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Venice Carnival 2016

Venice Carnival 2016

CREATUM introducing Arts and Traditions

Saturday 23rd January – Tuesday 9th February
Marco Maccapani: Artistic Director

"CREATUM: an idea for a new start, a rebirth of Venice's ancient origins." Names of alleys (calli) and small town squares (campi) like “calle del forno”, “ruga dei oresi”, “campiello del remer”, “fondamenta dei vetrai”, “calle dei fuseri” or “frezzaria” are a tribute to the arts and trades, and will be at their best in St. Mark's Square. Like in a fairy-tale village, with sets organized by La Fenice Opera House, artisans and their mastery recount Venice's unique history.

A BIG STAGE WHERE THE ARTS, TRADES AND TRADITIONS BECOME PROTAGONIST IN VENETIAN HISTORY.
JUST LIKE IN AN OLD WORKSHOP WHERE YOU CAN SEE A FACEMASK OR A BEAUTIFUL COSTUME BEING CREATED

Arts and Trades are the protagonists in this year's Carnival. Live for the public in St. Mark's Square - Mask makers, weavers, tailors and glass-makers in their 18th century Venetian workshops. Their most minute or delicate activities will be amplified on a big screen set up in the Square. Actors and masks will emphasize the important moments and phases during artisan activities; the groundwork used to transmit the message that arts and traditions in Venice, are real, unchanged over the centuries, and still present in the city. The St. Mark's Square backdrop will be a frame to a giant living canvas with masks, costumes, and cloths, where the arts of the trades are framed by bursts of a gone-by Venetian life, where theatre and music alternate until a final triumph.

Together with the mainland, where the Carnival will spread, and celebrations become a showcase exhibiting long traditions of Venetian life, even Calli and Campi in Venice will become places for musical and theatrical events. While preparations and re-enactments once again, present Venice's relationship with arts and trades at the Arsenale, the “factory” par excellence.

Theme-based itineraries, special openings, temporary exhibitions, and iconographic itineraries will be offered, thanks to collaborating museums and cultural institutions.

MUSIC AND THEATRE

A rich and well-structured programme dedicated to music and theatre. The art of costume and disguise has had a major expression in Venice. Therefore, the 2016 Carnival rediscovers theatre, opera and comedy, not only inside the theatres – but also in the open air at St. Mark's square to be used as a stage, and in the campi and calli. A big performance where the real world and artistic illusion meet, enhancing all the traditions in the arts and trades of Venetian culture.
Music will be brought back to the campi, calli, and Venetian canals, transforming everything into a travelling Carnival.

A PREVIEW OF THE SCHEDULE: A RICH PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

It all begins on 23rd January with the annual Festa Veneziana, held in the working-class area of Cannaregio. The Carnival celebrations will be opened with a theme-based event on the water and on the banks. The day after, the Festa Veneziana and its Historical Parade of decorated boats (Corteo storico di imbarcazioni addobbate): the tradition of Venetian rowing embraces the Carnival by offering the public present along the Rio di Cannaregio, famous dishes in the Venetian cuisine – from fried sardines in a sweet-and-sour onion gravy (sarde in saor) and bigoli pasta served with an anchovy and onion sauce (bigoi in salsa) to sweets and soft fritters (fritole).

Saturday, 30th January, St. Mark's Square - an extraordinary stage opens to the public and Venetian arts and traditions come alive with their old workshops; visitors become part of a film set. A bridge for a stage and a Ferris wheel for the Angel's arrival - organized by scenographers from La Fenice Opera House– all to complete the set of a fairy-tale, where much-awaited traditional engagements come to life: the Festa delle Marie, historical parade of the 12 girls in magnificent Renaissance costumes; Sunday 31st January, the Flight of the Angel from St. Mark's Bell tower, performed by Irene Rizzi, (2015 “Maria” Carnival winner).
These events will be backed up by evening and nocturnal events at the Arsenale, like the open-air urban costume performances, the sumptuous King's Banquet (“Banchetto del Re”) - the official Carnival “gala dinner”, together with “The Club” and the Dance Machine where guests will be taken back to  times echoing the pomp and splendour of the Venetian Republic, the centre of civilization.

In the week before Lent, from Thursday 4th to Tuesday 9th February an explosion of events, parties, parades: Sunday 7th February, at St. Mark's Square, the finals of the Best Mask Competition, the Flight of the Eagle from St. Mark's Bell Tower to the late - night celebrations at the Arsenale.
The Grand Final on Shrove Tuesday, when the 2016 Venice Carnival celebrates the glory of San Marco with the Volo del Leon, - the majestic St. Mark's flag - the winged lion on a red background – that rendered the Serenissima Republic immortal in the Mediterranean area and in the eyes of the world.

THE CARNIVAL OF CULTURE

The involvement of cultural organizations spreads all over the Venetian territory and on the mainland with a cultural programme: a schedule that has been structured to include the whole period of events connecting city situations, from the Civic Museums at the State Museum centre, including private independent foundations in a precious calendar of events (concerts, conventions, exhibitions, theatrical and cinematographic shows) focusing on the carnival theme, works that testify the culture of arts and trades in Venice; iconographic itineraries centred on the arts even in sacred places; theatrical and comical events; fairy-tales and little theatres for children,  to workshops where even they can become protagonists of handicrafts.

More info www.carnevale.venezia.it

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