Pizzica workshop by the Taranta dance troupe

9 P.M.




Stop in Racale on August 6 for the traveling festival "La Notte della Taranta." The evening at 8 p.m. opens with the Pizzica Workshop by the Taranta Dance Corps, and from 9 p.m. in Piazza San Sebastiano, the music kicks off with concerts by I Briganti Di Terra d'Otranto,

Kalurya and Mimmo Epifani - Pietro Cirillo and the Tarantula Drums of Tricarico.

Salento therefore meets Basilicata, a mixture of sounds and traditions that will mix on stage with the project of Mimmo Epifani, one of the most appreciated mandolin players as well as a profound scholar of that popular musical culture, and Pietro Cirillo, considered by critics as one of the best connoisseurs and researchers of Lucanian popular music, founder of the Officine Popolari Lucane musical movement.

At 8 p.m., therefore, it is dance and in particular the pizzica workshop curated by the Corpo di Ballo della Notte della Taranta that will open the curtain on stage No. 6 of the musical spider web. The pizzica workshop has also become a must-attend event for fans of Salento dance who gather in the squares of the Festival's host towns to participate in the great round .

From 9 p.m. music on stage with: 

I Briganti di Terra d'Otranto

The Briganti di Terra d'Otranto were born in 2001 and to the re-proposal of traditional folk songs they combine original compositions, with particular care given to the sounds entrusted to the instruments with which, from the beginning, such songs were interpreted. With tambourines in the rhythm section, multiple solo voices, guitar, violin and flute alternate and chase each other drawing a palette of colors that are an expression of a land rich in color and light, in which even the elements of nature seem to harmoniously vibrate with the music.


KalurYa is a project born in 2016 from the collaboration of a group of musician friends with the aim of bringing novelty and contamination to Apulian folk music. The group consists of 10 elements: 8 musicians, a singer and a dancer. The instruments present are not only the traditional ones of Salento folk music, but to these are added instruments and sounds from other ethnic groups and musical genres. The group ranges between unreleased repertoire and traditional songs revisited in a modern key. The members of the group are: Sandro Pelle' voice, piano and founder of the group; Lucetto Micolani electric guitar, bouzouki, mandola, mandolin; Marcello De Cruto ukulele, guitar; Mimmo Quarta drums, percussion; Giuseppe Pati keyboards, piano; Maurizio Mancarella bass; Stefano De Monte tambourine; Alessia Pelle' vocalist, dancer.


Mimmo Epifani - Pietro Cirillo and the Tarantula Drums of Tricarico 

Mimmo Epifani is considered by critics as one of the best mandolin players on the international scene, as well as a profound scholar of the popular musical culture that, starting from the traditions handed down orally in the barbershops of San Vito dei Normanni, province of Brindisi, to the Neapolitan song, tarantella and pizzica, represents one of the most intense phenomena of southern folklore. A technical innovator of the plectrum instruments typical of his homeland (mandolin, mandola and mandoloncello), with a long solo career behind him and numerous collaborations with the likes of Eugenio Bennato, Massimo Ranieri and Matteo Salvatore, Mimmo Epifani, as part of this summer tour, will bring̀ on stage the genuine passioǹ of the musical tradition of Southern Italy together with Pietro Cirillo, considered by critics as one of the best connoisseurs and researchers of Lucanian folk music, founder of the Officine Popolari Lucane musical movement.


Ragnatela della Taranta continues 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. FREE ENTRANCE.


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," wrote Calvino 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.

Festival 2023 is dedicated to Luigi Chiriatti, the recently deceased artistic director who worked to the end of his days on the Taranta's itinerant 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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