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    Festa di Sant’Agata 2022

    Date: 3 February 2022 - 5 February 2022

    Festa di Sant’Agata 2022 will take place between 3 and 5 February, 2022, in Catania. The feast is dedicated to the patron saint of the city, Saint Agatha, who was martyred in the year 251 AD, during the persecution of the Roman Emperor Decius. Saint Agatha is celebrated in Catania twice a year – the feast held in February commemorates the martyrdom of the Saint, while the Summer Feast of Saint Agatha, held on 17 August, celebrates the return of her remains to Catania, after 86 years in which the relics were kept in Constantinople. In February, around one million people come from all over Sicily to attend the feast, which is comparable with the Holy Week in Seville, Spain, or the Feast of Corpus Domini in Cuzco, Peru. For three days, the city forgets about everyday things to focus on the celebration, a mixture of devotion and folklore.   SHORT HISTORY Born of a noble family from Catania in the 3rd century, Agata consecrated her life to the Christian religion. At the age of 15, she made a vow of virginity and rejected the amorous proposals of the Roman prefect Quintianus, who tried numerous times to seduce her. After Read more [...]

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    Carnival of Venice 2022

    Date: 12 February 2022 - 1 March 2022

    The Carnival of Venice 2022 (Carnevale di Venezia 2022), one of the most appreciated carnivals in the world, will take place between Saturday, February 12, and Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in the beautiful city of Venice. After the 2021 edition of the Carnival took place online, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope that in 2022 the festival will return to its pre-pandemic glory, and we will be able to admire the wonderful masks and costumes worn by thousands of people coming from all over the world parading once again through the narrow streets of Venice.   SHORT HISTORY The first information about a carnival in Venice dates back to 1094, when the word carnevale was mentioned for the first time in a document signed by the Doge Vitale Faliero. Back then, the carnival was an event dedicated in particular to the people from the lower classes, who, through the anonymity guaranteed by masks, could relate with the nobility of the time. The first official document declaring the Carnival of Venice a public holiday dates back to 1296, when the Senate of the Venetian Republic set it before Lent. Starting that year, for the next few centuries, the Carnival lasted Read more [...]

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    Calendimaggio 2022

    Date: 4 May 2022 - 7 May 2022

    Calendimaggio 2022 will take place between 4 and 7 May, 2022, in Assisi. Traditionally, the festival is held each year in the first Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday after the 1st of May, to greet the arrival of spring. On this occasion, the town is divided in two parts – Nobilissima Parte de Sopra (Noble Upper Part) and Magnifica Parte de Sotto (Magnificent Lower Part). The parts challenge each other for the conquest of the Palio, through parades in medieval costumes, reenactment of medieval life and musical performances. A jury, composed of internationally renowned experts (a historian, a musicologist and an entertainment personality), choose the winner of each edition.   SHORT HISTORY The origins of Calendimaggio are lost in time. Most likely, the festival tried to revive ancient pagan customs that celebrated the return of spring and the renewal of the cycle of life. The ancient chronicles tell us that Assisi, at the beginning of the 14th century, reached its maximum splendor, a fact confirmed by the expansion of its walls, its numerous palaces and churches, the presence of the painters Giotto, Cimabue, Simone Martini, the Lorenzetti brothers… At the same time, the city was divided in two parts – Read more [...]

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    Infiorata di Noto 2022

    Date: 13 May 2022 - 15 May 2022

    Infiorata di Noto 2022, the 43rd edition of the famous flower festival, will most likely take place in the weekend of May 13-15, 2022, in Via Corrado Nicolaci, in Noto. Infiorata di Noto is part of the Baroque Spring (Primavera Barocca), a series of events including concerts, craft exibitions and the Baroque Procession (Corteo Barocco), consisting of people in period costumes, flag-wavers and musicians, who parade through the streets of the historical center of the town.   SHORT HISTORY Infiorata di Noto was born 40 years ago from the meeting of the Noto floral artists with the ones from Genzano, a town in the Metropolitan City of Rome, where this pictorial technique was developed. Beginning with 1980, every year, in the third weekend of May, Noto, the Stone Garden, as it was called by the historian Cesare Brandi, welcomes in the heart of its historical center an explosion of color and perfume. On this occasion, Via Corrado Nicolaci, 122 meters long and 7 meters wide, is divided into 16 sectors of 6 by 4 meters, that represent the canvas on which the artists will carefully paint with flowers. The flower carpet covers an area of about 700 square meters. The Read more [...]

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    Pisan June 2022

    Date: 28 May 2022 - 6 July 2022

    The Pisan June (Giugno Pisano) is a series of events that take place every year during the month of June, in Pisa. The climax of the festival is represented by the celebrations held in honor of the patron saint of the city, San Ranieri (Saint Rainerius), on June 17. The Pisan June 2022 will probably begin at the end of May, with the historical game of Mazzascudo, and end at the beginning of July, when the ceremony of the Marriage with the Sea will be held. SHORT HISTORY Originally, Giugno Pisano included only the Luminara di San Ranieri, held on June 16, and the Palio of San Ranieri, held on the day of the Saint, on June 17. In order to create a month of interesting events, Gioco del Ponte (Battle of the Bridge) was also moved to June, on the last Saturday of the month. Over time, many other events were initiated, more or less linked to Saint Rainerius. Noteworthy are the recovered traditions of Mazzascudo, which takes place each year on May 28, in Piazza dei Cavalieri, and the Marriage with the Sea, which is held at the beginning of July. Although placed on different months, the two Read more [...]

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    Bologna Sonic Park 2022

    Date: 4 June 2022 - 9 July 2022

    The rock festival Bologna Sonic Park 2022 will be held during the months of June and July, 2022, in the Parco Nord area, in Bologna.   THE FESTIVAL Bologna Sonic Park is a rock music festival which took place for the first time in 2019. The lineup for the first edition of the festival included names like Slipknot, Amon Amarth, Testament, Skunk Anansie, Weezer, Greta Van Fleet and Bring Me the Horizon. The 2020 edition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the festival was first postponed to 2021, and then rescheduled to 2022. All the artists initially planned for the 2020 edition of Bologna Sonic Park (My Chemical Romance, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden and The Chemical Brothers) confirmed their presence for the 2022 edition of the festival.   THE LINEUP The festival will display a truly heterogeneous lineup ranging from the metal legends Iron Maiden, to one of the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, Deep Purple, to My Chemical Romance, a symbolic band of the emo generation engaged in the highly anticipated reunion tour, and further to The Chemical Brothers, pioneers in bringing the big beat genre to the forefront of pop culture. Saturday, June Read more [...]

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    My Chemical Romance – Reunion Tour 2022

    Date: 4 June 2022

    Time: 7:00 pm to 12:00 am

    The American rock band My Chemical Romance will perform on Saturday, June 4, 2020, starting with 7.00 pm, at the Palanord, in Bologna, as part of the Bologna Sonic Park 2022.   THE BAND My Chemical Romance was formed in 2001, in Newark, New Jersey. The band’s current lineup consists of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarist Ray Toro, guitarist Frank Iero and bassist Mikey Way. Their discography consists of four studio albums, two live albums, three compilation albums, six extended plays, 25 singles, four video albums and 18 music videos. The band’s first studio album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, was released in 2002, the second, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, in 2004, their third, The Black Parade, in 2006, and the fourth, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, in 2010. To date, the band sold over 9 million albums worldwide.   THE FESTIVAL Bologna Sonic Park is a rock music festival which took place for the first time in 2019. The lineup for the first edition of the festival included names like Slipknot, Amon Amarth, Testament, Skunk Anansie, Weezer, Greta Van Fleet and Bring Me the Horizon. The 2020 edition was Read more [...]

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    Milano Summer Festival 2022

    Date: 7 June 2022 - 17 July 2022

    Milano Summer Festival 2022 will be held during the months of June and July, 2022, at the San Siro Racetrack (Ippodromo Snai – San Siro), in Milan.   THE FESTIVAL 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 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. In 2019, the lineup of the festival featured, among others, Metallica, KISS, Calcutta and Ben Harper. Both Milano Summer Festival 2020 and 2021 were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Green Day concert originally scheduled on June 10, 2020, and then moved to June 16, 2021, was rescheduled for June 15, 2022. Weezer was confirmed as Green Day’s special guests in Milan. If you already bought tickets for this event, these will be valid for the new date in Milan. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Thom Yorke concert originally scheduled on July 9, 2020, and then rescheduled for July 8, 2021, at Lorenzini District, in Milan, was canceled.   THE LINEUP So Read more [...]

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    Rock in Roma 2022

    Date: 17 June 2022 - 22 July 2022

    Rock in Roma 2022 will take place during the months of June and July, 2022, in Rome. The concerts will be held at the Capannelle Racecourse, at the Auditorium Parco della Musica (in the Cavea amphitheater or in the Santa Cecilia Hall), and at the ancient stadium Circo Massimo (Circus Maximus).   THE FESTIVAL Rock in Roma is a music festival that takes place every year in Rome, since 2002. Until its 2008 edition, the event was known as the Romarock Festival. Characteristic of the festival is the quality and variety of the lineup, which allows the meeting of different cultures and musical genres. The 2020 edition was postponed first to 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and then to 2022. Compared to the lineup of the 2020 edition, certain changes have taken place.   THE LINEUP So far, the artists announced for the 2022 edition of the Rock in Roma festival are: June 17, Ippodromo delle Capannelle: Psicologi June 28, Ippodromo delle Capannelle: Cigarettes After Sex June 29, Auditorium Parco della Musica (Cavea): Skunk Anansie June 30, Auditorium Parco della Musica (Cavea): Brunori Sas July 2, Auditorium Parco della Musica (Cavea): Deep Purple July 7, Ippodromo delle Capannelle: God Read more [...]

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    Palio di Siena – Palio di Provenzano 2022

    Date: 2 July 2022

    Palio di Provenzano 2022, the first act of the Palio di Siena 2022, held in honour of the Madonna of Provenzano, will take place on July 2, 2022, in Siena. Palio di Siena is a horse race held twice a year in Siena, on July 2, under the title of Palio di Provenzano, dedicated to the Madonna of Provenzano, and on August 16, known as Palio dell’Assunta, in honor of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Palio di Siena is practically 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 (Historical Procession), a parade of about 700 people dressed in medieval costumes. Only 10 contrade out of a total of 17 will participate in the event – three drawn from last year’s participants and seven that were not present at the previous edition of the Palio di Provenzano.   SHORT HISTORY Horse races in Siena are held since the 13th century, when the Palio was the closing event of the annual festival dedicated to the patron saint of the city, Mary of the Assumption. Initially, there were many contrade, but after the plague Read more [...]

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    Festa della Madonna della Bruna 2022

    Date: 2 July 2022

    Festa della Madonna della Bruna 2022 will take place on July 2, 2022, in Matera. The event, commonly known as Festa della Bruna, is a religious feast held every year since 1389, in honor of the patron saint of the city, Madonna della Bruna. The 2022 edition will be the 632 edition of the festival.   SHORT HISTORY The origins of the festival are lost in time. The custom, handed down from one generation to the next, was enriched over time by innumerable variations. The legend 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 Read more [...]

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    The Chemical Brothers – No Geography Tour 2022

    Date: 8 July 2022

    Time: 9:45 pm to 11:15 pm

    The Chemical Brothers will perform on Friday, July 8, 2022, at the Capannelle Racecourse, in Rome, as part of the Rock in Roma 2022. Besides the concert in Rome, The Chemical Brothers will also appear on stage in Milan, on July 7, 2022, at the Milano Summer Festival 2022, and in Bologna, on July 9, 2022, at the Bologna Sonic Park 2022.   THE BAND The Chemical Brothers are an English electronic music duo formed in Manchester in 1989, by Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons. The duo released their debut album, Exit Planet Dust, in 1995. The Chemical Brothers achieved widespread success with their second album, Dig Your Own Hole, which topped the UK charts in 1997. Surrender was released in 1999, Come with Us in 2002, Push the Button in 2005, We Are the Night in 2007, Further in 2010, and Born in the Echoes in 2015. The Chemical Brothers’ ninth studio album, No Geography, was released on April 12, 2019, to critical acclaim. Over time, they had six number one albums and 13 top 20 singles in the UK.   THE FESTIVAL Rock in Roma is a music festival that takes place every year in Rome, since 2002. Read more [...]

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    The Chemical Brothers – No Geography Tour 2022

    Date: 9 July 2022

    Time: 9:30 pm to 11:00 pm

    The Chemical Brothers, the electronic music duo composed of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, will perform on Saturday, July 9, 2022, at the Palanord, in Bologna, as part of the Bologna Sonic Park 2022. Besides the concert in Bologna, The Chemical Brothers will also appear on stage in Milan, on July 7, 2022, at the Milano Summer Festival 2022, and in Rome, on July 8, 2022, at the Rock in Roma Festival 2022.   THE BAND The Chemical Brothers was formed in Manchester in 1989, by Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons. The duo released their debut album, Exit Planet Dust, in 1995, but they achieved widespread success with their second album, Dig Your Own Hole, which topped the UK charts in 1997. Surrender was released in 1999, Come with Us in 2002, Push the Button in 2005, We Are the Night in 2007, Further in 2010 and Born in the Echoes in 2015. The Chemical Brothers’ ninth studio album, No Geography, was released on April 12, 2019, to critical acclaim. To date, they had six number one albums and 13 top 20 singles in the UK.   THE FESTIVAL Bologna Sonic Park is a rock music festival which took place Read more [...]

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    Festa di Santa Rosalia 2022

    Date: 10 July 2022 - 15 July 2022

    Festa di Santa Rosalia 2022 (Feast of Saint Rosalia 2022) will take place between 10 and 15 July, 2022, in Palermo. Every year, the festival lasts six days, with the first three days being reserved for the preparation of the great procession held on the evening of July 14th. The 2022 edition will be the 398 edition of the festival. The feast is dedicated to Saint Rosalia, also called La Santuzza (Little Saint) or Rusulia (in Sicilian dialect), the patron saint of Palermo, and it commemorates the miraculous appearances of the Saint from 1624, when the city was hit by plague.   SHORT HISTORY Born of a Norman noble family that claimed descent from Charlemagne, Santa Rosalia lived in the last years of her life as a hermit in a cave on Mount Pellegrino, where she died alone in 1166. In 1624, Emanuel Filibert of Savoy, the Viceroy of Sicily, 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 Read more [...]

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    Festa del Redentore 2022

    Date: 16 July 2022 - 17 July 2022

    Festa del Redentore 2022 (Feast of the Redeemer 2022), one of the most important events in the Venetian calendar, will take place in the weekend of July 16-17, 2022, in Venice. Every year since the 16th century, the feast is celebrated in the third weekend of July. At first, Festa del Redentore was a purely religious event, but over the centuries profane elements were added to the religious manifestations, and today the celebration includes a party, a regatta and one of the most impressive fireworks display in the world.   SHORT HISTORY Between 1575 and 1577, a merciless plague killed about one-third of Venice’s population. The epidemic spread rapidly throughout the city and was difficult to control due to the precarious conditions in which the people lived and to a high density of population.   INTERESTING FACT: One of the victims of the 1576 epidemic was the painter Titian (Tiziano Vecellio). He died on August 27, 1576, and was interred in the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. In 1576, the Venetian Senate commissioned 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 Read more [...]

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    Palio di Siena – Palio dell’Assunta 2022

    Date: 16 August 2022

    Palio dell’Assunta 2022, the second act of the Palio di Siena 2022, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, will take place on August 16, 2022, in Siena. 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 town. The Palio from July 2 is called Palio di Provenzano and it’s dedicated to the Madonna of Provenzano, while the one held on August 16 is called Palio dell’Assunta, and is held in honor of the Assumption of Virgin Mary. The race is preceded by Corteo Storico (Historical Procession), a historical parade which includes about 700 participants representing the 17 contrade and the institutions of the ancient Republic of Siena. The procession starts in the afternoon 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 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 Read more [...]