Christmas&New Year in Taormina 2018-2019

EXHIBITIONS

Ex Chiesa del Carmine – Taormina
Obiettivo Sicilia – volti luoghi racconti. Exhibition of photography with Sicilian motives. Opening hours daily except Monday 9.00 to 13.00 and 16.00 to 18.3 h, (until January 13, 2019)

Ex Chiesa di Sant Agostino, Biblioteca Comunale – Piazza IX Aprile, Taormina
Antiquitatis Volumina. Incunables from the 15th and 16th century. Treasures of the Public Library of Taormina. Opening hours Tuesday to Sunday 9.00 to 13.00 and 15.00 to 19.00 h (until September 15, 2019)

Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano – Taormina
Ponti Svelati. Contemporary art exhibition with works by the Persian artist Rasta. In collaboration with “Behnam Beniamin Art” in memory of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

December 26, 2018 to January 6, 2019
Parrocchia Sacro Cuore di Gesù – Santa Venera Trappitello
Presepe Vivente. XVth Edition of the Living Crib performance.

EVENTS

December 18 (18.00 h)
Chiesa S. Cuore di Gesù – Trappitello
Christmas Concert with the Youth Orchestra and Choir  Istituto Compresivo 1

December 19 (19.30 h)
Palazzo dei Congressi – Taormina
Dancing Performance related to Christmas by the A.S D. Gymnasium

December 20 (10.30 h)
Palazzo dei Congressi – Taormina
Uno Nessuno e Centomila after the novel by Luigi Pirandello. Theatre performance with Enrico Lo Verso. Special performance for students.

December 20 (19.30 h)
Chiesa di Santa Caterina – Taormina
Christmas Concert with the Youth Orchestra and Choir  Istituto Compresivo 1

December 20 (21.15 h)
Palazzo dei Congressi – Taormina
Uno Nessuno e Centomila after the novel by Luigi Pirandello. Theatre performance with Enrico Lo Verso

December 21 (9.30 to 20.00 h)
Hotel Diodoro – Taormina
Villagio di Babbo Natale (Village of Santa Claus). Christmas market for children.

December 21 (19.30 h)
Palazzo dei Congressi – Taormina
Dancing Performance with the “Danza Taormina Gala Ballet”

December 21 (20.30 h)
Contrada Rossello – Taormina Mastrissa
Lighting of the Christmas Fire with a visit of Babbo Natale (Santa Claus)

December 22 (9.30 to 20.00 h)
Hotel Diodoro – Taormina
Villagio di Babbo Natale Christmas market for children

December 22 (19.30)
Basilica Cattedrale (Cathedral) – Taormina
Concerto Barocco. Concert with baroque music dedicated to Christmas. An evening organized by the Mythos Opera Festival.

December 22 (21.15 h)
Palazzo dei Congressi – Taormina
Theatre Performance with two one-act plays by Dario Fo (in Italian language) “Non tutti i ladri vengono per nuocere” and “Gli imbianchini non hanno ricordi” performance by the “Associazione Centro Studi Teatro Taormina”.

December 23 (9.30 to 20.00 h)
Hotel Diodoro – Taormina
Villagio di Babbo Natale – Village of Santa Claus. Christmas market for children.

December 23 (17.00 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
Grande Concerto di Natale – Christmas Concert with the Sicilian Youth Orchestra and Dancing Company, directed by Elisa Laviano and conducted Alberto Veronesi.

December 23 (18.30 h)
Palazzo dei Congressi – Taormina
Theatre Performance with two one-act plays by Dario Fo (in Italian language) “Non tutti i ladri vengono per nuocere” and “Gli imbianchini non hanno ricordi” performance by the “Associazione Centro Studi Teatro Taormina”.

December 23 (18.30 h)
Chiesa SS. Annunziata – Francavilla di Sicilia
Merry Xmas concert with the Piccolo Coro Don Bosco Città di Taormina conducted by Ivan Lo Giudice.

December 23 (19.30 h)
Basilica Cattedrale (Cathedral) – Taormina
Il cantastorie e il Natale by C. Pellitteri. Singing storytellers have their own tradition in Sicily. The “Grupo Folk Taormina” make this tradition come alive.

December 24 (all day)
Streets and places of Taormina and the quarters of Taormina
Music of the “Zampognari” musicians that play the archaic pipes, called Zampogna. Traditionally the bags are made from goat or sheep hides and the performers, sometimes still shepherds, come to the cities during Christmas time. The  most famous Italian carol, “Tu cendi dalle stelle” (You Come Down From the Stars) is derived from traditional Zampogna music.

December 24 (22.30 h)
Piazza Duomo and Piazza S.ta Caterina – Taormina
Lighting of the Christmas Fire

December 24 (22.30 h)
Piazza S. Arcidiacono – Trapitello
Lighting of the Christmas Fire

December 24 (22.30 h)
In front of the city hall – Mazzeo
Lighting of the Christmas Fire

December 25 (all day)
Streets and places of Taormina and the quarters of Taormina
Music of the “Zampognari” musicians that play the archaic bag pipes, called Zampogna. Traditionally the bags are made from goat or sheep hides and the performers, sometimes still shepherds, come to the cities during Christmas time. The  most famous Italian carol, “Tu cendi dalle stelle” (You Come Down From the Stars) is derived from traditional Zampogna music.

December 25 (10.30 h)
Piazzi Mazzini – Mazzeo
Babbo Natale (Santa Claus) meets the children in the streets of Mazzeo.

December 26 (19.00 h)
Basilica Cattedrale (Cathedral) – Taormina
Gran Concerto di Natale. Christmas concert with the Piccolo Coro Don Bosco Città di Taormina conducted by Ivan Lo Giudice.

December 27 (21.15 h)
Palazzo dei Congressi – Taormina
Jazz Concert organized by the Taormine Associazione Commercianti di Taormina

December 28 (19.30 h)
Chiesa di S. Caterina – Taormina
Christmas Concert with the soprano Giusy di Mauro and the pianist Francesco Forzisi

December 29 (19.30 h)
Basilica Cattedrale (Cathedral) – Taormina
Christmas Concert with the Orchestra Mandolinistica Gioviale conducted by A. Russo

December 29 (21.00 h)
Teatro San Giorgio – Taormin a
Gran Galà dell’Opera with Angelo Villari (tenor with an international career and main roles at famous theatres such as Opera di Roma, Teatro Regio di Parma, Teatreo Massimo di Palermo),  the bariton Graziano D’Urso, the sopranos Elisabetta Zizzo, Ester Ventura and Carmen Salamone, they will be accompanied by the pianist Antonio Gennaro. Info and tickets: italianoperataormina.com

December 30 (19.30 h)
Chiesa di S. Caterina – Taormina
“Natale…e dintorno” Christmas Concert with Laura Lo Re (voice) Antonello Tonna  (piano) and Dario Miano (sax), a concert by the Associazione Albergatori Taormina

December 30 (21.15 h)
Palazzo dei Congressi – Taormina
Taormina In…canto natalizio by the Comitato Festività Popolari

December 31 (22.30 h)
Piazza IX Aprile – Taormina
Grande Veglione di Capodanno. Waiting for the New Year with music and animation. Presentation Sata Putrino, DJ Joe Bertè.

January 1, 2019 (8.00 h)
Beach of Villagonia
New Year’s run and “Tuffo al mare” (jump into the sea). Chico Scimone Trophy.
Followed by the awarding ceremony at 10.00 h on the Piazza IX Aprile – Taormina

January 1, 2019 (all day)
Streets and places of Taormina and the quarters of Taormina
Music of the “Zampognari” musicians that play the archaic bag pipes, called Zampogna. Traditionally the bags are made from goat or sheep hides and the performers, sometimes still shepherds, come to the cities during Christmas time. The  most famous Italian carol, “Tu cendi dalle stelle” (You Come Down From the Stars) is derived from traditional Zampogna music.

January 1, 2019 (19.30 h)
Palazzo dei Congressi – Taormina
New Years Concert with the Orchestra a Plettro di Taormina conducted by Antonino Pellitteri

January 2 (11.30 h)
Teatro Antico – Taormina
New Year’s Concert by Taormina Arte with The Ladies,  Flora Faja, Anna Bonomolo, Lucy Garsia, Alessandra Mirabella, Carmen Avellone, performing their favourite Christmas songs and some great Jazz and Soul titles. The five women with a rich history in Jazz and Soul will be accompanied by some of the most famous teachers of the The Brass Group Foundation and by a choir of 20 meinly female singers selected from the popular School of Brass Music and the Alessandro Scarlatti Conservatory of Palermo. Instrumental section of  highest level: Vito Giordano (trumpet), Diego Spitaleri (piano), Fabio Lannino (double bass and bass guitar), Sebastiano Alioto (drums), Giuseppe Preiti (keyboards).
Info: taormina-arte.com

January 3, 2019  (19.30 h)
Basilica Cattedrale (Cathedral) – Taormina
Concerto di Capodanno. New Year’s Concert with the Corpo Musicale V. Bellini Città di Taormina.

January 3, 2019  (19.30 h)
Chiesa di Santa Maria Goretti – Mazzeo
Christmas Concert organized by the church.

January 4, 2019 (19.30 h)
Chiesa di S. Caterina – Taormina
Vocal Concert  E. Moschella

January 4, 2019 (20.00 h)
Hotel Diodoro – Taormina
Christmas Evening for elderly people.

January 5, 2019 (21.15 h)
Palazzo dei Congressi – Taormina
San Giuvanni Decullatu Theatre performance by the Assoc. TaoMiros

January 6, 2019 (10.00 h)
Streets and places – Mazzeo
La Befana makes her circuit through the streets and places of Mazzeo. The Befana is an old woman, that looks like a witch, who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve (the night of January 5) in a similar way to St. Nicholas or Santa Claus.

January 6, 2019 (18.30 h)
Palazzo dei Congressi – Taormina
Metamorfosi by Ovid. Theatre performance with Enrico Lo Verso

January 6, 2019 (21.30 h)
Piazza Mazzini – Mazzeo
Street Feast with degustations and music, folk and dancing.