry I’m going with this one that I took on 27th March.

It’s probably not the best photo that I’ve taken during 2015, but it’s one that has the most relevance for me for a number of reasons.

This is Barton’s ‘Ghost Bus’. An old rusted and decayed coach that was built in the 1950s and has spent the last 20 odd years in a farmers field. Only to be rescued and brought back to their garage in Chilwell.

I saw an advert for an event at Barton’s that was featuring the bus, so I went along, as I had seen it before. But in the daytime, and wondered what it would look like in the dark. The event included a screening of a short film that had been created by Italian visual artist Roberto Alborghetti, and based on close up photos that Roberto had taken of the Ghost Bus.

After the show, I got to interview Roberto for the Beestonian magazine that I write for. In fact someone else was meant to be covering the event, but couldn’t make it, so I did it instead. Serendipity I think they call it. Roberto was pleased with the article and I have been his friend ever since. I also made friends with Marysia, the organiser of the event.

To cut a long story short, this friendship resulted in Gail & I going to Tuscany in October with Marysia, her son and four other travelling companions. Besides seeing different parts of Italy, one of the aims was to get Tuscany twinned with Beeston. To help this along we met two mayors and Marysia presented them with a ‘Beeston goody bag’ which contained a copy of the Beestonian, a locally produced lace shawl, some postcard and a scale model of the Ghost Bus itself.

I’m not sure if any progress has been made with the twinning, but Gail and I both agree that we loved seeing Tuscany and plan to make many more visits to Italy.


Roberto Alborghetti and Marysia Zipser, March 27, 2015, Nottingham (UK) - Photo by Paul Boyd

Roberto Alborghetti and Marysia Zipser, March 27, 2015, Nottingham (UK) – Photo by Paul Boyd



Press Release 10TH September 2015

from ACT Group (Art-Culture-Tourism) Nottingham, UK


A beautiful visual adventure is budding from the Land of Robin Hood to the Land of Ghino di Tacco in Tuscany. From the much lauded March 27th GHOST BUS SHOW and UK short films premiere at Nottingham and its collaboration between celebrated visual artist Roberto Alborghetti, ACT Group (Art-Culture-Tourism) and Bartons plc, an exciting international abstract art gallery is travelling along the road bridging England to Italy, via an old rusty bus.  An exciting multi art, culture and tourism show that will be starting on Wednesday 21 October with the ACT Tuscany GRAND TOUR and finishing on Wednesday 28 October.

In the middle weekend of the tour, 24 & 25 October, at Mount Amiata, where the extinct volcano resides over this stunning landscape, there is taking place, at the medieval hill topped town of Piancastagnaio, a wonderful mayorial reception and tour offered to the people of Beeston, Nottingham, East Midlands and from all over England, with descending visitors from Italy and all over Europe.

On Sunday 25 October evening, in collaboration with Osa Onlus, the Comune of Piancastagnaio, his Major Luigi Vagaggini,  the highlight of the tour will be the ITALIAN short film premiere of THE GHOST BUS followed by an explosive ART FASHION & DESIGN SHOW by Roberto Alborghetti and international couturier Mitrani Yarden, fashion designer and artist. 

Mitrani Yarden, fashion designer and artist, is collaborating with Roberto Alborghetti to create an

Mitrani Yarden, fashion designer and artist, is collaborating with Roberto Alborghetti to create an “haute couture” creation based on an artwork from The Ghost Bus series; Photo: Roberto Alborghetti (HOPES project).

The huge publicity derived from this great collaboration of Italian visual artist, Beeston based art-culture-tourism group and an old rusty 1950s bus once operated by Bartons, has led to Art-Culture-Tourism “twinning talks” between Nottingham and Tuscany.  In fact Beeston with Piancastagnio, Nottingham with Siena, East Midlands region with Mount Amiata region.  And these “talks” will be progressed and ACTivated during the Tuscany GRAND TOUR.

A visual treat is in store for those booking and participating in this road and landscape adventure bringing together England and Italy. The writing is on the wall… follow the RENAISSANCE to the heart of Tuscany!

“The road never ends…only our vision does.” (A.Reddy)

Flyer by Sara Twomey


For more information:

Marysia Zipser, Founder ACT Group (Art-Culture-Tourism), Beeston, Nottingham, UK  @A_C_Tgroup   0115 8753817   Mob 07899 798487 (may not be working)


Roberto Alborghetti, visual artist, author, journalist, Bergamo, Italy    @RobAlborg


Patrizia Malomo, MD, Corymbus Tour Operator travel agency, Siena   @Andantecongusto


Useful Links:   

Social media image/poster attached – Nottingham’s Robin Hood meets Ghino di Tacco – Tuscany GRAND TOUR   NottsTV 6.30-7.00 Show 28.8.15    NottsTV  News (5 mins) 6.8.15 Beeston twinning with Tuscany  THE GHOST BUS – The Magical Night of the Short Films Premiere 27 March 2015



Fantastic photos & videos contest, closing date of 10th October and is open to anyone around the world.


THE NOTTINGHAM POST 5 AGO 2015 (362x640)


Two Countries (UK and Italy), two regions (East Midlands and Tuscany), two cities (Nottingham and Siena), two popular heroes (Robin Hood and Ghino di Tacco) and one project: “The Ghost Bus”. As already announced, after the great welcome in Beeston (last March 2015), the amazing project by Roberto Alborghetti, Bartons Plc and Act Group will land to Tuscany (24-25 October) for the Italian premiere of the short film dedicated to the old bus kept in Bartons vintage car and buses depot in Beeston. In these days, English and Italian press are dedicating great articles to this event which is goin’ to be one of the most waited in Tuscany for the next Fall season.

Thanks to Act Group, his Founder Marysia Zipser and Corymbus Tour Operator, is expected from the UK the arrival of a group of visitors who will tour  the main centers of Tuscany, from Florence to Siena,  makin’ a stop on the enchanting Monte Amiata to participate to the events promoted, for the presentation of the short film, in collaboration with Piancastagnaio Major, Luigi Vangaggini,  the Municipality and Osa Onlus and his Founder Nicola Cirocco. More details of the program will come in the next weeks.

For the occasion, Roberto Alborghetti and Mitrani Yarden, talented fashion designer and artist, will present an “haut couture” creation dedicated to one of the pictures from “The Ghost Bus”, and they will also be announcing an upcoming project dedicated to art, fashion, design and communication. The short film premiere will be also the main event of the 17 th Edition of the National School Journals and Videos Award.

In the photos (above): the articles about the Italian premiere of “The Ghost Bus” and the Act Tour in Tuscany. They were published by The Nottingham Post and Corriere di Siena.