The excitement of The Night of Magic is coming back

After the great public success and participation for the edition of the last year, The Nights of Magic, an event organized by the Municipality of Albano di Lucania with the collaboration of Gal Basento Camastra and other associations in the area, is coming back. On the days 29, 30 and 31 of August, the small lucanian village dresses up for an emotional journey through magic, art, history and music.notti-della-magia-211x300

The event is part of a framework with renewed attention for some elements that characterize the cultural identity of Albano. The magical and ritual world, therefore, that stands out in the pages of the ethno-anthropologist Ernesto de Martino, is read in with the languages of contemporary arts, in order to dialogue with the suggestions of the past.

The streets of Albano di Lucania will be popolated by witches and little monks, fortune tellers and street artists, musicians and actors, in a dreamlike atmosphere. The squares will be animated with shows of aerial acrobatics, juggling, balancing, groups of ethnic music, pipers with anthropological masks from Lavello, Satriano and San Mauro Forte, in addition to a living music box that will scan the topic moments of the event, with her sweet notes.

During the show, the magical-religious themed documentaries made by Luigi Di Gianni, an honorary citizen of Albano di Lucania, will be screened along the "path of memory". There will be also an exhibition of pictures of the 50s by the photographer Franco Pinna. Inside Palazzo Ducale pages from Sud e magia, written by De Martino, will be read.

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Food and Wine Events (and not only) in Basilicata

Summer in Basilicata is also synonymous with fairs and festivals that highlight the flavours of Lucania. There are several food and wine trails that take shape and life thanks to the various associations located in the territory. This year we suggest you, among the others, to take part in two events which will be held in Barile (Cantinando Wine & Art) and Sant'Angelo le Fratte (Le cantine aperte).

Cantinando is the Urban Park of Cellars, dug into the tuff in the fifteenth century with the fatigue of the arms, so dear to Pier Paolo Pasolini, who has shot there the initial part of the film "Gospel according tocropped-cantinando-top Matthew". Cantinando represents the Aglianico del Vulture, the red wine among the most prestigious in
Italy and which once was served to alleviate the hardships of work and hot. Cantinando is also a laboratory that follows the thread of hospitality; it is a crossroads of ideas involving boys from all over the world, reached through an International Work Camp looking for contacts with other cultural and connections with them. Concerts, wine tastings, exhibitions of painting, sculpture, photography and crafts, street art, theater, film screenings, conferences, book presentations, juggling, children's activities, culture and traditions.

This year again, during Cantinando, there will be, inside of it, a space dedicated to independent Italian music. The Soballera will perform during the first night; on August the 13th 2014 there will be a great return, with a new look, of the Tetes de Bois with Pierpaolo Capovilla; the third and final evening will be dedicated to one of those lucanian excellences that stood out in this last year treading the stage on May 1 in Rome: the Musicamanovella that will be on stage in Piazza Pasolini on August the 14th at 22:00.

In Sant'Angelo le Fratte, e Cantine Aperte enclose a food and wine path between the cellars hollowed directly into the rock of the mountain above the village, becoming now among the most important events of the summer of Lucania.Cantine Aperte 2014

The event, organized by the local Pro-Loco with the support of hundreds of volunteer citizens, has been held for more than a decade, with proven success, from the 12th to the 15th of August in the area called Cupa delle Cantine and offering the opportunity to thousands of visitors to taste wines, cheeses and other typical products of high quality of the local cuisine. There are, actually, many points of refreshment with cavatelli, sandwiches, roast, crepes and a lot of good wine. There is also space for artistic handicrafts, while the big news for this year is the Pantagruel pot, where an omelette with 1200 eggs will be prepared. The organization will provide visitors a shuttle service around Sant'Angelo le Fratte. A path not to be missed with music and dances framed by unspoilt scenery and charming, in other words, as the slogan says, it is an experience to live!

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The kaleidoscope of Frederick II relives in Lagopesole

The Castle of Lagopesole, where Frederick II arrived in the summer of 1242 with his multiethnic court, to find release in nature and practice falconery, which was his favourite pastime, relives every year, on August 12, this first meeting with the Emperor, his son Manfredi, the falconer court and the rest of his entourage, fede2-300x168played by a hundred actors of the place, with voiceovers that describe a profile of Frederick.

Gifts, bows and a short show of dancers, jugglers and flag bearers precede the arrival of the procession, which runs through the streets of the village, while the square of “Largo S. Francesco” is set in medieval key, to host duels between soldiers, and six inns give life to the food and wine path From "Frederick II to the present day". The event is organized by U.N.L.A. Lagopesole, with the collaboration of the Municipality of Avigliano and with the support of the Regional Council of Basilicata and APT Basilicata.

The World of Frederick II (Il mondo di Federico II) is one of the "Great Attractors between history, nature and emotions" of Basilicata and makes Lagopesole the only castle in Europe to talk about the Emperor Frederick of Swabia: it is a complex project, consisting of an evening Multivision, projected from June to September, and a museum “Narrante”, which you can access all the year.

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