Mini Guide to Festivals in Calabria this Summer

2017 will be a summer of high quality art, good music and above all, fun for Calabria.

There will be dozens of festivals – mostly independent – that will cross the region from North to South, making a stop in some of its most interesting locations. There will be something for all tastes: from electronic music to dance, visual arts, dj sets, movies and comic strips. All of the events – in keeping with the main theme this year – are geared towards the younger generation, which will certainly attract visitors and lead them to the discovery of this wonderful territory, rich in potential and beauty and capable of expressing itself in all the contemporary and different genres of art while experimenting with newest ones.

Below, a small guide from the end of July:



From July 29th to August 2nd at the Ecolandia environmental playground in Reggio Calabria, the 7th edition of the Face Festival. A fascinating event in a fantastic setting. The complete program here is


A well-established event here in Calabria this August with Color Fest, an art and independent music festival promoted by the association Che cosa sono le nuvole, returning for its 5th edition on August 4th and 5th this year among the ruins Of the Benedictine Abbey of Lamezia Terme (CZ).  After a busy Winter Session and numerous previews, the summer line-up will include Nada, A Toys Orchestra, Fast Animals and Slow Kids, Levante, Gazebo Penguins, Ex-Otago, Al The Coordinator, Kyle, Brunori Sas, One Dimensional Man, Canova, Gomma, Aquarama, Ivan Talarico, Skelters. There will also be readings, exhibitions and dj sets.

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In its 3rd edition, Somewhere is a festival conceived and created by the association, Saturnalia and the creative agency of Staffish, which each year selects only one or two locations, which makes it likely to be a unique event. This year it falls on August 3rd, 9th and 10th on the terrace of Murat Castle in Pizzo Calabro (VV) and in the beautiful open air amphitheater of Torre Marrana overlooking the sea of Capo Vaticano (VV). Among the guests, German djs Session Victim, Australian Tornado Wallace, Italians LNDFK and Giovanni Damico, along with many others.

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Returning from August 7th to August 11th, at the Parco La Grotta di Amantea (CS), is the festival of international short films and illustrations, the Guarimba Film Festival.  With important premieres and a short list of at least 55 entries from all over the world, in competition in four genres: fiction, animation, documentary and music video clip. This year’s theme, Propaganda During the Cold War.  The promoters, Calabrian-Venezuelan, Giulio Vita, Venezuelan illustrator, Sara Fratini and the Spanish artistic collective of El Tornillo De Klaus, are working towards “bringing cinema back to people and people to cinema.”  They will do so with a program of multiculturalism which includes a pre-festival on August 6th, where a series of documentaries made during the Caracas demonstrations presented by local authors, as well as live press conferences (of note is one on August 9th with Sam Morril, founder of Vimeo), and the screening of African short films, (not part of the competition), by the Spanish-Kenyan, Karmala Cultura, 3D short films, an interesting exhibition “Artists for La Guarimba” and laboratories and spaces dedicated to the youngest attendees.

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From August 21st to 25th, in the splendid village of Cittadella del Capo (CS), the festival “Il Paese di Gertrude,” promoted by the same voluntary association committed to the promotion of bone marrow donation, returns to the splendid village of Cittadella del Capo. Starting August 21st, with a press conference about the festival and the activities of the association, the project on psycho-oncology at the Cosenza Hospital and the Hemo Sapiens bone marrow donor recruitment campaign will be presented. From August 22nd to the 25th, a rich musical program with concerts by Niccolò Carnesi, Persian Pelican, Sandro Joyeux, Twist Contest and many more.

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In the third week of September, from the 20th to the 24th, the well-known event cartoon/comics festival, (Festival del Fumetto), “Le Strade del Paesaggio” kicks off again in the historic center of Cosenza. The 5 exhibitions are scheduled with a total of 150 exhibited works and 25 resident resident, as well as musicians, DJs, bands, digital artists, historical re-enactments, street games and videogames. At the heart of this year’s event is the “Cosenza, 2040” exhibition, featuring works by Giulio Rincione, Mattia Labadessa, Akab, Panzeri, Officina Infernale, Angela Vianello, Jessica Cioffi, who, besides exhibiting works representative of their paths, will project themselves into the future.

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