Feasts and Traditions

Program of the Almond Blossom Festival 2019: 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 March 1 to March 10 2019 the 74th Edition of the Festival will be celebrated, offering even more reasons to visit Agrigento. 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, more than 900 artists from all over the world representing 20 UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritages 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 5, at 6:00 pm: parade to the Temple of Concordia for the lighting of the ‘Torch of Friendship’
  • Wednesday, March 6, at 6:00 pm : ‘Friendship parade’ along Via Atenea and the streets of the historic centre of Agrigento by torchlight.
  • Sunday, March 10, 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 1 MARCH

– 17.00 / Palacongressi: ALMONDO BLOSSOM FESTIVAL Opening ceremony

– 18.00 / P. Griffo Archaeological Museum: DANCE WELL Contemporary dance workshop

– 20:30 / Palacongressi: WORLD MUSIC Concert ‘Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino’

SATURDAY 2nd MARCH

– 10:30 / Via Sacra (Valley of the Temples): CHILDREN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL ‘Walk of Peace and Brotherhood’

– 12.00 / Tempio di Giunone: CHILDREN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL performances of participating groups

– 16.30 / Palacongressi: ALMOND AFTERNOON welcome, creative workshops for children, intercultural workshops, exhibitions and concerts.

– 17:30 / P. Griffo Archaeological Museum: DANCE WELL Contemporary dance workshop

– 18:00 / Girgenti (Historic Centre of Agrigento): STREET GAMES entertainment and traditional games

-20: 30 / Palacongressi: CHILDREN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL   Show

– 21: 30 / Piazza Cavour (Historic Centre of Agrigento): WORLD MUSIC Concert ‘Domo Emigrantes’

SUNDAY 3 MARCH

– 9:30 / Valley of the Temples: 16 ° CONCORDIA HALF MARATHON Regional Half Marathon Grand Prix

– 10:00 / Palacongressi (Sala Zeus): THE ALMOND, THE ALMOND TREE AND THE ALMOND BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: convention organized by DIAITA

10:30 / Girgenti (Historic Centre of Agrigento): CHILDREN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL  Street parade

– 10:30 / Girgenti (Historic Center of Agrigento): ’TERRE DI SICILIA’ FESTIVAL

– 11.00 / Tempio Di Giunone: WORLD MUSIC Concert of Indian classical music

– 11.00 / Via Sacra (Valley of the Temples): STREET GAMES Entertainment and traditional games

– 16.00 / Tempio Di Giunone:TERRE DI SICILIA’  FESTIVAL Band concert

16.30 / Palacongressi: ALMOND AFTERNOON welcome, creative workshops for children, intercultural workshops, exhibitions and concerts

– 18.00 / Palacongressi: MANDORLARA – DOLCI DEL MANDORLO Laboratory and show-cooking organized by Euroform

– 20.30 / Palacongressi: CHILDREN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL  Show

– 20.30 / P. Griffo Archaeological Museum: DANCE WELL-ORO ‘The Art of Resisting’ Show

MONDAY 4 MARCH

– 9.30 / Palacongressi: CHILDREN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL Show

– 15.30 / Palacongressi: MANDORLO FOR ALL Show

– 16.30 / Palacongressi: ALMOND AFTERNOON welcome, creative workshops for children, intercultural workshops, exhibitions and concerts

– 17.00 / Palacongressi (Sala Zeus): MEDITATING IN A SACRED VALLEY: peace, art and culture. Talk show by ass. SAHAJA Yoga Sicilia

– 17.00 / Palacongressi: MANDORLARA show-cooking

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

TUESDAY 5 MARCH

– 9.30 / Palacongressi: CHILDREN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL Show

– 10.00 / Agrigento Prison: PITRE’ LAB -FIABE SICILIANE Show and workshop

– 17.00 / Palacongressi: MANDORLARA show-cooking

– 17.00 / Via Sacra (Valley of the Temples): UNESCO HERITAGE NOWROUZ Kite Workshop

– 18.00 / Hellenistic Theatre -Temple of Concordia: FASHION AND LIGHTING OF THE ‘TORCH OF FRIENDSHIP’

– 20.30 / Palacongressi: GALA DEI PATRIMONI – UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage show

WEDNESDAY 6 MARCH

– 10.00 / High School Institutes: ADOPT A CULTURAL HERITAGE Project of enhancement in collaboration with schools

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

– 17.00 / Palacongressi: MANDORLARA show-cooking with hotel schools and restaurateurs

– 18.00 / Girgenti (Historic Centre of Agrigento): TORCHLIGHT PARADE OF FRIENDSHIP

– 21.00 / Girgenti (Historic Centre of Agrigento): WHITE NIGHT of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritages

THURSDAY 7 MARCH

– 9.30 / Palacongressi: CULTURE OF WELCOMING/WELCOMING CULTURE Musical concluding the annual cultural integration program conducted by CoopCulture

–  10.00 / Teatro Della Posta Vecchia: PITRE ‘LAB -FIABE SICILIANE Show and workshop for children

– 10.30 / Piazza Cavour (Historic Centre of Agrigento): INTERNATIONAL FOLKORE FESTIVAL – UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage show

– 12.00 / Palacongressi: ARCHEOCIAK / ONE MINUTE FOR CONCORDIA Archaeological cinema day for schools and international competition awards.

– 16.30 / Palacongressi: ALMOND AFTERNOON: welcome, creative workshops for children, intercultural workshops, exhibitions and concerts.

17.00 / Palacongressi: MANDORLARA show-cooking with Giuseppe Giuffrè

– 17.30 / Girgenti (Historic Centre of Agrigento): AFTERNOON ‘GIURGINTANO’ Dances, Labs and Cultural Heritages

– 20.30 / Palacongressi: CULTURE OF WELCOMING/WELCOMING CULTURE Musical concluding the annual cultural integration program conducted by CoopCulture

– 21.30 / Piazza Cavour (Historic Centre of Agrigento): WORLD MUSIC Concert US Navy Topside Brass Band

FRIDAY 8 MARCH

– 9.30 / Prefettura: RECEPTION OF GUEST GROUPS

– 10.00 / Teatro Della Posta Vecchia: PITRE’ LAB-FIABE SICILIANE Show and workshop for children

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

– 11.30 / Palacongressi: MICROSTORIES OF THE ALMOND BLOSSOM Presentation of the book by Paolo Cilona

– 15.00 / Palacongressi: LEFTOVER COOKING – LITTLE CHEFS AND GREAT DISHES Children’s cooking workshop by  ‘Le Soste di Ulisse’ with Pino Cuttaia, Giuseppe Costa, Gaetano Basiricò e Damiano Ferraro

– 16.30 / Palacongressi: ALMOND AFTERNOON welcome, creative workshops for children, intercultural workshops, exhibitions and concerts

– 17.30 / Girgenti (Historic Centre of Agrigento): AFTERNOON ‘GIURGINTANO’ Dances, Laboratories and Heritages

– 20.30 / Palacongressi: INTERNATIONAL FOLKORE FESTIVAL – UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage show

SATURDAY 9 MARCH

– 9.30 / Spazio Temenos: IDENTITA’ SICILIANA (IV edizion ): school projects by ‘Centro Ricerca e Tradizioni Valdakragas’

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

– 16.00 / Palacongressi: INTERNATIONAL FOLKORE FESTIVAL – UNESCO Intangible Heritage show

– 17.30 / Girgenti (Historic Centre of Agrigento): AFTERNOON ‘GIURGINTANO’ Dances, workshops and Heritages

– 18.00 / Palacongressi: MANDORLARA show-cooking “Girgenti, Diodoros and the couscous: a love story between Africa and Sicily” by Cooperativa Al Kharub with the lady chef Mareme Cisse

– 19.30 / Palacongressi: MANDORLARA show-cooking by Sergio Sinagra and Lady Chef

– 20.30 / Palacongressi: INTERNATIONAL FOLKORE FESTIVAL  – UNESCO Intangible Heritage show

– 21.30 / Piazza Cavour (Historic Centre of Agrigento): WORLD MUSIC Multi-ethnic concert

SUNDAY 10 MARCH

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

– 15.00 / Temple of Concordia: INTERNATIONAL FOLKORE  FESTIVAL Final show and closing ceremony

* Program updated January 9, 2019. This information could be subject to change, so we recommend that you regularly visit this page.

 

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