The traveling festival "La Notte della Taranta" continues and on August 4 makes a stop in Sogliano Cavour. On the stage in Piazza Falcone - Borsellino on stage from 9 p.m. are the concerts of I Tamburellisti di Otranto, I Trainieri and the Criamu.

The 2023 edition of the La Notte della Taranta Festival, which began Aug. 1, will run through Aug. 27, through as many as 25 villages and towns in Salento, the Torre Guaceto nature reserve and the iconic bay of Sant'Andrea, with more than 400 guests including musicians, dancers, actors, writers and philosophers. An edition that promises to be extraordinary and that confirms La Notte della Taranta as the largest Italian touring festival that promotes popular music as a score of emotions born from the dialogue between the arts, interweaving and creating reflections and insights with dance, theater, literature, philosophy and will lead, stage after stage to the Concertone on August 26 in Melpignano (Le), to the long night with the concertmaster FIORELLA MANNOIA.

At 9 p.m. the music kicks off and the square in Sogliano lights up with the three concerts:


Roots and traditions to be protected and passed on to future generations to remember their essence. Thus was born the idea of Massimo Panarese, a musician from Salento, to put together forty children with a passion for music and a sanguine talent for the tambourine instrument: what comes out of it is a mix of purest energy, which is linked back to traditions. This sums up the talents of the young group of "Tamburellisti di Otranto," spawned by the artistic - cultural association "Music...ando," desired by maestro Panarese and founded in April 2009, with the intention of bringing children and enthusiasts in general closer to popular music. The Tamburellisti represent a unique piece throughout the country, having established themselves as a real "case," so much so that they have attracted attention and consideration from many quarters: the group's debut took place a little over six years ago, when a small nucleus of 13 baby tamburellisti presented themselves to the public in Otranto, for their first performance. That narrow base, over the months, has grown into an ensemble, consisting of as many as 55 young percussionists. Many were their appearances on TV, especially in various Rai programs, and performances in Italy and abroad.


The group, founded in 2015 in Minervino di Lecce, interprets and spreads the magic and charm of Salento's musical culture, researched, studied in detail and handed down by the group's veterans who lived through those times. The music they will perform is represented by pizziche, stornelli and ballabili, musical genres that represent songs of love, hope, suffering, work in the fields and useful therapy for the cure from the taranta bite. The Trainieri are: Paolo de Pietro and Giorgio Ruggeri (tambourine and tammorra); Bruno Rizzello and ohiara Greco (Vocals); Lorenzo Pio (Accordion); Francesco Erriquez (classical guitar); Alberto Pezzuto (violin); Matteo Cacciatore (mandolin).


For more than two decades, Criamu has been conveying a message of recovery and respect for folk traditions while remaining wide open to the even technological reality that surrounds us. Their melodic line is traced by the sound of the strings of the mandolin the mandola and bouzucki and an accordion that interlock with an ensemble of Mediterranean Salento sound. Criamu "Pittata live 2023" (Union of three southern Italian rhythms pizzica pizzica tarantella tammurriata) Criamu's music keeps intact, powerful, pulsating and catalyzing the typical intensities of archaic Salento folk music. Often with valuable contemporary style arrangements well appreciated by a modern 'ear'; at other times with competent respect for ancient rhythms and melodies. Always they circulate well-being and harmony. When one of their concerts begins, even before the first note, there is a change of vibrations in the air...; already those who are present perceive, at various levels, each according to his sensitivity in letting go, that something is changing. Then it happens that we all enter together, those who play, those who sing, those who dance, into an 'other' dimension, co-present with the real one -in which the whole place is immersed- but much, much more powerful. Depending on the pieces played, the bodies and minds of those who dance find themselves vibrating with different emotions, all therapeutic; because, yes, 'healing' processes happen. Sadness dissolves into determination; weariness becomes lightness; discontent becomes passion; boredom turns into pure joy of life! And everyone smiles fulfilled; and grateful. Those who dance to Criamu's music miss them greatly between concerts; 'that CDs somewhat make up for it, but they are not the same as being with them, close, live.

The Ragnatela della Taranta continues, Aug. 5 Nociglia, Aug. 6 Racale, Aug. 7 Cursi, Aug. 8 Alessano, Aug. 9 Ugento, Aug. 10 Sant'Andrea - marina di Melendugno, Aug. 11 Carpignano Salentino, Aug. 12 Nardò, Aug. 13 Galatone, Aug. 14 Lecce, Aug. 16 Zollino, Aug. 17 Galatina, Aug. 18 Castrignano de Greci, Aug. 19 Cutrofiano, Aug. 20 Aradeo for the first time included in the Festival, Aug. 21 Martignano, Aug. 22 Soleto, Aug. 23 Sternatia, Aug. 24 Martano, Aug. 26 CONCERTONE DI MEPIGNANO, Aug. 27 Galatina - Night of the Patrols.

The theme of this 26th edition is IDENTITY, inspired by Italo Calvino, the writer whose centenary since his birth falls this year: "Identity is a bundle of divergent lines that find in the individual the point of interest," Calvino wrote in "Civilizations of Machines." A theme-world to interpret current reality that will be addressed in lectio magistralis by philosopher Umberto Galimberti guest in Martano on Aug. 24, by Tlon philosophers Maura Gancitano and Andrea Colamedici on Aug. 21 in Martignano, by criminal judge Maria Francesca Mariano on Aug. 19 in Cutrofiano, by journalist Marcello Veneziani on Aug. 23 in Sternatia, by theologian Vito Mancuso on Aug. 8 in Alessano, by writer Stefano Massini on Aug. 17 in Galatina, by journalist and writer Angelo Mellone on Aug. 13 in Galatone. FREE ENTRANCE.

Festival 2023 is dedicated to Luigi Chiriatti, the recently deceased artistic director who worked until the end of his days on the Taranta touring program.

The Itinerant Festival is a cultural project of the Notte della Taranta Foundation funded by REGIONE PUGLIA and PUGLIAPROMOZIONE with the contribution of Unione dei Comuni della Grecìa Salentina and the Ministry of Culture and the collaboration of the Diego Carpitella Institute.

The Notte della Taranta Foundation would like to thank the Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve and the municipalities of Corigliano d'Otranto, Calimera, Sogliano Cavour, Nociglia, Racale, Cursi, Alessano, Ugento, Melendugno, Carpignano Salentino, Nardò, Galatone, Zollino, Galatina, Castrignano de' Greci, Cutrofiano, Aradeo, Martignano, Soleto, Sternatia, Martano, Melpignano and the city of Lecce.

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