Summer

JUNE

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The Marriage of the Trees Festival, Accettura

MARRIAGE OF THE TREES
Accettura

This festival is held on Pentecost Sunday for the Patron Saint, the festival is an ancient rite and also a wedding between two trees. Two groups of people are guided into the forest of Gallipoli BrotherinLaw to cut the female called the ‘Cima’ from a holly tree and the forest of Montepiano to cut the male called the ‘Maggio’ from an old oak. These are both joined together to symbolise the marriage of the trees, good fertility and good harvest. During this period there are also other activities that take place on the day of the festival.

JULY

MADONNA DELLA BRUNA FESTIVAL
Matera

Held annually on the 2nd July in Matera, this is one of Basilicata’s most important festivals. From first light the city of the Sassi honours their patron saint, beginning with the procession of the shepherds which wakes the ancient quarters to greet the image of the Virgin. Templar Knights escort the float that carries the statue along the streets through the day. By night the procession reaches the Cathedral Square, turns three times to symbolise the taking of the city by the Holy Patron, before the statue of the Virgin is placed in the Cathedral. The magnificent float, pulled by mules, is driven back at speed towards the gathered crowd who destroy the chariot. The festivities end late in the evening with a firework contest above the ancient quarters of the Sassi.

Matera

The Sassi, Matera

AUGUST

POLLINO MUSIC FESTIVAL
San Severino Lucano

The breath-taking surroundings of the Pollino National Park provide an exhilarating backdrop for this high energy music festival which draws Italian and international high profile artists/bands and up to 100,000 people. Festival goers have a wide range of music on offer including jazz, rock, reggae, electro, ethnic and more. Alternative activities including excursions, contemporary art exhibitions and environmental education initiatives are also an option.

Pollino National Park

The Pollino National Park

LUCANIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Pisticci

The first International Film Festival born in Basilicata, it’s about promotion, discussion and presentation of experimental international films. It’s also known as the “People and Localities Festival” because of the fun, friendly atmosphere that envelops the audience and film makers from around the world. For further information, please visit www.lucaniafilmfestival.it/en/

FESTIVAL OF SAINT ROCCO
Montescaglioso and Tolve

St. Rocco is often compared to St. Francis, both coming from a noble family and renouncing it all to help the poor. This event celebrates his miraculous intervention which saved the residents of Montescaglioso from an earthquake. A papier mâché float in his honour is pulled by seven horses through the village.

METAPONTO BEACH FESTIVAL
Metaponto

In the historic location of Castello Torremare, the Metaponto Beach Festival is attentive to new expressions of music and incorporates music, sun, sea, sports and culture.

IN VINO VERITAS
Wine Festival in Montescaglioso

The rock cellars at Porta Sant’Angelo open for ‘In Vino Veritas’ which promotes the wines of several companies, with people able to taste the wine, and see the difference in how they are made. There are tours of the wine cellars and a concert to end the festival.

GRUMENTO NOVA WINE FESTIVAL
Grumento Nova

Ending with a concert, there is the chance to do some wine tasting and tour the local wine cellars.

ANNUAL STREET FESTIVAL (THE FEAST OF SAN BERNARDINO)
Bernalda

This takes place in late August and includes outdoor concerts, a street parade and fireworks display. A family friendly event for all ages.