Festival of the 2 Worlds, Spoleto Festival
The Festival of the 2 Worlds in Spoleto (PG), also known as the Spoleto Festival and Spoleto Festival of the 2Worlds, is one of the oldest and most important festivals in Umbria, as well as a world-renowned event and for a while the only of its kind in Italy.
The Spoleto Festival was born in 1958 on the impetus of the master composer Gian Carlo Menotti and his vision: to unite two cultures and two art worlds (hence the name) very different, the European and the American, dedicated to art in all its form and expression. And set up an event that was as international as possible.
The "duality" was always present in the bill, too. Along with unique, unusual and original avant-garde performances are staged works respectful of the classical tradition.
In the 17 days of the festival, which usually begins in the last Friday of June, take turns ballet, opera, painting, lectures, concerts, theater, conferences, church music, readings, puppet shows and contemporary art.
At the Festival of the 2 Worlds, among the Teatro Nuovo, the Teatro Caio Melisso, the Teatro Romano, the Teatrino delle sei, the Complesso monumentale del San Nicolò, the Cortile della Rocca albornoziana, the chiesa di San Eufemia, the auditorium della Stella and square Piazza del Duomo (also home of the traditional closing concert), has featured some of the 1900's greatest artists of the world as Rudolf Nureyev, Carla Fracci, Luciano Pavarotti and Ken Russell. Or even the Teodelapio by Alexander Calder, the first monumental sculpture in the world that still stands today in Spoleto, in the same spot where the artist left it as a gift in 1962, opposite the train station.
Also to note down like the Spoleto Festival has inspired two similar events across the Italian border: the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina (and twinned with Spoleto, ed), founded in 1977 and directed for 17 years just by Gian Carlo Menotti; and the Melbourne International Arts Festival, an event founded in Australia in 1986 and directed by the master for 3 years. Only inspired however, because administration and billboards are totally different and independent.