By Our Editorial Staff


From 26 August to 6 September 2024, the Festival delle Nazioni, a historic and prestigious event that this year reaches its fifty-seventh edition, returns to Città di Castello. The tribute will be addressed to Portugal, which will be present at the Festival for the first time. The Portuguese Republic is the culmination of a precise project idea launched three years ago by the Festival, namely the search for the relationship, the dense cultural fabric that is intertwined between colonizing and colonized states, with a continuous reference – almost a boomerang effect – between what is rooted in the territory and what the ‘invaded’ territory returns and radiates in the long run.



A fitting tribute will be paid to the fiftieth anniversary of the Carnation Revolution, which took place on April 25, 1975. This epochal turning point for the Portuguese Republic was one of the main inspirational reasons for the artistic choices, considering the strong impact that the event had on the political, social and cultural fabric of the country.

“Portugal,” says Aldo Sisillo, artistic director of the Festival, “was the first European country to conquer some colonies across the ocean and the last to lose them. It was also the longest-lived and largest overseas colonial empire in history: from Africa to Asia to South America. Its colonial history is divided into three main phases: the Viceroyalty of India in Asia in the sixteenth century, Brazil in South America in the sixteenth century and the influence in Africa especially from the end of the nineteenth century until the crisis of 1974 and the subsequent decolonization.

Portugal’s geography also played a key role in its colonial expansion. The need to seek new trade routes led him to be a pioneer in the exploration and development of navigation technology. This condition had an impact on Portuguese music which, to its European roots, combined the intercontinental cultural interactions resulting from the ‘discovered’ territories and subsequent colonization.

The programmatic manifesto of the Festival of Nations develops along a path that crosses latitudes and longitudes not only geographically, but touches the great periods of the history of music, culture and social history of Portugal; a landscape designed over four centuries that from the Baroque arrives to the present day, where the baton will be passed on to artists of clear fame, prestigious formations and programs with original and varied layouts, many of which arrive for the first time in Italy or are new productions of the Festival itself.

On stage, therefore, will be the Americantiga Ensemble, a formation specialized in the Portuguese baroque repertoire that arrives in Italy for the first time, the multi-ethnic group with musical multilingualism Ayom with SA.LI.VA music from the Black Atlantic, and with the musical project Portuguesa the famous singer Carminho, interpreter of the fado scene in the film “Poor Things” by Lanthimos.

And again, Iaia Forte, accompanied by the singing of Cristina Renzetti and the SonoraCorda Soloists, will be the narrator of As Três Maria, a show that symbolizes the protest of three writers against the Estado Novo regime; you will be able to listen to the pianists Vasco Dantas with a program dedicated mainly to fado composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and Alexander Gadjiev; Caterina Casini will propose the world premiere of the project Radio Renascença Transmit Grândola, Vila Morena, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Carnation Revolution, the actor Enrico Paci with a tribute – in world premiere – to the Mozambican poet Noémia de Sousa; chamber ensembles such as the Trio David, the Trio Sheliak, the Trio Hermes, the Quartetto Pegreffi, the Giacomo Puccini Philharmonic conducted by Nolito Bambini, the Ceque Philharmonie Pardubice conducted by Vahan Mardirossian which closes the rich programming of the Festival delle Nazioni 2024.


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