Month: August 2008
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Roman Victories on Exhibition at Colosseo

ColosseumThe Colosseo, the symbol of greatness of Roman civilization and art in the world will house until 14th September 2008 “Trionfi Romani. I giorni della Gloria” (“Roman Victories. Glory Days”), a very particular exhibition which wants to honour the great Roman civilization’s glory.
The Flavian Amphitheater infact, has become from 5th March the seat of about one hundred works, between which we find bas-reliefs, bronzes, ancient coins, sculptures and frescoes, all witnesses of the great victories in history from Etruscans’ age until Costantine’s period.
The exposition is part of the exhibitions’ cycle organized by Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma (Archaeological Board of Rome), and it is divided into two different sections according to the topic.
The first one is dedicated to the Triumph, and shows the exposition of works and archaeological finds which are witnesses of celebrations and rites from Etruscan Age to the Hellenistic Period, and also a wide range of iconographic artworks which tell the typical ceremonies of the great Roman Triumph’s Age.
The second section

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MUGELLO DANCE FESTIVAL

Mugello Dance FestivalOn the 30th and the 31st of August, in the International Racetrack of Mugello (that for the first time opens the doors to a musical event instead of a sport event), the most important electronic music event of the Italian summer will take place: “MooDJay”. Thanks to the hospitality of Mugello Circuit the festival, a product of the Main Project, will take place from the 30th to the 31th August 2008. Two days and nights of electronic music and cultural activities will transform the green hills around the Mugello circuit in a new futuristic colony divided between nature and digital innovation of music. The protagonist of the festival will be “dance music” performed by Italian and international artists of the electronic music scene. The Orb, Speedy J, Culdcut e Fischerspooner, are the exclusive acts of the Mugello Dance Festival nights. There will be stars of the international electronic music scene but also a concert of the star of the 80′s dance music: the oddball Boy George. An historical overview of the electronic music starting from the exhibition of the great

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PALIO DI SIENA (Palio dell’Assunta)

PalioIt is drawing near the date of August 16th, when the Palio di Siena (Palio dell’Assunta) will take place, the most ancient horse race in the world. The Palio is one of the most famous and popular Italian manifestations and it takes place every year on July 2nd (Palio di Provenzano) and August 16th (Palio dell’Assunta). The Palio is an historical secular tradition closely connected with the origin of the “Contrade” of Siena (districts into which the town is divided): ten horses and riders represent ten of the seventeen “Contrade” in a spectacular horse race around Piazza del Campo, which attracts visitors and spectators from around the world. The districts (“Contrade”) are characteristical agonistic institutions each having their own government, oratory, coat of arms, appellations, sometimes titles of nobility, emblems and colours, official representatives, festivities and patron Saints; they have a delimited territory and its population consists of all those people who were born or are living within the topographic limits of the district.

The history of the Palio needs to be searched in medieval traditions, and in the games that

“Puccini al cinema”

Giacomo PucciniIn honour of the 150° anniversary of Giacomo Puccini‘s birth, a motion-picture exhibition called “PUCCINI AL CINEMA” was organized, created and developped by the Prof. Pier Marco De Santi, Italian movie-picture history lecturer at the University of Pisa and strongly desired by the Puccinian Festival Foundation.
“Puccini al cinema” is taking place from the 28th of June until the 30th of September at the Auditorium of the New Open-Air Theatre of Torre del Lago Puccini (recently built, dedicated to Lucca’s composer) and it is the first collection of motion-picture operas related to Puccini: more than forty films, some of them from the dumb cinema, included the untold film of Puccini’s funeral.
The review is divided into two parts: