The city festa puts the whole community on stage, drawing on its memories, its suffering and its dreams. Streets and squares, all the city’s familiar dividing walls, dissolve away to give way to an epic and enchanted space without boundaries.
The dream of Assol
Solitaria di Dio – 390° Festino di Santa Rosalia
For 390 years, in Palermo, a great scenic battle has taken place between good and evil, between life and death. In the evening of 14 July, the city wakes from its lethargy and starts to fight. Each strike is enthusiastic, committed, with a sense of belonging and a yearning for beauty. After the trials of blood and pestilence, light will triumph, the same light that illuminates the Foro Italico and that every soldier eager for peace, after the long journey down the Cassaro, Palermo’s most ancient street, will enjoy with his head held high. The 390th Festino di Santa Rosalia, as in the past, was charged with emotional intensity, captured on video by Riccardo Lupo for Studio Festi by MyMoon. This gives us the chance to see the spectacular all-female “Solitaria di Dio”, devised by the art director, Monica Maimone, where, among the many “Rosalie” thousands of beguiling faces of the Palermitani can be seen.
Circle of light international festival
A huge celebration in Moscow, the second Circle of Light, An International Festival of Light, lasted for five days, and gave new life to the historic buildings of the city, from Red Square to Gorky Park. The opening event of the festival, produced by Studio Festi, was designed to give “energy to life”. A display of lights, music and colour invited the public to “change its view of the world, of art, beauty and culture”.
The night, magic world of the dreams – International Sabanci Theater Festival
Opening celebration of the Turkish State Theatres Festival. On the water, in front of the Sabanci Merkez mosque, aerial and water performances animate the festival , inviting the whole city to take part in the celebrations that extend beyond the walls of the Adana Theatre.
Festino di Santa Rosalia – Trilogy
The most ancient “Baroque Festival” in the Mediterranean, to commemorate the liberation of Palermo from the plague following the discovery of the remains of the Palermo virgin-saint, Rosalia. Every year the festival re-enacts the plague and the city’s salvation showing the saint, the miracle and the angel in a open-air production on the night of the 14 July that crosses the whole city from the Norman Palace to the sea. Three years of Palermo on show. Three years of a different Festival. Three years of a cultural project designed for the city. An immense effort to give enormous joy. Hundreds of artists from all over Europe. Boats, flaming towers, magnificent floats, curtains of water and a giant firework display to celebrate the city of Palermo, with more than 500,000 participants.
Historic parade for St-Nicholas
One of the largest and most important festivals kept alive in the Mediterranean, revitalised and presented as a parade, without changing the traditional content, dramatising the life of one of history’s most celebrated saints. A vivid pageant, enthusiastically followed by the inhabitants of Bari especially those from the old quarter of the city “Bari Vecchia”. An event exalting devotion to San Nicholas, the patron saint of Bari.
Munich Revue – 850th anniversary of the foundation of the city
An extraordinary parade recounting the whole history of the city. This event, repeated three times throughout the night, was watched by more than 250,000 spectators and marked the closure of three months of celebratory events. It was transmitted live by the Bayerischer Rundfunk throughout Germany.