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Nervi Music Ballet Festival: the other side of summer in Liguria


And while the programme is always full of interesting ideas, in summer you are spoilt for choice, in the city as well as in the neighbouring towns.

Indeed, because experiencing Genoa and Liguria in the summertime does not only mean sea and focaccia, but also culture and entertainment, such as that offered by the Nervi Music Ballet Festival. This is a celebration of the choreographic and musical creativity of our time, that every year between the end of June and the beginning of July hosts dance companies, conductors, soloists, and orchestras of international reputation in the spectacular natural setting of the Nervi Parks.

The musical events in Nervi are promoted by the Municipality of Genoa and are organised by the Carlo Felice Theatre Foundation. They enrich the programme of concerts in Liguria scheduled for the summer.


Nervi Music Ballet Festival: the programme of the 2022 edition

Now in its 4th edition, the Nervi Music Ballet Festival has in store a programme full of events that will be held for almost a month from Sunday 26 June to Friday 29 July, and that will serve on a silver platter the opportunity to discover one of the Region's most evocative locations, the Nervi Parks.

16 events, with Italian premieres and one-off performances, such as the event that kicks off the festival, "Stars of today meet the stars of tomorrow", the gala of the Youth America Grand Prix featuring the young talents and great dancers of the major international dance corps.

On Sunday 3 July, the Ukrainian National Ballet, the result of the coming together of the companies and soloists of the Ballet Corps of the Opera and Ballet Theatres of Kiev, Kharkiv, Lviv and Odessa, will perform the classical-romantic ballet masterpiece Giselle. On Friday 8 July, the Compañía Antonio Gades will revive the legend of Carmen on stage in a performance by Antonio Gades and Carlos Saura to music from Bizet's opera.

On Thursday 14 July, it is the turn of Cuba Vibra!, a breathtaking performance by the Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba company, while on the following Tuesday, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne will pay tribute to the company's founder with a diptych by Maurice Béjart and Gil Roman.

On Saturday 23 July the star will be Eleonora Abbagnato, performing an unusual choreographic portrait of Shakespeare's Juliet, while another Italian star, Roberto Bolle, will arrive in Nervi on Wednesday 27 July with his Roberto Bolle and Friends gala.

Closing the 2022 edition of the festival, on 29 July, will be the Teatro Carlo Felice Orchestra's concert dedicated to Ludwig van Beethoven and Antonín Dvořák, Nuovi mondi, with Massimiliano Damerini at the piano.

Tickets for single events or subscriptions for six events of your choice can be purchased on the event's official website and at the Teatro Carlo Felice and Nervi Parks ticket offices.

All performances of the Nervi Music Ballet Festival start at 9.15 p.m., but we suggest you arrive at the Nervi Parks a few hours early to enjoy this magical place in the glow of sunset.


The Nervi Parks, amidst walks and unique views

Besides being an exclusive location for incredibly fascinating events, the Nervi Parks are one of Liguria's jewels that are worth a visit.

It is a large green area on the outskirts of Genoa consisting of several gardens that once belonged to historical villas such as Villa Gropallo, Villa Saluzzo Serra, Villa Grimaldi Fassio and Villa Luxoro.

The municipality of Genoa, which has owned them for decades, has succeeded in transforming these elegant places into one of the city's highlights, with modern and contemporary art museums and important cultural and industry events including the Nervi Music Ballet Festival and Euroflora.

This large urban park stretches for kilometres along the Ligurian coast, starting from the charming seaside village of Nervi and passing through some of the places that the Genoese, and not only, have always had in their hearts: the Capolungo cliffs, the Golfo Paradiso and the promontory of Portofino.

We suggest you embark on this journey through nature, art and culture starting from the characteristic Porticciolo di Nervi. From there starts the romantic promenade named after Anita Garibaldi, with two kilometres of terrace overlooking the sea that you can follow on foot between the cliffs of the coast and the parks, accessible from several points along the promenade.


Strolling among the villas admiring the Genoese sunset

The first villa you will encounter is Villa Gropallo, which was renovated in the mid 19th century and now houses the Brocchi Library. A little further on, surrounded by greenery, you will come across Villa Saluzzo Serra, built in the 16th century and renovated in the early 19th century. Inside, you can lose yourself in the Gallery of Modern Art, which houses the richest public selection of en-plein-air paintings from the Scuola dei Grigi ('Grey School') and the rich gipsoteca of the sculptor Giulio Monteverde.

Villa Grimaldi Fassio is located a little further south, towards the border of the Parks. Here, in addition to visiting the Frugone Collections with important sculptures and paintings by Italian and European artists of the Belle Epoque, the heart of the Nervi Music Ballet Festival awaits you: the stage is surrounded by the green trees of the Parks and has the unique, natural backdrop of the sea. And don't forget to drop by the Luigi Viacava Rose Garden with its more than 200 varieties of extraordinarily colourful plants.


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open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Ppen exclusively on show days, inside the Nervi Parks from 4.00 p.m. until 15 minutes after the beginning of each performance.

Reductions are available for Subscribers season January/June 2022, Over 60s, Under 30s and Voucher Holders

For further information on programme and ticket prices

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