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Oldest performing arts pageant in Italy transforms Spoleto

The 64th edition of the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of the Two Worlds), the first programmed by Artistic Director Monique Veaute, will open on Friday 25 June 2021 in Spoleto, Italy.

  1. Founded in 1958 by Gian Carlo Menotti, Italy’s oldest performing arts festival will once again turn the city of Spoleto into a stage until July 11th.
  2. Sixty performances, all of them Italian premieres, with more than 500 artists from 13 countries in 15 locations
  3. Some of the world’s best artists and companies provide an uninterrupted flow of music, opera, dance and theater for audiences to discover the unexpected.

Performances, artist talks, accompanying events and debates illuminate contemporary society and illuminate its diversity and complexity.

This year in Spoleto, Italy, the first edition of Rai’s Festival per il sociale (Festival for the Social) puts these issues at the center of the discussion: environmental and economic sustainability, social cohesion and integration, the role of women, the new generations, and the value of memory.

Dante (the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, whose 500th anniversary will be celebrated this year 2021), Stravinski, Strehler, Pina Bausch and some of the great classics of the theatrical repertoire build a bridge between the past and the future thanks to the time projected forward to the interpretations great artists and companies from Ivan Fisher to Antonio Pappano, from the Budapest Festival Orchestra to the Accademia di Santa Cecilia (Rome), from Mourad Merzouki to Angelin Preljocaj, from Francesco Tristano to Brad Mehldau, from Flora Détrazto Jonas & Lander, from Liv Ferracchiati to LucienØyen, from Romeo Castellucci to Lucia Ronchetti, and from participants in residences at the LaMaMa Spoleto Open and the Accademia Silvio d’Amico.

Photo © Bruno Simao

There are exhibitions in the Palazzo Collicola, while discussions organized by the Fondazione Carla Fendi, concerts in the Casa Menotti and numerous accompanying events introduce visitors to some of the most beautiful hidden corners of this city.

The 64th edition of the Festival dei Due Mondi welcomes the live audience in complete safety. While the number of available tickets is limited due to the health situation, an online appointment calendar is streamed via Digital Stages so that those who cannot physically attend can still participate.

Italy's oldest performing arts festival transforms SpoletoArtistic Director Monique Veaute

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The Spoleto Festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Umbria Region, the Municipality of Spoleto, Fondazione Carla Fendi, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Spoleto, Banco Desio, Intesa Sanpaolo, Monini, Fabiana Filippi and many other sponsors and partners.

A tribute to 2 great artists

The Carla Fendi Foundation’s project for the 64th Festival dei Due Mondi is intended to pay homage to Spoleto and 2 great artists who lived and worked in the area from the late 1960s to the 1980s: Sol LeWitt, one of the greatest Exponents of conceptualism, and Anna Mahler, the daughter of Gustav Mahler and Alma Mahler Schindler, sculptor heiress of artistic geniuses.

Both lived in Spoleto for a long time, immersed in the city’s culture, and both left many traces of their genius. The memory of this creative genius is still carried today by the Mahler & LeWitt Studios residences, which heirs Marina Mahler, daughter of Anna, and Carol LeWitt, wife of Sol, created to meet artists from various disciplines from all over the world World to house the world.

Art & Science in Spoleto – Sol LeWitt / Anna Mahler was born in this environment, a way designed by the Carla Fendi Foundation to rediscover their personalities and underline the creative vein that continues to flow in this area.

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