Taormina Media Award “Wolfang Goethe” – 2nd Edition

An international journalism award dedicated to journalistic works on Taormina.

Four journalistic awards, each of € 5.000,00 (five thousands) euros will be granted to authors of either articles or television progammes on Taormina published/broadcasted between December 1, 2011 and April 15, 2012.
See detailed regulations (in English).

The award ceremony will be held at the old Greek Thetre.

The four awards are named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, André Gide, Edmondo De Amicis and Roger Peyrefitte, artists who often visited Taormina.

Winners of last years were:

– the ‘Swedish Academy’s Nobel Literature, Kjell Espmark, for his article “Taormina svavar i mitt minne” on Svenska Dagbad considered a true song of Taormina;
See the Italian translation

Luigi La Spina for his article “De Amicis non solo Cuore anche reportage” on La Stampa“;

Patricia Eghelborn for her article “Models statt Mafia: Sizilien mal ganz nobel” on Die Welt;

– Paolo Valentino for his article “Taormina – “La granita dell’ultimo sole” on Corriere della Sera.


For more information:


Greek Theatre, 9.00 pm

European Première – Brave in 3D

Tickets available at – Parterre: € 12,00 / Non-numbered Tiers: € 8,00

The entire takings will be assigned to the earthquake victims of Haiti.

See the official trailer


Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In Brave, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and the signature Pixar humor enjoyed by audiences of all ages.




Greek Theatre and Taormina Congress Hall

58th editon of the TAORMINA FILM FEST
Taormina Film Fest, a historic film festival, and Italy’s oldest, began in 1955. It is a competitive event screening film previews, independent features, documentaries, shorts and tributes to filmmakers of the past.

The Festival will be followed by the Nastri D’Argento award


LEAFLET (in Italian) – PROGRAM (in English) – PLAYBILL
–  June 23 – Greek Theatre, 9.00pm – Prémiere “The Brave” in 3D
Tickets available at – Parterre: € 12,00 – Non-numbered Tiers: € 8,00


The Taormina Film Fest, which moved permanently to Taormina in 1971, has hosted over the years many stars of international cinema: Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich, Sofia Loren, Cary Grant, Robert De Niro, Colin Firth, Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston, Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Tom Cruise, Melanie Griffith, Monica Bellucci, Oliver Stone and Antonio Banderas, among others.
The Festival is an “A” Festival in FIAP accreditation.

2012 Festival Sections:












Previous Church Del Carmine

“Glass Mixture” Exhibition by Silvio Vigliaturo

Free Entrance – Every day 10.00 am / 11.00 pm

Info: mobile +39 393.9485636


Italian artist, a master in creating glass works.









Gardens of Babilonia Language School

“Spirit of Two Islands: Terra Australis  – Terra Sicula”

Frederick William “Billy” Doolan Jnr (also known as Billy Doo, 1952-) is an Australian Indigenous artist who lives in Townsville, Queensland.

 The exhibition will show 9 works of the “Sicilian Dreaming” series realised by Doolan in August 2009 when he spent nearly four weeks travelling across Sicily on a cross-cultural exchange to paint the country in the Aboriginal style.
Doolan imports the impressions of the Sicilian nature into his Aborigine myths.

The exhibition is part of an ICSA project. The I. C. S. A. (Institute of Culture Sicily Australia) is an organization that promotes cultural bridges between Sicily and Australia as well as events of relevance to both countries.

Opening hours
from Monday to Friday: 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9.00am – 8.00pm

Free entrance




Taormina Public Gardens and Hotel Monte Tauro

The Eco-friendly Garden – Organic and sustainable product’s show

– Sustainable Architecture

– Organic Food

– Renewable Energy

– Community Involvment

– Natural body-care products

– Public lectures on eco-friendly lifestyle -> English, German, French translators available on request





Church of Santa Caterina

34th Taormina Classica Concert Season

Concerts realised by the Almoetia Music Asociation

Free Entrance – hrs 7.30 pm


May 20 – Trio Art Kalispèra — sopran, clarinet, piano

May 25 – Duo Parisi / Barboro — clarinet, piano

May 27 – Giuseppe Lo Cicero — piano

June 03 – Gianfranco Pappalardo Fiumara — piano

June 09 – Duo Blanco / Sinacori — guitars




Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano

Art Exhibition – “Grafitismi di Segni e di Luci”
by Barbagallo – Berra – De Mariano – Donato

Free entrance – 09:30am/12:30pm and 4:00pm – 7:30pm

Closed on Monday





Gardens of Palazzo Corvaja from April 1st to May 8th
Previous Church of Carmine from May 9th to May 19th

April 1th – May 19th 2012

Opening hours: 9.00am – 9.00pm. Free entrance
You will also find works of Nino Ucchino and Vittorio Puglia.




Previous church of San Francesco di Paola – 6.00pm

April – July 2012

Classic concerts performed by the Youth Musical Association of Taormina. Free entrance.



The San Francesco di Paola Hall is near Porta Catania and the Post Office of Taormina.


PLAYBILL – April / May

April 15 2012 – Giovanni Cocuccio & Rosa Greco — Violin and e Piano
April 19 2012 – MIRO’ CLARINET QUARTET — Lucio Brancati, Marta Arcodia, Agata Feudale Foti & M. Sgambelluri
April 22 2012 – Franco Bruno, Alberto Vocaturo & Antonio Averna — Flute and Piano
April 27 2012 – Musics by C. Debussy, J. Francaix and othes — Classes of the “A. Corelli” Academy of Musica  
April 29 2012 – Alberto Vocaturo & Enza Sciotto — Flute and Guitar
May 04 2012 – Samuele Galeano — Violin
May 06 2012 – MUSICS OF RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE — Classes of the “A. Corelli” Academy of Musica  
May 10 2012 – Amalia Santamaria, Roberta Marziano & Antonino Averna — Soprans and Piano 
May 13 2012 – Rosa Fiocco & Ata Virzì — Soprans and Piano
May 17 2012 – Luca Di Mauro —  Piano
May 19 2012 – Anna Stracquadaini & Antonino Cannavò — Soprans and Piano
May 24 2012 – Fabio Arcodia, Nicola Cassisi, Enzo Foti & Basilio A. Pintabona — Quartet of saxophones 
May 27 2012 – Alessandro Carere & Ata Virzì — Flute and Piano

June 01 2012 – Angela Cucinotta & Rosario Mangano – Piano
June 03 2012 – Salvatore Palmeri, Mariangela Romano, Rossana Scandurra & Giuseppe Turiano –  Quartet of Bassons
June 07 2012 – Sabrina & Simona Palazzolo – Harp
June 10 2012 – Lucio Brancati & Antonino Averna – Clarinet and Piano
June 14 2012 – Simona Bonanno & Alessia Zanghì – Violoncello and Piano
June 17 2012 – Alessandra Marino, Angelo Manciagli, Giuseppe Privitera, Enrico Sorbello, Rosaria Politi – Flutes, Violin, Violoncello and Harpsichord
June 21 2012 – Francesco Barberi, Ivano Biscardi, Carmelo Giambò & Francesco Mazzei – Quartet of Accordions
June 23 2012 – Filippo Cammaroto – Piano
June 28 2012 – Alessandro De Salvo – Piano
July 01 2012 – Guendalina Consoli – Piano
July 05 2012 – Salvatore Gitto – Piano
July 08 2012 – Maria Pizzuto – Piano