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Living Presepe – Living Nativity Scene

… e la Luce brillò… Venite e vedete!

19th edition

From December 26th 2023 to January 7th 2024

Parrocchia Sacro Cuore di Gesù –Trappitello,  Taormina (ME)

Free Entrance

 

During Christmas time in Italy, you are bound to come across cribs in homes and piazzas all over the country. Many cities also have a living crib, or a living nativity scene. It is thought that St. Francis hosted the first living nativity scene in 1223, sparking a tradition that continues in Italy to this day. Beginning on Christmas day, and running until January 6th, towns throughout Italy hold pageants to re-act the night of Jesus’ birth. Actors portray Mary, Joseph, the three Magi and other biblical figures from the gospel.

In Trappitello, peripherical area of Taormina, every year in Chrismas time, a Living Crib with more than 200 “actors” and “walk-ons” is organised. It is one of the most appreciated living cribs of Sicily counting 22.000/25.000 people visiting the event every year.

The location set is the huge garden of the old small church of Santa Venera with impressive old buildings such as an oil mill, a millstone, a mallet and a windmill.  While in a secluded and evocative place the Capanna della Natività is located, where the Holy Child is welcomed and warmed by the love of his parents, Maria and Giuseppe, and by a docile ox and a tender donkey.
In fact there are many and various animals “working” as extras in the crib – among which a majestic camel stands out.

On January 6th, according to tradition, the Three Wise Men (the Three Kings) will enter “Bethlehem”, bringing their gifts to Baby Jesus: gold, frankincense and myrrh.

At the exit of the Living Nativity there is the possibility to visit the ancient Church of S. Venera, admire a rich exhibition of Holy Jesus and taste typical products of our tradition.

 

Opening hours
– 26 December – 5.00 pm / 8.30 pm
– 27 Dicembre – 6.00 pm / 8.30 pm
– 29 Dicembre – 6.00 pm / 8.30 pm
– 30 Dicembre – 6.00 pm / 8.30 pm
– 1 January – 6.00 pm / 8.30 pm
– 2 January – 5.30 pm / 8.30 pm
– 3 January – 5.30 pm / 8.30 pm
– 5 January – 5.00pm / 8.30 pm
– 6 January – 5.00pm / 8.30 pm
– 7 January – 10.30am /12.30 – 4.00pm /7.00pm

 

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The event will also take place in case of rain. Leaving the Presepe.
Tasting of food products at the exit of the Presepe.

How to get there:  Motorway A18 Messina/Catania, exit Taormina, Direction SS. 185 (statal road, blu sign),  500 metres from the motorway exit.
More info: T. +39 0942/50210 – M. +39 339/8320324 and +39 379/2077738 – presepetrappitello@gmail.com

FB: www.facebook.com/presepetrappitello
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WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

Tetra Kordes

Church of Santa Caterina, Friday 15th December 2023 @7.00pm

 

The Tetra Kordes Quartet is composed of four young virtuosos of the plectrum instruments, trained at the Conservatory A. Scarlatti in Palermo: Jona Patò and Riccardo Lo Coco on the mandolin, Francesco Tralongo on the mandola, Domenico Pecoraro on the guitar.

 

MORE INFO

Taormina Plectrum Orchestra > www.facebook.com/orchestraaplettrocittaditaormina

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

Christmas Charity Concert in favour of UNICEF

by Orchestra Mandolinistica Gioviale

Congress Hall, Monday 11th December 2023 @ 8.30pm

Free Entrance

 

Music by Verdi, Lehar, Christmas Carrols

Conductor: Maestro Leonardo D’Agostino

 

MORE INFO

www.facebook.com/mandolinisticagioviale

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

F I N C   C o m e d y   F e s t i v a l  2 0 2 3

 

Paula Malik

in “La Band’Animal”

Taormina Congress Hall, Sala  B – December 10, 2023 @ 4.00pm

 

Genre: Musical Clown, puppetry
Audience: Suitable for everyone
Duration: 55 mins.

 

Graduated from the Universidad Externado de Colombia in 2004 and since then has intertwined her life as a lawyer with the juggling art she learned in Spain in the 90s, up until 2007. She became one of the pioneers in bringing circus arts to Colombia as an urban practice, beyond the traditional tents, and introducing it to the university at the Externado de Colombia.

Her fundamental pillar is the audience, as she firmly believes in exploring emotions and human relationships to find a point of connection that links the audience to each of her wonderful works that have been showcased in many parts of the world.

The Band’ Animal explores and experiments with the universe of musical clowning. It is the search for visual and auditory poetry within chaos. Beauty within what is labeled as trash. It is a participatory concert realized alongside the audience, an essential element of the entire performance.

The protagonist is Maestra Divarius, an eccentric character, animal-loving philanthropist, dedicated to her project of socio-human-animal inclusion and rehabilitation.

This particular group of plastic animals transforms into music stars. There are 18 plastic toy animals, including five pigs, a seal, a dog, a cow, a goat, a chicken, a duck, and a sheep. They discover their true talent that gives meaning to their lives through music.

The life stories and triumphs of these small animals move and inspire, inviting playfulness and highlighting the simplicity of life, taking the audience on a journey of absurdity and surprises, almost leaving them in stitches from laughter.

“Laughter is what I take most seriously,” says Paula Malik.

(Source: https://fincfestival.com)

 

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TICKETS on ticket.it

Adults: € 12,00
Under 18 and Over 65: € 8,00

 

MORE INFO

Paula Malik > www.paulamalik.com

FINC Festival > https://fincfestival.com

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

 

 

F I N C   C o m e d y   F e s t i v a l  2 0 2 3

 

Danny Danno e Diva G.

Un’improbabile Storia D’Amore

Taormina Congress Hall, Sala  B – December 9, 2023 @ 8.30pm

 

Title: Un’improbabile Storia D’Amore
Genre: Visual Comedy – Clown
Audience: suitable for everyone
Duration: 70 mins.

When a cabaret star, incredibly elegant and refined, crosses paths with a sweet but clumsy individual, everything becomes possible.
It’s the beginning of a love story that defies all conventions, between him, awkward, and her, irresistibly self-assured. This tale catapults us into a whirlwind of emotions: from conquest to excitement, from despair to the purest joy.
Gestures speak louder than words, revealing the universal magic of falling in love. Gestures and music are the true protagonists of this show that has toured the world, garnering numerous awards and audience acclaim.

Dandy Danno & Diva G are a comedic duo primarily visual. They share the common goal of introducing the audience to the authentic pleasure of laughter. Silence, the absence of limits and barriers thanks to the universality of body language, draws the audience into constant interaction.

Laughter ensues, allowing oneself to be swept away and actively participating in the performance, which becomes a surreal “bubble” capable of encapsulating, with great purity, actors and spectators.

(Source: https://fincfestival.com)

 

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TICKETS on ticket.it

Adults: € 12,00
Under 18 and Over 65: € 8,00

 

MORE INFO

Theatre Degart > https://fincfestival.com

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

 

 

Rally di Taormina

Taormina and other locations along the Sicilian Ionic Coast, 9 and 10 December 2023

 

Two races this year: Rally di Taormina, dedicated to latest generation cars and “Rally di Taormina Legend” with old historic cars that have written the most beautiful pages of the the history of rallies.

 

Departure @2.11 pm from Piazza Duomo

>> Full Program (in Italian) <<

 

MORE INFO

Rally di Taormina > www.rallyditaormina.it

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

F I N C   C o m e d y   F e s t i v a l  2 0 2 3

 

Hilary Chaplain

in “A life in her day”

Taormina Congress Hall, Sala  B – December 8, 2023 @ 8.30pm

 

Title: A Life in Her Day
Genre: Physical Comedy, puppetry
Audience: Suitable for everyone
Duration: 60 mins.

Unconventional and extraordinarily entertaining, this award-winning ” A day in the life” is a wonderful blend of physical comedy, clowning, and serious theatre.

What happens when our heroine discovers an “engagement” ring in the cereal box? A one-hour show where a lone woman and a few objects come together in a delightful and wonderful blend of physical comedy and clever humor,” as our heroine contends with a “pretend family” made up of everyday household objects.

The show exhibits moments of profound subtlety, brimming with humanity and humor.

“A Life in Her Day” is an impeccable display of originality and virtuosity in physical comedy, a beautifully constructed and delivered piece of work that is truly international and intercultural.

Directed by Avner Eisenberg, the Guest Star of the first edition of the Finc Festival in Taormina 2022.

 

>> International Comedy Festival – Full calendar <<

 

TICKETS on ticket.it

Adults: € 12,00
Under 18 and Over 65: € 8,00

 

MORE INFO

Hilary Chaplain > https://hilarychaplain.com/

FINC Festival > https://fincfestival.com

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

 

F I N C   C o m e d y   F e s t i v a l  2 0 2 3

 

Nicola Virdis

in “Nerd Compilation”

Taormina Congress Hall, Sala  B – December 8, 2023 @ 5.30pm

 

Title: Nerd Compilation
Genre: Visual Comedy, Contemporary circus, juggling
Audience: Suitable for everyone
Duration: 60 mins.

 

Nicola Virdis, the Nerd, presents a whirlwind of gags and comedic situations that engage and entertain the audience.

His show is highly original and never the same; in fact, it is the audience that helps and guides the Nerd in building the sequence of gags and collaboratively constructs the performance’s “lineup” on the spot. With his incredible sense of humor, Virdis will showcase stage actions, musical games, and surreal antics using strictly 80s objects and situations. This helps the audience grasp a very original concept: “if you know how to lose, perhaps you’ve already won.”

Nicola Virdis is a comedian, visual comedy performer, juggler, and contemporary circus artist who graduated from the Cirko Vertigo Academy in Turin.

His character, without speaking, achieved great success on Italy’s Got Talent 2019, receiving the golden buzzer and securing third place in the finals. He has also participated in talent shows in Spain, France, Germany, and Romania. His catchphrase “Turn Around” has garnered millions of views on social media and YouTube.

Virdis, through his comedy, conveys a very important concept: “it doesn’t matter what you do, but how you do it.”

 

>> International Comedy Festival – Full calendar <<

 

TICKETS on ticket.it

Adults: € 12,00
Under 18 and Over 65: € 8,00

 

MORE INFO

Nicola Viridis > www.nicolavirdis.it

FINC Festival > https://fincfestival.com

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

 

F I N C   C o m e d y   F e s t i v a l  2 0 2 3

 

Double Take Cinematic Circus

in Jump Cut

Taormina Congress Hall, Sala  B – December 7, 2023 @ 8.30pm

 

Title: Jump Cut
Genre: Contemporary circus
Audience: Suitable for everyone
Duration: 50 mins.

 

Founded in 2016 by two acrobats and filmmakers, Summer Hubbard and Raphaël Herault, Double Take – Cinematic Circus is a circus and filmmaking company guided by the exploration and blending of circus and cinema (both on the stage and on the screen).

Combining techniques of both circus and cinema, “Jump Cut” is an acrobatic show built around a story which is the true heart of the performance. Inspired by real events, “Jump Cut” takes you on a journey through time and space, offering a surreal and acrobatic perspective on how Summer and Raphael, as a couple, navigate this life together.

In their living room, which appears to have come straight out of a dream, there is a massive sofa-trampoline, an oversized lamp, and a miniature electric train. It’s a playground full of life, unexpected twists and turns where every moment of life is poetically celebrated, from the most simple to the most tragic.

While giving prominence to visuals and imagery, “Jump Cut” blends various circus techniques which includes: trampoline, partner acrobatics, aerial acrobatics, and floor acrobatics.

Through a unique use of imagery and symbolism combined with innovative set design, the couple have developed a distinctive language that is uniquely theirs, enabling them to tell a story through movement capable of transcending generations.

Intentionally designed to offer various layers of interpretation, “Jump Cut” can be appreciated internationally by audiences of all ages and imaginations.

(Source: https://fincfestival.com)

 

>> International Comedy Festival – Full calendar <<

 

TICKETS on ticket.it

Adults: € 12,00
Under 18 and Over 65: € 8,00

 

MORE INFO

Double Take Cinematic Circus > www.doubletakecinematiccircus.com

FINC Festival > https://fincfestival.com

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta

 

F I N C   C o m e d y   F e s t i v a l  2 0 2 3

 

Benoit Turiman

in Le Voisin

Taormina Congress Hall, Sala  B – December 7, 2023 @ 5.30pm

 

Title: Le Voisin (The Neighbour)
Genre: Mimo
Audience: Suitable for everyone
Duration: 60mins

“Benoît Turjman, an actor and mime trained at the International School of Marcel Marceau, takes the audience on a journey through the comical life of his eccentric character in the show ‘The Neighbor”. Without speaking or using vocal effects, he surprises viewers with every moment of the Neighbor’s life and mishaps. The refined soundtrack and variety of set designs give the audience the feeling of watching a movie on the big screen.

“I wanted to depict everyday life, to show the social conventions that guide and sometimes limit how we relate to each other. To show what can exclude us and what brings us together. And I wanted all of this to be told from the perspective of a very ordinary person. Someone who could be our next-door neighbor.

He’s a middle-class bachelor, living modestly. He grapples with everyday life, aspiring to that perfect life depicted in glossy magazines and TV shows. He’s a man without qualities, inept, incompetent, made selfish by fear, but at the same time, naive, curious about everything, and genuinely positive. And he’s about to experience a great love story, the kind we only see in the movies.

The French author and award-winning screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière said, ‘Man finds in myths the tools to forge social bonds, to understand and strengthen the rules of coexistence. Imagination is the cement of a civilization.’ How many stories do we need to grow as individuals?

I wanted to bring many artistic universes that fascinate me to the stage. The universes of great artists like Michel Courtemanche and Rowan Atkinson, Harold Lloyd, and Marcel Marceau. I wanted the audience to open a comic book and attend a musical at the same time.

I wanted the viewer to see all these wonderful universes.

All of this… and somehow also the story of my life!”

 

>> International Comedy Festival – Full calendar <<

 

TICKETS on ticket.it

Adults: € 12,00
Under 18 and Over 65: € 8,00

 

MORE INFO

Benoit Turiman > www.benoitturjman.com

FINC Festival > https://fincfestival.com

 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel La Pensione SvizzeraHotel Villa SchulerHotel Villa Ducale – Hotel Villa Carlotta