15 AUGUST IS FERRAGOSTO – THE ITALIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL

After Christmas, Ferragosto is the second most important festivity in Italy. The most awaited festival corresponds with the beginning of the summer holidays and brings a stream of Italian visitors to the beaches and the cities. If you would like to go out on the night of Ferragosto, make sure to book a table in your favourite restaurant. Also, note that most shops are closed for the festivities.

The Ferragosto finds its origins in ancient Rome and was later interwoven with the Catholic tradition. The name Ferragosto comes from the Latin feriae Augusti (rest of Augustus), in honor of Octavian Augustus, the first Roman emperor, from which the month of August takes its name. It was a period of rest and celebration established by the emperor himself during which a number of parties celebrated the end of the agricultural labour.

Throughout the Empire festivals and horse races took place, draft animals were adorned with flowers. In addition, it was custom for the farmers to express their best wishes to the landowners, in exchange for a small tip.

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GRAND OPENING OF THE MULTIMEDIA CULTURAL CENTER “CONTOS E SONOS”, PULA – JUNE 22, 2019 (evening)

“Contos e Sonos” was born to explore some of the several artistic expressions of the Sardinian cultural heritage, such as music (Launeddas, barrel organ etc.), oral traditions (tales, myths, legends), traditional dancing and singing (a tenore, a concordu, with guitar etc.). With this project, the Teatro Actores Alidos wants to modernize the former Municipal Cultural Centre in Pula, making it the “domo de sa cultura” (house of the culture), a new cultural hub that will organize events, meetings, workshops, interactive courses and contests, with the goal to promote, recover and pass on the oral traditions and the practice of ancient arts, especially between the younger generations and the students, so that they can learn and preserve them.

These initiatives will facilitate social interactivity and cultural exchanges to facilitate the creation of new formulas and ideas across the different disciplines. All the productions (documents, activities, etc.) will be available digitally later on, to be preserved and always accessible.

“Contos e Sonos” wants to be a spark for the “domo”, to engage the public, make them enjoy and discover the many faces of the vast Sardinian cultural heritage, constantly evolving and being reinterpreted.

More information: http://www.contosesonos.com/en

DOMO DE SA CULTURA
Via Nora 195, 09010 Pula (Ca)

GIROTONNO – CELEBRATING THE SEA RIDERS

Girotonno 2019 – Celebrating the rider of the sea
 
Discover tuna tradition and culture in a corner of paradise, the Sulcis Iglesiente, in Carloforte, Sardinia! From 30 May to 2 June 2019 the Girotonno will take place: four days of culture, arts, food, wine, music and entertainment.
 
For example there will be a Tuna Cuisine Competition with chefs from six nations, who will prepare stunning tuna dishes, or the Girotonno Live Cooking event in which national and international chefs prepare food live, comment and invite the public to taste their original tuna-based creations.
 
Carloforte in San Pietro Island possesses the last tuna trap in Italy. Every year from April to mid-June the passage of the Bluefin tuna is intercepted in the west of the island, where fishing is always fruitful, full of emotions and history. Despite its fascination, it has to be said that this fishing tradition has become controversial and raises lots of questions about the ecological sustainability, given the lack of tuna in the world…
 

Info: http://www.girotonno.it/en/

Girotonno 2019 – Celebrating the rider of the sea
 
Discover tuna tradition and culture in a corner of paradise, the Sulcis Iglesiente, in Carloforte, Sardinia! From 30 May to 2 June 2019 the Girotonno will take place: four days of culture, arts, food, wine, music and entertainment.
 
For example there will be a Tuna Cuisine Competition with chefs from six nations, who will prepare stunning tuna dishes, or the Girotonno Live Cooking event in which national and international chefs prepare food live, comment and invite the public to taste their original tuna-based creations.
 
Carloforte in San Pietro Island possesses the last tuna trap in Italy. Every year from April to mid-June the passage of the Bluefin tuna is intercepted in the west of the island, where fishing is always fruitful, full of emotions and history. Despite its fascination, it has to be said that this fishing tradition has become controversial and raises lots of questions about the ecological sustainability, given the lack of tuna in the world…
 
Info: http://www.girotonno.it/en/

A COLORFUL EVENT – CITRUS FRUIT FESTIVAL IN MURAVERA

The Citrus Fruit Festival of Muravera (South Eastern Sardinia) is an event not to be missed. It marks the beginning of the touristic season and showcases the local citrus fruit production.

Amazing and colorful costumes, beautifully handmade fabrics adorned with precious filigree jewels, etc. – there is a lot to see this weekend in Muravera. For the occasion the main streets will be festooned with multicolored carpets and tapestries and will give way to a large parade of folk groups from all over Sardinia.

During the three days of the festival numerous events including conferences, exhibitions, and travelling museums, murals competition, tastings of local food and folk music.

If you are staying around Chia or Pula, Muravera can be reached in about 2 hours by car. Check out the full program here:
http://www.sagradegliagrumi.it/

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MASKS, DISGUISES, SATIRE AND BIZARRE PANTOMIME

The Carnival, the only festivity not linked to Catholic liturgy, is deep rooted in the Sardinian culture. Across the island the festivities start with the bonfires of Saint Anthony on 17th January while the main celebrations take place between Ash Thursday and Ash Tuesday to conclude on Ash Wednesday. Interestingly the main carnival characters vary quite strongly from region to region.

The Carnival often recalls archaic rites, where the year end is represented by a king or queen (in Tempio Pausiania) or by a rag puppet that is tried, condemned to the stake and afterwards mourned with a ridiculous funeral whine (in Bosa, Maimone, Cagliari).

In the center of the island, Carnival often features mute masks of ancient origin such as Mamuthones and Issohadores (Mamoiada), Boes and Merdules (Ottana) and Sos Thuros (Orotelli).

Especially in the region of Oristano, equistrian performances are at the heart of the Carnival (e.g. Sartiglia in Oristano, Sa carrela ‘nanti in Santulussurgiu, Sa corsa e sa pudda in Ghilarza).

No matter where you decide to go, the Carnival is usually accompanied by beans with bacon, fritters (kind of donuts) and plenty of local wine. Have fun!

Photo: Maurizio Aresi by www.sardiniaturismo.eu
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THE SANTAS ARE BACK!

Ten thousand steps of generosity for three Pink Points in Cagliari. This is the subtitle of the event that will take place this year in the beautiful beach front Poetto. The Santa Claus run is a solidarity race that aims to raise funds for the creation of three Pink Points for lactation of children in three city structures of the Health Protection Sardinia.

The sporting event is a non-competitive race, open to all without age limits. The participants will run along a path of about ten thousand steps, starting from the first stop at the Poetto. The turning point of the race is located at the Hippodrome, while the arrival will be located at the Lido of Cagliari beach club.

Photo: http://www.kalariseventi.com

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CHRISTMAS MARKET IN CAGLIARI

Besides the Christmas Fair which takes place every year near the harbor in Cagliari, this year the Christmas Market will take place from December 1st to January 6th, 09:30 – 22:00 h.

More than 40 booths will present their products in Piazza Yenne and in the pedestrian zone of Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Folk groups will daily cross the city playing traditional Chrsitmas tunes with the Launeddas (Sardinian flutes) .

This is the perfect place if you are looking for Christmas trees, cribs, ornaments, accessories and handcrafts. You will also find the traditional fresh and dried flowers’ bouquets, poinsettias and seasonal greeting cards. Of course, Sardinian food and produces, from nougat to sebadas, cannot be missed here either. The sure place to find an original Christmas gift or souvenir to take home!

From 14 to 16 December visit the Santa Claus Village (Villaggio di Babbo Natale) which will be setup in the magical atmosphere of the Corte in Giorgino (Villa Ballero), Cagliari. For three days children and adults can live the magic of the most awaited festival of the year with the company of a full-time Santa Claus. Together with the Elves-Scouts, he will welcome everybody to take a picture with him. There will be many children activities such as many booths stands, songs, gospel choirs, music, merry-go-rounds, inflatables and many more.

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PROCESSION AT THE SEA OF BONARIA: A festival that repeats since 150 years

Each summer, on the first Sunday of July, the summer festival of the Madonna di Bonaria takes place, with the ritual procession at sea of the statue of the Madonna. The tradition began in 1866, when a group of young Sardinians, returning from the battle of Custoza (III War of Independence), wanted to thank Our Lady of Bonaria for having saved them.

In the afternoon, after attending mass, thousands of devotes depart from the Basilica accompanying the statue of the Madonna to the port. Here the statue is loaded on a boat and, with a procession of dozens of boats, the procession on the sea reaches the small port of Su Siccu, where, in front of the Basilica, a crown of flowers is thrown into sea in memory of the sailors who lost their lives during the war. After returning to the port, the statue is brought back to the Basilica, whose facade is illuminated by day.

Photo: https://www.chiesasarda.it

EVERY YEAR AGAIN – CHERRY FESTIVAL IN VILLACIDRO

Here is a good tip for spending an afternoon discovering the Sardinian culture near you! The coming weekend – 9/10 June – the Cherry Festival in Villacidro will be dedicated to the delicious red fruit called cerexia in Sardinian.

The 2018 vintage was excellent! A fantastic season for quality and quantity! The satisfied farmers will exhibit the sweet fruit in the various stands of the festival, now in its 46th edition, which will be held in the communal park G. Dessi Via Republic in Villacidro. There you will also find a market with local produce and handicrafts as well as musical performances with dancers and singers in the town’s main square. Come on over and have a taste of several cherry varieties such as Barraccocca, Regina, Primaritza and Bigareau.

Villacidro is about 1 hour drive from Pula and the Chia region.

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Fairs, markets, etc – Market in Pula

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Remember that the local market in Pula is every Tuesday from 8:00 – 13:00.

Why not stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables from the local farmers? You will also find a great selection cheeses, olive oil, honey, flowers and much more. It’s fun, it’s colorful and you get to meet local people too.

The market is located in Via XXV Aprile in Pula, just next to the sports center (a large white building you can’t miss), almost at the end of town when coming from Chia.

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