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Garfagnana Roots Identity and Memory


The program of the Piazzolla "Soy...! la raíz" Festival and all the events in the year of Italian roots in the world

On the occasion of the year of Italian roots in the world, Garfagnana could not miss a program full of events that, from June to September will feature the Municipalities of Castiglione di Garfagnana, Fabbriche di Vergemoli, Fosciandora, San Romano in Garfagnana and Villa Collemandina.

It starts on Sunday, July 14 with the fourth edition of the Piazzolla "Soy...! la raíz" Festival dedicated to Argentinian tango maestro Astor Piazzolla which traces its maternal roots to the hamlet of Massa Sassorosso. Here is the detailed program:

  • Sunday, July 14, 9 p.m. - Sanctuary of the hamlet of Corfino
    Scorci sonori (Sound glimpses)
    Concert duo of trumpets and piano with the participation of maestro Francesco Tamiati (first trumpet of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan) and Andrea Tofanelli (internationally renowned trumpet player);

  • Saturday, July 27, 9 p.m. - Piazza delle Tre Fontane in Corfino
    Astor, It’s jazz time 
    Ensemble concert of sax and percussion by the musical association 'Giovani Musicisti Ossolani';

  • Tuesday, August 6, 9 p.m. - Romanesque cloister of Villa Collemandina
    La banda, suoni dalla tradizione (The band, sounds from tradition)
    Concert of the two bands of the municipal area. Concert by Banda Associazione Santa Cecilia;

  • Friday, August 9, 9 p.m. - Piazza del Santo in Corfino 
    La banda, suoni dalla tradizione  
    Concert of the two bands of the municipal area. Concert by Filarmonica Mascagni;

  • Sunday, August 11, 9 p.m. - Romanesque cloister of Villa Collemandina 
    Musica dal mondo (Music from around the world)
    Concert brass quintet Diffusion Brass Quintet;

  • Sunday, August 18, 5 p.m. - Largo Piazzolla in Massa Sassorosso 
    Dialetto per diletto (Dialect for delight)
    Theater performance by Compagnia dell’Aschera, to enhance the value of traditions and language of the territory;

  • From August 20 to September 20 - Villa Collemandina
    Exhibitions and conferences on roots

The other events in August are: on August 1 in San Pellegrino in Alpe where the Concerto delle Radici (Concert of the Roots) will be held with arias by Lucca composer Giacomo Puccini in the centenary year of his death; on August 2, 3 and 4, in the hamlet of Corfino, where the National Extemporaneous Painting Competition will be held; on August 11, in the Municipality of Fabbriche di Vergemoli, at the renowned extemporaneous poetry competition in Garfagnana dialect "Boccabugia". Finally, on August 24, the hamlet of Chiozza will come alive with the Concert of the Roots.

In September it will be the turn of the Festa dell'Emigrante (Emigrant Festival) in the Municipality of Fosciandora. From September 26 to 29, the Municipality of San Romano will host the "Terre Meravigliose" (Wonderful Lands) event, and on September 29, the hamlet of Orzaglia will close the program with the Festa d’Autunno (Fall Festival), an event of an identity and gastronomic nature.