The Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto

spoletoOne of the most famous summer festivals in Italy is The Festival dei due Mondi (Festival of two Worlds) in Spoleto, a small city in Umbria region near Perugia. Spoleto is a fantastic place surrounded by the greenest valleys of Italy.

This year the festival will take place from 18 June to 4 July. Festival dei Due Mondi is conceived as a big workshop in which participants are invited into the medieval centre of the town, attending and partecipating to new music and theatre productions prepared for the fist time. One of this festival’s prerogative is that it offers new shows developed firstly for this special occasion.

Festival deepens and broadens its necessary vocation of opportunities offered to young artists and everything is new and deep rooted in the production dynamics. At the same time Spoleto is confirmed to be a prestigious international stage that gives visibility to young talents and celebrate well-known personalities like Woody Allen, who come last year to direct – for the first time in his life – Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi opera.

53 Festival dei 2 Mondi opens the Italian cultural summer. It is an international event of music, art, culture and entertainment which is held annually in Spoleto born in 1958 by the creative mind of master composer Gian Carlo Menotti .

This event  has inspired many similar events throughout the world. Its idea is simple, to create a meeting ground between two cultures and two worlds of art, American and European .

Celebrating arts in all their forms, Spoleto offers to this festival two prestigious theatres and the unique scenery of the central Piazza del Duomo. There is the world of drama, performance, opera, dance, puppet art, visual art, music, film and painting.

First press agencies show that the 2010 edition will be dedicated to Cuba. Cubans will be the honor guests. Youth Orchestra of Cuba for Ecology (OJCE), formed by 40 musicians from 10 to 15 years with the direction of the master Shama Milán, will  open the activities of the Festival and the program devotes an entire weeks to artistic expression in Cuba.

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