Taranta Talk MARCELLO VENEZIANI, Cogito ergo Sud. Southern thought and identity. Dialogue with ROSARIO TORNESELLO director of Nuovo Quotidiano di Puglia



ANTONIO AND ELISEO CASTRIGNANÒ in Sinfonia Pizzicata with OLES Orchestra


Penultimate stage of the travelling festival La Notte della Taranta before the final concert in Melpignano, in Sternatia on 23 August. A journey that has seen on the 25 stages set up in the municipalities involved more than 400 artists for a total of 200 hours of live performances. And the Taranta Talk, a new feature of the 2023 edition, has also been a success in this edition, with great public participation in the appointments scheduled in the programme. In Sternatia in Piazza Castello there will be at 8.30 pm a meeting with Marcello Veneziani, writer, journalist and philosopher, with: Cogito ergo Sud. Pensiero e identità meridionale. He will dialogue with Rosario Tornesello, director of Nuovo Quotidiano di Puglia. At a time when techno-economic domination risks atrophying thought and erasing identities, it is important to start again from places, traditions, and the great Southern and Mediterranean thought. Hence the idea of going back to Magna Graecia and our origins to rediscover the deepest south, dancing and thinking, playful and contemplative. Thinking was born at noon and is married to the genius loci: cogito ergo sud.


From 10 p.m. music in Piazza Umberto I with performances by Jonica Popolare and then Antonio and Eliseo Castrignanò in Sinfonia Pizzicata with OLES Orchestra. The musician and composer Antonio Castrignanò and the pianist-conductor Eliseo Castrignanò, both from Calimera in Salento, share the stage, bringing together their musical experiences in a unique and ambitious project of sound research and experimentation that merges the music and sounds of the folk tradition with classical music and sounds, thus breaking down all imaginary boundaries crossed by the desire to share art. The project born almost as a game two years ago from the friendship and empathy between the two musicians is now consolidated in an unusual show and a totally surprising repertoire.


Jonica Popolare

Jonica Popolare is the brainchild of three friends who found themselves playing and singing traditional Salento music together some ten years ago. Over time, they have perfected this encounter, keeping the tradition of the lower Salento alive. In 2020, the release of their first CD 'Scercule' with the presentation of the first unreleased track entitled 'Tutti l'anni quannu è missi'. The group has five members, who play traditional instruments such as organetto, violin, chitarra battente, tambourine, and Salvatore Rolli's voice.

Antonio and Eliseo Castrignanò - Sinfonia Pizzicata .

Songs from the Salento folk tradition, classical music and Antonio's Fomentato project arranged by Eliseo for symphonic orchestra, plus two new compositions written for the occasion by the two musicians. Together with Antonio and Eliseo on stage will be the musicians of OLES (Orchestra Sinfonica di Lecce e del Salento) alongside Taranta Sounds, namely Rocco Nigro, Luigi Marra, Maurizio Pellizzari, Gianni Gelao, Davide Chiarelli, and Giuseppe Spedicato.

The Ragnatela della Taranta continues on 24 August Martano, 26 August CONCERTONE DI MEPIGNANO, 27 August Galatina - Notte delle Ronde. FREE ADMISSION.

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

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

The Itinerant Festival is a cultural project of the Notte della Taranta Foundation financed by the PUGLIA REGION and PUGLIAPROMOZIONE with the contribution of the Union of Municipalities of the Grecìa Salentina and the Ministry of Culture and the collaboration of the Diego Carpitella Institute. The Notte della Taranta Foundation thanks 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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