FESTIVALS OF BASILICATA: CARNIVAL SATRIANO
Every year Satriano di Lucania, a town of the Southern Italian region, Basilicata, hosts its annual carnival in which the Rumit, or tree man, walks the streets. Covered in leaves, these mysterious figures will wander the town, knocking by brushing doors with their leafy sticks. Those that are visited by the Rumit receive it as a good omen and give a few coins in return, although they must respect the silence of these odd walking plants.
The Rumit has represented many things but now the young people of Satriano di Lucania are looking to the future and future generations who will inhabit our planet. They want to use the Rumit and his evocative imagery to launch a revolution of eco-friendly values and reconnect with the earth.
Inspired by the typical masks and rites of the carnival, Michelangelo Frammartino’s cine-installation ‘Trees’ is now, in its turn, inspiring. The artwork brought together 100 Rumit for the first time in a sea of green. Realising this incredible visual power, this year, for the second consecutive year, the Carnival of Satriano’s walking forest will involve 131 Rumit – one Rumit for each of Basilicata’s 131 municipalities.
The festival allows its participants to be involved – either by becoming one Rumit of the 131, by wearing other typical masks of the Carnival of Satriano, or by dressing up as woodland characters, fairytale or otherwise. The woodland will spring enchantingly to life, full of goblins, fairies, mushrooms, wolves, butterflies, princesses, flowers, birds and other forest dwellers.
The two day eco-friendly event of concerts, parades, masks, rituals and, of course, wandering trees, will take place on the 14th and 15th February 2015. For more information on the festival, events, accommodation or how to book to be a Rumit or forest creature visit here.
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