Season '24 is about to start and Puglia is going to be hot!
Check the SF advice for the best parties, festivals and cutural happenings around the region

Season '24 is up and Puglia starts to buzz!
Parties, festivals, cultural happenings...
it is going to be a hot hot summer!

2024 HIGHLIGHTS

MUSIC

LOCUS FESTIVAL | valle d’itria | june 28 – aug 14 | line up TBA > Puglia’s largest music festival with high scale international guests performing quality jazz, soul, funk, indie and all in between. Past edition saw giants such as Louie Vega, Jeff Mills, Ezra Collective and Simply Red among others. As of now, for the ’24 edition the have already booked jazz bass giant Marcus Milles and the legendary Toto, and much more is yet to come

VIVA | Ostuni | 1-4 august | line up TBA > Based in the Valle D’Itria, Viva is the festival of choice for those into refined underground music. Dance like there is no tomorrow to the sound of quality deep and tech house among trulli houses and olive yeards

PANORAMA FESTIVAL | s.ta cesarea terme | august | Line up TBA > Ibiza comes to Salento for a three-days of tech-house craze with some off the world’s top dj’s.  Wild n free

SEI FESTIVAL | melpignano | july -august| Line up TBA > Since 2016, SEI delivers Indie music a go-go at amazing locations such as castles and monasteries across the region’s east coast. The past summer the New York Ska Jazz Ensemble rocked really hard…

LOCOMOTIVE JAZZ FESTIVAL | around Salento | july – august | Line up TBA > Another benchmark of the Salento summer, here jazz comes declined in a more accessible way with tens of dates across the region. Their signature events, ALBA in JAZZ, is a live jam at dawn at the beach of San Cataldo. Trust me it’s highly emotional.

PIANO CITY LECCE | semptember ’24 | line up TBA > Each September the city of Lecce comes invaded by the sweetest piano notes with this itinerant festival which also happens in Milan and Berlin. Jazz to classical to pop, there is something for all taste buds at some of the Baroque’s capital most romantic open air locations

CASTRO JAZZ | august | line up TBA > Quality jazz with serious international artists at one of Salento’s most beautiful brogues. They play real jazz here, no bullsh*t!

 

TRADITIONAL FESTIVALS

THE SWORDS DANCE | torre paduli | aug 16 > From unmemorable time, the day of St. Rocco comes celebrated in Torre Paduli with this traditional ritual where farmers engage a charming swords dance to the sound of the original, uncompromised Pizzica sound from Salento (tarantella).

NOTTE DELLA TARANTA > The world-famous local folk music called Taranta comes showcased in grandeur at what is probably Europe’s largest folk music festival. The whole town of Melpignano gets crowded with tens of thousands for a massive, impressive concert and traditional dance show. Huge and beautiful!

Sant’ ORONZO | lecce | 24-26 august > Lecce celebrates its Saint protector with a traditional fair throughout the old town where to find all sort of things – handicrafts to homewear to food- at good fares. the festivity spams over three days with popular music jams, shows and massive fireworks on the 26th

MADONNA DI POMPEI | castro marina | 12-15 august > Suggestive sea parade where fishermem walk a giant statue of The Virgin Mary throughout the sea, as the peak event of the traditional festivity of The Virgin for Pompei. Beautiful.

FESTA DE LU MIERU | carpignano | 5-7 sept > One of the most awaited events of the year, this long aged festival takes over the village of Caprignano for three days of popular music, food stalls and local wine a go-go

SAGRA DELLA MUNICEDDRA | cannole | 10 -14 august > 38 years from the first edition, this sagra (traditional fair) is dedicated to snails, a local delicacy cooked in several ways we the ocals go nuts for

 

VISUAL ARTS

PALAI | lecce | dates TBA > The third edition of Palai, a group exhibition taking place at a historic Palazzo in Lecce, involving a selected group of prestigious contemporary galleries from around the world. Palai 2023 is organized by Parisian based gallery Balice Hertling

CAPRIOLA ART WEEK | lecce | dates TBA > Art week in old town Lecce produced by the PIA art school, with workshops, exhibitions and discussions from local and international artists

CINEMA DEL REALE| tricase | 31 august > A Festival dedicated to documentaries and world’s realities, with extra exhibitions and parties aimed to new generate visions an explore territories among creative people from all background. Now at its 21st year.

YEAST | matino | september-october > A photofestival born in 2021 with aim of investigating and promoting a renewed man-environment relationship through the language of photography and visual arts. A place of cultural ferment where the main topic is respect for the environment and human biodiversity

FESTIVAL OF EUROPEAN CINEMA | lecce ! every november

VIVE LE CINEMA – festival of french cinema | lecce | every december 

 

FOOD

MERCATO DEL GUSTO food festival | maglie | 1-6 august > One of the region cutest towns, Maglie, hosts every year this huge food event with tens of food & drinks stalls of the highest quality. Heaven for the gourmand

SPIRITOSA | corigliano d’otranto | dates TBA > A gathering of some of italy’s top beverage brands displaying their latest gems, along with top bartenders from all over the country. More than a fair it is a big party with djs and entertainment, in the majestic castle of Corigliano d’Otranto

CASTRO WINE FEST | castro alta > 7 to 9th of july, the cute beautiful town of Castro Alta is home to a large expo featuring Puglia’s most renowned vineries. Set in a magnificient scenario with panoramic view of the coast, this is an event not to miss

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