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ITALY NEWS # 92 – July 14th, 2009

Chagall, Kandinsky, Malevic, Filonov

Como – April 4th – July 26th, 2009

On display the works of Chagall, Kandisky, Malevic and Filonov, the most important representatives of the Russian avant-garde. With their artworks – from the beginning of the XX century to the ‘30s – they contributed to freeing art from the enclosures of the bourgeois milieu, thus overcoming the dominant vision set forth by French impressionism, therefore bringing to life abstraction, the innovations of Cubo-Futurism, and the tension of Suprematism.

Veneto Jazz Festival

Venezia – July 27th – August 2nd, 2009

The lineup includes a series of concerts in the prestigious Teatro La Fenice, in Piazza San Marco and in other significant areas around the city, with a carnet of collateral events that will take place in locations and in the public “campi” around Venice. Artists of international fame, emerging talent, innovative offerings of the jazz scene alongside big names. Venice Jazz Festival is the high point of the city’s cultural programs, using a formula of audience involvement in varying hours of the day and night.

Palio of Siena

Siena – August 16th, 2009

“Piazza del Campo” is still used today for the well known Palio horse race which is one of the most famous popular Italian manifestations. The Palio follows the historical rules and regulations written and deposited in the offices of the Siena City Hall in 1644, year of the first Palio. The race is a historical secular tradition strictly connected with the origin of the Contradas of Siena and the Palio is preceded by five hours of flag-throwing acrobatics to celebrate and commemorate the unique event.

Palio of the Normans

Enna – August 12th/14th, 2009

Every year Piazza Armerina hosts southern Italy’s most ancient medieval show to honor Our Lady Maria Santissima delle Vittorie. This religious celebration draws inspiration from the holy war that the Normans of Count Ruggiero d’Altavilla fought against the Arabs starting in 1061 to free Sicily, under Arab occupation for 150 years. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience and relive the typical ancient memories of the island of Sicily.

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