Lights on Venice: The Reedemer feast

Posted By: alessandra on July, 09 2012 in Culture, Curiosity, Events, To see, Venice
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On Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July, Venice celebrates the Reedemer feast.

It is a festival particularly popular with Venetians as it combines a religious theme with a spectacular celebration thanks to the phantasmagorical fireworks that will enchant people in Venice on Saturday night from 11.30 pm until midnight.

At dusk, just as they have done for centuries, numerous small boats decked out with balloons, decortions, begin to flock into St. Mark Bay and the Giudecca Canal.

Into the boats all the participants enjoy a sumptuous typical Venetian dinner.

Historical Notes

The Reedemer feast is a tradition dating back to 1577 and its name takes origins after the Reedentor church that was designed by Palladio and resides on the island of Giudecca.

Venice was suffering from a terrible plague and the Republic’s senate voted to build a temple on the Giudecca island in honour of Christ the Reedemer, and the Venetians promised to go there every year on third Sunday of July, if the plague stopped.

The Reedemer celebrations include a solemn religious service and procession presided over by the patriarch of the city, and the weekend ends with a series of gondola races, organized as part of the “Voga alla Veneta”.

Programme

SATURDAY, JULY 14th 2012

7.00 pm opening of the Thanksgiving Bridge, connecting the Zattere to the Church of the Redentore on the island of Giudecca
9.30 pm – 11.30 pm Concert by Banda Musicale di Tessera, traditional Venetian song, Fondamenta Zattere ai Gesuiti
11.30 pm Fireworks in St. Mark’s Bay
Redentore at Lido
Bluemoon – Piazzale Bucintoro,
9.00 pm-11.00pm Live music with “RE MIDA”, cover band playing a roaring repertoire of music of the eighties.
00.00 am – 03.00 am Dj-set by “MISTER SHOE DJ”, guitarist of the group “Onde Beat”, who carries away the audience with a program of musics of the seventies and eighties. Musical programme by Il Suono Improvviso

SUNDAY, JULY 15th 2012

Redentore Regattas – Giudecca channel
4.00 pm children’s twin-oared “pupparini” boat regatta
4.45 pm twin-oared “pupparini” boat regatta
5.30 pm twin-oared gondola regatta Organized by Assessorato al Turismo del Comune di Venezia

For further information please have a look at about Venice .
Reedemer feast official website

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