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 [...]
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.
Festa della Sensa (Feast of the Ascension) is certainly one of the most evocative Venetian traditions, recalling important moments in the history of the Serenissima, through the ceremony of the Marriage of the Sea (Sposalizio del Mare) and the various regattas that takes place, on this occasion, in the Lagoon. Festa della Sensa is, without doubt, one of the most anticipated and appreciated events of the Venetian calendar, not only by tourists, but also by the inhabitants of the city. SHORT HISTORY The feast was born on the day of the Ascension of Christ, to commemorate two very important moments in the history of Venice. The first event occurred on May 9, in the year 1000, when Doge Pietro Orseolo defeated the Slavs who threatened Dalmatia, allowing Venice to become, starting with that moment, the absolute power of the Adriatic Sea. The second event recalls the peace treaty signed in Venice in 1177, between the Doge Sebastiano Ziani, Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and Pope Alessandro III, which marked the end of the centuries-old conflict between the Empire and the Papacy. On this occasion, the Doge received gifts from the Pope and, at the same time, the recognition of Venice as Read more [...]
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 [...]
The English singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran will perform on Friday, 14 June 2019, at the Visarno Arena, in the Parco delle Cascine, in Florence. Ed Sheeran released his debut album, +, in September 2011, and the album topped the UK, Australian and US charts, being certified seven-times platinum in the UK. In 2012, Sheeran won the Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act. The single The A Team was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards. His second studio album, x, was released in June 2014, and it peaked at number one in the UK and the US. In 2015, x won the Brit Award for Album of the Year. The single Thinking Out Loud earned him two Grammy Awards at the 2016 ceremony – Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Sheeran’s third album, ÷, was released in March 2017, and it debuted at number one in the UK and the US. In April 2018, ÷ was named the best-selling album worldwide of 2017. To date, Ed Sheeran sold more than 38 million albums and 100 million singles worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists Read more [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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.