Music and literature, cinema and theater, dance and Dj sets, journalism and non-fiction, food and wine converge in Cortona, the gorgeous backdrop for this festival.
Concerts, plays, performances, panels, presentations with both Italian and international artists enrich a full calendar of events for all ages and interests.
Selected events for non-Italian speakers:
The Soulfire Teachrock Tour
Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul
18th July at 9.15 pm in Piazza Signorelli (ticketed event)
With The Disciples of Soul, Bruce Springsteen’s historic sideman presents live on
stage his album “Soulfire”, described by Rolling Stone as one of the best releases of
Ouverture, Rhapsody in Blue & West Side Story
19th July at 9.15 pm in Piazza Signorelli (ticketed event)
A taste of the musical heritage from across the Atlantic with a performance of Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin, the epitome of American Jazz, and several numbers from the musical West Side Story by Bernstein. The programme also includes two famous Rossini Ouvertures: Il barbiere di Siviglia and L’Italiana in Algeri.
Screening of the documentary film “Boom for Real”
19th July at 11.30 pm, Signorelli Theater
[In English with Italian subtitles] A window onto the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat, one of the most important exponents of American graffiti art.
20th July at 6.30 pm, Church of San Francesco (ticketed event)
Music for Saint Francis from the 13th to the 16th centuries.
Concert of the bands Statuto and Snow in Damascus!
20th July at 9.15 pm in Piazza Signorelli
Statuto celebrate 35 years of a musical journey undertaken with fighting spirit, style, commitment and fun.
Screening of the documentary film “To stay alive: a method”
20th July at 11.30 pm, Signorelli Theater
[In English with Italian subtitles] In 1991 Michel Houellebecq wrote To Stay Alive: A Method, a poetic essay on madness, survival and art; years later, Iggy Pop would read it and recognize, in those very words, his own story.
ORT – Of Lows and Highs, or Basses and Altos
21st July, 6.30 pm Church of San Francesco (ticketed event)
Entertainment and virtuosity, in a blend of energy and fantasy expressed in music by Sammartini, Bach, Mozart, Piazzolla and Rossini.
Screening of the documentary film “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr story”
21st July at 11.30 pm, Signorelli Theater
[In English with Italian subtitles] From her films co-starring Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy to her arrests for theft, the story of a woman endowed with an extraordinary intelligence.
Paoli sings Paoli
22nd July at 9.15 pm in Piazza Signorelli (ticketed event)
A concert of one of Italy’s most illustrious singer-songwriter, Gino Paoli.