Feasts and Traditions

Almond blossom festival 2020: Agrigento and Valley of the Temples

Once again the yearly Almond Blossom Festival will be staged in Agrigento and his Valley of the Temples: from February 28 to March 8 2020 the 75th Edition of the Festival will be celebrated, offering even more reasons to visit Agrigento and discover its 2600 years of history. Many cultural events with parades, performances of groups from various countries of the world, concerts, performances, art workshops, show cooking and much more are scheduled to take place in the streets of the historic centre of Agrigento and the Archaeological Park of the Valley of the Temples. This year is an extraordinary edition: 28 folk groups from all over the world some of them UNESCO intangible heritages, as well as 10 groups of Children, 6 groups of the historical parade, in addition to the folks regional groups and the musical bands  will meet in the magical scenery of the Valley of the Temples to celebrate the universal values of harmony, cultural identity and exchange between peoples.

Here is the most important events of the Almond Blossom Festival:

  •  Tuesday, March 3, at 5:00 pm: parade to the Temple of Concordia for the lighting of the ‘Torch of Friendship’
  • Wednesday, March 4, at 5:30 pm : ‘Friendship parade’ along Via Atenea and the streets of the historic centre of Agrigento by torchlight.
  • Sunday, March 8, at 3:00 pm: International Folklore Festival, final performance and closing ceremony at the foot of the Temple of Concordia.

As usual, the Almond Blossom Festival takes place throughout the city: a perfect opportunity to discover the main attractions of the historic center of Agrigento and the Archaeological Park.

Agrigento historic center: what to see

 The medieval “Girgenti”, the current historical centre of Agrigento is full of fascinating churches and monuments. Do not miss the Cathedral of Agrigento, which dates back to the Norman period and has accumulated an incredible composition of architectural styles over the centuries; its Bell Tower, containing the mysterious Letter of the Devil; the MUDIA Diocesan Museum, which houses the treasures of the cathedral; the eighteenth-century Biblioteca Lucchesiana; the Church of Santa Maria dei Greci, built on the still visible foundations of a Greek temple; the Monastery of Santo Spirito and the adjacent Church: an oasis of extraordinary charm and beauty, masterpieces of the Chiaramontano and Baroque architectural styles. Other monuments not to be missed are located along Via Atenea: the Church of San Lorenzo in extravagant Baroque style; the Ex-College of the Filipino Fathers, an art gallery which exhibits a permanent collection of paintings by important Italian artists such the Sinatra Collection dedicated to Francesco Lojacono, one of the most appreciated Italian landscape painters of the nineteenth century; the Pirandello Theatre, a refined nineteenth century architectural gem located inside the Municipality and dedicated to Luigi Pirandello, illustrious writer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and the pride of Agrigento and Porto Empedocle where is located, just in the vicinities of the city, the Pirandello Museum: the countryhome where Pirandello was born which contains manuscripts, photographs and memorable moments of the playwright’s life.

Valley of the Temples: what to see

The archaeological parks of the Valley of Temples is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997 and winner of the National Landscape Award in 2018. The Valley of the Temples of Agrigento is a lasting testimony of the magnificence of Akragas, one of the most thriving Greek colonies of the Mediterranean in the fifth century BC. The monumental  ruins and sites of particular interest in the Valley are: the Temple of Concordia, considered one of the three best preserved Doric temples in the world saved thanks to its transformation into a Christian basilica in the Byzantine age; the Temple of Zeus, erected in 480 BC to celebrate the victory of Akragas over the Carthaginians in the battle of Himera, one of the wonders of the ancient world for its original architectural solutions characterized by colossal statues called Telamoni and for its exceptional size which is similar to that of a modern football stadium; the Garden of the Kolymbethra managed by FAI, one of the 10 most beautiful gardens in Italy where nature, history and ancient aqueducts offer a truly unique spectacle; the Regional Archaeological Museum of Agrigento that exhibits magnificent vases and treasures amongst which the Ephebe and the gigantic Telamone of the Temple of Zeus, as well as recent discoveries from the area of ​​the Roman Hellenistic Quarter and the Hellenistic Theatre .

 Valley of the Temples map, parking, timetables, tickets: on the site you will find all the useful information.

Program of the Almond Blossom Festival 2019

FRIDAY 28 FEBRUARY

9.00 / 10.30 – 11.30/ 13.00 Auditorium R. Livatino c/o Polo Universitario di Agrigento: CHILDREN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL. Performance of the children groups

17.00 Teatro Pirandello: CHILDREN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL. Presentation of the groups and parade to Piazza Cavour (Viale della Vittoria)

 18.30  Piazza Cavour : CHILDREN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL. Performances of participating groups

SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY

10:30 Spazio Temenos (Piazza San Pietro): “The almond tree in bloom at the dawn, images and words.” Exhibition

10.30 Tempio di Giunone: CHILDREN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL ‘Walk of Peace and Brotherhood’.

SUNDAY 1 MARCH

9.30 Valley of the Temples: 16 ° CONCORDIA HALF MARATHON Regional Half Marathon Grand Prix

9:30 /12.00 “Girgenti” (Historic Centre of Agrigento): CHILDREN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL. Parade from piazza Don Minzoni (Cathedral) to Piazza Cavour (Viale della Vittoria)

10:30 “Girgenti” (Historic Centre of Agrigento): REGIONAL FOLKLORE FESTIVAL. Parade from piazza Pirandello (City Palace) to Piazza Cavour (Viale della Vittoria).

 16.00/18.30  Tempio Di Giunone: REGIONAL FOLKLORE FESTIVAL. Performance

21.00 /23.00 Palacongressi: CHILDREN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL. Performance

MONDAY 2 MARCH

9.00 / 10.30 – 11.30/ 13.00 Auditorium R. Livatino c/o Polo Universitario di Agrigento: CHILDREN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL. Performance of the children groups

20.30/22.30 P. Griffo Archaeological Museum: CHILDREN OF THE WORLD GALA Show and ‘Claudio Criscenzo’ award ceremony.

21.00 / 22.30 Teatro Pirandello: “Fable, Tale in Multiethnic Music” (by  Karavai Quartet, Graziano Mossuto, Voskresenie group). Show

TUESDAY 3 MARCH

9.00 / 10.30 -11.30/ 13.00 Auditorium R. Livatino c/o Polo Universitario di Agrigento: CHILDREN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL. Performance of the children groups

10.30 -11.30 – In several schools – INTERNATIONAL FOLKLORE FESTIVAL. Representation of tradition and of Unesco heritage in schools

17.00  Via Sacra (Valley of the Temples): parade to the Temple of Concordia for THE LIGHTING OF THE ‘TORCH OF FRIENDSHIP’

20.30 Teatro Pirandello: GALA DEI PATRIMONI – UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage show

20.30 / 22.00 Auditorium R. Livatino c/o Polo Universitario di Agrigento: CHILDREN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL. Performance of the children groups

WEDNESDAY 4 MARCH

9.00 / 10.30 -11.30/ 13.00 Auditorium R. Livatino c/o Polo Universitario di Agrigento: CHILDREN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL. Performance of the children groups

10.00 High School Institutes ADOPT A CULTURAL HERITAGE. Intercultural project

11.00/12.30 P. Griffo Archaeological Museum: EUROPEAN DAY OF THE RIGHTEOUS

17.30/20.00 Girgenti (Historic Centre of Agrigento): TORCHLIGHT PARADE OF FRIENDSHIP. Parade of folk groups along via Atenea and the streets of the historic center of Agrigento

23.00/ 02.00 Palacongressi: FRIENDSHIP BAR ROOM. Intercultural exchanges and socialization.

THURSDAY 5 MARCH

18.30 City of Agrigento : INTERNATIONAL FOLKORE FESTIVAL. Show

20.30  Teatro Pirandello: GALA DEI PATRIMONI – UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage show

23.00/ 02.00 Palacongressi: FRIENDSHIP BAR ROOM. Intercultural exchanges and socialization.

FRIDAY 6 MARCH

9.00/ 10.00 – 11.30/12.30 Teatro Della Posta Vecchia “The opera house of the Sicilian puppets “. Show for children

9.30/ 10.30 Prefettura of Agrigento: CONCORDIA MEETING. Reception of international delegations by the Prefect and the Mayor and exchange of gifts.

 11.00 / 12.30 Piazza Cavour (Viale della Vittoria): INTERNATIONAL FOLKORE FESTIVAL – UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Show

11.00 / 12.30 “Girgenti” (Historic Centre of Agrigento): STREET PARADE

20.30/ 22.30 Palacongressi: INTERNATIONAL FOLKORE FESTIVAL. Show

23.00/ 02.00 Palacongressi: FRIENDSHIP BAR ROOM. Intercultural exchanges and socialization.

SATURDAY 7 MARCH

10.30  Tempio di Giunone and Piazza Cavour: INTERNATIONAL FOLKORE FESTIVAL – UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Show

16.00/ 18.30 – 19.00 / 21.00 Palacongressi: INTERNATIONAL FOLKORE FESTIVAL – UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Show

SUNDAY 8 MARCH

10.00 Girgenti (Historic Centre of Agrigento): INTERNATIONAL FOLKORE  FESTIVAL Grand Parade

15.00 Valley of the Temples: INTERNATIONAL FOLKORE  FESTIVAL. Final show, award distribution and closing ceremony.

* Program updated January 17, 2020. This information could be subject to change or integration, so we recommend that you regularly visit this page.

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