Feasts and Traditions

Almond Blossom Festival 2024:
Agrigento, Valley of the Temples

Agrigento and its Valley of the Temples are once again the scenarios of the rich program of the Almond Blossom Festival 2024: from 9 to 17March!The 76th Edition of the Festival will be a great moment to visit Agrigento Italian Capital of Culture 2025 and discover its 2600 years of history, so here you are:

In fact, right between the streets of the historic center of Agrigento and the Archaeological Park of the Valley of the Temples, numerous cultural events are scheduled with parades, performances by groups from various countries of the world, concerts, bands, theatrical performances, show and much other. Thanks to the nomination of Agrigento as Capital of Culture 2025, this year will be an extraordinary edition: 22 folk groups from all over the world, 10 groups of the Children in The World Festival, as well as Sicilian folk groups, will arrive in Agrigento and in the magical scenery of the Valley of the Temples to celebrate the universal values of harmony and peace among the peoples of the world.

Here are the main events of the Almond Blossom Festival:

Almond Blossom Festival Program

Saturday, March 9

  • 9:00 PM: Pirandello Theater, Ethnic Music Concert.

Sunday, March 10

  • 10:00 AM: From Pirandello Square to Cavour Square, Parade of International, Regional, and Children’s Folk Groups with performances at Cavour Square.
  • 4:00 PM: Cavour Square, Performance by Regional Folk Groups.
  • 8:30 PM: Pirandello Theater, 21st International Festival “Children of the World.”

Monday, March 11

  • 9:30 AM: Congress Hall, 21st International Festival “Children of the World” (School Show).
  • 11:00 AM and 4:30 PM: From Pirandello Square to Cavour Square, Parade of International Folk Groups with performances at Cavour Square.
  • 8:30 PM: Pirandello Theater, 21st International Festival “Children of the World.”

Tuesday, March 12

  • 9:30 AM: Congress Hall, 21st International Festival “Children of the World” (School Show).
  • 11:00 AM and 4:30 PM: From Pirandello Square to Cavour Square, Parade of International Folk Groups with performances at Cavour Square.
  • 3:00 PM: Archaeological Museum “Pietro Griffo,” Conference “Scenarios of Peace” – The role of peoples and culture.
  • 5:00 PM: San Nicola Church, Gathering of international Folk groups and Children.
  • 5:30 PM: Decumanus Itinerary: Ceremony at the Temple of Concord – Lighting of the Friendship Tripod. “The land of Concord” by Marco Savatteri.
  • 8:30 PM: Pirandello Theater, Europe Folk: performance by groups from Georgia, Poland, and Serbia.

Wednesday, March 13

  • 9:30 AM: Congress Hall, 21st International Festival “Children of the World” (School Show).
  • 11:00 AM and 4:30 PM: From Pirandello Square to Cavour Square, Parade of International Folk Groups with performances at Cavour Square.
  • 8:30 PM: Pirandello Theater, Latin America Folk: performance by groups from Mexico, Ecuador, and Colombia.

Thursday, March 14

  • 9:30 AM: Congress Hall, 21st International Festival “Children of the World” (School Show).
  • 11:00 AM and 4:30 PM: From Pirandello Square to Cavour Square, Parade of International Folk Groups with performances at Cavour Square.
  • 8:30 PM: Archaeological Museum Pietro Griffo, Gala 21 “Festival “Children of the World” – “Claudio Criscenzo” Award.
  • 9:00 PM: Via Atenea, Street Folk Festival – City Celebration.

Friday, March 15

  • 10:00 AM: Prefecture, Reception Ceremony for International Folk Representations and Gift Exchange.
  • 11:00 AM: From Pirandello Square to Cavour Square, Parade of International Folk Groups with performances at Cavour Square.
  • 5:00 PM: Pirandello Square, Mayor’s Greeting and Friendship Torchlight Procession: parade of international folk groups from Pirandello Square to Esseneto Square.
  • 9:00 PM: Congress Hall, 66th International Folklore Festival. Hosts: Chiara Squaglia and Riccardo Gaz.

Saturday, March 16

  • 10:00 AM: Regional Tourist Service, Reception Ceremony for International Folk Representations and Gift Exchange.
  • 10:30 AM: Via Sacra, Valley of the Temples, 21st International Festival “Children of the World” “Walk of Peace and Fraternity.”
  • 11:00 AM: From Pirandello Square to Cavour Square, Parade of International Folk Groups with performances at Cavour Square.
  • 4:00 PM: Congress Hall, 66th International Folklore Festival. Hosts: Chiara Squaglia and Riccardo Gaz.
  • 6:00 PM: Cavour Square, Opera dei Pupi Show.
  • 9:00 PM: Congress Hall, 66th International Folklore Festival. Hosts: Chiara Squaglia and Riccardo Gaz.
  • 9:30 PM: Via Atenea, “Almond Night”: White Night.

Sunday, March 17

  • 9:00 AM: From Pirandello Square to Vittoria Avenue, Parade of International Folk Groups, Children, Bands, and Sicilian Carts.
  • 2:00 PM: Temple of Concord: Final Ceremony and awarding of the Golden Temple 2024. Performance by folk groups and award presentations. Hosts: Chiara Squaglia and Riccardo Gaz.

Joint Events

  • Thursday, March 14, 8:30 PM: Art and Fashion: Fashion Show by Maestro Francesco Anastasi at Le Fabbriche – Orestiadi Foundation, Piazza San Francesco (spaces below the San Francesco church).
  • March 15 to 17: Almond Blossom Food Village: Street Food in Piazza Marconi (Central Station) with evening events and performances.

Folk Groups 2024

  • Albania – Cameroon – Colombia – Korea – Ecuador – Georgia – Japan – Greece – India – Italy – Latvia – Macedonia – Malta – Mexico – Montenegro – Poland – Romania – Russyana – Serbia – Slovakia – Spain – Ukraine

“Children of the World” Folk Groups

  • Bulgaria – Costa Rica – Korea – Lithuania – Macedonia – Poland – Romania – Serbia – Uzbekistan – Ukraine.

For more details and any updates or changes, please refer to the official program: Enjoy!

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