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    Archimedes in Syracuse

    Date: 26 May 2018 - 31 December 2019

    Time: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

    Archimedes in Syracuse is an exhibition dedicated to Archimedes and presented in Syracuse between May 26, 2018, and December 31, 2019. The visitors will have the unique opportunity to get to know one of the most brilliant figures of the entire history of humanity and, thanks to the most advanced multimedia applications, to plunge into the city of Syracuse in the third century BC. Archimedes was a Greek mathematician, physicist, inventor, engineer and astronomer, who lived in Syracuse in the 3rd century BC. He is regarded as one of the leading scientists and mathematicians in antiquity. The exhibition is hosted in the former Church – and today, Gallery – of Montevergini, in a spacious environment equipped with 16 video projectors, for a 360-degree multimedia view, which leads the visitor into a real journey through time. A spectacular and philologically accurate reconstruction shows some of the symbolic buildings which made Syracuse one of the most important centers of the Mediterranean also from an artistic and cultural point of view. A series of animations designed by Lorenzo Lopane make the presence of the ancient Syracusans alive. Based on historical and archaeological sources, a suggestive narrative available in 4 languages allows you to Read more [...]

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    Matera – The European Capital of Culture 2019

    Date: 1 January 2019 - 31 December 2019

    Matera will be the European Capital of Culture in 2019, together with Plovdiv, in Bulgaria. After Genoa, the European Capital of Culture in 2004, Matera is the next Italian city to host the event, under the motto Open Future. Candidate in 2008, Matera was designated on October 17, 2014, the European Capital of Culture for 2019. It is the first city in the southern Italy to receive this recognition, obtained after entering a shortlist that included five other Italian cities: Cagliari, Lecce, Perugia, Ravenna and Siena. The opening ceremony of the event will take place on Saturday, January 19, 2019. On this occasion, more than two-thousand musicians will meet in Matera, to walk through the districts of the city. At sunset, the musicians will converge on the Sassi, each band playing its own repertoire, so that every alley will eventually be filled up with music. If you will visit Matera in 2019, don’t forget to buy the Matera Passport, which entitles you to participate in all the events of the Matera 2019 official programme. A single €19 passport will give you a complete 365-day experience including: 48 weeks of events, 800 artists and cultural operators from all over the world, Read more [...]

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    Milano Summer Festival 2019

    Date: 8 May 2019 - 31 July 2019

    Milano Summer Festival is a music festival taking place every year, usually in June and July, in Milano. The festival brings to Milan some of the best-known artists of different music genres, spanning from rock to electronic dance music, jazz, blues, heavy metal and much more. Of the artists who performed in 2018, we can mention Marilyn Manson, Carlos Santana, Martin Garrix, Iron Maiden, Alice in Chains, The Chemical Brothers, Alanis Morissette and Robert Plant.   MILANO SUMMER FESTIVAL 2019 will begin earlier than usual. The first name announced for the 2019 edition is Metallica, who will play on May 8, at the Ippodromo Snai – San Siro.

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    Biennale Arte 2019

    Date: 11 May 2019 - 24 November 2019

    The Venice International Art Exhibition, often called simply the Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia), is one of the oldest, most important and prestigious international art exhibitions in the world.   SHORT HISTORY The Venice Biennale was born in 1895, in order to stimulate the artistic activity and the art market in Venice, from the initiative of a group of Venetian intellectuals led by the mayor of the time, Riccardo Selvatico, who, with the resolution of April 19, 1893, proposed to set up a biennial national artistic exhibition. The first editions were held in the Palazzo Pro Arte, then in the Italian Pavilion, and now in the Central Pavilion, near the Giardini della Biennale, in the Castello district. As early as 1907, a number of other buildings began to rise around the Palazzo Pro Arte, the National Pavilions, created by famous architects in the style of the most diverse world architectures. In 1930, the Biennale became an independent organization dedicated mainly to the promotion of new European artistic trends. In that same year, for the first time, the Contemporary Music Exhibition was held, followed two years later, in 1932, by the most important and famous film festival in the world Read more [...]

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    Firenze Rocks 2019

    Date: 13 June 2019 - 16 June 2019

    Firenze Rocks is a rock music festival that takes place every year in the month of June at the Visarno Arena, in the Parco delle Cascine, in Florence. Placebo, Aerosmith and System of a Down were just a few of the names who attended the first edition of the festival, in 2017. In 2018, in front of over 210,000 spectators, The Kills, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, Helloween, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Ozzy Osbourne appeared on stage.   FIRENZE ROCKS 2019, the third edition of the festival, will take place between 13 and 16 June. The first name announced is the English band The Cure, who will play on Sunday, June 16, at the Visarno Arena. To date, the band sold around 27 million records and released thirteen studio albums, ten EPs and over thirty singles. The second name that appears on the festival poster is Ed Sheeran, who will play on Friday, June 14, at the same Visarno Arena. Over time, Ed Sheeran sold more than 38 million albums and 100 million singles worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world.   THE VENUE Visarno Arena is located within the Visarno Hippodrome, located in Read more [...]

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    Luminara di San Ranieri 2019

    Date: 16 June 2019

    Luminara di San Ranieri is a candlelight festival that takes place every year in Pisa, on the night of June 16, and is dedicated to San Ranieri, the patron saint of the city. On this occasion, the city lights up with thousands of candles, creating an evocative and unique effect that seems to bring the visitors back in time. Every year, approximately 100,000 candles placed on wooden frames outline the architectural forms of the palaces, bridges, churches and towers that overlook the River Arno. Later, many of the candles are placed on water, on the same river, between the Fortezza Bridge and the Citadella Bridge, creating an enchanting play of lights and reflections. Along with the Palio di San Ranieri, the Gioco del Ponte and, every four years, the Regatta of the Historical Maritime Republics, the Luminaria is part of a series of events entitled Giugno Pisano (Pisan June).   SHORT HISTORY The first historical document attesting the tradition of illuminating the city of Pisa with oil lamps dates back to 1337. Before 1688, the feast was held on several occasions. Notable are the 1539 edition, in honor of Vittoria della Rovere, Grand Duchess of Tuscany and the wife of Read more [...]

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    The Cure

    Date: 16 June 2019

    Time: 4:00 pm to 12:00 am

    The English band The Cure will play on Sunday, June 16, at the Visarno Arena, in the Parco delle Cascine, in Florence, as part of the Firenze Rocks Festival 2019. The Cure are a rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. Their debut album, Three Imaginary Boys, was released in 1979. Between 1980 and 2008, the band released another 12 studio albums: Seventeen Seconds (1980), Faith (1981), Pornography (1982), The Top (1984), The Head on the Door (1985), Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (1987), Disintegration (1989), Wish (1992), Wild Mood Swings (1996), Bloodflowers (2000), The Cure (2004) and 4:13 Dream (2008). During the years, songs such as Let’s Go to Bed (1982), Just Like Heaven (1987), Lovesong (1989) and Friday I’m in Love (1992) aided the band in receiving commercial popularity. To date, the band sold around 27 million records and released thirteen studio albums, ten EPs and over thirty singles.   THE FESTIVAL With The Cure, Firenze Rocks 2019 unveils its first headliner and warms the engines for what will be an edition full of surprises and novelties, which will make all lovers of rock music happy. From 13 to 16 June 2019, at the Visarno Read more [...]

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    Palio di San Ranieri 2019

    Date: 17 June 2019

    Time: 12:00 am to 12:00 am

    Palio di San Ranieri (Regatta of Saint Ranieri) is a historical reenactment event held every year in Pisa on the date of June 17, the day when the city celebrates its patron saint, San Ranieri. Along with the Luminaria, the Gioco del Ponte and, every four years, the Regatta of the Historical Maritime Republics, the Palio di San Ranieri is part of a series of events entitled Giugno Pisano (Pisan June). The regatta, preceded by a historical parade on the streets of the historical center of Pisa, is disputed among 4 crews representing the 4 historical districts of the city, two representing Tramontana and two of Mezzogiorno – San Francesco (yellow boat), San Martino (red boat), Santa Maria (blue boat) and Sant’Antonio (green boat). Each crew consists of eight rowers, a helmsman and a montatore. The montatore is responsible for the most spectacular part of the race – he must climb a ten meter high flagpole, placed at the finish, on a floating platform, to capture the palio (the flag). The boats recall the typical frigates of the Medicean Order of the Saint Stephen’s Knights. The race starts from the Railway Bridge and takes place over a distance of 1,500 Read more [...]

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    Phil Collins – Still Not Dead Yet Tour 2019

    Date: 17 June 2019

    Time: 8:30 pm to 12:00 am

    The English singer Phil Collins will perform on Monday, June 17, 2019, at the Mediolanum Forum, in Assago, part of the Metropolitan City of Milan.   THE ARTIST Phil Collins is known for his solo career, but also as the drummer and singer of the rock band Genesis. He pursued a music career, joining Genesis in 1970 as their drummer and becoming the lead singer of the band in 1975, following the departure of Peter Gabriel. In the 1980s, he began a solo career, releasing a series of albums: Face Value (1981), No Jacket Required (1985), and …But Seriously (1989). In 1996, Collins left Genesis to focus on his solo career. In 1999, he received an Oscar for Best Original Song for You’ll Be in My Heart, which was included on the soundtrack of Disney’s Tarzan. With eight studio albums sold in about 33.5 million copies in the US and over 150 million worldwide, he is one of the world’s best-selling artists. He won eight Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, one Academy Award and a Disney Legend Award. Following a five-year retirement to focus on his family life, Collins began in June 2017 his Still Not Read more [...]

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    Giostra del Saracino – Giostra di San Donato 2019

    Date: 22 June 2019

    Giostra del Saracino (Saracen Joust) is one of the most important medieval festivals in Italy, held twice a year in Piazza Grande, in Arezzo. In the penultimate Saturday in June, during the evening, is held the Giostra di San Donato, dedicated to San Donato, the patron saint of Arezzo, and in the first Sunday of September, during the day, is held the Giostra della Madonna del Conforto, dedicated to Our Lady of Comfort, protector of the city. The Saracen Joust is a competition between the four Quarters of the city: the Porta Crucifera District, the Porta del Foro District, the Porta Sant’Andrea District and the Porta Santo Spirito District. The competition consists of hitting a target held by the Buratto, a revolving armor-plated dummy who personifies the King of the Indies. The participants, two of each team, eight in total, gallop their horses towards the Buratto, trying to hit the target with a lance. The couple of knights with the highest score win the competition. The Joust is preceded by a procession of 350 costumed people and 27 horses parading along the historical center of Arezzo, ending in Piazza Grande, where the tournament take place.   GIOSTRA DI SAN DONATO Read more [...]

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    Fruottula 2019

    Date: 22 June 2019

    Time: 5:00 pm to 12:00 am

    Fruottula is one of the oldest popular traditions in Cefalù, a profane procession that takes place every year on the Saturday before the Feast of Corpus Christi (Corpus Domini). Fruottula, which is also called The Feast of Bread, was, in ancient times, an integral part of the Feast of Corpus Domini. On that occasion, the peasants wore a suit that distinguished them, women with black dresses and white gloves, and men with shirts and black bowler hats. In the Sicilian vocabulary, the word fruottula is a term that indicates a poem composed to be put on music. In particular, in Cefalù, fruottula has always indicated a sang poem consisting of three verses. This composition, sung by a soloist or a choir, sometimes treated profane themes, often satirical and irreverent, but in almost all cases carried out religious themes, telling the lives of the saints or exalting the glory of the Lord. In Sicily, the fruottula was performed on the parade and found a place in religious processions, even in those dedicated to the city’s Patron, as we find in Cefalù for the Festa di SS. Salvatore, in Palermo for Festa di Santa Rosalia or in Catania for Festa di Sant’Agata. Read more [...]

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    Bologna Sonic Park 2019

    Date: 27 June 2019 - 20 July 2019

    Bologna Sonic Park is a rock music festival which will take place for the first time in 2019, between June 27 and July 20, at the Arena Parco Nord, in Bologna. So far, the lineup of the first edition of the festival gathers the following artists: Thursday, June 27: the American heavy metal band Slipknot, the Swedish death metal band Amon Amarth, the American thrash metal band Testament, the American heavy metal band Trivium, the Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil and the Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie. Friday, June 28: the Italian rapper Salmo. Saturday, June 29: the Italian rapper J-Ax and his former group Articolo 31. Friday, July 5: the British rock band Skunk Anansie. Sunday, July 7: the American rock band Weezer. Wednesday, July 10: the American rock band Greta Van Fleet. Friday, July 19: the English rock band Bring Me the Horizon. Saturday, July 20: the tribute band The Australian Pink Floyd Show.   THE VENUE Arena Parco Nord is a natural amphitheatre located in Bologna, used primarily for open-air concerts. The amphitheatre has served as the venue for the Independent Days Festival since 1999. The closest bus station is Parco Nord, located about 80 meters Read more [...]

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    Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind World Tour 2019

    Date: 27 June 2019

    Time: 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

    The American heavy metal band Slipknot will perform on Thursday, June 27, 2019, starting with 1.30 pm, at the Arena Parco Nord, in Bologna, on the stage of the Bologna Sonic Park Festival.   THE BAND The band was founded in 1995, in Des Moines, Iowa, by the percussionist Shawn Crahan, drummer Joey Jordison and bassist Paul Gray. Following the release of their eponymous debut album in 1999, the band rapidly rose to success. The second album, Iowa, released in 2001, made the band more popular. Slipknot released Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) in 2004, and All Hope Is Gone in 2008. After a long hiatus, Slipknot released its fifth studio album in 2014, .5: The Gray Chapter. In 2019, the band will release their sixth studio album, followed by a world tour entitled We Are Not Your Kind.   THE FESTIVAL Bologna Sonic Park is a rock festival which will take place for the first time in 2019, in June and July, in the Parco Nord area, in Bologna. Besides Slipknot, the lineup of the festival includes names like Amon Amarth, Testament, Skunk Anansie, Weezer, Greta Van Fleet and Bring Me the Horizon.   THE VENUE Arena Parco Nord Read more [...]

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    Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi 2019

    Date: 28 June 2019 - 14 July 2019

    Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of the Two Worlds) is a renowned international event of music, art and culture held every year in Spoleto, since 1958. Over time, many famous artists attended the festival. Of these, we can mention the name of the Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti, the American playwright Tennessee Williams, the Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, the film director Roman Polanski, the Spanish ballet dancer Joaquín Cortés, the composer Nino Rota, the Italian director Luchino Visconti and the American poet Ezra Pound.   SHORT HISTORY The festival was created by the composer Gian Carlo Menotti in 1958. He chose Spoleto due to the beautiful historical center of the town, for the presence of the two theatres, Teatro Nuovo and Teatro Caio Melisso, and for the Piazza del Duomo, a beautiful open-air theatre suitable for an event of this magnitude. In 1962, one of the first major events of the festival took place, the exhibition Sculpture in the city. After the festival, some of the works were donated to the town, including the Theodelapio made by Alexander Calder. Starting with the mid-nineties and until 2007, the artistic director of the festival was the adopted son of Gian Carlo Read more [...]

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    Take That – Greatest Hits Live Tour 2019

    Date: 28 June 2019

    Time: 9:30 pm to 12:00 am

    The English pop group Take That will perform on Friday, June 28, 2019, in Piazza Napoleone, in Lucca, as part of the Lucca Summer Festival 2019.   THE BAND Take That was formed in Manchester in 1990. The original line-up consisted of five members: Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Jason Orange. Barlow acted as the group’s lead singer and main songwriter, with Owen and Williams providing backing vocals and Donald and Orange serving primarily as dancers. The group had 28 top 40 singles and 17 top 5 singles in the United Kingdom, 12 of which have reached number one, as well as having seven number one albums. They have received eight Brit Awards, winning awards for Best British Group and Best British Live Act. Robbie Williams left the band in 1995, while the four remaining members completed their world tour and released a final single before splitting up in 1996. After filming a 2005 documentary about the group and releasing a new greatest hits album, Take That without Williams officially announced a 2006 reunion tour around the UK. Their fourth studio album, Beautiful World, was released in 2006 and was followed up by The Circus, in Read more [...]

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    Gioco del Ponte 2019

    Date: 29 June 2019

    Gioco del Ponte (Battle of the Bridge) is a historical reenactment event held every year in Pisa, on the last Saturday of June. Along with the Luminaria, the Palio di San Ranieri and, every four years, the Regatta of the Historical Maritime Republics, the Gioco del Ponte is part of a series of events entitled Giugno Pisano (Pisan June). The Battle of the Bridge is held on the beautiful bridge Ponte di Mezzo, between two teams dressed in elaborate 16th century costumes – one representing Mezzogiorno, the districts of Pisa south of the River Arno, and the other representing Tramontana, the districts north of the Arno. The event has five stages: the march of the troops along the riverbanks of the Arno River, the formal opening of the battle, the call to arms, the challenges made by ambassadors, and finally, the battle itself. In the contemporary version, the game consists in the pushing of an iron cart along a specially mounted track on the Ponte di Mezzo, aiming to conquer the enemy’s side of the bridge.   SHORT HISTORY Gioco del Ponte has its roots in an ancient violent game called Mazzascudo, held on the day of Sant’Antonio Abate, on Read more [...]

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    Lucca Summer Festival 2019

    Date: 1 July 2019 - 31 July 2019

    Lucca Summer Festival is one of the most important music festivals in Italy, held every year in Lucca, usually during the month of July, since 1998. The concerts are usually held within the historic walls of Lucca, in Piazza Napoleone, Piazza San Martino or Piazza dell’Anfiteatro. Sometimes, when the audience is very large, it is preferred to use the Porta Elisa soccer stadium in Lucca or the Pini stadium in Viareggio. Over time, important bands and artists have attended the festival, such as David Bowie, Bob Dylan, James Brown, Mark Knopfler, Jamiroquai, Seal, Zucchero, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Anastacia, Giorgia, Green Day, Ennio Morricone and the Rolling Stones. On 5 July 2009, the Dave Matthews Band held a concert of over three and a half hours, the longest performance of their career. On 23 September 2017, was held the historic Rolling Stones concert, the only Italian date of the No Filter European tour, which established the attendance record for this event, of about 55,000 people. On this occasion, the stage was built alongside the City Walls, precisely in the former Balilla field.   The 2019 edition of the LUCCA SUMMER FESTIVAL will start on June 28, with a Read more [...]

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    Festa della Madonna della Bruna 2019

    Date: 2 July 2019

    Festa della Madonna della Bruna, commonly known as Festa della Bruna, is a religious feast held every year since 1389, on July 2, in Matera, in honor of the patron saint of the city, Madonna della Bruna.   SHORT HISTORY The origins of the festival are not very clear. The custom, handed down from one generation to the next, has been enriched over time by innumerable variations. The legends tells that a farmer, in his way to Matera, took a young lady in his cart. Near the town, she got out of the cart and asked the peasant to tell the Bishop that she was the mother of Christ. When he heard that, the Bishop, along with the clergy and the townspeople, rushed to welcome the Virgin, but they found a statue in her place. The statue of the Madonna was brought to the city on a decorated triumphal chariot. Today, the statue of the Madonna is located in the transept of the Matera Cathedral. Until the 16th century, the feast was characterized mainly by a procession that took place at dawn, called the Procession of the Shepherds (Processione dei Pastori), in which the shepherds, early in the morning, wandered along Read more [...]

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    Palio di Siena – Palio di Provenzano 2019

    Date: 2 July 2019

    Palio di Siena is a horce race held twice a year in Siena, on July 2, known as Palio di Provenzano, dedicated to the Madonna of Provenzano, and on August 16, under the title Palio dell’Assunta, in honor of the Assumption of Virgin Mary. Palio di Siena is an equestrian competition between the 17 contrade (districts) of the city, held in the beautiful Piazza del Campo. The race is preceded by the Corteo Storico, a parade of about 700 people dressed in medieval costumes.   SHORT HISTORY Horse races in Siena were held since the 13th century, when the Palio was the closing event of the annual festival dedicated to the patron saint of the town, the Virgin Mary of the Assumption. Initially, there were many contrade, but after the plague of 1347, their number was reduced to 42. A contrada was named after a street, a church or after an illustrious family residing on its territory. In 1605, the Captain Sigismondo Santi and the Cavalier Fortunio Martini made a proposal to the Municipality of Siena, to held the competition in Piazza del Campo. As a result, at the beginning of the 17th century, the Palio was relocated in the Read more [...]

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    KISS – The End of the Road World Tour 2019

    Date: 2 July 2019

    Time: 7:30 pm to 12:00 am

    The American rock band KISS will perform on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in Milan, at the Ippodromo Snai – San Siro, as part of their The End of the Road World Tour 2019. The concert is included in the Milano Summer Festival 2019.   THE BAND KISS was formed in 1973 in New York City by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley. The band, known for its members’ face paint and stage outfits, rose to prominence in the second half of the 1970s. Over time, the band has gone through several lineup changes, with Stanley and Simmons the only remaining original members. Today, besides the two original members, the band includes Singer and Tommy Thayer. With over 100 million records sold worldwide, KISS is one of the best-selling bands of all time. In 2014, the four original members of KISS were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In September 2018, KISS announced that they will embark on their final tour, The End of the Road, in 2019.   THE FESTIVAL Milano Summer Festival is a music festival taking place every year, usually in June and July, in Milan. The festival brings to Milan some Read more [...]

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    Skunk Anansie – 25LIVE@25 Tour 2019

    Date: 5 July 2019

    Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    The British rock band Skunk Anansie will perform on Friday, July 5, 2019, at the Arena Parco Nord, in Bologna, as part of their 25LIVE@25 tour.   THE BAND Skunk Anansie was formed in 1994 and is composed of Skin (lead vocals, guitar), Cass (guitar, bass), Ace (guitar) and Mark Richardson (drums). Over their 25-year-long career, the band released six studio albums: Paranoid & Sunburnt in 1995, Stoosh in 1996, Post Orgasmic Chill in 1999, Wonderlustre in 2010, Black Traffic in 2012 and Anarchytecture in 2016. They also released a compilation album, Smashes and Trashes in 2009, and several hit singles, including Hedonism, Brazen (Weep) and Weak. In 2019, Skunk Anansie will return to Italy for a tour celebrating 25 years of activity. Besides Bologna, where they are headliners for the Bologna Sonic Park Festival, the band will also perform in Nichelino, Milan and Rome.   THE FESTIVAL Bologna Sonic Park 2019 is the first edition of a rock festival which will take place in Bologna, in the Parco Nord area. Besides Skunk Anansie, the lineup of the festival includes names like Slipknot, Amon Amarth, Testament, Weezer, Greta Van Fleet and Bring Me the Horizon.   THE VENUE Arena Parco Read more [...]

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    Toto – 40 Trips Around The Sun Tour 2019

    Date: 5 July 2019

    Time: 9:30 pm to 12:00 am

    The American rock band Toto will perform at the Lucca Summer Festival, in Piazza Napoleone, in Lucca, on Friday, July 5, 2019, as part of their 40 Trips Around The Sun tour.   THE BAND Toto was formed in 1976, in Los Angeles, and the band is known for a combination of musical styles, with elements of pop, rock, soul, funk, progressive rock, hard rock, R&B, blues and jazz. The band enjoyed commercial success in the late 1970s and 1980s, beginning with the band’s debut album released in 1978, Toto. With the release of their fourth album, Toto IV, in 1982, the band became one of the best-selling music groups of their era. Toto is widely known for hits like Hold the Line, Rosanna and Africa. To date, the band released 17 studio albums and sold over 40 million records worldwide. The group received several Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2009. Toto released their Greatest Hits album, titled 40 Trips Around the Sun, on February 9, 2018. The same year, they embarked on a world tour promoting the album and celebrating 40 years of playing music. Their 40 Trips Around The Sun tour Read more [...]

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    Weezer – Black Album Tour 2019

    Date: 7 July 2019

    Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    The American rock band Weezer will perform on Sunday, July 7, 2019, at the Bologna Sonic Park Festival, in Bologna.   THE BAND Weezer was formed in 1992, in Los Angeles. The band consists of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar and keyboards), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian Bell (guitar, keyboards) and Scott Shriner (bass). In 1994, Weezer released their debut self-titled album, also known as the Blue Album. Their second album, Pinkerton, released in 1996, was a commercial failure, but achieved cult status and critical acclaim later. In 2001, Weezer returned with another self-titled album, also known as the Green Album. Their fourth album, Maladroit was released in 2002, and their fifth album, Make Believe, in 2005. In 2008, Weezer released a third self-titled album, also known as the Red Album. Raditude was released in 2009 and Hurley in 2010. The band’s ninth album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End appeared in 2014 and the band’s fourth self-titled album, also known as the White Album, in 2016. Their eleventh album, Pacific Daydream, was released in 2017. The band released a fifth self-titled album on January, 2019, which features only cover songs. Their sixth self-titled album is scheduled for March, Read more [...]

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    Elton John – Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour 2019

    Date: 7 July 2019

    Time: 9:30 pm to 12:00 am

    Elton John will perform at the Lucca Summer Festival 2019, in the main square of the city, Piazza Napoleone, on Sunday, July 7, 2019, as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. In 2019, it will be the sixth time Elton John will sing within the famous City Walls of Lucca. The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour started on September 8th in the USA, and it will consist of more than 300 shows across the 5 continents (North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia), before reaching its conclusion in 2021. This is the last tour of the superstar, the end of half a century on the road for one of the most enduring pop performers in the world. The setting of Elton’s new stage will take his fans on a visual musical journey through a 50-year career of hits.   THE ARTIST The results achieved by Elton John in his career are unprecedented. Elton is one of the most successful solo artists of all time, with 38 gold records and 31 platinum and multi-platinum albums, more than 50 tracks in the Top 40 and with more than 300 million records sold worldwide. He holds the record for the Read more [...]

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    Macklemore – Gemini Tour 2019

    Date: 9 July 2019

    Time: 9:30 pm to 12:00 am

    The American rapper Macklemore will perform on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in the Napoleone Square, in Lucca, as part of the Lucca Summer Festival 2019.   THE ARTIST Benjamin Hammond Haggerty, known by the stage name Macklemore, is an American rapper from Seattle, who since 2000 has independently released two mixtapes and two studio albums. In 2000, Haggerty recorded a mixtape titled Open Your Eyes under the name Professor Macklemore. Later, Haggerty dropped Professor from his name and began working on his first official album, called The Language of My World, which was released on January 1, 2005. Macklemore’s second mixtape, The Unplanned Mixtape, was released on September 7, 2009. In the same year, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis formalized their collaboration as a duo. They released the EP The VS. EP. Their album The Heist was released in October 2012, selling over 78,000 copies. On February 26, 2016, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis released their second album entitled This Unruly Mess I’ve Made. On June 15, 2017, Macklemore announced via Instagram that the duo were on hiatus. Macklemore released his solo studio album Gemini on September 22, 2017.   THE FESTIVAL In 2019, Lucca Summer Festival, one of the most important Read more [...]

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    Tears for Fears – Rule the World Tour 2019

    Date: 10 July 2019

    Time: 9:30 pm to 12:00 am

    The English pop rock band Tears for Fears will perform on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, starting with 9.30 pm, at the Lucca Summer Festival 2019, in Piazza Napoleone, in Lucca, as part of their Rule the World tour.   THE BAND Tears for Fears was formed in Bath, England, in 1981, by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. To date, Tears for Fears sold over 30 million albums worldwide. The band released its first album, The Hurting, in 1983, and the second album, Song from the Big Chair, in 1985. After the release of their third album, The Seeds of Love, in 1991, the band broke up. In 2000, the band reunited and, in 2004, it released a new album, Everybody Loves a Happy Ending. Since 2013, the band is working on a new album. On 10 November 2017, the band released a new 16-track compilation album entitled Rule The World – The Greatest Hits. The compilation includes 14 Top 40 hits from all six previous Tears For Fears albums, along with two new tracks.   THE FESTIVAL Lucca Summer Festival is a music festival held every year in Lucca since 1998, during the month of July. The concerts are usually Read more [...]

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    Aphex Twin – Collapse Tour 2019

    Date: 12 July 2019

    The British musician Richard D. James, best known by his stage name Aphex Twin, will perform on Friday, July 12, 2019, in the first day of the Home Venice Festival 2019, in San Giuliano Park, in Mestre, part of the Metropolitan City of Venice.   THE ARTIST Aphex Twin is one of the most acclaimed figures in contemporary electronic music, best known for his techno songs released in the 1990s. He began releasing techno records in the early 1990s under the aliases AFX and Polygon Window. His 1992 debut album entitled Selected Ambient Works 85–92 received widespread acclaim. In 1993, he signed to UK electronic label Warp, and rose to mainstream popularity in the following years with albums like Selected Ambient Works Volume II (1994), …I Care Because You Do (1995), Richard D. James Album (1996) and singles like Come to Daddy (1997) and Windowlicker (1999). After releasing his album Drukqs in 2001, Richard D. James disappeared for a while as Aphex Twin, but continued to issue music under other names. He returned as Aphex Twin in 2014 with the album Syro, which won a Grammy Award.   THE FESTIVAL The Home Festival is a music festival held between 2010 Read more [...]

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    Home Venice Festival 2019

    Date: 12 July 2019 - 14 July 2019

    Home Venice Festival 2019 will take place between 12 and 14 July 2019, in Parco San Giuliano, in Mestre. After 9 years in Treviso, the music festival celebrates its tenth anniversary in the beautiful city of Venice.   THE FESTIVAL The Home Festival is a music festival which, since 2010, it was held every year in Treviso on the first weekend of September. For the 2019 edition, the festival is relocated in the San Giuliano Park, in Mestre, Venice. The festival offers various genres of music, from hard rock to electronic music, from jazz to hip-hop, and is inspired by major international festivals such as Sziget, Primavera Sound and Coachella.   THE LINEUP The names announced so far for this year’s edition of the Home Venice Festival are: July 12: Aphex Twin, Editors, The Vaccines, Jon Hopkins, Rival Sons, Alborosie, Canova, Mellow Mood, Spiller, Furio; July 13: Paul Kalkbrenner, LP, Pusha-T, Modeselektor, Adam Bayer, Gazzelle, Noyz Narcos, Franco126, Tedua; July 14: Young Thug, Mura Masa, Boomdabash, Gue Pequeno, Anastasio, Elettra Lamborghini.   THE VENUE The San Giuliano Park is a large urban park located on the mainland of Venice, in Mestre. The park overlooks the Venetian Lagoon, near the end Read more [...]

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    Muse – Simulation Theory World Tour 2019 - 12 July 2019

    Date: 12 July 2019 - 13 July 2019

    Time: 8:45 pm to 11:45 pm

    The English band Muse will perform on Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13, 2019, at the Meazza Stadium, in Milan, as part of their Simulation Theory World tour.   THE BAND Muse was formed in 1994 and consists of Matt Bellamy, the lead vocalist, Chris Wolstenholme, at bass guitar, and Dominic Howard, at drums. Muse released their debut album, Showbiz, in 1999, followed by Origin of Symmetry, in 2001, Absolution, in 2003, Black Holes and Revelations, in 2006, The Resistance, in 2009, and The 2nd Law, in 2012. Their seventh album, Drones, was released in 2015, and their last album to date, Simulation Theory, was released in 2018. Over time, Muse won numerous awards, including two Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards, five MTV Europe Music Awards and eight NME Awards. In 2012, they received the Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. To date, the band sold over 20 million albums worldwide.   THE VENUE The Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, commonly known as San Siro, is a football stadium in Milan, the home of AC Milan and Internazionale. The stadium has a seating capacity of 80,018, making it one of the largest Read more [...]

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    Palio di San Paolino 2019

    Date: 12 July 2019

    Time: 9:30 pm to 12:00 am

    Palio di San Paolino is a historical reenactment event dedicated to San Paolino, the patron saint of Lucca, held every year on the 12th of July, in the main square of the town, Piazza San Martino.   SHORT HISTORY In 1169, during the war with Pisa, the government of Lucca, concerned about the constant assaults from the neighboring town, asked the old ally Genoa for help. To strengthen the defence of Lucca, Genoa sent a certain number of crossbowmen. In a relatively short time, the Lucca soldiers became experts in handling the crossbow. In the 14th century, Castruccio Castracani delli Antelminelli, Lord of Lucca, introduced a prize to reward the strongest crossbowmen of the city. From that moment, the Palio of San Paolino will be held regularly on the occasion of the main festivities of the city. The rules of the Palio were established by a document named ordo pro balistari, dated June 26, 1443, preserved today in the State Archive of Lucca. The document is the oldest regulation for an archery competition in Europe. On October 10th, 1970, a group of people wishing to rediscover the ancient tradition of crossbowing, formed the Compagnia Balestrieri Lucca. Today, the Palio of Read more [...]

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    Modeselektor – Modeselektion 4 2019

    Date: 13 July 2019

    The German duo Modeselektor will perform on Saturday, July, 2019, at the Home Venice Festival 2019, in Parco San Giuliano, in Mestre.   THE ARTISTS Modeselektor is a German electronic music group formed in 1996, consisting of Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary. Their first studio album, Hello Mom!, was released in 2005, followed by Happy Birthday!, in 2007, and Monkeytown, in 2011. They also released three albums under the name Moderat, a musical collaboration between Modeselektor and Apparat, and four compilations, between 2010 and 2018, under the tile Modeselektion.   THE FESTIVAL The Home Festival is a music festival held since 2010 in Treviso, on the first weekend of September, and relocated to the San Giuliano Park, in Mestre, Venice, for its 10th edition. The festival offers various genres of music, from hard rock to electronic music, from jazz to hip-hop, and is inspired by major international festivals such as Sziget, Primavera Sound and Coachella.   THE VENUE Parco San Giuliano is a large urban park located on the mainland of Venice, in Mestre. The park overlooks the Venetian Lagoon, near the Ponte della Libertà, not far from the Marco Polo International Airport. The closest bus stop is Orlanda San Read more [...]

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    LP – Heart to Mouth Tour 2019

    Date: 13 July 2019

    The American singer Laura Pergolizzi, better known as LP, will perform on Saturday, July 13, 2019, on the main stage of the Home Venice Festival 2019, a festival that will take place in San Giuliano Park, in Mestre, Venice.   THE ARTIST Between 2001 and 2018, LP released 5 studio albums. Her debut album, Heart-Shaped Scar, was released in 2001 through Koch Records. LP’s second album, Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol, was released in June 2004, but in spite of positive reviews from critics, the album failed to gain widespread recognition. In 2009, LP started writing songs for other artists, including Cher, Rihanna, Backstreet Boys, Leona Lewis, Mylène Farmer and Christina Aguilera. LP’s third album, Forever for Now, was released ten years after her second album, in 2014. Her fourth studio album, Lost on You, was released in 2016. Her biggest hit to date, the track Lost On You, went platinum in Russia, Poland, Greece, Switzerland, Italy, France and more. Her fifth album, Heart to Mouth, was released on December 7, 2018. She also started a tour to promote this album.   THE FESTIVAL Home Festival is a music festival held for 9 years in Treviso, starting with 2010, and relocated Read more [...]

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    Paul Kalkbrenner – Parts of Life Tour 2019

    Date: 13 July 2019

    The German electronic music producer Paul Kalkbrenner will perform on Saturday, July 13, 2019, on the stage of the Home Venice Festival 2019, in Parco San Giuliano, in Mestre, part of the Metropolitan City of Venice.   THE ARTIST His first tracks were released in 1999 on BPitch Control, the record label established by Ellen Allien in Berlin. A series of singles and two albums – Superimpose and Zeit, both in 2001, followed. Paul’s third album – Self, released in 2004, would mark the beginning of a new era. His most musical and mature album to date, offered a first glimpse of what was yet to come. The track Gebrünn Gebrünn, released one year later, became a crossover hit and cemented Paul’s status as an electronic music producer. In 2006, the German director Hannes Stöhr decided to get in contact with Kalkbrenner. His idea was to produce a film about a DJ, and Paul would compose the soundtrack. Later, the two agreed that Paul would also have the lead role in the film, entitled Berlin Calling. The soundtrack contained a song – Sky and Sand, which later sold over 200,000 copies, went platinum, and became his most known single to Read more [...]

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    Muse – Simulation Theory World Tour 2019 - 13 July 2019

    Date: 13 July 2019 - 14 July 2019

    Time: 8:45 pm to 11:45 pm

    The English band Muse will perform on Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13, 2019, at the Meazza Stadium, in Milan, as part of their Simulation Theory World tour.   THE BAND Muse was formed in 1994 and consists of Matt Bellamy, the lead vocalist, Chris Wolstenholme, at bass guitar, and Dominic Howard, at drums. Muse released their debut album, Showbiz, in 1999, followed by Origin of Symmetry, in 2001, Absolution, in 2003, Black Holes and Revelations, in 2006, The Resistance, in 2009, and The 2nd Law, in 2012. Their seventh album, Drones, was released in 2015, and their last album to date, Simulation Theory, was released in 2018. Over time, Muse won numerous awards, including two Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards, five MTV Europe Music Awards and eight NME Awards. In 2012, they received the Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. To date, the band sold over 20 million albums worldwide.   THE VENUE The Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, commonly known as San Siro, is a football stadium in Milan, the home of AC Milan and Internazionale. The stadium has a seating capacity of 80,018, making it one of the largest Read more [...]

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    Mark Knopfler – Down The Road Wherever Tour 2019

    Date: 13 July 2019

    Time: 9:00 pm to 12:00 am

    The British guitarist Mark Knopfler will perform at the Lucca Summer Festival 2019, on Saturday, July 13, in Piazza Napoleone, in Lucca, as part of his Down The Road Wherever tour.   THE ARTIST Mark Knopfler was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and lived there until he was 8 years old, after which his family moved to Newcastle upon Tyne, in England. He was the lead guitarist, lead singer and songwriter of the rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded with his younger brother, David Knopfler, in 1977. After Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Mark Knopfler recorded and produced eight solo albums and many hit songs. As a solo artist, Knopfler recorded and performed with many prominent musicians, such as B.B. King, Chet Atkins, Chris Botti, John Anderson, the Chieftains, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Bryan Ferry, George Jones, Phil Lynott, Donal Lunny, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Sting, Emmylou Harris and James Taylor. He also produced albums for Tina Turner, Bob Dylan and Randy Newman. Knopfler was ranked 27th on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He, along with Dire Straits, sold over 120 million records to date. Knopfler won four Grammy Awards, an Edison Award, Read more [...]

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    Festa di Santa Rosalia 2019

    Date: 14 July 2019 - 15 July 2019

    Festa di Santa Rosalia (Feast of Saint Rosalia) is one of the most important religious events in Sicily, held every year in the first half of July, in Palermo. The feast is dedicated to Saint Rosalia, also called La Santuzza (Little Saint), the patron saint of the city, and it commemorates the miraculous appearances of the Saint from 1624, when Palermo was hit by plague.   SHORT HISTORY In 1624, the Viceroy of Sicily, Emanuel Filibert of Savoy, who resided in the city, brought to the port of Palermo a ship from Tunis, containing many gifts. Muhammad Calavà, the captain of the ship, and some of the crew, were suspected of being sick. Shortly after, the disease, carried by rats, spread rapidly all over the city. A 47-year-old woman, Girolama La Gattuta, suffering of strong fever at the Hospital of Palermo, had an angel vision. The angel told her to go to Monte Pellegrino and pray. Three days later, Girolama miraculously recovered, without going to Mount Pellegrino, but she fell ill again on May 7, 1624, when the plague hit the city. A few days later, Girolama climbed the Mount Pellegrino, drank some clear water that dripped from the walls Read more [...]

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    Festa del Redentore 2019

    Date: 20 July 2019 - 21 July 2019

    Festa del Redentore (Feast of the Redeemer) is one of the most beloved Venetian celebrations, held every year in Venice, in the third weekend of July. At first, Festa del Redentore was a purely religious feast, but, over time, profane elements found their place alongside religious manifestations, and today the event includes a party, a regatta and one of the most impressive firework display in the world.   SHORT HISTORY Between 1575 and 1577, Venice was hit by a merciless plague that killed about one-third of the city’s population. Due to the precarious conditions in which the people were living and to a high population density, the disease spread rapidly and was difficult to control. In 1576, the Venetian Senate decided to build a church dedicated to Jesus the Redeemer (Il Redentore), hoping to get rid of the disease. A year later, in July, the city was declared cured, and the Venetians initiated a new celebration called Festa del Redentore. Today, the feast takes place in the third weekend of July and, on this occasion, a bridge is built across the Giudecca Canal, between Zattere and the Giudecca Island, that people cross in a short pilgrimage to the church built Read more [...]

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    Festa di Santa Margherita d’Antiochia 2019

    Date: 20 July 2019

    Festa di Santa Margherita d’Antiochia is a religious celebration held every year on July 20, in Vernazza, dedicated to the patron saint of the town, Santa Margherita d’Antiochia. Margherita was a Christian girl who have been martyred in the year 304. She is venerated as a saint by the Catholic Church and by the Orthodox Church, who consider her to be the patron saint of pregnant women.   FESTA DI SANTA MARGHERITA D’ANTIOCHIA 2019 will be held on July 20. On this occasion, throughout the day, on the main street of the town leading to the Piazza Guglielmo Marconi and the small marina, there will be stalls offering local specialities. In the evening, a nocturnal procession with crucifixes will start from the Church of Santa Margherita. The feast will end with a fireworks display.

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    Muse – Simulation Theory World Tour 2019

    Date: 20 July 2019

    Time: 9:00 pm to 12:00 am

    Muse will perform on Saturday, July 20, 2019, starting with 9.00 pm, at the Stadio Olimpico, in Rome, as part of their Simulation Theory World tour.   THE BAND Muse is an English band formed in 1994, consisting of Matt Bellamy, the lead vocalist, Chris Wolstenholme, at bass guitar, and Dominic Howard, at drums. Muse released their debut album, Showbiz, in 1999. Their second album, Origin of Symmetry, was released in 2001, followed by Absolution, in 2003, Black Holes and Revelations, in 2006, The Resistance, in 2009, The 2nd Law, in 2012, and Drones, in 2015. Their eight album, Simulation Theory, was released in 2018. Over time, Muse won two Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards, five MTV Europe Music Awards and eight NME Awards. In 2012, they received the Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. To date, the band sold over 20 million albums worldwide.   THE VENUE The Stadio Olimpico is the main stadium of Rome, located within the Foro Italico sports complex, northwest of the city. The Stadio Olimpico is the home stadium of Lazio and AS Roma football clubs. The closest Metro station is Lepanto, on the Metro Read more [...]

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    Scorpions – Crazy World Tour 2019

    Date: 27 July 2019

    Time: 9:30 pm to 12:00 am

    The German rock band Scorpions will perform in Piazza Napoleone, the main square of Lucca, on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at the Lucca Summer Festival 2019, as part of their Crazy World tour.   THE BAND Scorpions was formed in 1965, in Hanover, by Rudolf Schenker. The lineup of the band from 1978 to 1992 was the most successful, and included Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker, Matthias Jabs, Francis Buchholz and Herman Rarebell. During the 1970s, the music of the Scorpions was defined as hard rock, and after 1978, the band changed its sound towards heavy metal. Their 11th studio album, Crazy World, released in 1990, included the song Wind of Change, a symbolic anthem of the political changes in Eastern Europe, becoming one of the best-selling singles in the world, with over 14 million copies sold. To date, Scorpions sold over 110 million records in total. They have released 18 studio albums, 27 compilation albums and 74 singles. In 2015, the band celebrated its 50th anniversary.   THE FESTIVAL Lucca Summer Festival is a music festival held in Lucca, during the month of July, since 1998. The concerts are held usually within the historic walls of Lucca, in Piazza Napoleone, Read more [...]

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    Barcarolata 2019

    Date: 28 July 2019

    Time: 9:30 pm to 12:00 am

    Barcarolata is a traditional water parade that takes place every year on the last Sunday of July, on the wonderful Baia del Silenzio, in Sestri Levante. Barcarolata is also a competition. Locals and tourists alike, dressed in carnival costumes, compete with boats decorated with papier-mâché and colorful lights. A prestigious jury judges the boats and rewards the most beautiful and original ones. The feast was initiated in the 60s by Giovanni Magnelli, with the help of the local Tourism Bureau. Today, the event is organized by the Municipality of Sestri Levante and the Lega Navale (Naval League).   BARCAROLATA 2019 will take place on Sunday, July 28, starting around 9.30 pm. The evening will end with a beautiful fireworks display.

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    Sting – My Songs Tour 2019

    Date: 29 July 2019

    Time: 9:30 pm to 12:00 am

    The English singer Sting will perform in Piazza Napoleone, in Lucca, on Monday, July 29, 2019, starting with 9.30 pm, at the Lucca Summer Festival 2019, as part of his My Songs tour.   THE ARTIST Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, better known as Sting, was the lead singer of the band The Police between 1977 and 1984, and a solo performer since 1985. Over time, he received 16 Grammy Awards, both for his activity in The Police and as a solo artist, 3 Brit Awards, a Golden Globe, an Emmy and four nominations for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. With and without The Police, Sting sold over 100 million records to date.   THE FESTIVAL Lucca Summer Festival is a music festival held during the month of July, since 1998, in Lucca. The concerts are held within the historic walls of Lucca, in Piazza Napoleone, Piazza San Martino, Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, or outside the historical center of the city, at the Porta Elisa soccer stadium, in Lucca, or at the Pini stadium, in Viareggio. The 2019 edition of the festival will start on June 28, with the concert of the British group Take That, followed by the performances of Read more [...]

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    Sting – My Songs Tour 2019

    Date: 30 July 2019

    Time: 9:45 pm to 12:00 am

    Sting will perform on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at the Arena Live Ex Foro Boario, in Padua, as part of his My Songs tour.   THE ARTIST Sting was born in Newcastle, England, in 1951, and moved to London in 1977. In London, he formed the Police, together with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. The band released five albums, won 6 Grammys, 2 Brit Awards and in 2003 was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Sting, as a solo artist, received 10 Grammy, 2 Brit Awards, 1 Golden Globe, 1 Emmy, 4 Oscar nominations, a TONY nomination, the Billboard Magazine’s Century Awards and the MusiCares Person of the Year in 2004. Over the course of his long career, Sting sold almost 100 million albums (including albums released with the Police and solo albums).   THE VENUE Arena Live Ex Foro Boario is an open-air structure located in Via Giuseppe Tassinari, in Padua, close to the Gran Teatro Geox. The easiest way to reach the arena is by taxi.

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    Festa del Santissimo Salvatore della Trasfigurazione 2019

    Date: 2 August 2019 - 6 August 2019

    Festa del Santissimo Salvatore della Trasfigurazione (Feast of the Most Holy Savior of the Transfiguration) is a religious feast held every year in Cefalù, between 2 and 6 August, dedicated to the patron saint of the city. During these five days, farmers, who have just finished the harvest, find themselves resting and rejoicing.   SHORT HISTORY The Transfiguration is a moment in the New Testament, when the Christ and three of his apostles, Peter, James and John, go to a mountain, and the Son of God becomes radiant in glory, shining with bright rays of light. In the Eastern world, the festivity of the Transfiguration is to be traced back to the fourth century, when Empress Helen, mother of Emperor Constantine the Great, built the Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor, in Israel. In Sicily, the Transfiguration is celebrated starting with the 12th century, and is closely linked to the Rogerian period. Only in 1457, in gratitude for the victory obtained in Belgrade by the Christian army against Turkey, Pope Callistus III also established the feast of the Transfiguration in the Western Europe. The devotion of the city of Cefalù to the Most Holy Savior begun with the construction Read more [...]

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    Festa della Stella Maris 2019

    Date: 4 August 2019

    Festa della Stella Maris is a religious festival of light held every year in Camogli, on the first Sunday of August. The feast is dedicated to Stella Maris (Star of the Sea), the Madonna who protects those who sail the seas. On this occasion, a procession of boats is held in the morning, from Camogli to Punta Chiappa, located a few kilometers to the south, at the foot of Portofino Mountain. In the evening, thousands of lit candles are released on water from the Camogli Beach, lighting the sea, which looks like a sky full of stars. The night will end with a fireworks display.   SHORT HISTORY The tradition was born in 1924, when Don Nicolò Lavarello, rector of the church of San Nicolò di Capodimonte, thought of restoring the statue of the Madonna from the promontory of Punta Chiappa. A procession of boats was organized then, which, starting from the Port of Camogli, accompanied the statue of the Madonna to the Punta Chiappa. But the origin of the veneration of Stella Maris is much older, lost in the 15th century, when the fishermen of Camogli began to rely on her, so that their time spent at sea will Read more [...]

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    Palio di Siena – Palio dell’Assunta 2019

    Date: 16 August 2019

    Palio di Siena is a horse race between the 17 contrade (districts) of Siena, held twice a year in Piazza del Campo, the main square of the city. The Palio from July 2 is called Palio di Provenzano and it’s held in honor of the Madonna of Provenzano, and the one held on August 16 is called Palio dell’Assunta, and is dedicated to the Assumption of Virgin Mary. The race is preceded by Corteo Storico, a historical parade which includes about 700 participants representing the 17 contrade and the institutions of the ancient Republic of Siena. In the afternoon, the procession starts from Piazza del Duomo and, after parading on the streets of the historical center of the town, arrives on the beautiful shell-shaped square Piazza del Campo. The actual race consists in circling three times the Piazza del Campo. A contrada bears the name of a street, a church or of an illustrious family residing on its territory. The 17 contrade of Siena still competing today in the Palio are Aquila (Eagle), Bruco (Caterpillar), Chiocciola (Snail), Civetta (Little Owl), Drago (Dragon), Giraffa (Giraffe), Istrice (Crested Porcupine), Leocorno (Unicorn), Lupa (She-Wolf), Nicchio (Seashell), Oca (Goose), Onda (Wave), Pantera (Panther), Selva Read more [...]

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    Festa Estiva di Sant’Agata 2019

    Date: 17 August 2019

    Festa estiva di Sant’Agata (Summer Feast of Saint Agatha) is another religious celebration dedicated to the same Saint of Catania, that takes place every year on August 17, recalling the Translation of the Relics of the Saint from Constantinople to the sicilian city located at the foot of Mount Etna. The August feast does not have the magnitude of the Feast of Saint Agatha held in February, which lasts for three days, but still attracts thousands of local people and tourists in the main square of the city, Piazza del Duomo, in front of the Cathedral dedicated to the same Saint.   SHORT HISTORY The relics of Saint Agatha were stolen in 1040 by the Byzantine general Giorgio Maniace, and taken to Constantinople. In 1126, two soldiers, Giliberto and Goselino, stole the relics and brought them back to Sicily, to the Castle of Aci, where were taken into possession by the Bishop Maurizio. On August 17, 1126, the Relics returned to the Cathedral of Sant’Agata and, starting with that day, a new feast was born.   In 2019, FESTA ESTIVA DI SANT’AGATA will take place, as usual, on August 17. The celebration will begin in the morning, but the most Read more [...]

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    Festa della Madonna Bianca 2019

    Date: 17 August 2019

    Time: 8:30 pm to 12:00 am

    Festa della Madonna Bianca (Feast of the White Madonna) is a religious feast which takes place every year on August 17, in Portovenere, in honor of the White Madonna, the patron saint of the village.   SHORT HISTORY The celebration recalls the miracle of 1399, when, during the French occupation, the seaside village of Portovenere was struck by plague. The tradition states that on August 16, 1399, a certain villager named Lucciardo, while praying in front of the image depicting the Virgin Mary (a discolored parchment drawn by pen), saw the painting suddenly coloured. Once the plague was over, the miracle was attributed to the Virgin Mary, the painting was transported to the Church of San Lorenzo, and the cult of the White Madonna was initiated. It is said that the sacred painting of the Virgin Mary was washed ashore in Portovenere, enclosed in a cedar trunk, in 1204. During those times, ships returning from the Holy Land had trunks on board, in which were stored precious objects, which were sealed and thrown into the sea when attacked by pirates.   FESTA DELLA MADONNA BIANCA 2019 will take place, as usual, on the evening of August 17. Around 8.30 pm, a Read more [...]

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    Palio di San Rufino 2019

    Date: 22 August 2019 - 25 August 2019

    Palio di San Rufino is a historical reenactment event held every year in Assisi on the last Sunday of August and the previous three days (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). Palio di San Rufino is a crossbow shooting competition between the three historical districts (terzieri) of the city: San Francesco, San Rufino and Santa Maria. The Palio, a banner painted by a renowned artist, is awarded to the winning team, while the crossbowman who gets the highest score in the single-shot competition receives the Balestrina d’Argento (the Silver Crossbow). The festival begins with the opening of a thematic exhibition, the theatrical performance and the historical market of San Rufino, which recalls the traditional town fair that took place during the days of the celebration of the patron saint of the city, San Rufino. Today, the market exhibits characteristic crafts and antiques along a route that goes from Piazza della Chiesa Nuova, through via Arco dei Priori, Volta Pinta, to Piazza del Comune. In the next days, the Palio continues with the investiture of the crossbowmen, followed by the shooting contest between the three teams of the Compagnia Balestrieri di Assisi, each representing one of the three districts.   PALIO DI SAN Read more [...]

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    Cavalcata di Sant’Oronzo 2019

    Date: 25 August 2019 - 27 August 2019

    Cavalcata di Sant’Oronzo (Cavalcade of Saint Orontius) is a religious feast held every year between 25 and 27 of August, in Ostuni. The procession, dedicated to the patron saint of the city, Saint Orontius, is the most important festival in Ostuni. The feast dates back to 1657. The procession was born as a way of showing gratitude to the saint who saved Ostuni from the plague, when it swept through Apulia. Since then, it has been an annual rite. On this occasion, knights on horses parades through the city streets towards the Cathedral of Ostuni, in honor of the protector of the city. Once in the Piazza Beato Giovanni Paolo II, they wait for the statue of the saint, which is then carried on shoulders throughout the city.   CAVALCATA DI SANT’ORONZO 2019 will take place, as usual, on the days of August 25, 26 and 27. On the night of August 26, around midnight, a firework display will take place.