From June 25 to June 30, the historic centre of Vicchio is hosting the 22nd edition of Etnica. For the first time, Etnica will collaborate with Terzostudio for the opening day, an association that organizes the most important street art event in Italy, Mercantia. The festival will also host Popoldo del Blues, who will oversee the Blues Corner in piazzetta di Levante.
The festival begins on June 25 with “StreetArts&Buskers,” vaunting jugglers, tightrope walkers, mimes, clowns, acrobats and musicians. The 26th will be dedicated entirely to Africa, with performances by the dance company Giguywassa – comprising dancers from Mali, Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast – bringing us deep into the traditions of African culture, as well as Kora Beat, a quintet with three musicians from Senegal and two Italians led by Cheikh Fall. Kora Beat will explore the crossroads between the Kora, a traditional African instrument, and different genres like jazz, funk and modern African melodies. During the afternoon, children can participate in body percussion workshops and adults can join in on African dance lessons. Typical African dishes will be available in piazza Giotto before the concert.
On June 27, the Mexican and Colombian band Kumbia Boruka takes the stage with a repertoire of classic compositions from the 1960s and ‘70s, mixing it with reggae, dub, desert rock and psychedelic electric guitar melodies.
June 28 is the evening of gypsy and Balkan music. Two Italian bands will share the stage to offer one of the most powerful and festive evenings of the entire festival. Eusebio Martinelli, with his Gipsy Orkestar, will open the dance, followed by the Sicilian group Giufà, comprising six members on guitar, bass guitar, drums, DJ and two alto saxophones. At 7pm, the music will switch to a DJ set with the sounds of Eastern Europe by Coqò.
Les Freres Smith will make an appearance on Saturday, June 29, with its impressive nine-musician line-up known for its Afro Beat. Before the concert, Freddie VIllarosa will perform a DJ set at 7pm, playing some of the most popular songs of this genre. After the concert, the terrace of circolo ARCI will be open to the public, continuing the party late into the night.
Sunday, June 30, the grand finale of Etnica will be Sud Sound System. The Italian precursors to the genre vaunt an energetic mix of hip hop, rap and protest music, here performing classic songs from their repertoire and others from their most recent album.
Access to the festival in piazza Giotto will require a symbol ticket for 1 euro, which will go towards funding the costs associated with the Circolare Gabrielli, which went into effect on June 7, 2017.