Events 2019 in Taormina & Sicily

This is OUR REGULARLY UPDATED LIST OF EVENTS FOR TAORMINA AND SURROUNDINGS

HOTEL V I L L A  S C H U L E R, TAORMINA – SICILY – ITALY

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EVENTS 2019

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 2019 until now we found only a few events, mostly concerts in Acireale (40 km from Taormina) and Catania (55 km from Taormina) which we listed below – and some events at Taormina’s Antique Theater, a real highlight, see below!

Attending one of the events inside Taormina’s famous Antique 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.

HIGHTLIGHTS 2019

June 14 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Francesco de Gregori & Orchestra with his Greatest Hits Live at the wonderful Antique Theatre fof Taormina  Francesco De Gregori together with a big orchestra  for the first time will present his greatest songs in a symphonic context. The orchestra, composed of forty elements, and the Gnu Quartet composed by Raffaele Rebaudengo (viola), Francesca Rapetti (flute), Roberto Izzo (violin) and Stefano Cabrera (cello), in addition to the band that has accompanied De Gregori for a long time now. Tickets for the concert are available in presale on TicketOne.it.
Info: taoarte.it

June 23 (21.30h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Jethro Tull 50 Anniversary Tour Ian Anderson and his band, veterans of rock history, among the most important and bands of progressive rock, in occasion of their 50th anniversary at the Antique Theatre of Taormina, one of only 3 concerts in Italy!
Info and tickets: ticketone.it

June 30 to July 6
Teatro Antico and Palazzo dei Congressi – Taormina
Taormina FilmFest 201965th edition of the Taormina FilmFest will be organized by VideoBank, artistic direction: Silvia Bizio and Gianvito Casadonte. The programme includes gala evenings and awards at the Teatro Antico, with big national and international cinema stars, film projections and workshops at the Palazzo dei Congressi.
Info: taorminafilmfest.it

August 3, 4 and 6 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico -Taormina
Eros Ramazzotti may be the most famous Italian pop singer will certainly sell the scheduled 3 evenings in the Antique Theatre of Taormina. Tickets already available at ticketone.it
Info: ramazzotti.com

August 25 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Martha Argerich and Daniel Rivera. Martha Argerich, considered as the greatest pianist of all times, performes together with her collegue Daviel Rivera. Both were born in Argentina, Rivera meanwhile is Italian citizen. The artistic collaboration of  Rivera and Argerich started in 2009, when Rivera performed a transcription of Straviskij’s “Sacre du printemps” at the “Progetto Martha Argerich” in Lugano. During the concert in Taormina they will perform the Concert n. 1 in E-flat major by Franz Liszt (Martha Argerich) and the Concert op. 16 in A minor by Edvard Grieg (Daniel Rivera).
Info and tickets:  facebook.com/Martha-Argerich-41764909656/  danielrivera.it and ticketone.it

August 30 and 31 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Andrea Bocelli & friends in concert. The popular Italian tenor will perform his most famous hits and opera arias, accompanied by a soprano and other guest stars. With his latest album “ Si” (October 26, 2018) he published unedited songs, among others in duet with Ed Sheeran, Raphael Gualazzi and his son Matteo, in more than 60 countries and seven laguages, Andrea Bocelli was the first Italian artist to become Nunmber One of the most sold in UK and USA in less than 10 days. During his most successful career Bocelli performed for popes, presidents and kings, he was present in the most important concert halls and opera theatres of the world, and collaborated with big pop stars such as Ed Sheeran, Nicole Scherzinger, Céline Dion, Tony Bennet and many more. The first concert on August 30 is sold out! So there has been added the second evening August 31!
Info: andreabocelli.com – authorized points of pre sales online: ticketone.it, vivaticket.it and ctbox.it

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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.

Every Sunday
Quartiere del Porto – Viale Amerigo Vespucci, Catania
Mercatino delle Pulci Catania Fleemarket at Catania.

Every third Sunday of the month (8.30 to 13.30 h)
Piazza Indirizzo – Acireale (CT)
BioDomenica market with organic food and products of the region, musics, dancing, animation for children.
More infos on facebook.com/pages/Circolo-AIAB-Catania

Every Sunday (8.00-13.00 h)
Piazza Raffaello Sanzio – Catania
Mercato del Contadino – Farmer’s market. Tipical Sicilian and organic products, fruits, vegetables, flowers, cheeses, honeys, olive oils, wines, nuts and salamis.

Every Sunday (8.00 to 13.00 h)
Piazza Immacolata – Giarre
OrteGiarre – Farmer’s market. Sicilian products from the Etna Region.

Every Sunday  (8.00 to 13.00 h)
Scalo di Alaggio – Acitrezza
Mercato del Contatino – Farmer’s market with lots of products form the Etna region, such as cheese, salami, fruits, vegetables, wine, olive oil, honey etc. some organic, everything Sicilian.

Every Sunday (7.00 to 14.00 h)
Antico mercato – Via Trento, Ortigia Siracusa
Mercato del Contadino – Farmer’s market. Products from Sicily and the surroundings of Siracusa and the Monti Iblei.

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EVENTS 2019

Exhibitions 

From July 9 until (at least) August 31
Parco Florence Trevelyan (Public Gardens) – Taormina
Nights at the Parco Florence Trevelyan. The Parco Florence Trevelyan (formerly called Public Gardens) have a new lighting system and will be open also in the evenings until 23.00 h.

July 13 to 20
Palazzo Ciampoli – Taormina
Contemporary Art, Fashion, Design exhibition on the occasion of the Taomoda Fashionweek, opening July 13 at 18.00 h with the participation of Paolo Cacianti (Rai 1), Rita Airaghi and Gianni Cinti (Fondazione Gianfranco Ferrè). The Taomoda Fashionweek celebrates its 20th edition and will take until July 20, concluded by the final Gala Evening and Fashion Show at the Antique Theatre.
Info: taorminamoda.it

until  September 1
Casa del Cinema – Corso Umberto 61, Taormina
Le Stelle di Taormina – The Stars of Taormina – Posters and photos of the films shot in Taormina. The exhibition forges a bridge of nearly 100 years, from the very beginnings of silent movies, when the french director Louis Mercanton shot a film called „L’appel du Sang“, via „L’avventura“ by Michealangelo Antonioni, Luc Bessons „Il Grand Bleu“ and „Il Piccolo Diavolo“ by Roberto Begnini to  „Mighty Aphrodite“ by Woddy Allen and many more.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 to 20.00 h, Admission free
Info: taoarte.it

until  September 15
Archivio storico – Piazza IX Aprile, Taormina
Antiquitatis Volumina – an exhibition of some tresures of the town’s archives, old inbunables and books dating back to the 15th and 16th century.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9.00 to 13.00 h and 15.00 to 19.00 h, Admission free

Events

July 2019

July 1 (and during the whole month of July every Monday, Wednesday and Friday  at 21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina – a musical journey with the most famous arias and duets from the greatest Italian operas,
such as Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A.Mozart, La Traviata by G.Verdi, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, and La Bohème by G.Puccini and Elisir d’Amore by G.Donizetti. Interpreted with piano accompaniment by professional singers, who have performed at important Italian and international theaters. During the break will be offered a drink. until October: every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Info and ticket reservation: italianoperataormina.com

July 5, 6 and 7 (every day 3 times at 20.30, 22.00 and 23.00 h)
Gole dell’Alcantara – near Motta Camastra
Inferno by Dante Alighieri, performed at the famous Alcantara Gorges. A special event shown in a spectacular natural setting. Inferno is the first part of Dante’s 14th century epic poem Divine Comedy.  It tells the journey of Dante through hell, guided by the poet Virgil. Hell is depicted as nine concentric circles of torment located within the Earth. The Divine Comedy represents the journey of the soul toward God, with the Inferno describing the recognition and rejection of sin. Adaption performed by actors, dancers and fire artists, directed by Giovanni Anfuso, costumes by Riccardo Cappello, musics by Nello Toascano, choreography by Fia Destefano.
tickets: ctbox.it

From July 9
Parco Florence Trevelyan (Public Gardens) – Taormina
Nights at the Parco Florence Trevelyan. The Parco Florence Trevelyan (formerly called Public Gardens) have a new lighting system and will be open also in the evenings until 23.00 h.

July 9
Church of San Pancrazio and Corso Umberto  – Taormina
Festa di San Pancrazio. Worship at the Church of San Pancrazio (at 9.00 and at 11.00 h) and Procession (starting at 20.30h) on the occasion of the feast of the town’s patron Saint Pancrazio.

July 9 (22.00 h)
Piazza Cagli – Letojanni
Pedro Capò The singer, songwriter, musican, guitarrist and actor from Puerto Rico in concert. In 2018, after spending a lot of time in the acting industry, Capó made a come back to music with a single called “Calma”. After Farruko joined him for the remix, the music video has become a huge success with more than 1 billion on YouTube. The singer was also awarded with his first Latin Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video for „Pedro Capó: En Letra de Otro“. Admission free

July 10 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Dream Theater in concert on their Distance over Time Tour. The famous American progressive metal band or art rock band first formed under the name Majesty in 1985 by John Petrucci, John Myung and Mike Portnoy while they attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. Current members are John Petrucci (guitars), John Myung (bass), James LaBrie (lead vocals), Jordan Rudess (keyboards, piano) and Mike Mangini (drums, percussion).
Info and tickets: dreamtheater.net and ticketone.it

July 11 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
America in concert. The British-American band was formed in London in 1970 by Dewey Bunnel, Dan Peek and Gerry Beckley, the band still tours with its remaining two founding members Gerry Beckley (lead and backing vocals, keyboards, guitars, bass and harmonica) and Dewey Bunnell (lead and backing vocal, guitars, percussion) . Dan Peek left the band in 1977 and died in 2011. Three new band members are Richard Campbell (bass and vocals), Ryland Steen (drums, percussion) and Steve Fekete (guitars, keayboards, backing vocals).
Info: venturahighway.com

July 12, 13 and 14 (every day 3 times at 20.30, 22.00 and 23.00 h)
Gole dell’Alcantara – near Motta Camastra
Inferno by Dante Alighieri, performed at the famous Alcantara Gorges. A special event shown in a spectacular natural setting. Inferno is the first part of Dante’s 14th century epic poem Divine Comedy.  It tells the journey of Dante through hell, guided by the poet Virgil. Hell is depicted as nine concentric circles of torment located within the Earth. The Divine Comedy represents the journey of the soul toward God, with the Inferno describing the recognition and rejection of sin. Adaption performed by actors, dancers and fire artists, directed by Giovanni Anfuso, costumes by Riccardo Cappello, musics by Nello Toascano, choreography by Fia Destefano.
tickets: ctbox.it

July 12 (21.45 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Nick Mason and the Saucerful of Secrets. The ex-drummer of the legendary band Pink Floyd with his band composed by Gary Kemp, Guy Pratt, Lee Harris and Dom Beken. The band will perform early Pink Floyd songs from the first albums such as „A Saucerful of Secrets” and „The Piper At The Gates of Dawn“. The – quite expensive – tickets are available from March 22, 2019 at: ctbox.it, ticketone.it and ticketmaster.it
Info: thesaucerfulofsecrets.com

July 13 (18.00 h)
Palazzo Ciampoli and other locations – Taormina
Start of the Taomoda Fashionweek with the opening of the international exhibitionContemporary Art, Fashion, Design”, with the participation of Paolo Cacianti (Rai 1) , Rita Airaghi and Gianni Cinti (Fondazione Gianfranco Ferrè). The Taomoda Fashionweek celebrates its 20th edition and will take until July 20, concluded by the final Gala Evening and Fashion Show at the Antique Theatre. This year’s masterclass (on July 15 from 9.00 to 19.30 h at the Hotel Excelsior Palace) will be about environmental sustainability in fashion.
Info: taorminamoda.it

July 13 (20.30 h)
Teatro Greco – Siracusa
Tosca, opera by Giacomo Puccini, with the Coro Lirico Sicilian and the Orchestra Tosca, direction by Alessandro Cecchi Paone. The drama set into Rome at about 1800 is about torture, murder and suicide, and is known by some of Puccini’s best-known lyrical arias.
Tickets: ctbox.it

July 13 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Gaetano Veloso, the brazilian singer songwriter and guitarrist in concert, accompanied by his three sons Moreno, Zeca and Tom. The Sicilian singer songwriter Mario Venuti will open the concert.
Info: caetanoveloso.com.br and mariovenuti.com

July 14 (21.00 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Una noce por Paco. A night dedicated to the great flamenco guitarist Paco di Lucia (1947 – 2014). With the pianist Chano Dominguez  and his quartet Jose Ruiz Motos “Bandolero” (percussions), Daniel Navarro (bailaor) and Blas Cordoba (cantaor), the Sexteto por Paco formated by Pacos nephew Antonio Sánchez (guitar), José Fernández (guitar), Israel Suárez “Piraña” (percussions), Antonio Serrano (harmonica), David de Jacoba (voice) and Antonio Moreno “Polito” (bailaor). to conclude the night for Paco there will be his son Curro Sánchez Varela who shows the documentary  Paco de Lucía: La Búsqueda. which he directed and which tells the  story of the great guitarist by a series of interviews held between 2010 e abd 2014.
tickets: boxol.it

July 18 (18.00 h)
Hotel Excelsior Palace  – Taormina
Taomoda – Café Lettererario. The author Catena Fiorello  (“Tutte le volte che ho pianto” ) talks with her collegues Ludovica Casellati and Vera Slepoj. Event in Italian language.
Info: taorminamoda.it

July 19 (18.00 h)
Hotel Excelsior Palace, Giardino dei Gelsomini  – Taormina
Taomoda – Mangiar Sano. Evening about healthy eating (in Italian language) presented by the journalist Fabiana Giacomotti.
Info: taorminamoda.it

July 19, 20 and 21 (every day 3 times at 20.30, 22.00 and 23.00 h)
Gole dell’Alcantara – near Motta Camastra
Inferno by Dante Alighieri, performed at the famous Alcantara Gorges. A special event shown in a spectacular natural setting. Inferno is the first part of Dante’s 14th century epic poem Divine Comedy.  It tells the journey of Dante through hell, guided by the poet Virgil. Hell is depicted as nine concentric circles of torment located within the Earth. The Divine Comedy represents the journey of the soul toward God, with the Inferno describing the recognition and rejection of sin. Adaption performed by actors, dancers and fire artists, directed by Giovanni Anfuso, costumes by Riccardo Cappello, musics by Nello Toascano, choreography by Fia Destefano.
tickets: ctbox.it

July 20 (21.90 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Taomoda Gala Evening. Finishing of the Taomoda Fashion week with Fashion Show and awarding ceremony of the Tao Awards. The Taomoda Fashionweek is based on an idea of the journalist Agata Patricia Saccone and celebrates its 20th edition this year.
Info: taorminamoda.it

July 21 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Premio Cinematografico delle Nazioni (Nations Award), also called the “Italian Oscar”, this year dedicated to environmental sustainability. The Nations Award Thinkingreen will be geven to the movement Fare Ambiente Italia.  The award wants to emphasize the relationsship between the arts such as cinema, theatre, music, television and the European collaboration of artists. The Nations Award for the lifetime achievement will be given to the pianist, composer and conductor Nicola Piovani (composer of the film music of La vita è bella – Life is beautiful), Nicola Piovani will also conduct a concert at this evening. An award also to the actress Nicoletta Braschi for her leading part in Roberto Begnini’s film “La vita è bella”, and another award will be given to Prof. Valeria Patrizia Li Vigni, the widow of Sebastiano Tusa, who curated an exhibition on her husband, the archaeologist and regional assessor of culture, who tragically died by the  Ethiopian Airlines’ crash in March 2019.

July 22 (21.30)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
La Traviata. Opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi, based on the novel La Dame aux camélias (1852) by Alexandre Dumas fils. Direction: Nino Strano (once assistant of Franco Zefirelli)
Info: mythosoperafestival.com

July 23 (21.15 h)
Cortile Collegio Gesuiti – Noto (SR)
44th Festival NotoMusica 2019. Southamerican sounds with Stefano Bollani (piano) and Hamilton de Holanda (mandoline).
Info: notomuicafestival.com  tickets: ctbox.it

July 23 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Il Volo in concert. The three young tenors Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble with their successful classic pop mix and songs of their new album „Musica“.
Info and tickets: ilvolomusic.com and ticketone.it

July 25 (21.30h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
John Legend one of the most appreciated American artist, singer songwriter, pianist, actor, record producer and philantropist in concert. He combines traditional soul with hip hop rhythms and modern R&B. Known by hits like „Ordinary people“, „All of me“ or „Love me now“, he is also commited in several social service, educational and health projects for children.
Info and tickets: ticketone.it

July 27 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina The event has been cancelled*
Pink Floyd Legend – Shine Pink Floyd Moon. Solists and Ensemble Daniele Cipriani with a choreography by Micha van Hoecke, life musics by the band Pink Floyd Legend. The original music by Pink Floyd and mainly the famous song Shine on You Crazy Diamond inspired Micha van Hoecke to create this dancing piece which takes the spectators to a surreal moonlike scenery. *The performance was cancelled following an injury of one of the main dancers during a preceding performance. The event cannot be retaken, so prepaid ticket will be refunded. 
Info: taoarte.it

July 27 (21.00 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
HJO Jazz Orchestra in concert. conducted by Benventio Ramaci, playing the great International Classics.  
tickets: boxol.it

July 28 (21.15 h)
Cortile Collegio Gesuiti – Noto (SR)
44th Festival NotoMusica 2019. Two of the most popular sinfonies of Ludwig van Beethoven, the 5th and the 7th, performed by the Orchestra Sinfonica Teatro Bellini di Catania, conducted by Luigi Piovano.
Info: notomuicafestival.com  tickets: ctbox.it

July 28 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Subsonica in concert. The Italian electronic rock band, founded 1996 in Torino, from 1997 to 2007 published 7 albums and in 2018 their eigth, entitled “8”. With their mix of experimental electronic sound and a tipical „Italian“ melodious impact, they have always been a very successful live act.
Info and tickets: subsonica.it and ticketone.it

July 29 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Cavalleria Rusticana. Opera by Pietro Mascagni and Pagliacci. Opera in one act by Ruggero Leoncavallo, directed by Roberto Cresca. Performed by the Sicilian Philarmonic Orchestra and the Coro Lirico Mediterraneo, conducted by Francesco di Mauro.
Info: mythosoperafestival.com

July 30 (21.00)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Tosca. Opera by Giacomo Puccini. Performed by the Sicilian Opera Choir and Orchestra, conducted by Gianluca Marcianò, directed by Alessandro Cecchi Paone and Anna Aiello, stage set by Alfredo Troisi. In the leading roles: Svetla Vassèleva, Marcello Guargliardo-Goirdani and Alberto Mastromarino. A production of the Festival dei Teatri di Pietra, which had its very successful firstnight at the Greek Theatre of Siracuse.
Info and tickets: ticketone.it

July 31 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina The event has been cancelled*
Revolution – The Beatles Musical performed by the Beatles cover band “The Beatbox” and the Rome Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by StefanTrasimeni. *Velvet Live, producer of The Beatles Musical, by the The Beatbox with the Rome Philharmonic Orchestra, announced that the show, scheduled for July 31, 2019 in Taormina, at the Teatro Antico, was cancelled following a sudden illness that caused a lowering of the voice to the artist Mauro Sposito, lead singer of the concert, who will have to undergo a small surgery and will have to observe a long rest period that will make him unavailable until the end of October. Unfortunately, due to future busy schedules, it is not possible to establish a certain date to reschedule the event. Prepaid ticket will be refunded.
Info:  ticketone.it

August 2019

August 1 (21.15 h)
Cortile Collegio Gesuiti – Noto (SR)
44th Festival NotoMusica 2019. The well-known violinist Uto Ughi and the pianist Francesco Nicolosi perform  Haendel, Franck, Del Falla, Sarasate and Saint-Saens.
Info: notomuicafestival.com  tickets: ctbox.it

August 1 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Massimo Ranieri with his program Malìa Napoletana, together with his band of International musicians.
Info and tickets: massimoranieri.it and ticketone.it

August 1 (18.00 h) to August 4 (00.00 h)
Streets, places and diverse locations – Castelbuono (near Cefalù)
DiVino Festival 13th edition of the international wine festival in one of the most beautiful and welcoming villages of Sicily
Info: castelbuono.org

August 2 (and during the whole month of August every Monday, Wednesday and Friday  at 21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina – a musical journey with the most famous arias and duets from the greatest Italian operas,
such as Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A.Mozart, La Traviata by G.Verdi, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, and La Bohème by G.Puccini and Elisir d’Amore by G.Donizetti. Interpreted with piano accompaniment by professional singers, who have performed at important Italian and international theaters. During the break will be offered a drink. until October: every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Info and ticket reservation: italianoperataormina.com

August 2 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Irama in concert. The Italian rapper and pop singer from his first participation of Sam Remo Festival in 2016 until present launched a very successful career. His artist‘s name derives from an african word that means “rhythm”.
Info and tickets:  it-it.facebook.com/iramaofficial/  and ticketone.it

August 3 (22.00 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Teatro del Fuoco Festival – Fire & Light 12th edition of the fire dance festival, with perfomances in Palermo, Gibellina and last but not least at the Anfiteatro of Zafferana on the slopes of Mt. Etna.
Info and tickets: teatrodelfuoco.com and ticketone.it

August 3, 4 and 6 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico -Taormina
Eros Ramazzotti may be the most famous Italian pop singer will certainly sell the scheduled 3 evenings in the Antique Theatre of Taormina. Tickets already available at ticketone.it
Info: ramazzotti.com

August 4 (21.00 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Salvo la Rosa and Carmelo Caccamo. The sicilian TV presenter and the comedian together in a show, mostly held in Sicilian language.
Info and tickets: ticketone.it

August 5 (21.00 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Giordana Angi the 25 year young talented Italian singer songwriter in concert.
Info and tickets:  facebook.com/giordanaangiofficial/ and  ticketone.it

August 5 (21.15 h)
Cortile Collegio Gesuiti – Noto (SR)
44th Festival NotoMusica 2019. A fusion concert between classic music and Jazz. Richard Galliano (accordeon) and Massimo Mercelli (flute) together with the Solisti Aquilani  (Daniele Orlando and Federico Cardilli, violins, Gianluca Saggini, viola, Giulio Ferretti violoncello, and Alessandro Schillaci, double bass). They perform musics by Giovanni Sollima, Piazzolla, Bach, Vivaldi and Richard Galliano.
Info: notomuicafestival.com  tickets: ctbox.it

August 7 (21.15 h)
Cortile Collegio Gesuiti – Noto (SR)
44th Festival NotoMusica 2019. Chamber music with the Quintetto Goffriller: Vito Imperato and Giovanni Anastasio (violins), Alberto Salomon (viola), Benedetto Munzone (violoncello) and Epifanio Comis (pianoforte) with Claudi Arimanyal (flute) performing musics by Mozart and Dvořák.
Info: notomuicafestival.com  tickets: ctbox.it

August 9 (21.30 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Cristiano De André on his tour “storia di un impiegato” (story of an employee), which refers to the album, his father, Fabrizio De Andrè issued in 1973, his most „political“ album.
Tickets: ctbox.it

August 10 (5.00 h in the morning!!!)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Dall’Inferno all’Infinito-From hell to Eternity. Alba al Teatro Antico. Sunrise at the Antique Theatre of Toarmina. With the actrice Monica Guerritore in a theatre performance with texts and lyrics by among others Dante Alighieri, Victor Hugo, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Elsa Morante and Patrizia Valduga, accompanied by musics from Giya Kancheli to Alberto Iglesias, from Ryuichi Sakamoto to Samuel Barber, from Amalia Rodriguez to Eleni Karaindrou and Craig Armstrong. Lightinstallations by Paolo Meglio, directed by Lucilla Mininno.
Info and tickets: taoarte.it and ctbox.it

August 10 (21.15 h)
Cortile Collegio Gesuiti – Noto (SR)
44th Festival NotoMusica 2019. The Duo Omar Sosa (pianoforte and keyboards) and Yilian Cañizares (voice and  violin) togehter with their special guest Gustavo Ovalles (percussions) on their “Aguas” tour.
Info: notomuicafestival.com  tickets: ctbox.it

August 10 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Alda Merini „in concert“. An evening dedicated to the Italian writer and poet Alda Merini (1931 – 2009) „Mentre rubava la vita“ (While I was steeling life) with Giovanni Nuti and Monica Guerritore. In collaboration with the Italian Council for Refugees. Special guest: Carmen Consoli.
Info: taoarte.it

August 11 (16.30 h)
Centro – Savoca (ME)
Feast of Santa Lucia, the patron saint of Savoca. The people of Savoca celebrate their patron saint with a traditional living representation of Saint Lucy’s martyrdom. Saint Lucy is being personalized by a little girl beautifully dressed in white, who is carried by a villager on his shoulders all the way of the procession. Strong in her faith she remains motionless during the whole procession, even when the roman soldiers try to drag the rope to which the little girl is tied by oxens and even if the devil, dressed in red and disguised with a terrifying mask, attacks her with his pitchfork. Lucy finally frees herself from the rope and the roman soldiers, the devil and the oxens flee through the streets of the town.

August 11 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Viva Verdi and I Vespri Siciliani, ballet in two acts dedicated to Verdi and to Sicily, performed by the ensemble of the Ballet of Milan. The evening shows the ballet parts of great operas like La Traviata, Aida, The Sicilian Vespers, Otello and Macbeth.
Info:  taormina-arte.it

August 12 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Aida. Opera by Giuseppe Verdi. A production of the Mythos Opera Festival. Directed by Attilio Colonnello and Marco Strano.
Info: mythosoperafestival.com

August 13 (21.15 h)
Cortile Collegio Gesuiti – Noto (SR)
44th Festival NotoMusica 2019. A special concert with Danilo Rea (piano) Omaggio a Fabrizio De Andrè.
Info: notomuicafestival.com  tickets: ctbox.it

August 16 (21.15 h)
Cortile Collegio Gesuiti – Noto (SR)
44th Festival NotoMusica 2019. A concert with the young and repeatedly awarded pianist Giuseppe Andaloro with musics by Haendel, Beethoven, Ravel and Rachmaninov
Info: notomuicafestival.com  tickets: ctbox.it

August 16 (21.30 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Mario Biondi in concert. The singer born in Catania is knkown for his deep and warm voice. He
Info: mariobiondi.exec.it , tickets: ctbox.it

August 17 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Fiorella Mannoia on her “Personale Tour”. The new tour is a collection of stories, Fiorella Mannoia first saw in little moments, she photographed on her journeys, then interpreted by her songs.
Info and tickets:  fiorellamannoia.it and ticketone.it

August 18 (21.15 h)
Cortile Collegio Gesuiti – Noto (SR)
44th Festival NotoMusica 2019 The trumpettist Enrico Rava on his 80thanniversary tour 2019, with his band:  Francesco Bearzatti (sax)Giovanni Guidi (piano), Francesco Diodati (guitar), Gabriele Evangelista (double bass) and Enrico Morello (drums).
Info: notomuicafestival.com  tickets: ctbox.it

August 18 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Night of Dance – Song of a mermaid. Fantasy ballet after the fairy tale „The Little Mermaid” by Hans Christian Andersen. A production of the K-Arts Dance Company (Korean National University of Arts. School of Dance) from South Korea. Choerography by Sunhee Kim.
Info and tickets: ticketone.it

August 20 (21.15 h)
Cortile Collegio Gesuiti – Noto (SR)
44th Festival NotoMusica 2019 The final concert of the festival is dedicated to the great era of swing. With the Hjo Jazz Orchestra concducted by Benvenuto Ramaci, with the singer Rosalba Bentivoglio performing musics by  Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Ray Charles, John Legend and Jerome Kern.
Info: notomuicafestival.com  tickets: ctbox.it

August 21 and 24 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Carmen – Opera by Georges Bizet. Set in southern Spain the opera tells the story of the downfall of  Don José, a naïve soldier, who is seduced by the fiery Carmen, for her he abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties. But he loses Carmen’s love to the torero Escamillo, after which José kills her in a jealous rage. Directed by Antonio De Lucia, performed by the Orchestra and Choir Taormina Opera Stars, conducted by Gianna Fratta.  Artistic direction: Davide Dellisanti.
Info and tickets: facebook.com/taorminaoperastars/ and ticketone.it

August 23 (21.00 h)
Anfiteatro – Zafferana Etnea
Noa. The singer from Israel in concert with songs of her latest album „Letters to Bach“.
Info and tickets: noasmusic.com and boxol.it

August 25 to September 8
Piazza Belvedere and other locations – Milo (CT)
ViniMilo 2019. 39th edition of the festival dedicated to the Etna Wine, held in one of the most famous and beautiful communities of the Etna Wine DOC Region. The festival presents a lot of events from live music to lectures, literature, theatre, guided tours, degustations and markets with regional products that offer much more than wine. The festival will be opened on August 25, at 6 o’clock in the morning on Piazza Belvedere, in attention of the sunrise, accompanied by a classical guitar concert with Massimo Scattolin.
Full programm: vinimilo.it

August 25 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Martha Argerich and Daniel Rivera. Martha Argerich, considered as the greatest pianist of all times, performes together with her collegue Daviel Rivera. Both were born in Argentina, Rivera meanwhile is Italian citizen. The artistic collaboration of  Rivera and Argerich started in 2009, when Rivera performed a transcription of Straviskij’s “Sacre du printemps” at the “Progetto Martha Argerich” in Lugano. During the concert in Taormina they will perform the Concert n. 1 in E-flat major by Franz Liszt (Martha Argerich) and the Concert op. 16 in A minor by Edvard Grieg (Daniel Rivera).
Info and tickets:  facebook.com/Martha-Argerich-41764909656/  danielrivera.it and ticketone.it

August 27 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Antonello Venditti. On his tour “sotto il segno dei pesci”.
Info and tickets: antonellovenditti.it and ticketone.it

August 30 and 31 (21.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Andrea Bocelli & friends in concert. The popular Italian tenor will perform his most famous hits and opera arias, accompanied by a soprano and other guest stars. With his latest album “ Si” (October 26, 2018) he published unedited songs, among others in duet with Ed Sheeran, Raphael Gualazzi and his son Matteo, in more than 60 countries and seven laguages, Andrea Bocelli was the first Italian artist to become Nunmber One of the most sold in UK and USA in less than 10 days. During his most successful career Bocelli performed for popes, presidents and kings, he was present in the most important concert halls and opera theatres of the world, and collaborated with big pop stars such as Ed Sheeran, Nicole Scherzinger, Céline Dion, Tony Bennet and many more. The first concert on August 30 is sold out! So there has been added the second evening: August 31!
Info: andreabocelli.com – authorized points of pre sales online: ticketone.it, vivaticket.it and ctbox.it

August 31 (21.30 h)
Anfiteatro Falcone Borsellino – Zafferana Etnea
Tiromancino and his Ensemble Symphony Orchestra on their “Fino a Qui” summer tour. The Italian pop group was founded in 1989 by Federico Zampaglione. Their music is a blend of folk and electronica.
Tickets: ctbox.it

August 31 (18.30 to 24.00 h)
Piazza Belvedere, Piazza Municipio and other locations – Milo (CT)
ViniMilo 2019. The Etna DOC Wine Festival opens its doors for everyone with a market and live music. Enograstonomic tastings at the market stands that show the rural products of the farmers and prducers from Milo and the Etna DOC wineries and also the regional products recognized and protected by Slow Food. On Piazza Chiesa Madre will be an exhibition of old local skilled trades and a market with organic food. On the Scalinata Largo dei Mille will be an “enoteca letteraria” with books, wines and producers and on Piazza Madonna delle Grazie at 21.00 h will start a live music programm.
More Info: vinimilo.it

August 31 (18.30 h)
Ecomuseo del Castagno – Fornazzo (Milo)
ViniMilo 2019. On the occasion of the Etna Wine Festival the new Eco-Museum will be opened to the public together with an exhibition with works by the landartist Alfio Bonanno and his students „Dialoghi nella nebbia“ , a project with 9 students of the Academy of Fine Arts of Catania, that shows drawings, photographies and other works, inspired by an ecological and spiritual vision of art and by an intimate and experiential approach with landscape.
Info: vinimilo.it

September 2019

September 1 (10.30 to 24.00 h)
Piazza Belvedere and other locations – Milo
ViniMilo 2019. Opening of the gastronomic stands on Piazza Belvedere. At 18.30 h on Piazza Municipio wine stands and tastings. On Piazza Chiesa Madre will be an exhibition of old local skilled trades and a market with organic food. On Piazza Madonna delle Grazie all about cakes, cookies, desserts and traditional cuisine. On the Scalinata Largo dei Mille will be an “enoteca letteraria” with books, wines.
Info: vinimilo.it

September 1 (from 10.30 h to 12.30h and 19.30 to 23.00h)
Ecomuseo del Castagno – Fornazzo (Milo)
ViniMilo 2019. On the occasion of the Etna Wine Festival different workshops such as one with instructions how to make children’s toys from chestnut wood, another about degustation and arts. All workshops are acessable only on reservation.
Info: vinimilo.it

September 1 (20.00 h)
Museo Virtuale, Piazza Municipio – Milo (CT)
ViniMilo 2019. Wine tasting workshop organized by Slow-Food
Bread from antique Sicilian cereals and honey of the Sicilian Black Bee, accompanied by white, red and rosé Etna wine by Irene Badalà, Tenute di Monte Gorna and Masseria Setteporte. Only on reservation!
Info and reservations: Tel. +39 347 5857201

September 1 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Levante in concert. The young singer born 1987 in Caltagirone (Catania) started her stellar career in 2013 with her single “Alfonso”, which immediately became a hit. The singer songwriter from Sicily became an icon of the new Italian pop and after 3 successful albums and 2 bestselling books, she starts a new album with her single “Andrà tutto bene” (Everything will be allright).
Info and tickets: levanteofficial.com and ticketone.it

September 2 (and during the whole month of September every Monday, Wednesday & Friday  at 21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina – a musical journey with the most famous arias and duets from the greatest Italian operas,
such as Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A.Mozart, La Traviata by G.Verdi, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, and La Bohème by G.Puccini and Elisir d’Amore by G.Donizetti. Interpreted with piano accompaniment by professional singers, who have performed at important Italian and international theaters. During the break will be offered a drink. until October: every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Info and ticket reservation: italianoperataormina.com

September 3 (21.00)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Turandot. Opera by Giacomo Puccini. directed by Enrico Stinchelli. Performed by the Orchestra Sinfonica Young  Arstists Plus and the Coro Lirico Siciliano, conducted by James Meena. Solists will be Elinia Ratiani (Turandot), Marcello Giordano (Calaf) and Sharon Azrieli (Liù). A co-production of  the Opera Cares Foundation of Montreal, the  Festival Pucciniano of Torre del Lago and of the Carolina Opera.
Info and tickets: tickettando.it

September 5 to 8
Different locations in Catania and the privince of Catania
Ricci Weekender Fest. A four night music, food and wine festival in partnership with the best independent winemakers and artisans oft he region, this year with an international twist. See more details at the single days.
Info: ricciweekender.com

September 5 (20.30 h)
Palazzo Platamone – Via Vittorio Emanuele II, Catania
Ricci Weekender Fest Opening of the Festival with Kokoroko the young, London based, Afrobeat 8-Piece band led by trumpeter Sheila M. Maurice-Grey. Inspired by Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor, Tony Allen and the great sounds that come out of West Africa, they put on a performance to honour the masters that taught them. The band’s beautiful soulful and spiritual compositions both heals the soul and got bodies moving! Further artists on stage: the psychedelic soul pop group from Catania: A Kind of Stanza live, Massimo Napoli dj set and Andrea Montalto dj/selector based between Edinbourgh and Sicily.
Info: ricciweekender.com/lineup/kokoroko/

September 6 (18.30 h)
Cantina Pietradolce – Solicchiata, Etna
Ricci Weekender Fest with Luiza Brina the Brazilian composer, singer-songwriter and instrumentalist , better known with the band Graveola or for the collaborations with “Liquificador”. Her latest work is characterized by a psychedelic folk vein where acoustic guitar, woodwinds and percussions create enthralling melodies that wrap around her voice. A rustic mood that smells of Brazilian saudade: to be seen rigorously live. Other acts of the evening: Mafalda dj set Originally from Portugal, Mafalda grew up surrounded by music. She moved to London and immersed herself in the capital’s music scene. Early on she got inspired by Sadar Bahar and Floating Points. Since then, the young woman has filled her agenda with sets at the most prestigious festivals such as Nuits Sonores, Dekmantel, Field Day and Dour Festival. Food by Brawn, London, wines by Cantina Pietradolce. An event limited ton o more than 200 spectators. More acts: Shazam Ipanema vinyl set and dj Tommyboy.
Info and tickets: ricciweekender.com

September 7 (18.30 to 24.00 h)
Piazza Belvedere, Piazza Municipio and other locations – Milo (CT)
ViniMilo 2019. The Etna DOC Wine Festival opens its doors for everyone with a market and live music. Enograstonomic tastings at the market stands that show the rural products of the farmers and prducers from Milo and the Etna DOC wineries and also the regional products recognized and protected by Slow Food. On Piazza Chiesa Madre will be an exhibition of old local skilled trades and a market with organic food. On the Scalinata Largo dei Mille will be an “enoteca letteraria” with books, wines and producers and on Piazza Madonna delle Grazie at 21.00 h will start a live music programm.
More Info: vinimilo.it

September 7 (19.30 to 23.00h)
Ecomuseo del Castagno – Fornazzo (Milo)
ViniMilo 2019. „Dialoghi nella nebbia“, exhibition with works by the landartist Alfio Bonanno and his students, a project with 9 students of the Academy of Fine Arts of Catania, that shows drawings, photographies and other works, inspired by an ecological and spiritual vision of art and by an intimate and experiential approach with landscape. Admission free.
Info: vinimilo.it

September 7 (20.30 h)
Mercati Generali – Catania
Ricci Weekender Fest. A long night with top acts such as Chiara Civello the singer-songwriter and polyinstrumentist from Rome inside the Ricci Weekender Fest. Tony Bennett defined her as “the best jazz singer of her generation”. A mix of elegant Italian pop, Brazilian influences, reinterpretations of classic Italian movies, electronic arrangements. Gilles Peterson best known as a radio presenter on BBC Radio 6 Music and as an international club DJ, he’s also an avid record collector, artistic director, music producer and record label Brownswood boss. Motor City Drum Ensemble Over the last couple of years Motor City Drum Ensemble has made plenty of waves and lots of friends around the world with his incredibly mature and inventive music. Other acts: Cratere Centrale Future Jazz with (Dario Aiello guitar & synth, Andrea Normanno drum, Daniele Salamone piano & bass synth, Cristiano Giardini sax, and the dj sets Frenky Mangano, Riccardo Rizza and Stereocool
Info and tickets: ricciweekender.com

September 7 (21.30)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
GDS Show. Benefit TV show organized by the sicilian newspapers Gazzetta del Sud and Giornale di Sicilian with international guests, life music, comedy, awarding ceremonies, presented by Salvo La Rosa and Chiara Esposito (former Miss Sicilia).
Info and tickets: boxol.it and ticketone.it

September 8 (10.30 to 24.00 h)
Piazza Belvedere and other locations – Milo
ViniMilo 2019. Opening of the gastronomic stands on Piazza Belvedere. At 18.30 h on Piazza Municipio wine stands and tastings. On Piazza Chiesa Madre will be an exhibition of old local skilled trades and a market with organic food. On Piazza Madonna delle Grazie all about cakes, cookies, desserts and traditional cuisine. On the Scalinata Largo dei Mille will be an “enoteca letteraria” with books, wines.
Info: vinimilo.it

September 8 (from 10.30 h to 12.30 and 19.30 to 23.00h)
Ecomuseo del Castagno – Fornazzo (Milo)
ViniMilo 2019. On the occasion of the Etna Wine Festival different workshops such as one with instructions how to make children’s toys from chestnut wood, another about degustation and arts. All workshops are acessable only on reservation.
Info: vinimilo.it

September 8 (12.30 to 14.00h and 19.30 to 23.00h)
Ecomuseo del Castagno – Fornazzo (Milo)
ViniMilo 2019. „Dialoghi nella nebbia“, exhibition with works by the landartist Alfio Bonanno and his students, a project with 9 students of the Academy of Fine Arts of Catania, that shows drawings, photographies and other works, inspired by an ecological and spiritual vision of art and by an intimate and experiential approach with landscape. Admission free.
Info: vinimilo.it

September 8 (20:00 h)
Museo Virtuale, Piazza Municipio – Milo (CT)
ViniMilo 2019. Handmade cold meat meets Etna DOC Wine. A wokshop with tastings by Slow Food. With the cold meats of the Azienda Giardina from Canicattì  and the Etna wines by the Planeta winery. Only on reservation.
Info and reservations: Tel. +39 347 5857201

September 8 (18.00 h)
Radicepura Botanical Gardens – Via Fogazzaro 19, Giarre
Ricci Weekender Fest with Floating Pointsan unusual name that represents the soul of the Manchester dj, producer and neuroscientist Sam Shepherd. He began studying piano at the age of 8 and is at the music school that will refine his technique and develop his love for electronic and jazz music. His complex and elegant compositions reflect his Ph.D. in neuroscience at University College London. In a short space of time Sam has won over crowds around the world with his strictly vinyl club sessions, spanning house, techno, soul and disco, steadily climbing the ranks of the globes most impressive DJ’s. Morgan McGlone of Belles Hot Chicken (Melbourne) will be flying in to bring his famous hot chicken to the party.
Info: ricciweekender.com/lineup/floating-points/

September 10 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Le Avventure Di Pinocchio. Opera in two acts with musics by Antonio Cericola, libretto by Sandro Bernabei, based on the novel by Collodi. Directed by Giovn Battista DìAsta. A production of the Accademia delle Arti “Antonio Cericola”, Pescara. With the actor and comedian Pippo Franco, an international cast of young singers, a boy’s choir and dancers and . The „Adventures of Pinocchio“ is an opera with catchy music and siuteble for the entire family.
Info: operapinocchio.com

September 21 (21.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Pio e Amedeo. The young comedy duo from Foggia (Apulia), known to an Italian audience from their work on stage, film, television and books.
Info: pioeamedeo.it

October 2019

October 2 (and during the whole month of October every Monday, Wednesday and Friday  at 21.15 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormina
Italian Opera Taormina – a musical journey with the most famous arias and duets from the greatest Italian operas,
such as Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A.Mozart, La Traviata by G.Verdi, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, and La Bohème by G.Puccini and Elisir d’Amore by G.Donizetti. Interpreted with piano accompaniment by professional singers, who have performed at important Italian and international theaters. During the break will be offered a drink. until end of October: every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Info and ticket reservation: italianoperataormina.com

Last update: August 17, 2019