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Celebrating Ferragosto 2016

For Ferragosto, the midsummer holiday in Emilia Romagna will last more than a week, from Friday, August 12 to Sunday August 20 and will welcome guests with cultural events, concerts and music festivals, excursions and guided tours, town fairs, festivals, markets and many exhibitions.


Music will be the star again at this year’s Ferragosto celebrations.

We get started in Romagna, which hosts many important events starting with the Emilia Romagna Festival, the biggest summer festival of the region which offers 41 events until September 10, located throughout the provinces of Bologna, Ferrara, Forlì-Cesena and Ravenna and nearby areas, and, as always, in exceptional places dedicated to the discovery of nature, architectonic traditions and culture. "Building Bridges”, focusing on the importance of cultural bridges, which are today more than ever occasions to build dialogue, exchange and mutual understanding, is the theme if this year’s edition. On August 17 (at 9pm, Tredozio, Fc, Palazzo Fantini) Luis Bacalov will delight audiences with his prestigious piano concert of tango pieces by great Argentinian and Spanish composers.



At Riccione Radio Dee Jay tons of energy will emanate from the stage in Piazzale Roma with the big stars of this summer’s music. Performing in the heart of Italian summer nightlife are the artists with hits on the charts all year long, who are ready to put on breathtaking live shows. On August 13 don’t miss Luca Carboni, followed on August 15 by Moseek and Ferragosto fireworks, and by Benji [&] Fede, Alessio Bernabei, and Irama on August 17. On August 20 taking the stage are Emis Killa, Two Fingerz and Ghali. The live shows of Radio Deejay will not just be in Piazzale Roma but also at Aquafan, while the talent show Deejay on Stage will allow talented new artists to perform on this stage in Riccione.


On the beaches of Comacchio, night owls and early birds can enjoy a wonderful sensory experience thanks to the "Concerts at dawn". The event takes place 6.00am on Saturday, August 15 when, with the first light of dawn, the Quartetto 900, Fisa & Bass Duo and Blue Duo will begin their performance. On August 21 visitors can enjoy the tango & flamenco of Inspiracion.


In the city of Ravenna there will be a double event. There will be the 55th International Festival of Organ Music, the most historic in Italy, in which every year the best international artists come to play the ancient Mascioni organ in the very beautiful Basilica di San Vitale, a UNESCO heritage site. Taking the stage on Monday, August 15 is the trumpet and organ duo with J. Skudlik direct from Germany. For the occasion ofSotto le Stelle di Galla Placidia”, on the steps of the basilica of San Francesco, just a few steps away from the tomb of Dante Alighieri, on Friday, August 12 the Orchestra della Scuola di Musica Popolare from Forlimpopoli awaits you with the show La Notte della Danza, on Tuesday, August 16 Alessandro Magnasco Quartet and World Dancing Music, and on Friday, August 19 Cristina Di Pietro Quartet with a tribute to Mina.


In Emilia there will also be a lot of music with the 21st edition of Mundus, in Reggio Emilia, a festival of ethnic and folk music which on its last date on August 15 will host the voice of Enzo Pietropaoli in “Yatra Quartet” and "Line for Chet" in a tribute to Chet Baker.


In Fontevivo (Pr), in the evocative Chiostro del Collegio dei Nobili, the concert series Musica in Castello” will stop here on Saturday, August 20 with the femininity of Amalia Ruocco.


There will also be many events dedicated to art and culture, and some festivals with wide-ranging and completely new ideas.


Classic theater will have its moment in Sarsina, near Forlí, with the shows of the Plautus Festival. Wednesday, August 17 taking the stage is “Agamennone” with the extraordinary talent of Paolo Graziosi and Daniela Poggi; Sunday, August 21 the highly anticipated national premiere of “Mostellaria" will be held with the actors of the Laboratorio Teatrale.


Evenings during Ferragosto will be dedicated to culture in Ravenna with Mosaics by Night which offers guided tours and free itineraries in the heart of this city of mosaics along with extraordinary openings of Unesco monuments and historic and archeological sites.



In Ferrara street art is at its best at the Ferrara Buskers Festival. The first part of the 29th edition will be on the weekend of August 19-21 and promises breathtaking shows and street musicians from all over the world. Going "from street to street" art will take over Santa Sofia, near Forlí, where from August 13 to 15 40 groups of international artists will put on over 100 performances. On the evening of August 15, everyone will look to the skies to see the fireworks show over the river. On August 12 there will be a preview in Corniolo, in the heart of the National Park of the Casentinesi Forests.


Rimini is synonymous with culture, sport, music, theater, dance and cinema at the Rimini Meeting, the meeting for "friendship among people" focusing this year, in its 37th edition, on the theme of "you are good for me". The events begin on August 19 and continue until August 25.


In Milano Marittima on August 14 an important birthday will be celebrated, that of the birth of this town. On August 14, 1912 the town that would come to be known as the “garden city” of the Adriatic and the beach of people from Milan, an elegant town with a lush pinewoods, refined shops and trendy bars was born. The heart of this little town will be filled with events and concerts to wish "Happy Birthday to Milano Marittima" all together.  The morning after, on August 15 at 6.00am, everyone can go straight to the beach to see the sun rise, magically accompanied by the Grande Orchestra Città di Cervia.


The party continues for Ferragosto in the heart of Bologna. Ending on Monday, August 15 is the festival “Sotto le Stelle del Cinema 2016” with an evening dedicated to dancing and great Italian films in Piazza Maggiore. Reggio Emilia offers a calendar of events in various towns including fairs, festivals, concerts, films, and open museums. Also on Monday, August 15 San Mauro Mare awaits you in the wee hours of the morning with an exciting concert at dawn, and then in the evening with the show of San Mauro Village and fireworks on the beach.


During the week, there will also be a wide range of choices in terms of good food, with town fairs and events dedicated to cooking traditions and local products.



Among these, worth mentioning are the Wheat Fair in Gattatico (Re), a tribute to ancient crafts of the 1900s, with comic shows and Liscio dancing (August 6-25); the traditional Great Fishermen's Fish Fry on schedule for August 14 on the beach in Cesenatico; the Hospitality Festival in Porto Garibaldi (Fe, August 14); the Pappardella with wild boar festival in Gemmano (Rn, August 12-15); and the "Spianata" fair in Maiolo (Rn, August 14).


Nature lovers can go on river excursions on board the Nena or the traditional Lupo and ride along the waters of the River Po near Ferrara, on Saturday, August 13 and 20. Another very special place is where butterflies are born, live and fly freely, resting on flowers and attracted by the aromas and colors of visitors at the Butterfly § Co. House in the seaside town of Milano Marittima, where butterflies can be seen up close, on flowers or on big ficus, banana, and other leaves.


For art lovers there is also a full calendar of exhibitions going on in the cities and towns of art in Emilia Romagna, and they are the perfect invitation to spend a pleasant weekend discovering fascinating places. On August 14 and 15 do not miss "Ferragosto at the Museums" with special openings at the National Etruscan Museum Pompeo Aria in Marzabotto (Bo), the Antiquarium and the archeological site in Veleia (Pc) and the Complex of the Villa Romana in Russi (Ra).


Among the opportunities for visitors, there is the Romagna Visit Card, the tourism card for Romagna - Ravenna, Forlì-Cesena and Rimini - with free admissions and discounts for many cultural events as well as wellness, fun and access to the theme parks like Mirabilandia and Italia in Miniatura, and food and wine discounts.

Calendar of events for the week of Ferragosto

Last modified Aug 08, 2016

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