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 NEWSLETTER # 1 - February 1st, 2012

Carnival of Venezia

Venezia - February 4 th - February 8th  2012

From 4th to 21st February 2012, a rich program of shows, musical concerti, recital and diffused representations in historic palaces, fields, lanes as well as in the theatres.
The 2012 edition of the Carnival has been presented during a press conference, that took place in the regional seat of Rai Veneto, Palazzo Labia. It’s the theatre the big protagonist of 2012 edition of the Venice Carnival “Life is theatre! It’s time to get masked” scheduled from 4th to 21st February. As suggested by the title, dramatization of life with Venice as the capital of theatre.  The Carnival in Venice, from the XVI century to the end of the Venetian Republic, coincided with the peak of the theatre season, with many performances not only in the theatres but also in some squares.

Carnival of Putignano

Putignano - (Ba) - February 5-12-19-21th 2012


The Putignano Carnival in the Region of Puglia, with its famous parade of papier-mache floats, is both the longest and one of the oldest carnivals in the world. Some researchers have found records dating the event back to 26 December, 1394. Its fame as the world's longest carnival derives from the fact that like all such events it ends on Shrove Tuesday, but this one starts on the 26 December, with the multi-centennial tradition of the Propaggine. The Propaggine involves the transfer of St Stefan Protomartyre's Holy Relics from Monopoli to Putignano. During the original transfer of the relics, local farmers joined in with dancing, singing and reciting rhymes during the procession, hence the beginning of the carnival!

Carnival of Viareggio

Carnival of Ivrea

Ivrea - (To) - trough February 22nd 2012


The spirit of Carnival lives through the re-enactment of the city’s liberation from tyranny dating back to Medieval times: a baron who starved the city was driven away thanks to a miller’s daughter who rebelled against the “jus primae noctis” and roused the people to revolt. In this commemoration every year the new version of the Carnival is celebrated as Festival involving the whole town, during which the community of Ivrea can show its self-determination. To fill the city with color and scents, there is then the famous, spectacular Battle of the Oranges, in which the fighters identify strongly with the people’s rebellion against tyranny.


Carnival of Acireale

Acireale - Sicily - February 4th to February 24th,  2012

La Year after year, the great festival known as "Il Piu’ Bel Carnevale di Sicilia ~ The Most Beautiful Carnival of Sicily" is a huge success in Acireale.
The rich program of celebrations centers around parades of allegorical floats - designed and created by local float masters, famous champions of satire and unmatched artisans of paper mache creations – accompanied by group
s of characters in splendid and grandiose costumes. Unique on the Italian Carnival scene, these floral floats successfully combine the joy and irreverence of the Carnival with the grace and kindness of flowers.


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