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Spotlighting Sicilian Literature & Film

Did you know.....From June 20th to June 24th, 2024, an international stage with a focus on current events, books, scientific debate, live performances, featuring prominent figures of our time.


The Taobuk Festival 2024

The Taobuk Festival 2024 in Taormina is not your average cultural extravaganza – it's a whirlwind of artistic brilliance and intellectual stimulation that will leave you clutching your pearls and furiously jotting down notes. This annual event showcases a fusion of literature, music, cinema, and art from around the globe, bringing together some of the brightest minds and talents in the creative world. From thought-provoking panel discussions with renowned authors to mesmerizing musical performances under the Sicilian moonlight, Taobuk Festival is where culture vultures flock to feast on an eclectic buffet of cultural delights. So pack your designer shades and brush up on your Italian – because this festival promises to be an unforgettable experience that will have you raving about it for years to come. Cheers to sipping fine wine while discussing Nietzsche with a violinist at sunrise!

Did you know.... "The Leopard" written by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa with Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale is a visually stunning masterpiece that perfectly captures the opulence and decline of Sicilian aristocracy in the 19th century. Lancaster's portrayal of Prince Don Fabrizio Salina is both regal and vulnerable, as he navigates a changing political landscape while trying to preserve his family's traditions. Cardinale shines as Angelica, the beautiful but opportunistic daughter of a nouveau riche merchant who catches the prince's eye. The film delves deep into themes of power, class struggle, and decay, all while showcasing sumptuous costumes and breathtaking cinematography. With director Luchino Visconti at the helm, "The Leopard" effortlessly combines historical accuracy with emotional depth, making it a timeless classic that will leave you pondering long after the credits roll.

Remember the author Giuseppe Tomasi, 11th Prince of Lampedusa, 12th Duke of Palma, (23 December 1896 – 23 July 1957), known as Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. Italian writer and nobleman. He said of himself as a child, "I was a boy who liked solitude, who preferred the company of things to that of people",and in 1954 wrote, "Of my sixteen hours of daily wakefulness, at least ten are spent in solitude."

The Leopard starring Burt Lancaster

Did you know.... "Sicily My Love" is a charming and delightful romantic comedy that transports viewers to the picturesque island of Sicily, where protagonist Sara embarks on a journey of self-discovery. With its stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and mouth-watering cuisine, the film beautifully captures the essence of this enchanting destination. As Sara navigates through her personal growth and relationships, the audience is treated to a heartfelt story filled with humour and heart. The film's witty dialogue and endearing characters keep viewers engaged from start to finish, making it a must-watch for anyone in need of a feel-good escape to one of Italy's most captivating regions. With its perfect blend of romance, comedy, and drama, "Sicily My Love" is sure to leave you yearning for your own Sicilian adventure. Saluti!

Did you know.... "Cinema Paradiso" shot by Tornatore in Bagheria, is a delightful ode to the magic of movies, capturing the nostalgia and bittersweet beauty of childhood memories through the lens of a small Italian village's cinema. The film skillfully weaves together themes of love, friendship, loss, and the transformative power of storytelling as seen through the eyes of Salvatore Di Vita, a young boy who grows up in the shadow of the local movie theatre run by Alfredo. As Salvatore matures into a filmmaker himself, he grapples with his past while fondly remembering the enchanting moments spent in Cinema Paradiso. With its stunning cinematography, unforgettable performances, and heartwarming score by Ennio Morricone, this classic masterpiece invites audiences to rediscover their own love affair with cinema while celebrating the enduring magic found within it. In short: "Cinema Paradiso" is a cinematic gem that will leave you both laughing and crying –sometimes all at once.

be entranced by the simplicity of Bagheria

Want To Know More About Bagheria? The town of Bagheria in Sicily is like a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Known for its beautiful Baroque architecture, stunning sea views, and lush gardens, Bagheria offers a charming mix of historical sites and natural beauty. The highlight of the town is Villa Palagonia, a quirky 18th-century villa with grotesque sculptures adorning its facade – perfect for that Instagram-worthy shot! Not to mention, Bagheria is also famous for its delicious cannoli pastry, so be sure to indulge in this sweet treat while exploring the winding streets filled with cozy cafes and boutiques. With its rich history and picturesque surroundings, Bagheria is a must-visit destination for those seeking a unique and delightful experience in Sicily.

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