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XI International Folk- Dance & Music Festival SICILY FEST

Application Form Price: 130 € Date: 26 - 29 May, 2023
Location: TAORMINA, SICILY, Italy
Director: G.L.P. & WOFA
Application Deadline: 15 December, 2022
Groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.

                                          I N V I T A T I O N

The festival will be held in Taormina and its hinterland.

The following group categories are eligible to participate: bands (concert, marching, street, pipe and drum), wind orchestras, folk groups, flag-throwing groups, bands with majorettes, groups of majorettes, and historical groups,Guggen Bands.

Sicily, has been always a place for encounter,between different cultures,and lends itself extremely well as a frame encounter between different musical cultures. This International festival is open to all kinds of bands, folk groups and various formations. It will enable participating groups to perform and introduce to the audience, their own music, their own culture and traditions, all in a unique and unparalleled venue, as is Taormina and its territory. Music has no bounderies. It connects people and overcome any language barrier. Music helps to express feelings in many different ways and approach different cultures, even the most distant. In this sense, this Festival aims to provide a base for meeting and socialising between the groups and an audience of music and folk traditions lovers.

The event is organised with the support of Taormina’s Municipality, and Sicily Region Tourism and Culture office.

. The event will be a unique opportunity to know this part of Sicily, the most charming places, the customs, the food, and also learn about other artistic realities.

Taormina, and its hinterland, are a wonderful piece of paradise, located on the Ionian coast of Sicily. The mild climate, the panoramic position, themonuments and lush vegetation, have made Taormina an exclusive resort appreciated worldwide. The city lies on a terrace overlooking the sea and the Etna Volcano, and its ancient theatre at the top of the rise, opens in a hug to the Ionian Sea and the scenic green citrus groves.

Each group is responsible for airfare/transportation to Taormina During the stay, optional daily excursions will be planned. WE will visit some of the most famous places in Sicily. A detailed itinerary will be sent in the near future to all interested groups.

There is the possibility for those who would like to have a longer permanence than that of the festival. Depending on the flights schedule you can arrive a day before and leave a day after. 

Draft Programme

  27 th May

Arrival of the group at the Catania International airport and transfer to the hotel, in Taormina sea side/Letojanni/Giardini Naxos Area.

Depending on the time of arrival, a programme can be arranged so that the group will have an optional guided excursion visiting Catania city centre. You can visit the city, wide central square, Piazza del Duomo, features the whimsical Fontana dell;Elefante statue and richly decorated Catania Cathedral. The Greek/roman Theatre and amphitheatre. The typical fish market. The medieval castle Castello Ursino, and many other things. The group can decide also for another optional excursion for example to Mount Etna, (the most active European Volcano) or other wonderful venues.

28 th May

Afternoon: Street Parades and performances in Taormina city centre.

29 May

For those bands who would like to take part in a competition for bands, there will be the competitive part at the “Palazzo dei Congressi”. Rules of this competition can be submitted on request.

For the other groups: Parades along the main streets of the town. When the show is over, there will be a closing ceremony of the Festival, with the presentation of plaques and certificates of participation for participating groups, from the Italian authorities and the Organisation.

Free Afternoon or optional excursion

30 May

Departure

 Depending on the time of departure, a programme can be arranged so that the group will have an optional guided excursion.

The hours and days of exhibitions and outings are provisionally approximate. The programme can be modified for the times, places for exhibitions and excursions, for organisational purposes. We will be handing out the finalised definitive program 10 days before the event.

 

 - 3 nights Package (including trasfers)

The cost of a 3 nights accomodation package, in a 3 Star Hotel (provided by the Organisation) is of €185 per person in a twin room ( half board, drinks excluded)

 Children up to 2 years – Free

 Children (3-12 years) in a room with 2 adults - €160

 Adults – 3rd and 4th person in a room - €170

The above package includes:

1. Accomodation in a 3 Star Hotel (half board - drinks excluded)

2. Assistance by the Organisation Personell, during the entire stay.

3. Festival Registration

4. Tourists Tax

5. Trasfers from Catania Airport and back

6. Trasfers for the performances

- 3 nights Package (excluding trasfers)

For those groups, who can reach Sicily with their own transport and use their own transport to go for the performances, the cost of a 3 nights accomodation package in a 3 Star Hotel (provided by the Organisation) is of €155 per person in a twin room (half board- drinks excluded)

 Children up to 2 years – Free

 Children (3-12 years) in a room with 2 adults - €130

 Adults – 3rd and 4th person in a room - €140

The above package includes:

1. Accomodation in a 3 Star Hotel ( half board - drinks excluded)

2. Assistance by the Organisation Personell during the entire stay.

3. Festival Registration

4. Tourists Tax

 

5. 1 free package every 25 persons

N.B 

 Children 0-3 years old: FREE

 Single room supplement: €20 per person per day

NUMBER OF SEATS ID LIMITED..

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Reviews from the groups: 

This festival has review of 4 groups and average estimation is VERY GOOD - 8,3/10
Groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.

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