Events 2017 in Taormina & Sicily

This is OUR REGULARLY UPDATED LIST OF EVENTS FOR TAORMINA AND SURROUNDINGS
Although we always double-check our different information sources, we cannot guarantee for all informations on the events listed.

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EVENTS 2017

We are constantly searching the internet and other sources in order to inform you as soon as possible about the most interesting events for Taormina, its surroundings and Sicily. For the year 2017 until now we found only a few events, which we listed below.

Attending one of the events inside Taormina’s famous Greek Theatre is surely one of the most beautiful experiences during a summertime stay in Taormina. From mid June until beginning of September lots of premium classical or pop concerts, opera and ballet performances use to attrack hundreds of spectators.

Regularly held markets: 

Monday to Saturday (8.00 t0 13.00 h)
Via Don Giovanni Minzoni – Taormina
Daily market charming small market hall with stands of fruits and vegetables, fresh fish, meat, cheese and flowers.

Every Wednesday (8.00 to 13.00 h)
Via Leonardo da Vinci – Via Wilhelm von Gloeden – Taormina
Weekly market with stands of clothes, shoes, household items, fruits, vegetables etc.

Every Saturday (8.00 to 13.00 h)
Rione Recanati – Giardini Naxos
Weekly market big market with a great selection of clothes, shoes and household items. Only few stands with fruits, cheeses and vegetables.

Daily except Sunday (5.00 to 12.00 h)
Fontana dell’Amenano and surrounding area – Catania
Mercato del Pesce Famous fish market with all the plentifulness the mediterranean sea offers, presented by enthusiastic market criers, or better: market singers. There are also stands with fruits, cheeses and vegetables and some good restaurants around.

Exhibitions: 

until July 31
Palazzo Corvaja – Taormina
UNESCOsites. Italian Heritage and arts. Multimedial exhibition on the UNESCO world heritage sites in Italy and Sicily. Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 10 to 19.00 h

until June 14
Ex-Chiesa del Carmine – Taormina
Il Futuro Sopravvenuto/The Arrival of the Future – action art, communication and post-humanism in Futurism. 70 works of prominent artists of the Italian Futurist movement, such as Giacomo Balla, Gino Severini, Umberto Boccioni, Luigi Russolo , Romolo Romani, Carlo Erba, Arnaldo Ginna, Carlo Carra and many others. The “colored plastic complex din + speed” by Giacomo Balla, reproduced also in the Manifesto “reconstruction of the universe” of 1915, is the main core of the exhibition, futhermore posters, first editions of Marinetti’s manifesto, Futurist clothes and – in the crypt of the former church – a sound installation with the „noise music” of the composer Luigi Russolo.

June 11 (22.00 h) to September 17
Palazzo Corvaja – Taormina
Van Gogh Multimedia Experience. Notte Stellata. Installations and projections of photographies and videos showing the famous paintings of Vincent Van Gogh, combined with quotations and excerpts from his letters to his brother Theo and musics by the french impressionist composer Paul Dukas and by Johann Sebastian Bach. The opening night (June 11, 22.00 h) is dedicated to the famous painting The starry night (1889, the original is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York). The actor Sebastiano Lo Monaco will read from van Gogh’s letters, Rosellina Guzzo will play the celtic harp and the sand artist Stefania Bruno will perform to Don McLean’s song „Vincent“, creating a series of sand pictures on the vita of the artist.
The exhibition will last until September 17, 2017, Opening hours: June 1 to July 15, 10.00 to 20.00 h; July 16 to September 1, 10.00 to 14.00 h and 17.00 to 22.00 h, September 2 to 17, 10.00 to 20.00 h

until November 11, 2017
Galleria Civia Montevergini – Via S. Lucia alla Badia, Ortigia, Siracusa
La Porta dei Sacerdoti (The Gate of the Priests) The Egyptian sarcophagi of Deir El-Bahari. The exhibition featrues precious artefacts from the Egyptian Collection of the Musées Royeaux d’Art et d’Histoire of Brussels. All finds belong to a little-known period in Egyptian civilisation (1070-900 BC). Deir El-Bahari or “The Gate of the Priests” was an enormous common tomb dicovered in 1891. It contained no less than 450 coffins and mummy boards, als well as numerous funerary furnishings. Visitors will also be able to observe the restauration of some sarcophagi first hand thanks to a 16 m long high-tech crystal Laboratory Module built by the European Institute of Restauration for carrying out work in front of the public. Opening hours: until April 30 Tuesday to Friday 10.00 to 18.00 h, Saturday and Sunday 10.00 to 20.00 h, closed on Monday
May 1 to 31: Tuesday to Friday 10.00 to 18.00 h, Saturday and Sunday 10.00 to 22.00 h, closed on Monday
June 1 to August 31: Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 to 23.00 h, closed on Monday
September 1 to November 11: Tuesday to Friday 10.00 to 18.00 h, Saturday and Sunday 10.00 to 20.00 h, closed on Monday. Infos: laportadeisacerdoti.com

all year
Convento Agostiniano – Forza d’Agrò
CioccolArtSicily a sweet trip to Sicilian art and history. Sculptures, related to famous Sicilian artworks (such as the “Venus of Morgantina”) made from chocolate.
Opening hours:  until November 2 daily 10 to 14.30 h and 15.30 to 19.30 h – November 3 to March 31, 2017: Saturday and Sunday 10 to 17.00 h.
Info. www.cioccolartsicily.it

all year
Chiesa San Francesco di Paola – Taormina
Christmas Crib by Giovanni Panarello. Permanent exhibition.
Opening hours daily 16.30 to 20.00 h

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MAY 2017

May 1  (10.00 h until midnight)
City Centre – Acireale
Flower Festival in Acireale. Spring carnival in Acireale with parades, exhibitions, street markets and outdoor parties.
17.00 h final parade of floral floats with music bands and folkloristic groups. 23.00 h Awards ceremony
Infos: comune.acireale.ct.it

May 1 (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina. The artists of the Italian Opera Taormina perform every week in Taormina. More than one hour of timeless arias from some of the most famous Operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini and Puccini. From May 1 to October 31: every Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Info: italianoperataormina.com

May 3 (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina. Arias from some of the most famous Operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini and Puccini.
Infos: italinaoperataormina.it

May 5 (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina. Arias from some of the most famous Operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini and Puccini.
Infos: italinaoperataormina.it

May 6 (10.00 h)
Public Gardens  – Taormina
Salvalarte 2017 (Save the Arts 2017). Guided historical and botanical tour through the Public Gardens of Taormina with the archeologist Francesco Muscolino and the agronomist Giovanni Bonasera. In Italian language. Meeting at the main entrance of the gardens. An event organized by Legambiente Taormina-Alcantara, followed up by a conference at Hotel Villa Schuler, starting at 11.00 h
Infos: www.legambientetaormina.altervista.org

May 6 (11.00 h)
Hotel Villa Schuler – Taormina
Salvalarte 2017 (Save the Arts 2017). Conference on the history of Travelling and Gardening in Sicily in occasion of the “Save the Arts” campaign of Legambiente. With Milena Provitera, who speaks about the history of women travellers to Sicily, Daniela Romano, who helds a lecture on historical gardens in Sicily, the archeologist Francesco Muscolino, about the classical landscape of Bagnoli and the agronomist Giovanni Bonasera about the historical Public Gardens of Taormina. In Italian language. An event organized by Legambiente Taormina-Alcantara.
Infos: www.legambientetaormina.altervista.org

May 6 to July 9
Teatro Greco – Siracusa
Ciclo di Rappresentazioni Classiche (Cycle of Classical Theatre Plays) is a great summer festival in the world’s finest Greek theatre. The annual Greek Theatre Festival is one of Sicily’s most prestigious cultural events, attracting visitors from all over the world. In a magical atmosphere, the curtain rises as the sun sets and the audience is transported back in time. In the year of the 2750th aniversary of the foundation of the town of Syracuse, the festival has been extended until July 9, 2017. More details and dates see below.
Infos and tickets: indafondazione.org and vivaticket.it

May 6 (18.45 h) and nearly every second evening until June 25
Teatro Greco – Siracusa
I Sette contro Tebe (Seven against Thebes) the third play in an Oedipus-themed trilogy by Aeschylus, produced in 467 BC. Direction: Marco Baliani. The trilogy concerns the battle between an Argive army and the army of Thebes. The play features little action but consists of rich dialogues between the citizens of Thebes and their king Eteocles regarding the threat of the hostile army before their gates. The play will be performed also on May 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 24, 26, 28 and 30, always at 18.45 h. More performances in June.
Infos and tickets: indafondazione.org and vivaticket.it

May 7 (18.45 h) and nearly every second evening until June 24
Teatro Greco – Siracusa
Le Fenicie (The Phoenician Women) tragedy by Euripides, based on the same story as Aeschylus’ play Seven Against Thebes. The title refers to the Greek chorus, which is composed of Phoenician women on their way to Delphi who are trapped in Thebes by the war. Direction: Valerio Binasco. The play will be performed also on May 9, 11, 13, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27 and 31, always at 18.45 h. More performances in June.
Infos and tickets: indafondazione.org and vivaticket.it

May 7 (18.00 h)
MA – via Vela 6 Catania
Yilian Canizares (violin and voice) and Daniel Stawinski (piano). Born in Havana and grown up in Venezuela and Switzerland, Yilian Canizares developped her own passionate mix of musics between classic, jazz, salsa, hip hop and all other rythms, a unique performer who combines voice and violin in an extraordinary way.
Infos: cataniajazz.com

May 8 (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina. Arias from some of the most famous Operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini and Puccini.
Info: italianoperataormina.com

May 10
The Giro d’Italia will cross TAORMINA with a magic ride through our main (usually pedestrian) street CORSO UMBERTO. The 2017 Giro d’Italia will run from Friday May 5 to Sunday May 28, 2017. It will travel from Sardinia to Sicily and from the Italian toe to the Alps in the north.

May 10 (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina. Arias from some of the most famous Operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini and Puccini.
Infos: italinaoperataormina.it

May 12 (21.00 h)
Teatro ABC – via Pietro Mascagni 92, Catania
Jazz Jamaica Orchestra the popular jazz band mixing jazz and ska, known as Skazz. Gary Crosby (double bass and band-leader), Cherise Adams-Burnett (voice), Ben Burrel (piano & keyboards), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), Nubya Garcia (tenor sax), Camilla George (alto sax), Mark Kavuma (trumpet), Harry Brown (trombone), Eddie Wakilihicks (drums) and Pete Eckford (percussion).
Infos: www.cataniajazz.com

May 12 (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina. Arias from some of the most famous Operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini and Puccini.
Info: italianoperataormina.com

May 15 to 31 every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina. Arias from some of the most famous Operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini and Puccini.
Info: italianoperataormina.com

May 19, 20 and 21
Via Nicolaci – Noto
Infiorata di Noto 2017 Italy’s best-known flower festival sees one of the World Heritage Baroque town’s main streets, Via Nicolaci, carpeted with a series of flower-petal tapestries designed by local and international artists. To watch them at work, come on Friday. If you have kids, bring them in the morning on Monday, when they can join local children in scattering the petals by running up and down the street. A variety of other activities, including parades and sideshows, add to the general carnival atmosphere and the delightful, ingenious Baroque palazzi and churches of Noto provide a perfect backdrop.
Infos: comune.noto.sr.it

May 21 (20.30 h)
Teatro Massimo Bellini – Catania
Salome Opera in one act by Richard Strauss, based on the play by Oscar Wilde oft he same title. The combination of the Christian biclical theme of Salome , the erotic and the murderous, which attracted Wilde to the tale, shocked opera audiences from its first appearance in 1905. Opera in German laguage, subtitled in Italian and in English. Performed by the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo Bellini, conducted by Günter Neuhold, direction: Pier Luigi Pizzi. Main characters:  Herodes (Arnold Bezuyen/ Karl-Michael Ebner ), Herodias (Janice Baird), Salome (Jolana Fogašová/Cristina Baggio, Jochanaan (Sebastian Holecek/Anton Keremidtchiev) Narraboth (Michael Heim). More performances: May 23 (17.30 h), May 24 (20.30 h) and May 25 to 28 (daily at 17.30 h).
Infos and tickets: teatromassimobellini.it

May 22 (00.01 h) until May 28 (00:01 h)
Taormina entire city center closed due to the G7 summit 2017 (taking place in Taormina on May 26 and 27). Please note, that in these 6 days you will not be able to enter the old town center, including the Ancient Theatre and all other buildings, shops, restaurants and hotels, that are located inside the old town center. The town will be accessible again from May 28 in the morning.

Teatro Massimo Bellini – Catania
Salome Opera in one act by Richard Strauss, based on the play by Oscar Wilde oft he same title. Opera in German laguage, subtitled in Italian and in English. Cast see May 21. More performances: May 24 (20.30 h) and May 25 to 28 (daily at 17.30 h).
Infos and tickets: teatromassimobellini.it

May 24 (opening)
Ex-Chiesa Del Carmine – Taormina
La Tavola Lucana / The Lucanian Chart. A self portrait of Leonardo da Vinci discovered in the year of 2008 in south Italy, in an area called Lucania. The faint pencil sketch has emerged after being hidden for 500 years in one of the Renaissance genius’s most famous manuscripts, the “Codex on the Flight of Birds”, written between 1490 and 1505. It is thought that Leonardo first made the drawing in the 1480s, then later reused the same piece of paper when he came to write his codex on bird flight. Further informations on opening hours shortly.

May 24 (19.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Tindari
Festival Teatro dei due mari: IL CICLOPE (The Cyclops) after the Odissey of Homer and a satiric play by Euripides, dramatic composition by Filippo Amoroso, direction Angelo Campolo, with among others Edoardo Siravo, musics by Marco Betta. A diverting, and tragicomicla play about the wild archetype of the Cyclops and the values of the civil society. More performances on May 26, 28 and 30 (always at 19.00 h) and in June
Infos: teatrodeiduemari.net

May 24 (20.30 h)
Teatro Massimo Bellini – Catania
Salome Opera in one act by Richard Strauss, based on the play by Oscar Wilde oft he same title. Opera in German laguage, subtitled in Italian and in English. Cast see May 21. More performances: May 25 to 28 (daily at 17.30 h).
Infos and tickets: teatromassimobellini.it

May 25 (19.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Tindari
Festival Teatro dei due mari: MEDEA after the tragedies by Euripides and Seneca, dramatic composition by Filippo Amoroso, direction Walter Pagliardo, with among others Micaela Esdra, musics by Germano Mazzocchetti. The subject of Medea has fascinated lots of poets and playwrights. Filippo Amorosos interpretation of the character of Medea emphasizes her being a stranger, who knows that she has to adapt with the rules of the city she lives in, but on the other hand suffers from the arrogance of the natives. A very actual subject. More performances on May 27, 29 and 31 (always at 19.00 h) and in June
Infos: teatrodeiduemari.net

May 25, 26, 27, 28  (17.30 h)
Teatro Massimo Bellini – Catania
Salome Opera in one act by Richard Strauss, based on the play by Oscar Wilde oft he same title. Opera in German laguage, subtitled in Italian and in English. Cast see May 21.
Infos and tickets: teatromassimobellini.it

May 26 and 27
G7 SUMMIT in TAORMINA on May 26 & 27, 2017. The GROUP OF SEVEN leading industrialized nations will meet in Taormina, Sicily. Lots of things will happen in Taormina till then and on a seperate event section, named G7 Summit 2017, on this Hotel Villa Schuler website, we will keep you updated with our regular TAORMINA G7 News. 

May 28 (11.30 – 18.00 h)
Winery Barone di Villagrande  – Milo (CT)
Cantine Aperte – Open Winery Day. A day to get to know the oldest winery of Sicily, working since more than 290 years. For all tourists, curious people and wine connoisseurs. Visit of the historic winery and tasting of two different wines with appetizers (20 Euro) Visit of the winery and tasting of 5 different wines together with a 4-courses-menu (40 Euro).
More Info and reservations: villagrande.it and Tel. 342 7633251

JUNE 2017

June 1, 3 and 4 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Il Volo. The three young pop and classic crossover singers presenting their album “Notte magica – a tribute to the Three Tenors” with the extraordinary participation of Plàcido Domingo, who will not only conduct the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo di Palermo alternating with the conductor Marcello Rota, but will also sing with Il Volo in “Non Ti Scordar Di Me”.
Info: www.ilvolomusic.com , tickets already on sale: www.ticketone.it

June 1 (19.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Tindari
Festival Teatro dei due mari: IL CICLOPE (The Cyclops) after the Odissey of Homer and a satiric play by Euripides, dramatic composition by Filippo Amoroso, direction Angelo Campolo, with among others Edoardo Siravo, musics by Marco Betta. A diverting, and tragicomicla play about the wild archetype of the Cyclops and the values of the civil society.
Infos: teatrodeiduemari.net

June 1 (19.00 h) and nearly every second evening until June 25
Teatro Greco – Siracusa
I Sette contro Tebe (Seven against Thebes) the third play in an Oedipus-themed trilogy by Aeschylus, produced in 467 BC. Direction: Marco Baliani. The trilogy concerns the battle between an Argive army and the army of Thebes. The play features little action but consists of rich dialogues between the citizens of Thebes and their king Eteocles regarding the threat of the hostile army before their gates. The play will be performed also on June 3, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 21, 23 and 25, always at 19.00 h.
Infos and tickets: indafondazione.org and vivaticket.it

June 2 (19.00 h) and (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Tindari
Festival Teatro dei due mari: IL CICLOPE (The Cyclops) after the Odissey of Homer and a satiric play by Euripides and MEDEA after the tragedies by Euripides and Seneca
Infos: teatrodeiduemari.net

June 2 (19.00 h) and nearly every second evening until June 24
Teatro Greco – Siracusa
Le Fenicie (The Phoenician Women) tragedy by Euripides, based on the same story as Aeschylus play Seven Against Thebes. The title refers to the Greek chorus, which is composed of Phoenician women on their way to Delphi who are trapped in Thebes by the war. Direction: Valerio Binasco. The play will be performed also on June 4, 6, 8, 10, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22 and 24 always at 19.00 h.
Infos and tickets: indafondazione.org and vivaticket.it

June 2 (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina. Arias from some of the most famous Operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini and Puccini.
Info: italianoperataormina.com

June 2, 3 and 4 (10.00 to midnight)
City center – Acireale
A’ Nivarata International Festival of Sicilian Granita. Some say that ice-cream originally was invented in Sicily. Since more than thousand years, that’s for sure, from the times the Arabs ruled the island, the Sicilians have been making granita, a refreshing half frozen ice-speciality, originally made with snow stored on Mount Etna. A’ Nivarata celebrates this tradition with loads of granita and ice-cream.
Info and detailed program: nivarata.it

June 3 (19.00 h) and (21.30 h )
Teatro Antico – Tindari
Festival Teatro dei due mari: IL CICLOPE (The Cyclops) after the Odissey of Homer and a satiric play by Euripides and MEDEA after the tragedies by Euripides and Seneca
Infos: teatrodeiduemari.net

June 3 (18.30 h)
Teatro Romano – Catania
Isabel Allende will be guest of a conversation with the journalist Alessandra Coppola on the item “Madri e figlie. Il coraggio delle donne attraverso le generazioni” (Mothers and daughters. The cross-generational courage of women). The Chilean-American author will also be awarded with the “Premio Sicilia”, issued by the Ministry of Tourism of the Sicilian Regional Government. Reading from the work of Isabel Allende by the  actrice Donatella Finocchiaro. The event has been organized by Taobuk, the Taormina Book festival, which will take place from June 24 to 28, 2017.
Info: taobuk.it

June 4 (19.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Tindari
Festival Teatro dei due mari: MEDEA, dramatic composition by Filippo Amoroso, direction Walter Pagliardo, with among others Micaela Esdra, musics by Germano Mazzocchetti. The subject of Medea has fascinated lots of poets and playwrights. Filippo Amorosos interpretation of the character of Medea emphasizes her being a stranger, who knows that she has to adapt with the rules of the city she lives in, but on the other hand suffers from the arrogance of the natives. A very actual subject.
Infos: teatrodeiduemari.net

June 5,7 and 9 (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina. Arias from some of the most famous Operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini and Puccini.
Info: italianoperataormina.com

June 8 and 9 (21.00 h)
Teatro Greco Romano – Via Teatro Greco, Catania
Carmen Consoli, the successful and beloved singer-songwriter from Catania in concert.
Infos and tickets: carmenconsoli.it and ctbox.it

June 9 to 17 (attention: the event has been postponed to July 6 to 9, 2017 !!!)
Teatro Antico and various locations – Taormina
TaorminaFilmFest 2017 63rd Edition directed by the journalist, film producer and president of the Foundation “Centro Sperimentale del Cinema ” (which conducts the Italian National  Film School, Rome) Felice Laudadio. TaorminaFilmFest brings some of the great stars to Taormina, it is a spectacular celebration of film, most of the events taking place at Taormina’s unique Greek Theatre. Film premieres and screenings of  films in competition will alternate with workshops, lectures and side events full of elegant attire.
Info: www.taorminafilmfest.it

June 9 to 11
Scalo Alaggio – Frazione Aci Trezza, Aci Castello (CT)
Sagra del Pesce Spada. Swordfish has long been one of Sicily’s gastronomic highlights and can be found on nearly every menu across the island. The fish is celebrated with a huge barbecue at the little fishing port of Aci Trezza, coinciding with celebrations of the village’s patron saint, San Giovanni.
Info: festasangiovanni.it

June 10 and 11
Giardino di Villa Trinità – Mascalucia (CT)
Dove fiorisce la Jacaranda. Where the Jacaranda blooms. 5th Edition of this great event dedicated to reat gardens. The owners of Villa Trinità combine arts and gardening with an exhibition of sculptures in one of the most beautiful gardens of Italy.
Info: etnabotanicgarden.it and grandigiardini.com

June 11 (22.00 h)
Palazzo Corvaja – Taormina
Van Gogh Multimedia Experience. Notte Stellata. Opening night of this extraordinary exhibition. Installations and projections of photographies and videos showing the famous paintings of Vincent Van Gogh, combined with quotations and excerpts from his letters to his brother Theo and musics by the french impressionist composer Paul Dukas and by Johann Sebastian Bach. The opening night is dedicated to the famous painting The starry night (1889, the original is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York). The actor Sebastiano Lo Monaco will read from van Gogh’s letters, Rosellina Guzzo will play the celtic harp and the sand artist Stefania Bruno will perform to Don McLean’s song „Vincent“, creating a series of sand pictures on the vita of the artist. The exhibition will last until September 17, 2017, Opening hours: June 1 to July 15, 10.00 to 20.00 h; July 16 to September 1, 10.00 to 14.00 h and 17.00 to 22.00 h, September 2 to 17, 10.00 to 20.00 h

June 12,14 and 16 (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina. Arias from some of the most famous Operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini and Puccini.
Info: italianoperataormina.com

June 17 and 18 (8.00 to 20.00 h)
Giardini Naxos
Air Show with the “Pattuglia Acrobatica Nazionale”
Infos: https://www.fromtheskies.it/frecce-tricolori-2017-calendario-esibizioni-air-show/

June 18 (8.30 – 12.30 h)
Piazza IX Aprile – Taormina
34° Raduno Alfa Romeo. Registration of the teams and exhibition of 60 historic and modern Alfa Romeo
Info: sicilyalfaclub.org

June 19,21 and 23 (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina. Arias from some of the most famous Operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini and Puccini.
Info: italianoperataormina.com

June 21 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Placebo the English alternative rock band, formed in London in 1994 by Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal. Placebo are known for their androgynous image and musical content.
Infos and tickets: placeboworld.co.uk and ticketone.it

June 24 to 28
Teatro Antico and other locations – Taormina
Taobuk 2017 the Taormina Book Festival, 7th edition, this time themed “Padri e figli” (Fathers and sons).
Info: taobuk.it

June 24 (20.30 h)
Teatro Antico –  Taormina
Opening gala of TAOBUK the Taormina Book Festival 2017, this year themed “Padri & Figli” (Fathers&Sons). Awarding Gala, presented by Antonella Ferrara and Alessio Zucchini, of the Taobuk Awards, which will be given to  Abraham Yehoshua and Domenico Starnone (Taobuk Award for Literary Excellence), to the eassayist Nicola Gratteri (Taobuk Award all’impegno civile), to the director Gianni Amelio (Taobuk Award for his film “La tenerezza”), and to the actors Luigi Lo Cascio (Premio Una vita per l’Arte) and Christian De Sica (for his part in the film “Fräulein”).
The evening will be finished by a concert of Noa the singer from Israel, who will perform together with the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo Bellini di Catania, conducted by Domenico Sanfilippo.
Info:  taobuk.it and noasmusic.com

June 26 and 27 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Eddie Vedder the American singer with the strong baritone voice, best known as the front man of the grunge band Pearl Jam, on his solo tour. Opening act: the irish indie folk singer and guitarist Glen Hansard, member of the band The Frames, also known for his acting, such as in the films “The Commitments” and “Once”.
Info: pearljam.com/tour

June 16,28 and 30 (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina. Arias from some of the most famous Operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini and Puccini.
Info: italianoperataormina.com

June 29 and 30 (20.30 h) and daily until July 9
Teatro Greco – Siracusa
Le Rane (The Frogs),comedy written by Aristophanes. It was performed at one of the Festivals of Dionysus in Athens in the year 405 BC and won the first place.  The Frogs tells the story of the god Dionysus who, despairing of the state of Athens’ tragedians, travels to Hades to bring the playwright Euripides back from the dead. He brings along his slave Xanthias, who is smarter and braver than Dionysus. For the first half of the play, Dionysus routinely makes critical errors, forcing Xanthias to improvise in order to protect his master and prevent Dionysus from looking incompetent. More performances daily July 1 to 9, always at 20.30 h
Infos and tickets: indafondazione.org and vivaticket.it

JULY 2017

July 1 (20.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Nastri D’Argento 2017Silver Ribbon Awards 201 Gala. The reknowned and historic film award given by the SNGCI, the union of the Italian cinema journalists.
Info: www.taormina-arte.com and www.cinegiornalisti.com

July 1 to 9, daily (20.30 h)
Teatro Greco – Siracusa
Le Rane (The Frogs), comedy written by Aristophanes, telling the story of Dionysus who, despairing of the state of Athens’ tragedians, travels to Hades to bring the playwright Euripides back from the dead. He brings along his slave Xanthias, who is smarter and braver than Dionysus. Dionysus routinely makes critical errors, forcing Xanthias to improvise in order to protect his master and prevent Dionysus from looking incompetent.
Infos and tickets: indafondazione.org and vivaticket.it

July 2 (8.30 – 12.30 h)
Corso Umberto and Piazza IX Aprile – Taormina
34° Raduno Alfa Romeo. Rally and exhibition of 60 historic and modern Alfa Romeo
Info: sicilyalfaclub.org

July 3, 5 and 7 (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina. Arias from some of the most famous Operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini and Puccini.
Info: italianoperataormina.com

July 5 and 6 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
La Bohème Opera by Giacomo Puccini, directed by Enrico Castiglione
Infos and tickets: taormina-arte.com and boxol.it

July 6 to 9 (new dates)
Teatro Antico and various locations – Taormina
TaorminaFilmFest 2017 63rd Edition directed by the journalist, film producer and president of the Foundation “Centro Sperimentale del Cinema ” (which conducts the Italian National  Film School, Rome) Felice Laudadio. TaorminaFilmFest brings some of the great stars to Taormina, it is a spectacular celebration of film, most of the events taking place at Taormina’s unique Greek Theatre. Film premieres and screenings of  films in competition will alternate with workshops, lectures and side events full of elegant attire.
Info: www.taorminafilmfest.it

July 8 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Zubin Mehta conducts the Symphony No. 9  in D minor, Op. 125, also known as “The Choral” by Ludwig van Beethoven, universally considered to be one of Beethoven’s greatest works. Performed by the Choir and Orchestra of the Teatro Massimo Bellini Palermo. Soprano: Julianna Di Giacomo, Mezzo-Soprano: Lilly Jørstad, Tenor: Michael Schade, Basso: Wilhelm Schwinghammer.
Info: facebook.com/anfiteatrosicilia/ and teatromassimo.it/calendario/concerti/mehta-beethoven.html

July 9 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Hollywood Movie Music a tribute to the most famous composers of film music, performed by the Orchestra of  the Bellini Festival and the Haffner Orchestra, conducted by Antonella Fiorino. On the program compositions by Ennio Morricone, Mark Isham, Leonard Bernstein and others, featuring famous films such as „Once upon a time”,”Cinema Paradiso”, “Forest Gump”, “La vita è bella”, “The Godfather”, “Westsidestory” etc.)
Info and tickets: ctbox.it

July 10, 12 and 14 (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina. Arias from some of the most famous Operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini and Puccini.
Info: italianoperataormina.com

July 15 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Carmen Ballet after the music by Georges Bizet.  performed by the Company Josè Perez and the Orchestra Teatro Massimo Bellini.
Info and tickets:  boxol.it

July 17, 19 and 21 (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina. Arias from some of the most famous Operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini and Puccini.
Info: italianoperataormina.com

July 19 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Kasabian the british rock band form Leicester in concert. The band’s music is often described as “indie rock”, but guitarrist and vocalist Sergio Pizzorno has said he “hates indie bands” and does not feel Kasabian fit into that category.
Info and tickets: www.kasabian.co.uk and www.ticketone.it

July 21 (21.45 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Charles Aznavour 93 years old and still on stage! He wrote over 1300 songs and recorded over 1400, sung in eight languages, sold more than 180 million records. Aznavour is the longest standing “A list” star, still filling major venues all over the world.
Infos and tickets: ticketone.it

July 23 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
NEK Filippo Neviani, known by his stage name Nek, is an Italian singer-songwriter and musician. Nek is popular in Italy and throughout the Spanish-speaking world, and has performed and released most of his albums in both Italian and Spanish.
Infos and tickets:  taormina-arte.com, ticketone.it and boxol.it

July 24, 26 and 28 (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina. Arias from some of the most famous Operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini and Puccini.
Info: italianoperataormina.com

July 26 to 30
Piazza Mercato del Pesce – Trapani
Stragusto 9th edition of the festival celebrating the street food of Mediterranean in the beautiful square of the Old Fish Market in Trapani. Annual big party of tastes, flavors, smells, colors, voices. An unmissable event for every food lover that offers visitors a great experience of Sicilian food. Also an occasion to get to know Trapani, the harbour city at the far west of Sicily with its beautiful baroque town center.
Info: stragusto.it/en/program/

July 28 (21.00 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borselino – Zafferana Etnea
Ermal Meta the Italian-Albanian singer-songwriter, who won the Best Cover Performance of Sanremo Festival 2017 with Domico Modugno’s  great song “Amara terra mia”.  His newest album “Vietato morire” (2017) peaked at number one in Italy, placed third overall in the Sanremo 2017 competition, and received the “Mia Martini” Critics’ Prize.
Infos and tickets: https://it-it.facebook.com/ermalmetainfo/ and  ctbox.it

July 29 (21.30 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borselino – Zafferana Etnea
Francesco Gabbani  the singer and songwriter rose to fame after winning the newcomers’ section of the Sanremo Restival in 2016 with the song Amen. In 2017 he won the main section with the song Occidentali’s Karma” and represented Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 finishing in 6th place.
Infos and tickets: francescogabbani.com and ctbox.it

AUGUST 2017

August 2 and 3 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
I sette contro Tebe (Seven Against Thebes) antique play by Aeschylus, third of the Oedipus-themed trilogy. A production of the INDA Foundation, Syracuse.

August 2 and 4 (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina. Arias from some of the most famous Operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini and Puccini.
Info: italianoperataormina.com

August 5 (21.30 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Sergio Cammariere – Gino Paoli – Danilo Rea in concert. A terzet of famous protagonists of the Italian music scene performing with an experienced Jazz band.  On stage: Amedeo Ariano (drums), Luca Bulgarelli (double bass), Bruno Marcozzi (percussions) and Daniele Tittarelli (sax).
Infos and tickets: ticketone.it and ctbox.it

August 6 and 8 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
La Bohème Opera by Giacomo Puccini  after the music by Georges Bizet. Orchestra and choir of the Teatro Massimo Bellini Catania.

August 6 (21.30 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Niccolò Fabi the singer songwriter, born 1968 in Rome, started his career in 1997, in April 2016 Fabi released his eighth studio album, “Una somma di piccole cose”, which peaked at the first place on the Italian hit parade.
Infos and tickets: niccolofabi.it,  ticketone.it and ctbox.it

August 7, 9 and 11 (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina. Arias from some of the most famous Operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini and Puccini.
Info: italianoperataormina.com

August 10 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, performed by the Orchestra and Choir of the Fondazione Orchestra Sinfonia Sicilia.

August 11 (21.00 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Baustelle the indie rock band from Montepulciano, formed in the mid-’90s. Mixing the romantic sounds of British artists like the Smiths and Depeche Mode, with Italian composers like Ennio Morricone and Angelo Badalamenti as well as American acts like Television and Scott Walker and modern sounds of electronica. Francesco Bianconi (lyrics, vocals, guitar, keyboard), Rachele Bastreghi (vocals, keyboard, percussion) and Claudio Brasini (guitar).
Infos and tickets: baustelle.it and ctbox.it

August 12 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Opera Gala with international stars and the Orchestra and Choir of the Fondazione Orchestra Sinfonia Sicilia.

August 13 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Odissea A/R by Emma Dante. A production of the Teatro Biondo, Palermo.

August 14, 16 and 18 (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina. Arias from some of the most famous Operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini and Puccini.
Info: italianoperataormina.com

August 16 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Pierino e il lupo (Peter and the Wolf) by Sergei Prokofiev. The famous synponic fairytale for children, with a narrator telling the childrens story while the orchestra illustrates it. A production of the Teatro Vittorio Emanuele, Messina.

August 17 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Alvaro Soler the pop musician from Barcelona rose to prominence across Europe and Latin America with his 2015 hit “El mismo sol”, primarily hitting success in Italy.
Infos and tickets: ticketone.it and boxol.it

August 18 (21.30 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana
The Kolors. Italian electropop band founded in 2010 by lead vocalist Stash Fiordispino, drummer Alex Fiordispino and Daniele Mona who plays synthesizers. The group released two studio albums: I Want (2014) and Out (2015). They are known for their hit “Everytime”, lead single from their second studio album.
Info: thekolors.com and ctbox.it

August 19 (21.30 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea (CT)
Fabrizio Moro the singer-songwriter and television presenter. As of 2015, he has released six studio albums, an extended play and a live album. In 2011, Moro also presented the docu-reality Sbarre, broadcast by Rai 2 . He also wrote songs for other artists, including singer Noemi and the poprockband Stadio.
Infos and tickets: fabriziomoro.net and ctbox.it

August 19 and 21 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Aida opera by Giuseppe Verdi. A production of Taormina Opera Stars, artistic director Davide Dellisanti.
Infos and tickets: ticketone.it

August 20 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Taormina Opera Stars Gala dedicated to classical music, with the pianist Caroline Murat Haffner
“Magic World Cultural Award 2017”
Info and tickets: carolinemurat.com and boxol.it

August 21, 23 and 25 (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina. Arias from some of the most famous Operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini and Puccini.
Info: italianoperataormina.com

August 22 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Afterhours the Alternative/Noise Rock band from Milan on their  #30 Summer Tour. Manuel Agnelli (vocals, guitars and keyboard), Giorgio Prette (drums), Giorgio Ciccarelli (guitars, keyboard), Roberto Dell’Era (bass), Rodrigo D’Erasmo (violin) and Xabier Iriondo (guitars)
Infos and tickets: afterhours.it and ctbox.it

August 23 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Francesco Renga the singer-songwriter from Udine in concert.
Infos and tickets: francescoregna.it, ticketone.it and boxol.it

August 24 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Mario Biondi the singer born in Catania and noted for his warm and deep voice.
Infos and tickets: mariobiondi.com and ticketone.it

August 25 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Daniele Silvestri the singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarrist from Rome in concert.
Infos and tickets: daniliesilvestri.it, ticketone.it and boxol.it

August 26 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Foirella Mannoia the singer from Rome on her Combattente Tour
Infos and tickets: fiorellamannoia.it, ticketone.it and boxol.it

August 27 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Massimo Ranieri on his “Sogno e Son Desto Tour”
Infos and tickets: boxol.it

August 28 and 30 (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina. Arias from some of the most famous Operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini and Puccini.
Info: italianoperataormina.com

August 28 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Omaggio a Daniela Dessì an evening in honour of the famous Italian soprano, who died at the age of only 59 in August 2016. Her international carreer took her to many important opera theatres (among others the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala and the opera houses of Barcelona, Florence and Palermo), she sung under the direction of conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado and James Levine.  Collegues and friends will be on stage together with the Coro Lirico Siciliano, conducted by Francesco Costa and the Orchestra Sinfonica Bellini, conducted by Giuseppe Romeo. One part of the receipts will be donated in favour of the cancer research. A production of the  Mythos Opera Festival
Info and tickets: mythosoperafestival.com and boxol.it

August 29 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Cavalleria Rusticana t h e Sicilian opera by Pietro Mascagni, directed by Massimo Bonelli. A production of the Mythos Opera Festival 2017 (artistic director: Katia Ricciarelli). A production of the  Mythos Opera Festival
Info: mythosoperafestival.com

August 30 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Sinfonie D’Estate. The Philharmonic Orchestra of Calabria and the pianist Nico Furscaldo, conducted by Filippo Arlia, performing works by Mussorgskj, Beethoven, Bellini and Čajkovskij. A production of the  Mythos Opera Festival
Info and tickets: mythosoperafestival.com and boxol.it

August 31 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Aida opera by Giuseppe Verdi, performed by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Calabria and an international cast, conducted by Filippo Arlia, directed by Enrico Stinchelli. A production of the Mythos Opera Festival 2017 (artistic director: Katia Ricciarelli).
Infos and tickets: mythosoperafestival.com, ticketone.it and boxol.it

SEPTEMBER 2017 

September 1 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Mannarino the singer songwriter from Rome on his “Apriti Cielo 2017 Tour”.
Infos: alessandromannarino.it

September 1 to October 31: every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina. Arias from some of the most famous Operas by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini and Puccini.
Info: italianoperataormina.com

September 7 and 8 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Renato Zero the Italian Pop, Rock, Soul and Rock’n Roll singer and actor on his “Solo Per Amore Tour 2017”
Infos: renatozero.com

September 15 to 24
City and beaches – San Vito Lo Capo
Cous Cous Fest 2017 – Welcome diversity! is the 2017 slogan of Sicily’s most famous food festival. It takes place over five days in the seaside town of San Vito Lo Capo. Now in its 17th year, the festival extends well beyond its featured dish (which is the focus of a cook-off between international chefs from Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Marocco, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Turkey the Ivory Coast and many other nations) to act as a celebration of a shared Mediterranean heritage, with concerts and DJ sets by acts from across the region. Live music, dancing and a carnival atmosphere make the event a must for anyone staying in western Sicily towards the end of September!
Info and detailed program: coucousfest.com

September 16 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Maria Callas Memorial. An evening dedicated to the queen of opera Maria Callas, who died on September 16, 1977 at Paris, with her most important and emblematic arias, performed by the Choir and Orchestra of the Bellini Festival and a cast of international star sopranos, an evening projected and directed by Enrico Castiglione. A production of the Taormina Opera Festival 2017.
Info:  festivaleuromediterraneo.eu

Last update: May 20, 2017

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