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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    Venice Film Festival 2019

    Date: 28 August 2019 - 7 September 2019

    The 76th edition of the Venice Film Festival, also known as Biennale Cinema, will take place between August 28 and September 7, 2019, on the Lido island, in Venice. The Venice International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world and one of the most prestigious, alongside the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival.   SHORT HISTORY The festival was held for the first time in 1932, as part of the 18th Venice Biennale, and became an annual event starting with 1935. The first edition of the festival included films that became classics of the cinema, such as It Happened One Night by Frank Capra, Grand Hotel by Edmund Goulding, The Champ by King Vidor, Frankenstein by James Whale and many other, attracting over 25 thousand spectators. The second edition of the festival was held between 1 and 20 August 1934, and it included for the first time a competition between 19 participating countries. As of 1935, the Festival became a yearly event. In 1936, an international jury was nominated for the first time and, in 1937, the Palazzo del Cinema, on Venice Lido, was inaugurated. The Festival was held three times during the Second World Read more [...]

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    Milano Rocks 2019

    Date: 30 August 2019 - 31 August 2019

    Milano Rocks is a music festival which will take place on the last weekend of August, in 2019, at the AREA EXPO Experience, in Milan. The first edition of the festival took place in 2018, with a lineup which included names like Franz Ferdinand, Imagine Dragons, The National, Thirty Seconds To Mars and many more. This year, until now, the following artists were announced: Friday, August 30: the English indie rock band Florence + The Machine will share the stage with the English pop rock band The 1975; Saturday, August 31: the American duo Twenty One Pilots will perform along the American singer Billie Eilish.   THE VENUE AREA EXPO Experience is a park built in the area of Expo 2015, in Milan, inaugurated 6 months after the conclusion of the universal exhibition. The Area Expo Experience hosts sports events, cultural manifestations and concerts. The closest Metro stop is Rho Fiera Milano, on the Metro Line M1, located about 650 meters away. The closest bus station is Casa di Reclusione, about 200 meters away, on the bus Line 542.

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    Florence + The Machine – High As Hope Tour 2019

    Date: 30 August 2019

    Time: 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm

    The English indie rock band Florence + The Machine will perform on Friday, August 30, 2019, at the Milano Rocks Festival 2019, in Milan, as part of their High as Hope tour.   THE BAND Florence and the Machine was formed in 2007, in London, and it consists of vocalist Florence Welch, keyboardist Isabella Summers and a collaboration of other musicians. Their debut studio album, Lungs, was released on July 2009. The bands’s second studio album, Ceremonials, was released in October 2011, and their third album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, was released on June 2015. The band’s fourth album, High as Hope, was released on June 2018.   THE FESTIVAL Milano Rocks is a music festival which will take place between August 30 and 31, in 2019, at the AREA EXPO Experience, in Milan. Besides Florence + The Machine, at the Milano Rocks Festival were announced until now Twenty One Pilots, The 1975 and Billie Eilish.   THE VENUE AREA EXPO Experience is a park built in the area of Expo 2015, in Milan, which hosts sports events, cultural manifestations and concerts. The closest Metro stop is Rho Fiera Milano, on the Metro Line M1, located about 650 Read more [...]

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    International Festival of Contemporary Music 2019

    Date: 27 September 2019 - 6 October 2019

    The 63rd edition of the International Festival of Contemporary Music, known also as Biennale Musica, will take place between 27 September and 6 October 2019, in Venice. The Music department of the Venice Biennale is directed by Ivan Fedele, a composer whose portfolio counts over 175 works and includes orchestral pieces, electro-acoustic and chamber music. In 2016, Fedele received the Prix International Arthur Honegger for his overall work as a composer.   SHORT HISTORY The Venice Festival of Contemporary Music was initiated in 1930, as an adjacent event to the Venice Biennale. With the first edition of the Venice Film Festival in 1932, and the first International Theatre Festival in 1934, the Venice Biennale took a multidisciplinary character, which was preserved to this day. At first, the International Festival of Contemporary Music was held every two years, and then, from 1937, annually. Excluding the interruptions of the Second World War, the festival continued to the present.   THE VENUES Following a restoration process begun in 2000, the Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, the Teatro alle Tese and the Sale d’Armi became the venues for the shows of the International Festival of Contemporary Music. The venues are equipped with the most advanced technologies. Read more [...]

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    Carnival of Venice 2020

    Date: 8 February 2020 - 25 February 2020

    The Carnival of Venice 2020, one of the most famous and appreciated carnivals in the world, will take place between 8 and 25 February 2020, in the beautiful city of Venice. On this occasion, for 18 days in a row, we will have the pleasure to admire many wonderful masks and costumes, worn by hundreds of thousands of people coming from all over the world to parade 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 Republic set it before Lent. Starting with that moment, for the next few hundred years, the Carnival lasted six weeks, usually between December 26 and Ash Wednesday. During the 18th century, the Venice Carnival reached its maximum splendor and international Read more [...]

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    Venetian Feast on Water 2020

    Date: 8 February 2020 - 9 February 2020

    The Venetian Feast on Water (Festa Veneziana sull’acqua), the grand opening of the Carnival of Venice 2020, will take place on two consecutive days, 8 and 9 February 2020, in Venice. Saturday, February 8, on the first day of the feast, the Cannaregio Canal will turn into a water stage, on which an impressive show of music, color and light will take place, for the enjoyment of thousands of people, locals and tourists alike. The show will consist of aquatic performances, acrobatics, dance and music, celebrating, first of all, the water on which the city is built. On the second day of the feast – Sunday, February 9, the Venetian Feast on Water will continue with its second part. Starting at 11.00 am, a water parade will take place on the Grand Canal. The specific Venetian boats will sail along the Grand Canal, from Punta della Dogana to the Cannaregio Canal. Here, on the banks of the Cannaregio Canal, starting with 12.00 pm, you will find various stalls with traditional delicacies, venetian specialities and wine.

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    Festa delle Marie 2020

    Date: 15 February 2020

    Time: 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

    Festa delle Marie (Feast of the Marys) will take place on Saturday, February 15, 2020, in Venice, as part of the Carnival of Venice 2020. On this occasion, a procession will start in front of the Church of San Pietro di Castello around 2.30 pm, will pass through via Garibaldi and Riva degli Schiavoni, to reach the stage in the Saint Mark’s Square around 4.00 pm, where the twelve Marias will be presented to the public.   SHORT HISTORY The custom of blessing the girls who were going to get married appeared in Venice in the 9th century. The blessing took place in the Church of San Pietro di Castello, the former cathedral of Venice. On this occasion, twelve beautiful girls from the poorest families of the city were chosen, and each girl was assigned to a rich Venetian family. The family gave her clothes, jewels and a dowry so she could marry. In 844, during the blessing held in the Church of San Pietro di Castello, a group of Dalmatian pirates kidnapped the girls, also stealing their jewelry. The Doge Pietro Tradonico organized the pursuit of the pirates and caught them near Caorle, freeing the girls and recovering their Read more [...]

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    Flight of the Angel 2020

    Date: 16 February 2020

    Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

    The Flight of the Angel (Volo dell’Angelo) will take place on Sunday, February 16, 2020, between 11.00 am and 12.00 pm, in Venice. During the Flight of the Angel, one of the highlights of the Carnival of Venice 2020, the girl who was chosen the previous year as the Maria of the Carnival will fly along a cable from the Saint Mark’s Campanile to the center of the Saint Mark’s Square.   SHORT HISTORY This tradition originated around the middle of the 16th century, when a Turkish acrobat descended from the belfry of St. Mark’s Basilica, to a balcony of the Doge’s Palace, paying homage to the Doge. After the success of his performance, it was decided that the moment would be repeated every year, under the name of the Flight of the Turk (Volo del Turco). In the first years, the acrobatics were performed only by professional tightrope walkers. Later, after a man with angel wings descended from the bell tower, the event changed its name to the Flight of the Angel. In 1759, when an acrobat fell to the ground in front of the crowd, the performance was banned and the acrobat was replaced by a large wooden Read more [...]

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    Best Mask Contest 2020

    Date: 20 February 2020 - 24 February 2020

    The Best Mask Contest is a masks competition that takes place every year in Venice during the Carnival of Venice. For the Venice Carnival 2020, the competition will be held between 20 and 22 February, with the grand final on Sunday, February 23, when the winners will be selected. Between 20 and 22 February, the competitors parade on stage will be held twice a day in the Saint Mark’s Square. The participants will challenge each other by masks and costumes, wigs, feathers and caps. On February 23, the grand final will be held on the same stage, when a jury composed of experts will select the 2 winners of the two categories: Best Masked Costume and Best Masked Costume according to the theme of the Venice Carnival 2020. On the final selection, will appear all the participants that have won the previous parades. On Monday, February 24, there will be two parades dedicated to kids. The participation in the competition is free and, if you want to compete in the Best Mask Contest 2020, you will have to fill out a form that will be available starting with December 2019 on the official website of the Carnival.

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    Flight of the Eagle 2020

    Date: 23 February 2020

    Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    The Flight of the Eagle (Volo dell’Aquila) will take place on Sunday, February 23, 2020, in the last weekend of the Venice Carnival 2020.   SHORT HISTORY Starting with 2012, due to the increasing popularity of the Flight of the Angel, it was decided that another spectacular flight – the Flight of the Eagle, would take place on the following Sunday of the Carnival, from the Saint Mark’s Campanile to the stage located in the Saint Mark’s Square. Since 2012, the Flight of the Eagle has been performed by Fabrizia D’Ottavio (gymnast), Francesca Piccinini (volleyball player), Carolina Kostner (ice skater), Giusy Versace (paralympic athlete), Saturino (musician), Melissa Satta (actress) and Renzo Rosso (entrepreneur). In 2019, it was the turn of Arianna Fontana, champion of Short Track with eight Olympic medals.