Famous Summer Festival In Rome - “Estate Romana” (Roman Summer)

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Famous Summer Festival In Rome - “Estate Romana” (Roman Summer)

As you know, all around the year wandering in Rome is a constant voyage of discovery, but Rome in summer is wonderful: Roman citizens and tourists from all over the world can enjoy the famous summer festival in Rome called “Estate Romana” (Roman Summer). It is an umbrella organization drawing together a host of individual summer festivals into a chaotic whole, a kind of urban Glastonbury without the tents or the smelly loos. It is not a real festival but rather a combination of multiple festivals with some running well into September.

The Estate Romana owes its great success to the presence of the public, both Romans and tourists, from Italy and abroad. An analysis of the audience figures shows that in 1996 the total audiences exceeded 5 million for the first time. In the 2000 edition the total was around 7 million. It officially ended the thirty-third edition of the Roman summer, opened the conference on 22 June 2010. Since that date there were more than 150 events that have inspired all the districts of Rome, in a continuous party that involved the center and suburbs. Hundreds of events and activities hosted this year, film screenings, theater performances, concerts, dances, meetings, seminars, summer camps, readings and book presentations, exhibitions, guided tours, workshops and much more. This is testimony to the increasing success of the Estate Romana. It is certainly destined to remain an event which symbolises the capital's cultural policy.

Compared with the past, when the festival involved only cinema, and pop and rock music, there has been a considerable increase in the quality as well as the quantity of more traditional cultural events. Prestigious locations such as the Palazzo delle Esposizioni. and Palazzo Venezia, are now employed. As well as being major events many have difficult and ambitious objectives. Presenting opera to mass audiences by staging performances in stadiums is an example. In the first year of opera productions Daniel Oren's Tosca had a total audience of almost 65,000 (an average of 4,000 for each of its 16 performances); and the productions of La Traviata and Turandot in the following two years had an even greater success with the public. The entertainment and multimedia facilities of the city's libraries and cultural centres (Sistema Biblioteche e Centri Culturali di Roma) have also improved markedly. Many events now use archaeological sites as wonderful backdrops for their performances, such as "I viaggi sentimentali" ("Sentimental Journeys") which uses the Triano's forum and market, the forum's of Augustus and Nerva, and that of Caesar as their sets. The Symphony of Light (Sinfonie di Luce) performances are presented in a wonderful location, the archaeological area of the Imperial Forum, and is illuminated by ACEA S.p.A. As well as guided tours through light and shadows, the public can be shown the current state of excavation work, and are able to put the area's latest revelations into perspective.

Those who stay in the city this year will be able to enjoy a rich schedule of events. Special mention should be made to the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia's summer season, not just for the quality of the programme but also for the fact that one of Rome's most beautiful monuments, the Baths of Caracalla, will be brought back to life with wonderful music after a period of "golden isolation" which lasted eight years.

The directions of the Soprintendenza (the city's archaeological commission) will be followed rigidly, in full respect for this great monument: the structure of the stage and the audience viewing area will be extremely light, and numbers will be strictly limited.

As always, the official inauguration of the of the Estate Romana will be with music, with the European Music Festival. This event is the fruit of the twinning of the city with other European capitals. The city becomes transformed into an enormous stage, with more than 200 concerts planned, from the centre to the suburbs. The capital becomes completely enveloped with music. Staying with music, there is the "Fiesta", the international festival of Latin American music which will take place at the Capannelle race course once again. "I concerti del Tempietto" will take place in the Casina delle Civette, in the park of Villa Torlonia: the classical repertoires will be performed by both Italian and foreign musicians.

The Concerts in the Park (I concerti nel Parco), is an innovative event which has the subtitle this year "The agency of Adventure and the Unexpected" ("L'agenzia dell'avventura e dell'imprevisto"). Performers in June include two famous contemporary American artists: B. Ostertag (live electronics) and P. Hèrbert (interactive multimedia project and video director), they will make live comments on the images and words presented on the day's Italian television news. Jazz & Image is the focal point for lovers of jazz. It will take place, as always, in Villa Celimontana. Villa Ada is where Rome meets the world; it is the meeting point of diverse cultures Artists from different ethnic groups and religions will be presented. Roma Estate al Foro (Roman Summer in the Forum) will present concerts of both Italian and international music, as well as cabaret; there will also be a fitness area.

Roma Live Festival will present big names from the world of Italian popular music at the Olympic Stadium Cabaret and comic theatre will be the main attractions in the event "All'Ombra del Colosseo" ("In the Shadow of the Colosseum"). It has become a real reference point for enthusiasts of this genre. It should also be note that "light theatre" will also be represented during the Estate Romana in the form of musical theatre (operetta) from the beginning of the twentieth century. The poster of the "Voglia Matta" event, is dedicated entirely to this genre, some well-known works will be performed in fact: La Vedova Allegra, Al Cavallino Bianco, Il Paese dei Campanelli, Cin-ci-là.

There are numerous interesting events devoted to cinema, included those which have become "historic" events, including: Massenzio, Cineporto and Notti di Cinema at Piazza Vittorio. Their programmes include films by director-writers, films in the original language, as well as this year’s most successful film.

There are many other cultural and performance events including theatre, exhibitions, dance, and children’s events. The many "fans" of the Estate Romana, both Italians and foreigners, look forward the city's summer offerings. The festival's unique character is in fact due to the large number of foreign visitors. It has become a "common meeting point" for diverse cultures, which is an important element of the city in fact. It is this which distinguishes the festival from those of other great cities.

Link to check out events:

Although the festival winds down in August, when Rome closes up shop and the natives head for vacation, a few events linger on through mid August. Visit: http://en.estateromana.comune.roma.it/estate_romana

The Fondazione Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (Roma Opera Theatre): http://en.operaroma.it/

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