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Night of the Taranta

06.08.2013 - 24.08.2013

The biggest European festival dedicated to traditional music

As it does each summer, La Notte della Taranta gets its start in Corigliano d’Otranto on August 6th; now in its 15th edition, it is the biggest traditional music fest in Europe. 
This series of dance-filled celebrations travels to 15 towns in the area of Apulia known as Grecia Salentina (Corigliano d’Otranto, Zollino, Martignano, Sternatia, Sogliano Cavour, Soleto, Calimera, Castrignano dei Greci, Cutrofiano, Carpignano Salentino, Martano, Lecce, Alessano, Galatina, and Cursi), August 6-21.

Concert Maestro for 2013 is Giovanni Sollima, who every year is able to – by blending the modern with the ancestral – evoke a significant connection between local traditions and those visitors experiencing Night of the Taranta for the very first time. With Sollima at the helm in Melpignano (Aug. 24th), various special guests will take the stage – including Niccolò Fabi, Max Gazzé, Roby Lakatos and dancer Miguel Angel Berna – to perform with the Orchestra Popolare "La Notte della Taranta.“