May 20

90th International Agricultural Fair

Cultural Station Svilara


It will be La Notte della Taranta representing Italy in Serbia for the Italian Culture Week scheduled for May 20 in NOVI SAD.

First scheduled appointment for the Taranta artists is the 90th International Fair of Agriculture, a landmark event for the entire Balkan area, in the presence of Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Francesco Lollobrigida and Italian Ambassador to Serbia Luca Gori on Saturday, May 20, at 11:00 am.

Also on Saturday, at 8 p.m., La Notte della Taranta will be on stage at the Svilara Cultural Station in Novi Sad for a free concert open to the entire city.

The Foundation's project aims to highlight the long research carried out over 25 years on the valorization of minority languages. In Novi Sad, songs in the Arbëreshë language will be offered in addition to songs in Grico. With the voices of Salvatore Galeanda and Consuelo Alfieri, the tambourines of Roberto and Alessandro Chiga, the bagpipes of Nico Berardi, the accordion of Roberto Gemma, the violin of Giuseppe Astore, and the dance of Lucia Scarabino, Mihaela Coluccia and Andrea Caracuta, La Notte della Taranta will celebrate Italian Culture to the rhythm of pizzica.

A prestigious recognition for Italian popular culture made possible by the collaboration between the Notte della Taranta Foundation and the Italian Cultural Institute of Belgrade, with the support of the Belgrade ICE Agency and the cultural support of the "Novi Sad - European Capital of Culture" Foundation, Svilara Cultural Station, Faculty of Humanities of the University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad Academy of Arts and Youth Theater.

The Taranta in the Fair performance will be broadcast live by RTV - Radio Television of Vojvodina, the regional public broadcaster in the Serbian province of Vojvodina.




Luigi Chiriatti passed away this afternoon. His wife Marisa Palermo and children Salvatore, Anna, Giovanni, Francesca, Fabio and Paolo made the sad announcement. The 70-year-old, who had been admitted to Tricase's Cardinal Giovanni Panico Hospital following the worsening of his health condition, had undergone emergency surgery. Despite the efforts of the medical staff to ensure a full recovery, he failed to make it through post-surgery.

Luigi for decades devoted himself to research in the field of Salento folk traditions. After recording in 1977 with the Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino the record Canti di terra d'Otranto e della Grecìa salentina, he founded and militated in important groups re-proposing popular music: the Canzoniere di Terra d'Otranto and Aramirè. He has edited and published numerous works on tarantismo, music and popular culture of Salento. Most notably, Love Bites. Viaggio nel tarantismo Salentino, (Capone 1995) and Terra Rossa d'Arneo (Kurumuny 2017).

He has held numerous institutional positions as a member of the scientific committee CIGI - Comitato Italiano Gioco Infantile; president of the cultural association "Ernesto de Martino-Salento"; of artistic direction: festival "Canti di Passione" from 2003 to 2009 and 2014; of teaching activities and scientific advice.

In 2002 he founded the Kurumuny publishing house, and from 2015 he was artistic director of the "La Notte della Taranta" festival and scientific director of the "Diego Carpitella" Institute.

The funeral chamber will be set up at Villa Betania in Tricase, and the funeral will be held tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the Palazzo Marchesale in Melpignano.






with Sony Music Italy


"The band plays

Jousts shanties and cafes

At the patronal feast

Gourmet sweets and cupeta

At the patronal festival

Fairs and livestock

Blasphemies and cronies

Golden clothes for you

At the patronal feast"


As of Friday, May 5, "La Festa Patronale" is on the radio and available digitally, the new single from Salento's Après La Classe, who give the public a festive comeback with the collaboration of the Popular Orchestra Notte della Taranta.

An exciting fresco of the Patronal Feast that from the first listen takes us to the stage of the popular ritual among processions colored by rose petals, illuminations, shanties, merry-go-rounds and the band playing. The protagonist is the fatalistic patron saint linked to daily life, to a secular environment animated by collective passion, in the continuous exchange between sacred and profane.

The Salento band, in collaboration with the Notte della Taranta Foundation, returns to an active cultural intervention with a text that makes the inner treasure of every community more accessible: the patronal feast. A hymn to the beauty of waiting, to that magical moment that separates us from the day of the feast, when all "our people are waiting for it."

The unreleased song is a ballad full of surprising snapshots and intimate awe, with an ethno-pop sound that tells in an almost autobiographical way about a man who, by mirroring himself in the lights of the feast, wants to celebrate the value of depth and imagination of the past in order not to get lost in the demonic contemporary perception of himself.

The song pays homage to all the Patronal Feasts. It opens with the announcement, sung by Antonio Amato accompanied by Valerio Combass Bruno's bass, of the day of the Feast. It is the voices of Francesco Arcuti and Marco Perrone that take us into the colorful atmosphere of the town celebrating its patron saint. Alessandra Caiulo, Consuelo Alfieri and Giancarlo Paglialunga complete the fresco of cheerful sounds between the tambourines of Roberto Chiga and Gioele Nuzzo, the violin of Giuseppe Astore and the unmistakable sound of Gianluca Longo's mandola.

The cover is signed by Max Brunetti whose artistic vision gives body and life to the saint who becomes, with the use of artificial intelligence, Antonio the friend and confidant, imperfect and fallible.


The track will be available here:


"Après La Classe, with "La festa patronale," points out Federico Capone a member of the scientific committee of the La Notte della Taranta Foundation, offer a lively fresco of what is the feast in honor of the patron saint of every town, whether large or small, in southern Italy; that they know the dynamics of the feast is clear from the opening verses, in which they describe the accompaniment of the statue of the saint, with the clergy at the head followed by representatives of the institutions and local notables, band and confraternity. And the faithful who, in religious silence, march on, creating an orderly line escorted by wings of the crowd. The patronal feast is a "great feast," brought to life by so many other figures, sometimes in opposition to each other, from the grandmother who prays from the balcony throwing rose petals, to the children dressed in white, to those engaged in more secular and venal tasks, preparing the market.

The beauty of this piece, and the bravura of Après La Classe, lies in showing the thousands of colors of the illuminations, in making the smells of coffee and copeta.

And then the battery of fires: the carousels light up, the trumpets blare. La festa patronale begins."


Après La Classe will present "La Festa Patronale" and their greatest hits on tour throughout Italy:

June 29 Imola Summer Fest, Imola (BO)
June 30 Etnica Festival, Vicchio (FI)
July 14 Ornano Grande, Teramo

July 21 Agri In Salento, Salice Salentino (LE)

July 25 Scapp Festival, Mattinata (FG)


The Popular Orchestra will present the song on the 2023 tour in Italy and abroad:

May 13 Jazz Festival, Vicenza

May 13 Patronal Festival, Specchia (LE)

May 20 Italian Cultural Institute, Novi SAd (Serbia)

May 22 Crazy Week, Milan

June 2 Singapore

June 10, Cernusco sul Naviglio (MI)

June 12 Patronal Festival, Tricase (LE)

June 14 Reopening Theatre, Sant'Agata Bolognese (BO)




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Title: La Festa Patronale

Après La Classe & Popular Orchestra La Notte della Taranta

Release Date: 05/05/2023

Label: Get Up Music

Under license Epic Records distribution: Sony Music Italy

Production: Apres La Classe, Get Up music, La Notte della Taranta Foundation



Apres La Classe:
Francesco Arcuti (vocals), Marco Perrone, (vocals) Valerio Bruno (bass)


La Notte della Taranta Popular Orchestra:
Antonio Amato (voice), Giancarlo Paglialunga (voice), Consuelo Alfieri (voice), Alessandra Caiulo (voice) Roberto Chiga (tambourine), Gioele Nuzzo (tambourine), Gianluca Longo (mandola), Giuseppe Astore (violin).

Additional musicians
Guitar: Emanuele Pagliara
Drums: Gianmarco Serra

Keyboards: Pasquale Carrieri

Recorded and mixed: Alex Fazzi - Laboratori Musicali, Trepuzzi (LE)

Mastering: Francesco Guadalupi - Om Studio Mastering Room, Brindisi



Everything is ready in Galatina for the New Year's Eve show with La Notte della Taranta. On Sunday, January 1, at 8 p.m., in St. Peter's Square, the Popular Orchestra will hold a special live show: two hours of pure spectacle in a sound and dance journey that will make the audience experience the magical atmosphere of the Concertone with traditional music that blends with the sounds of the thousands of Italian and international artists met on the Taranta stage in 25 years of history.

In the city of St. Paul of the Tarantas, the tambourines of the festival are ready to invade St. Peter's Square and Dante Alighieri Square to greet 2023 to the rhythm of the pizzica.

On stage will be Popular Orchestra singers Antonio Amato, Giancarlo Paglialunga, Salvatore Cavallo Galeanda, Enza Pagliara, Stefania Morciano, Consuelo Alfieri and Alessandra Caiulo, and musicians Attilio Turrisi - chitarra battente, Giuseppe Astore - violin, Roberto Gemma - accordion, Nico Berardi - woodwinds, Leonardo Cordella - accordion, Antonio De Mariani - drums, Valerio Combass Bruno - bass, Gianluca Longo - mandola, and tambourine players Roberto and Alessandro Chiga, Gioele Nuzzo, Carlo De Pascali. Serena Pellegrino, Mihaela Coluccia, Laura Boccadamo, Cristina Frassanito, Andrea Caracuta and Marco Martano will dance.

A new project by the La Notte della Taranta Foundation to promote the culture of participation in collaboration with the City of Galatina and Teatro Pubblico Pugliese. Objectives: to enhance cultural tourism with a promotional campaign that highlights the cultural and environmental beauty, the food and wine routes of the Capital of Salento Pasticciotto, and the extraordinary artistic richness of the basilica of Santa Caterina; to support participatory processes promoted at the territorial level so that the culture of participatory dialogue between public administration and citizens continues to develop and take root. The aim of the Apulia Region is to carry out interventions in the interest of the local community and to involve citizenship with forms of co-design.

A legendary destination between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Galatina is now aiming at the quality of its winter tourist offer by proposing to the public the excellence of popular music. The show will open at 7:45 p.m. with choreography dedicated to the rebirth of the Salento landscape destroyed by Xylella.

The Olivami association, which promoted the adoption of olive trees and created the Taranta Olive Park, will donate 100 liters of oil to needy families in Galatina to which Taranta Solidale food parcels will be added. The handover ceremony will be attended by Galatina Mayor Fabio Vergine, Olivami director Simone Chiriatti and Notte della Taranta Foundation president Massimo Manera.

At 10:30 p.m. Galatina and Friends with Antonio & Riccardo Maglio dj, Tekemaya from Solero dj, Walter t. from BallaItalia, Roberto Serra dj, Freddy Codazzo dj, Sugar dj, Gianni Bruni dj, Gianfranco Loreta and many other surprises in collaboration with the sociocultural association "Quelli di piazza San Pietro 2.0."

The New Year's Eve concert is a project of the Notte della Taranta Foundation in collaboration with the Apulia Region, the Municipality of Galatina and supported by the Teatro Pubblico Pugliese.



Extraordinary success for the 2022 edition of the Notte della Taranta, one of the most important folk music festivals in the world promoted by the Fondazione Notte della Taranta with the support of the Puglia Region, Puglia Promozione, Unione dei Comuni della Grecìa Salentina and the Diego Carpitella Institute.  
"La Notte della Taranta promotes not only the music, dance and beauty of the pizzica but has the ability to bring tradition and innovation into dialogue, highlights Puglia Region President Michele Emiliano. A process of connection between the languages of art that is a projection of a model of creative development capable of representing Puglia by foregrounding its rich cultural heritage. The images of the square of Melpignano with thousands of citizens and tourists from all over the world are unforgettable. A memorable edition that once again highlighted the talent and beauty of Puglia. I thank Massimo Manera and his team, and I thank all the artists who participated in this great inclusive and welcoming festival like a pizzica patrol."

"The Concertone confirms its enormous success and will return on August 26, 2023 with all its extraordinary ability to dialogue with the public", announces Foundation President Massimo Manera. "I thank the President of Puglia Region Michele Emiliano and the General Director of Puglia Promozione Luca Scandale who believed in the cultural project by actively supporting the Foundation. Culture, beauty, research, innovation, and participation will still be the key words of our activity, which starts again immediately with three concerts on September 18 in Elba Island, September 23 in San Vito Lo Capo, and October 6 in Lecce."

Unprecedented media coverage for the 2022 edition that reached more than 60 million contacts through the Foundation's social platforms and through the communication strategy that used multiple languages to reach different audiences. Suffice it to say that La Notte della Taranta, which landed on Tik Tok on the eve of the Concertone, reached an audience of 8000 users in a few hours with 2.2 million interactions.
More than 5 million people reached on Facebook, 15 million impressions on Instagram and an endless production of stories from users, artists, guests, influencers who tagged the official page. Among the most active influencers: Gianluca Fru of the comedy group TheJackal and the Concertone host Elodie herself, who leaps to the top of the social ratings with her Pizzica di san Vito, followed by Stromae's Alors On Danse, Marco Mengoni's Klama, and traditional songs Acqua de la Funtana performed by Stefania Morciano and Aria Caddhipulina performed by Antonio Amato.

Exceptional data on accesses to the official website of the Foundation that on August 27 broadcasted worldwide (excluding Italy) on the streaming platform the Concertone reaching 825,000 requests mainly from Argentina, Switzerland, Spain, Canada, the United States, Chile, England, France, Greece, Albania, Australia and recording two access requests from Ukraine.
On twitter the hashtags #taranta25 and #WeAreinPuglia remained trending on both August 27 and September 1, when the Concertone was broadcast by Rai 1 reaching 8% share in second night with 426,000 viewers and with the special report on Estate in Diretta 1,460,000 viewers. There was a steady increase in the viewing figures on Rai Play.
Mediaset dedicated the MAG Studio Aperto special to the Melpignano event, which reached 6% share with 328,087 viewers. Stunning Italian and foreign news coverage. The event was followed by TG1 13:30, TG2 13:00, TG3 14:20, TG3 Puglia all editions, TG5 night, TG5 8:00, TG5 8:00, Studio Aperto 12:25, Studio Aperto 18:25 with over 15 million users reached and by the all news Sky Tg24, RaiNews24, TgCom24 with over 6 million users reached. Extensive and qualified coverage from the radio news of RTL 102.5, RDS, Radio Capital, Rai Radio 1, with over 12 million users reached. With correspondents in Melpignano also present foreign TV from Albania, Slovenia, Romania and remote coverage from Switzerland and Greece. The choice was made taking into consideration the tourism planning of the new flights to and from Puglia.
Valuable was the coverage of national newspapers, news agencies and in particular Puglia, which since 1998, the date of birth of the Notte della Taranta, have accompanied the cultural growth path of the event, actively contributing to the development of the territory.
As confirmed by Federalberghi and reported by Il Sole 24 Ore, the Notte della Taranta remains the only cultural event capable of selling out in all facilities in Salento with a remarkable increase of foreign tourists compared to July figures.
With 200,000 attendees at the Concertone in the square and 50,000 at the general rehearsals, the 25th edition of the Notte della Taranta marks its historical record of attendance.

Special thanks to the Communications Team coordinated by Gabriella Della Monaca that included Colibrì, Papel Studio, FreeJungle, Commedia Digital Trasformation, WeMake.

Sources: Auditel, Audipress, Audiweb, Public Safety and Order Committee, NdT Foundation, Civil Defense, BusForFun.





NOTTE DELLA TARANTA Thursday, September 1 RAI 1 - 11:30 p.m.


Bersani - Elodie - Madame - Mengoni - Stromae - Danger


and with


Antonio Amato - Salvatore Galeanda - Giancarlo Paglialunga

Consuelo Alfieri - Alessandra Caiulo - Stefania Morciano - Enza Pagliara.


Social marathon on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Taranta's TikTok


After the resounding success with audiences and critics, the Concertone della Notte della Taranta, which bewitched 200,000 pluckers, lands on RAI 1 on Thursday, September 1 at 11:30 pm.

Madame and Gino Castaldo from the former Convent of Melpignano (Le) will lead RAI 1 viewers on the musical journey proposed by maestro concertatore Dardust with the artistic direction of the Popular Orchestra.

A program written by Massimo Martelli and Rossella Rizzi, set design Marco Calzavara, director of photography Marco Lucarelli, RAI delegate Cristiano D'Agostini, visual Filippo Rossi and Mauro Bubbico.

The program will open with Elodie dancing the Pizzica di San Vito and unleashing the square. The drone images render all the magic of the architectural complex of the Convento degli Agostiniani, now a symbol of the Notte della Taranta while Taranta di Lizzano interpreted by the versatile voice of Salvatore Galeanda, opens with the tambourine players of the Roberto and Alessandro Chiga Orchestra, Carlo Canaglia and Gioele Nuzzo who light up the show to the rhythm of the tambourine.

A sequence of images directed by Stefano Mignucci give viewers all the energy of the pizzica experienced in the square after two years of waiting, and when international guest Stromae enters the stage, they explode with joy and are moved by Marco Mengoni's masterful interpretation of the Grico text Klama, a story of emigration, departures and returns. Love in all its expressions invades the scene in the choreography by Irma di Paola who introduces LIS language into dance on the text Acqua de La Funtana with the engaging Stefania Morciano and gives on Pizzica di Torchiarolo interpreted by the very young Orchestra performer Consuelo Alfieri, with the presence of 40 people from the audience in addition to the 16 dancers, the snapshot of a contemporary folk festival where the special guests are inclusion and an olive tree, symbol of rebirth.

For the 25th anniversary of Taranta, Samuele Bersani sings Lu ruciu de lu mare and a version of Chicco e Spillo signed by Dardust. There is also the voice of Vito Nigro cantor of Villa Castelli in the pizzica interpreted by the unmistakable voice of Enza Pagliara and images flow over the faces of the Taranta people while on stage Dardust gives a futurist vision of the longest Night in Puglia. His Bardaggin is the announcement of a space journey that will take viewers to listen to sounds from the Balkans to Japan, passing through baroque ones without ever abandoning electronics and the genius taste of transforming the Melpignano stage into an international event. And like every journey there is rapper Massimo Pericolo to remind us that "if you leave it is only to feel alive but you never forget where you were a child" with his Il Signore del Bosco in a pizzicato version. But life's journey also always holds bitter truths like Secuta Secuta, the song about betrayal of the older brother that Studio Murena updates in theme and sound. The journey is nostalgia as in Aremu interpreted with extreme passion by Alessandra Caiulo and on harp Kety Fusco. Another minority language the arbëreshë gives new suggestions between the tradition of the song Ec Ec and the contemporary language of Madame that adds a poetic cameo.

The all-dancing finale with Aria Caddhipulina sung by the voice of the land of Salento Antonio Amato moves on to Pizzica Stifani with the archaic and powerful voice of Giancarlo Paglialunga and concludes with the hymn Calinitta where all the guests sing in Grico and Dardust turns the song into a real hit on the Miami, Ibiza, Melpignano, Tel Aviv axis.

A 110-minute narrative that summarizes the long journey of the Melpignano Concertone and enhances the beauty of the work that took 9 months of work and research. A narration entrusted to the visual language of Galattico and Mauro Bubbico with the project "W il cielo, il mare, la terra" and archival materials by Mario Cresci, Marcello D'Andrea, Antonio Toce, Raffaele Falcone, Fornace Falcone, Luigi di Gianni, Gianfranco Mingozzi and the photographs of Salvatore Palumbo, the bicycle photographer from Calimera of the Palumbo Photographic Archive, Castromediano Museum - Biblio-Museum Pole of Lecce. 


Madame and Gino Castaldo, the narrating voices of the final Melpignano Concertone that will be aired Sept. 1 at 11:15 p.m. on Rai Uno, will dress in the clothes of one of Italy's leading brands that has its roots in the Salento sartorial tradition. Their outfit is by Capasa Milano, the new brand, founded by Ennio Capasa: the jewelry Madame will wear will be by Futuro Remoto, the brand of designer Gianni De Benedittis.

Madame, at the final Melpignano Concertone on Saturday, August 27, onstage first during the performance of the song Ec Ec and then for the customary Calinitta finale, wore an oversize suit, very brightly colored, electric blue and essential cut. Like CAPASA's style, which is taut and essential, open to contamination and dialogue. The search for timeless modernity is condensed into the proposal of limited series with regular cadences and timeless pieces imagined to have a long life. Scarcity instead of excess supply: the opposite of disposable. Women's, men's, and gender fluid products that combine the ultimate in tailoring with the ultimate in technology: laser cutting and nanotechnology instead of scissors and sewing machines without sacrificing hand stitches; 3d designs and pushed customization. In line with the mission of the Notte della Taranta, which for some time has been researching combining tradition and innovation to project traditional music into the future; the Capasa Milano brand also focuses on technology integrated with the preservation of artisan knowledge and Made in Italy, because it is in the fusion of knowledge that progress lies. A tailoring approach, then, extended from ready-to-wear to accessories and beyond, in transparency and traceability. All to be discovered is the look that the multifaceted artist, on Sept. 1 in the unprecedented guise of anchorwoman will propose to Rai 1 viewers wearing an outfit of great quality with Capasa Milano clothes and Futuro Remoto jewelry.


Pizzica of San Vito - Elodie

Taranta di Lizzano - Consuelo Alfieri, Alessandra Caiulo, Stefania Morciano, Enza Pagliara, Antonio Amato, Salvatore Galeanda, Giancarlo Paglialunga.

Klama - Marco Mengoni

Pizzica di Aradeo - Consuelo Alfieri, Alessandra Caiulo, Stefania Morciano, Enza Pagliara, Antonio Amato, Salvatore Galeanda, Giancarlo Paglialunga.

Alors on dance - Stromae

Villa Castelli - Enza Pagliara

Pizzica of Torchiarolo - Consuelo Alfieri

Stornelli - Consuelo Alfieri, Alessandra Caiulo, Stefania Morciano, Enza Pagliara, Antonio Amato, Salvatore Galeanda, Giancarlo Paglialunga.

Secuta Secuta - Studio Murena

Lu ruciu de lu mare - Samuele Bersani

- Second part -

Chicco e spillo - Samuele Bersani

Damme la manu - Antonio Amato

Canto del trainiere - Giancarlo Paglialunga

Bardaggin - Dardust

Lord of the Woods - Massimo Pericolo

Ec Ec - Salvatore Galeanda and Madame

Aremu - Alessandra Caiulo and on harp Kety Fusco

Pizzica of Ostuni - Salvatore Galeanda and Stefania Morciano

But tonight - Marco Mengoni

Acqua de la funtana - Stefania Morciano

Aria Caddhipulina - Antonio Amato

Pizzica di Stifani - Giancarlo Paglialunga

Calinitta - Madame, Elodie, Marco Mengoni, Samuele Bersani, Massimo Pericolo, Enza Pagliara, Cosunelo Alfieri, Stefania Morciano, Alessandra Caiulo.



Starting at 9 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 1, all the social channels of the Notte della Taranta Foundation will start the marathon of exclusive and unedited content to relive all the emotions of the Concertone.

On the website and on Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, Twitter, You Tube, the communication team will give users the first exclusive social movie of the Concertone.


Official hashtags #taranta25 #WeAreinPuglia



La Notte della Taranta is a cultural research project of Fondazione Notte della Taranta supported by Regione Puglia, Unione dei Comuni della Grecìa salentina, Istituto Diego Carpitella in collaboration with Comune di Melpignano (Le).

Main Sponsor: DMJ Gruppo De Mariani

Sponsors: Acqua Orsini, Fifa Security

Social partners: Acquedotto Pugliese, Associazione Olivami, Fratres.


Great success last night for La Notte della Taranta, edition number 25. An important date that saw the return of the audience of 200,000 in the space in front of the former Convent of the Augustinians in Melpignano in the province of Lecce. Maestro concertmaster of this "space" Night as he called it, Dardust. A journey through time and space that starts from the tambourine tradition and touches on new worlds and the futuristic sounds of electronics. International guest of this edition Stromae, who performed his very famous song Alor On Danse, with forays into popular music. Highly anticipated guests: Marco Mengoni, with his unmistakable voice performed the traditional song Klama and then his hit "But Tonight." A high-energy performance also came from Elodie, who sang and danced the San Vito pizzica on stage and then offered her hit "Tribale" in a "pizzicato" version with tambourines. Also on stage at the Taranta concertone were Samuele Bersani in a poignant love song "Lu Ruciu de lu mare" and with his Chicco e Spillo and rapper Massimo Pericolo. A long night with the artistic direction of the Popular Orchestra of La Notte della Taranta, the great protagonist of the Concertone and which saw the corps de ballet engaged with 10 paintings signed by choreographer Irma Di Paola to ignite the wonder with unique and engaging performances. A show capable of dragging and involving the audience, also with the effects of lights: the luminaries typical of traditional Salento festivals and with visual projections by Filippo Rossi and Italian designer anthropologist Mauro Bubbico. An edition dedicated to Pier Paolo Pasolini and his monumental research on the popular poetry of "Canzoniere Italiano." The long night of Melpignano will be broadcast on Rai 1 on Sept. 1 at 11:15 p.m.


photo night



"It is an important milestone that of 25 years, spent to enhance the cultural heritage of folk songs and the minority language of Grecìa Salentina. The Notte della Taranta has always been open to new musical genres and continuous research on the territory and dialogue between cultures. This edition marks the return with the audience, to that direct contact between artists on stage and spectators. It will be an extraordinary show that will also focus on innovation, not only through Dardust's music that will take a sonic journey between tradition and contemporaneity, but also thanks to the support of evocative effects on stage with visual storytelling that meets the traditional illuminations typical of our festivals."


Massimo Manera president of the La Notte della Taranta Foundation


Themes: Research, innovation, future, cultural ecology
Concert 2022 dedicated to Pier Paolo Pasolini

Popular Orchestra conducted by DARDUST
Guests: Samuele Bersani, Stromae, Marco Mengoni, Elodie, Massimo Pericolo, Studio Murena and Kety Fusco.

"La Notte della Taranta," said Puglia Regional President Michele Emiliano, "is for me a place of participation, meeting and knowledge between cultures. When artists come together, something extraordinary does not necessarily have to be born. But you need to try and have the desire to meet: an event like the Notte della Taranta undergoes precisely this process of mental rearrangement that happens through creativity. For us, it means welcoming all these passions and creative ideas: there is, of course, a complex machine behind such an important event that is at work all year round, with untold effort that also involves risks. The board of directors takes responsibility for the choices in full autonomy, which - I must say - I have always shared, understanding also the many difficulties. It takes courage, and for that I thank the entire board. I have verified in these long months of preparation how much the choices made have been appreciated first of all by the public, such as that of the concertmaster to whom our esteem goes.
I look forward to sharing and enjoying this event especially with the younger generation. Good work to everyone," concluded President Emiliano, "and have a happy Notte della Taranta.
The president of the Apulia Region spoke at the press conference presenting Notte della Taranta number 25. The conference opened in memory of one of the last singers of the tradition Giovanni Avantaggiato, who passed away a few days ago and was greeted with a moving applause from those present. It will be a memorable edition, pointed out Gino Castaldo, who together with Madame will narrate La Notte della Taranta aired on Thursday, September 1 on RAI 1 at 11:15 pm. Four pivotal themes for 2022: research, innovation, future and cultural ecology.


Launched in November 2021 research on traditional texts and sounds by maestro Dardust and the resident Popular Orchestra coordinated by Gianluca Longo. A long work of connecting languages. "I have never worked so hard on a project in my life, it is an incredible experience," said maestro concertmaster Dardust, who stressed "how contamination was the key word around which the spatial journey was built, which starts from tradition and then touches contemporary and futuristic universes with electronic music. Contaminating, without betraying tradition, contaminating it, even distorting it in some cases, but always with extreme respect for a people and their tradition. It is a journey through space and time that of edition number 25 that starts from the 1600s, from the baroque, there are also the sounds of David Bowie, but everything, I hope, is done with elegance and respect. An incredible bond has been created with the Orchestra, Dardust reiterated again. It is an experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life." The maestro concertatore then explained the reasons for the choice of guest artists for the Orchestra and the Concertone, "in the sign of that fluidity that has no tracks and no fences the choice could only fall on a singer-songwriter like Samuele Bersani, whose artistic path is an extremely free one. So are Elodie and Mengoni, exponents of pop music in which the contamination of genres is very evident. And of course with this in mind, the choice was almost natural on an international artist like Stromae who has made multiculturalism his strong point: there is never a predictable track in his career. Like this edition of the Notte della Taranta, which will not be predictable at all."

Present at the press conference was artist Samuele Bersani: "I have been doing this job for 30 years and for 20 I had hoped to be able to participate in the Notte della Taranta. That is why when I was approached with the invitation to be part of the cast of this edition, I could only be overjoyed. Empathy was immediately created, and then I return to a land with which I have an incredible relationship: Puglia." Samuele Bersani then joked about the song he will perform tomorrow night at the Concertone, "I will bring the song Lu Ruciu de lu mare, which is about a difficult and twisted love. It could not be otherwise in my case, I have always told this kind of love in my songs."

Research also for the choreography entrusted to Irma di Paola, who for the first time will introduce the LIS language in Acqua de La Funtana. "I am happy to be the choreographer of the Concertone, said Irma Di Paola, here I found the desire to love my work again because of the freedom I received to express myself as I wanted. There are 11 choreographies that I have built on as many traditional pieces, and in one I have included sign language, which is my mother tongue. They will be inclusive paintings that know no barriers."



An element of innovation this year on the Concertone stage with the grafting of impressive video walls into the set design. "W il cielo, il mare, la terra" is Galattico's visual project with designer anthropologist Mauro Bubbico, coordinated by show designer Filippo Rossi and Selene Sanua, "composed of a complex system of visual languages: illustration, pattern, photography and cinema comment on and amplify what is happening on the stage, guide the audience to discover the sense of the marvelous, immerse them in a magical atmosphere, to rediscover festive rituals and symbolism originally linked to production cycles that have now disappeared by taking on new meanings and functions or amplifying some latent and secondary ones. The images, of different nature and origin, are animated, re-combined with each other in harmony with the other performance materials. The scenes are organized to represent the salient moments of the story told, and the images provide support for the music and background for the dance troupe. The main intent is to guide the audience to rediscover the sense of festivity, to invite them to have a totalizing experience of reality in which, through sound, images, colors, words and the body, the creative power of nature is affirmed and the founding events of the cosmos and life are celebrated." Thanks to the collaboration between the Notte della Taranta Foundation and the Lecce Biblio-museum Pole, it was possible to use a wide selection of the images of Giuseppe Palumbo, who between 1907 and 1959 scanned the Salento, photographing places, rituals, cultures, and stories, and then allocated his Archive to the Castromediano Museum in Lecce. For Luigi De Luca, director of the Lecce Biblio-museum Pole, "this collaboration with the Notte della Taranta confirms that the synergy between institutions and the resulting planning can only be oriented toward a fruitful dialogue of all the arts. 

Contemporaneity demands a conscious recovery of the past, in a single stream that unites ancient and contemporary."


The Popular Orchestra La Notte della Taranta is entrusted with the Artistic Direction of Concertone 2022. The Orchestra is composed of singers and tambourine players Consuelo Alfieri (also accordion) Alessandra Caiulo, Stefania Morciano, Enza Pagliara, Antonio Amato, Salvatore Cavallo Galeanda Giancarlo Paglialunga, and musicians Gianluca Longo (mandola), Peppo Grassi (mandolin), Attilio Turrisi (chitarra battente), Giuseppe Astore (violin) Roberto Chiga, Alessandro Chiga, Carlo Canaglia De Pascali (tambourine from Salento), Roberto Gemma (bellows), Nico Berardi (woodwinds), Leonardo Cordella (accordion), Alessandro Monteduro (percussion), Antonio Dema De Marianis (drums), Valerio Combass Bruno (bass), Gioele Nuzzo (tambourine and didgeridoo).

For the August 27 Concertone, the Popular Orchestra's ensemble will be joined by a wind section composed of Mattia Dalla Pozza (sax), Francesco Minutello (trumpet), Federico Pierantoni (trombone) and Raul Moretto (tuba), and a string section composed of Caterina Coco (violin), Elisa Cavalazzi (violin), Matteo Lipari (viola), Simone Giorgini (violin) and Simone Sitta (cello). Also on stage are Vanni Casagrande (synth and percussion) and Marcello Piccinini (percussion).


The Corps de Ballet has been spreading the "pizzica" for years on the stages of national and international tours with engaging choreography on the songs performed by the Popular Orchestra. It consists of Mihaela Coluccia, Cristina Frassanito, Serena Pellegrino, Lucia Scarabino, Veronica Mele, Stefano Campagna, Andrea Caracuta, Marco Martano, Fabrizio Nigro and Mattia Politi. Six professionals will join the corps de ballet on the concert stage: Serena Pomer, Vittoria Markov, Gabriele Riccio, Alessandro Covarelli, Gabriele Virgilio and Francesco Cariello, assistant to the choreographer.

Melpignano is preparing to host the large audience expected for the event: "It is a great commitment for my community and for this I thank the fellow citizens who are always open and willing to welcome the thousands of people who will reach the small town of Grecìa Salentina. The Notte della Taranta also represents my community, ready to confront the world also through music," said Mayor Valentina Avantaggiato.

Melpignano's represents the final stage of the Itinerante Festival that began on Aug. 4 and involved as many as 21 municipalities until Aug. 25. "We have hosted the popular groups that over the years have continued to work on the revival of traditional music from Salento, pointed out Itinerante artistic director Luigi Chiriatti.


The creative direction of the Notte della Taranta Foundation decided to dedicate the 2022 edition to Pier Paolo Pasolini by choosing verses from the Italian Canzoniere Antologia della poesia popolare.

Pier Paolo Pasolini published in 1955 a monumental anthology collecting 791 texts. A long and painstaking work that the author illustrates perfectly in the preface, which constitutes a very important work. In fact, Italo Calvino will write in a note "Your selection is of great poetic intelligence ... then there is the preface ... There are those sort of little portraits of the various regions through their songs, which are beautiful ... The digging out of poetry from the crudest and most stingy texts is the prince critical exercise, and the one that teaches the most."

Pier Paolo Pasolini in the introduction to the Italian Canzoniere writes "One laments, for the Puglies, the lack of a central organic work on which to base a choice: despite the willing contribution of one La Sorsa and many others, still working. An overall view of the popular poetry of this region is not given to us: it is fractionated in its provincial or city sections, but nevertheless, unless disproved, it can be reconstructed and somewhat synthesized without having an impression of singularity. It is located in the area of irradiation from Sicily, via Naples: one finds there the typical vestiges of the Baroness of Carini and the usual amorous motifs returned in the well-known scheme of the strambotto. It is therefore no more than a matter, for an anthologist, to look for good variants, or to seize some tasty variety. In the Gargano, for example, where there is almost nothing of poetry at least to infer from Tancredi's pamphlet (cf. bibl.): there is the absolute rusticity of a people on the fringes of even the lowest currents of culture, but who, too, without those currents of culture, would have no song and no poetry: very recent, certainly due to military service in the Kingdom of Italy, must be there the imports of Angiolina bell'Angiolina or Mamma, mamma, dammi cento lire.

The poetry of the place, clumsy and puerile, without images, pedestrian in its contaminations, and yet moving in some of its mountainous and very humble cheerfulness, is all bound up with the convention of the love approach.

There is, at the beginnings of that approach, first lu zinn, the wink of the stocky peasant boy, u cacckiuncidd, at the girl; then, in the company of the other young men, li cacckiune, the Sunday mass; then u surdelline, the sordina under the lover's house, la zita; finally, if all goes well, the serenade (purtè lu sunett), in which first the strusce, the strambotti, are sung, and then the prima and seconda, one-voice song and chorus, and l'ariett a la stesa or la vichese, and finally lu salute, the greeting. A lu consent (engagement) and a lu spusaggke, the tarantella.

In Taranto, in Barese, in Leccese, in Salento, in Brindisi-from the small collections and contributions that can be gleaned-the usual, modest harvest of "love songs>> and folkloric poetry (among which sailors' songs should be noted): but we will not fail to point out a meager wedding pamphlet, edited by A. Mancini (see bibl.) containing six love songs and six lullabies in the Greek-Byzantine dialect of Greece in Terra d'Otranto. We will not touch, even in passing, on the question of the glottological and folkloric angle of view (the reader will see listed in the bibliography some interesting operettas on the subject): but allow us to manifest, in this regard, our purely aesthetic interest, if they are beautiful things, of a singular beauty, which has but little connection, even of content alone, with the surrounding poetry: just as we shall see for the Grecanici songs of Roghudi in Calabria. Let us not leave the aesthetic sphere, let us not make deductions. (46)...

(46) Gigli in his pamphlet (see bibl.) observes, "We like to note first of all how the Greek folk literature of this province has a physiognomy all its own, which distinguishes it clearly from the Italian folk literature." Moreover, the reader should take note, as of a curious fact, or at least for the curious, of the strange coincidence between two Greek songs from two towns, Martano, here in Salento, and Bova, in Calabria, separated from the entire alloglotta and roadless south, and with no contact whatsoever between them for centuries: the song of Martano (collected by Gigli) says: "C' isela na' mo fsiddo apu' tturtea, / Na so'mbo ec' es to petto sa' gherai, / Na su pizzulisu òlo citto crea, /Su na calèfsi i hera na me piài! " (And I wish I were flea from these parts, so that I would enter your chest like a falcon, so that all that flesh would pinch you, you would lower your hand to catch me). While Bova's (collected by Mandatari: see bibl.), "Caspéddha, po' ciumàse manahi? /Manabò ciumúne ciòla egò. / Na spiddho na su mbei ossu to afti, /C'ena addho na mbei pu thelo ego;/ Na su dangài addhonè tundo vizzì, / Ce t'addho, abbucàtu, to affalò: Asce sprihada na su vjéi i spihì, /Ti meddhi n'artis eci p'ummon ego." (Girl, how do you sleep alone? Alone I sleep there too. One flea goes inside your ear, and another where I want it. Let another bite you that breast, and the other below, your navel. May cold come out of your soul, for you did not come there where I was)."

On the centenary of Pier Paolo Pasolini's birth, the Notte della Taranta Foundation deemed it fitting to pay homage to the researcher, poet, writer, director, anthologist, drawing from his Canzoniere Italiano. The Orchestra Popolare Notte della Taranta and master concertmaster Dardust chose, from the Puglie section, three songs: one from Alberona in the province of Foggia, Piangi, misera mia, che so soldato; one from the Gargano, Vurria salì 'ncil' a se putess; and one in Terra d'Otranto grico, En tu' pa tos astèrio a' tton aghèra.



Alberona song Piangi, misera mia, che so soldato


Piangi, misera mia, che so soldato, (Weep, O poor thing, that I am a soldier,)

Piangi la libertà c'aggio perduto! (Weep for the freedom I have lost!)

Pe tre anni a servì so ubliato, (For three years to serve I am obliged,)

I seek mercy and find no one to help me. (I seek mercy and find no one to help me.)

Di notte e iorno vaio sempre armato, (By night and day I always go armed,)

vini compagnio mio a dar la muta! (come my comrade to relieve me!)

While I eat pu cumpagno a lato, (While I eat with my comrade at my side)

I cry, nennella mia, that I have lost you! (I cry, my child, that I have lost you!)




Gargano song Vurria salì 'ncil' a se putess


Vurria salì 'ncil' a se putess (I'd like to go up to heaven if I could,)

pe nna scalett de tremila pass, (for a ladder of three thousand steps)

vurria ca la scaletta ce rumpess (I wish the ladder would break)

e 'mbrazz' a la nenna mij me truess. ( and in the arms of my nenna I would find myself.)



Terra d'Otranto song En tu' pa tos astèrio a' tton aghèra


En tu' pa tos astèrio a' tton aghèra (I didn't tell the stars in the sky)

'de tu èliu, pu ppa prama canonì: (nor to the sun that everything sees:)

to noma tto cratenno essu 'ss emèna, (I keep the name within me)

ce manehà i cardìa-mmu tto torì. (And my heart alone sees it).

Ma pan astèri t'asterìu cuntèi (But every star to the star tells)

'es all hrusò-mmu mea 'ss to scotinò, (Of my great treasure in the dark)

ce iglio, pu crivinnete, mo' lèi, (And the sun, which hides, tells me,)

milonta m'o fengàri-mmu calò. (speaking to the moon my beautiful).

Ta fidda o lèun tos fiùri, travutonta (The leaves tell it to the flowers,)

'ss tin talassa, pu pane tta nerà; (singing to the sea, where the waters go;)

ce ta puddìa mu lèune travutonta: (and the birds tell me by singing:)

mattese na 'capisi mia forà. (learned to love once).

En tu 'pa mai to noma to glicèo, (I did not say mail the sweet name,)

ce ghì ce aghèra mu lèune fonerà; (and heaven and earth tell me openly:)

a' mea 'ss tus fiùru miristù pu steo, (amidst the fragrant flowers where I stand,)

oticanè mu lèi: s'agapà. (He tells me everything: he loves you!).


Bibliographical Note

Pier Paolo Pasolini, Canzoniere italiano, Anthology of popular poetry, preface by Alberto Maria Cirese; Garzanti, Milan, 2019







Impressive is the ferrous steel structure that reaches a height of 17 meters for this edition. The stage on which the artists will perform is 33 meters long and 19 meters wide. Big numbers for the production of the concertone and for the realization not only of the structure, but also for the videoled set-up: 200sqm. distributed between the set and the audience and managed by 2 media servers and 1 video director, all with 4k resolution.

Suggestions of colors and lights on the stage also with the luminaries made by Mariano Light: 600sqm of lights and 38 thousand LEDs that will compose a unique and extraordinary frame around a very special picture. A "space" journey that will ideally furrow the perspective galleries of the luminarias that animate the patronal festivals of Salento. Predominant colors on stage: white and small blue hints. The set design is by Marco Calzavara


It is Rosanna Calcagnile, founder of Salento's first design academy in Lecce in 1984, who signed the dresses of Consuelo Alfieri, Alessandra Caiulo, Stefania Morciano and Enza Pagliara. The costume designer worked with Santa Scioscio, lecturer in design, and Dolores Mauro, lecturer in "Alta Moda sartoriale" technique, to make the outfits for the female voices. For Rosanna Calcagnile, "The "Notte della Taranta" project, after a necessary dialogue with the female artists, intends to express, through an accurate analysis of material research, those aesthetic values of craftsmanship and design in full respect of the body in order to give the final product, without mortifying its wearability and gesture in the context of the chosen spaces, that new value of uniqueness."

The singers of the Popular Orchestra will wear the jewelry made by Gianni De Benedittis for Futuro Remoto all silver and gold pieces, designed in 3D and handmade with the technique of microfusion and pressing form, with experimental interventions of ethical silver and gold, respecting the principle of sustainability. "The jewelry I have chosen for the Notte della Taranta," De Benedittis explains, "is inspired by myth, which has always accompanied music in all its expressions: not only as tale and legend, but also as invention, construction and journey of renewed knowledge, for the recovery of those distant roots that make the rhythm of the heart beat.

Completing the image and look of the artists are the hairstyles and make-up by Officina Paar, which for the third consecutive year is an official partner for La Notte della Taranta. For the Corps de Ballet, they opted for a contamination of styles, from the nude look to the classic Make-up glow, highlighting the mouth with a dark red lipstick. The hairlook, on the other hand, will have a very natural effect, with a double texture, wet effect on the top and maximum freedom of movement and expression on the lengths. For the voices of the Popular Orchestra La Notte della Taranta, on the other hand, the style will be clean and essential with details that will characterize and personalize everything and some " surprise" effects. Here is the busy staff for the long Notte della Taranta. Make-up Artis: Valentina Pagano, Chiara Longo, Deborah Andretta, Noemi Vetrugno. Hair stylists: Roberta Apos, Carla Marti, Nico Anglani, Angela Loparco, Elisa Santoro, Renata Diella, Sabrina Giussani, Stefano Spinetta, Pasquale Santantonio.

The choice of costumes for the Corps de Ballet is by choreographer Irma di Paola and coordination by Vinicio Attanasi, who also made the original hats that are the protagonists of the choreographic picture on the theme of Fuecu, the powerful pizzica written by Daniele Durante to celebrate the Focàra of Novoli.


The Parco Ulivi della Taranta is born, an expanse of 1,500 new trees that will be planted thanks to the adoption of olive trees by the artists and the audience that invades the squares of the Itinerant Festival every year to the rhythm of pizzica.

A project conceived by the Notte della Taranta Foundation in collaboration with Olivami, the nonprofit association that allows the adoption of an olive tree to help reforest the Xylella-affected Salento. A new form of sustainable and participatory olive growing that offers the opportunity for everyone to remotely adopt one or more olive trees, obtaining an annual supply of Evo oil with certified provenance and quality. For every olive tree that is adopted, Olivami & Taranta plants a new generation olive tree.

Through the adoption of the first 100 olive trees, Fondazione La Notte della Taranta has created the first park in Carpignano Salentino that can be visited at any time of the year, and is easily recognizable thanks to the sign and name plates hung on the trees and bearing the names of the Festival and Concertone artists. The initiative aims to contribute in the long run to offsetting CO2 emissions.

The "Taranta Park" project will feature the planting of a symbolic tree in each of the 12 municipalities of Salento's Grecìa region. Through the QR code, a green path will open that will lead visitors into the park, on a vast plot of land in Carpignano salentino, where young olive trees will restore the landscape line destroyed by the Xylella bacteria to Salento.

Olivami is an association registered with RUNTS (single national third sector register) committed to the reforestation of the Salento countryside destroyed by Xyella. By promoting the adoption of olive trees, the Olivami association enables companies, organizations and institutions to contribute to the rebirth of olive growing in Salento by financing the planting of new olive trees to replace those affected by Xylella.

Olivami is an association registered with RUNTS (single national third sector register) committed to the reforestation of the Salento countryside destroyed by Xyella. Through promoting the adoption of olive trees, the Olivami association enables companies, organizations and institutions to contribute to the rebirth of olive growing in Salento by financing the planting of new olive trees to replace those affected by Xylella. For every olive tree that is adopted, Olivami plants a new generation of olive trees tolerant to the Xylella fastidiosa bacteria. The olive trees will be led by farmers who have decided to join the project by planting new olive trees.

You can make the adoption directly from the association's website, selecting the quantity and species of trees you want to adopt. Immediately after adoption you will receive a confirmation e-mail with the adoption certificate.


PRECONCERTON August 27, 2022 from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

The Taranters will open the Pre-concert on Saturday, August 27 at 8:30 pm. After the conclusion of the MATRIA project carried out by the Apulia Region and the La Notte della Taranta Foundation, the students of the Salvatore Trinchese High Secondary Education Institute in Martano will take the stage to perform their repertoire in the Greek language. The Taranters are: Davide Terracciano, Emanuele Castrignanò, Luca Sergio on tambourines; Daniele Palumbo on percussion; Luca Aprile, Francesco Lefonso, Gaetano Rescio, acoustic guitars; Gianluigi Marcianò, electric guitar; Alessandro Sergio, clarinet and sax; Domenico Pellegrino, electronic keyboard; Francesca Cezza, Matilde Allegretti, Antonio Cannazza, solo voices; Giacinta Calò, Letizia Calò, Francesca Arcuti, Gilda Vacca, Valentina De Campi, voices; Aurora Curlante, Francesca Pasca, Helena Corlianò, Laura Castrignanò, Paolo Miceli, dancersǝ.

Après La Classe

It will be Après La Classe with their energy who will be the protagonists of the Pre-concert. The band, originally from Aradeo, in the province of Lecce, is composed of Cesko (vocals, synth, guitars), Puccia (vocals, accordion, keyboards), Combass (bass, backing vocals), joined by Gianmarco Serra, Alex Ricci and Paco Carrieri. After years of playing on stages between Italy and the rest of the world, they have changed their sound over time to a kind of Dub-Rock with Electro-Rock contaminations. The band also wrote and sang songs in French, the singer's native language.

On the mega stage in Melpignano, Après La Classe will drag the audience with their hit songs and those from their latest record Santa Marilena in which they collaborated with Didy, DJ Gruff, Manu Chau,Piotta, The Yorker, Alborosie.


The Notte della Taranta is becoming more and more sustainable, thanks to Acquedotto Pugliese (AQP), which again this year is alongside the Foundation in bringing about a change in environmental awareness in which music, artists, the audience and the communities, which host and experience the events, are the protagonists of change. In fact, 8 stations, 7 in the Concertone audience area and 1 backstage, will be installed for public water supply. "An event under the banner of culture and sustainability, to enhance," explains Tina De Francesco, AQP board member, "an artistic encounter full of life, that of music and water. During the dress rehearsal on August 26 and the big concert on August 27, Acquedotto Pugliese will distribute tap water in the concert area and in the area reserved for guests, using dispensers with biodegradable disposable cups. Involving such a large audience in one of the most significant events on popular culture in Europe will also allow to carry on the awareness campaign on the good practice of consuming tap water, which ensures well-being for the person and also for the environment, thanks to the reduction of material and energy use. Water is a common good, a shared value, a precious resource and using it in the best way," the councilwoman concludes, "is everyone's responsibility.


For the mobility of the artists of the Notte della Taranta, the De Mariani Group has provided a fleet of 10 Mercedes cars. The fleet is composed as follows: a CLA 250 and GLA 250 passenger car with which the driver can choose to travel full eletric, taking advantage of the battery charge; 2 CLS 300 D (diesel with electric motor combined); and two GLC 300E passenger cars, cars that can safely transit the ZTL if one chooses to drive fully electric. Also given are two models that represent an extraordinary innovation; GLE 350 Coupe; electric and diesel engine with great power combined with 4matic all-wheel drive and finally 2 GLB 200D 4 Matic cars. All cars depicted the logo of La Notte della Taranta. The engine of these cars provided by DMJ is assisted if necessary by the electric motor so as to achieve performance that combines driving pleasure and comfort with greatly reduced fuel consumption and emissions.


An operations room is set up inside the former Augustinian convent where the Police Forces, will ensure the smooth running of the event with the help of a sophisticated video surveillance system dedicated and connected to the municipal video surveillance system. More than 200 FFOO officers and 300 Civil Defense personnel (with the provincial Civil Defense Coordination) and volunteer service, who will man the accesses to the event area near the gates. Five fire brigade stations will also be operational.

It is Fi.Fa. Security Network, a leading Marche-based company in the field of integrated security, a point of reference for the surveillance and management of large events nationwide, will guarantee the activities necessary for the safe conduct of the La Notte della Taranta event. More than 100 operators in the area are employed throughout the period of the event in the various services: control and setting up of performance areas, fire control, management of public entry and exit flows, access control and garrisoning of sensitive areas and accompanying artists. Also for the evening of the Concertone, Fi.Fa. will guarantee access to restricted areas.

The 118 health plan will be prepared to deal with any rescue emergencies within the La Notte della Taranta event. About 200 volunteers will be employed between 118 and the Italian Red Cross. In the area of the "Health Camp" of about 400 square meters with a total of 26 beds two of which are monitored for the most serious cases (red codes), there will be 4 pneumatic tents of the Italian Red Cross (green hospitalizations) - 1 station for small surgery, 1 triage area tent- 1 pneumatic tent for red codes- 1 118 ambulance, 1 ALS 118 ambulance, 2 CRI ambulances . There will be 7 peripheral ambulance stations.  video    photo conference


Construction work has been completed on the mega stage in Melpignano on which, on August 27, guest artists and the Popular Orchestra La Notte della Taranta directed by maestro Dardust will perform at the 25th edition of La Notte della Taranta. An important date that is celebrated with the audience returning once again to the square of the Ex Convento degli Agostiniani where the imposing 17-meter high ferrous steel structure has been set up. The stage on which the artists will perform is 33m x19.
Big numbers for the production of the big concert and for the realization not only of the structure, but also for the videoled set-up: 200sqm. distributed between stage and audience and managed by 2 media servers and 1 video director, all with 4k resolution. The high technology with the exhibitions of lights and shots will make the longest and most awaited night of the summer unique.

Suggestions of colors and lights on the stage also with the illuminations made by Mariano Light: 600sqm of lights and 38 thousand LEDs that will compose a unique and extraordinary frame around a very special picture. A journey that starts from tradition and touches the notes and futuristic nuances of electronics also through a symbol of the tradition of Salento festivals: the luminarias. A "space" journey that will ideally furrow the perspective galleries of the luminarias that animate the patronal festivals of Salento. Predominant colors on stage: white and small blue hints. On this project signed by Mariano Light 12 people worked for 15 days.

And in edition No. 25 there is a novelty, the visual project "W il cielo, il mare, la terra," developed by Galattico with the guidance of Mauro Bubbico, coordination Filippo Rossi and Selene Sanua. Visual is composed of a complex system of visual languages: illustration, pattern, photography and cinema comment and amplify what is happening on the stage, guide the audience to discover the sense of the marvelous, immerse them in a magical atmosphere, rediscovering festive rituals and symbolism originally linked to production cycles that have now disappeared, taking on new meanings and functions or amplifying some latent and secondary ones. The images, of different nature and origin, are animated, re-combined with each other in harmony with the other performance materials. The scenes are organized to represent the salient moments of the story told, and the images provide support for the music and background for the dance troupe. The main intent is to guide the audience to rediscover the sense of festivity, to invite them to have a totalizing experience of reality in which, through sound, images, colors, words and the body, the creative power of nature is affirmed and the founding events of the cosmos and life are celebrated.


August 26 - 10:30 a.m. - Melpignano (Le)


It will be presented tomorrow, August 26, in the halls of Palazzo Marchesale in Melpignano (Le), the press conference presenting the 25th edition of the Notte della Taranta Concertone.

The concertmaster DARDUST and the guest artists of the Concertone, Foundation President Massimo Manera, Puglia Region President Michele Emiliano, Puglia Promozione Director General Luca Scandale, and Melpignano Mayor Valentina Avantaggiato will participate.




Starting at 10:00 a.m. it will be possible to pick up passes for access to the Concertone with related car passes at Palazzo Marchesale in Via Roma in Melpignano (Le).

All passes that will not be collected will be available from late afternoon at the reception of the Hotel Tiziano in Lecce.


Prepared the traffic plan for the final Concertone "La Notte della Taranta," now in its 25th edition.

The buses that will reach the Greek town, will necessarily have to access Melpignano in a southerly direction. A special luminous signboard has been installed on the highway 16 Lecce-Maglie indicating the route the buses will have to follow to access the reserved area. Since the only access allowed is southbound, buses arriving from Lecce near the Cursi interchange will have to turn around. Disabled parking has been identified on Via Salento near the Concertone stage. The camper area has been placed near the sports field. It is accessed through the industrial area. A ban on vehicular traffic is planned for the entire day of Aug. 27 from early morning until the end of the event.

Those arriving from the SS16 will have to use the parking lots set up in the industrial zone to reach the show area only through Salento Street and Annunziata Street.


Fondazione la Notte della Taranta

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