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The Italian Summer Festival Season: A tour of Italian major festivals



The Italian Summer Festival Season: A tour of Italian major festivals

On Sunday, 21 June, the Festival of Music will feature the first important concert with an audience following the COVID 19 emergency. It will also launch the , "Italian Summer Festival Season", a impressive tour of the major Italian Festivals sharing their 2020 programmes with the World, thanks to a collaboration between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the ItaliaFestival Association.

The “Italian Summer Festival Season" is an international showcase of renowned festivals with a long and illustrious tradition, highlighting the excellence of Italy's culture, its music and performing arts, and the beauty of its diverse regions.

“The Italian Festival Season, says Deputy Minister Marina Sereni, is starting up again and, thanks to the collaboration between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with its network of Embassies, Consular Offices and Italian Institutes of Culture, and the ItaliaFestival Association, will be delighting international audiences with over two months of high quality entertainment, which can be enjoyed across the world, free of charge, through streaming or on demand. This is a highly symbolic and important moment, which marks a fresh start, not only of outdoor cultural activities but also of a system for promoting music and culture, which is essential to moving beyond the most difficult phase of the emergency and returning to an everyday life of great small pleasures, such as attending a live performance”.

The opening date is 21 June, with the much-awaited inaugural concert of the Ravenna Festival, showcasing the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra and soprano Rosa Feola, conducted by Maestro Riccardo Muti at the Rocca Brancaleone Fortress. This is a very symbolic date because it coincides with the Festa della Musicaand will be the first large concert to be held in Italy before an audience, with all the necessary safety measures, following the reopening of theatres and concert venues in Italy.

The summer season programme will continue with other major high-profile events featuring theatre, dance, and music, across the country: the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago and Viareggio, the Ravenna Festival, the Naples Theatre Festival, the Valle d’Itria Festival, the Emilia Romagna Festival, Borgate dal vivo in Piedmont, the International Midsummer Festival at Tagliacozzo in Abruzzo, the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, the Summer Opera Festival at Bassano del Grappa, Armonie d’arte in Calabria and the Festival of the Two Worlds in Spoleto.

The programme is sponsored by the Foreign Ministry within the framework of the support of cultural and creative enterprises and of the international relaunching of Italy, centred on the country's profound vocation for culture, the performing arts, and beauty.

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