BAROQUE HERITAGE KICKS OFF FROM THIS FRIDAY, MAY 5, TO SUNDAY, MAY 7, WITH INTERNATIONAL GUESTS AND FREE EVENTS TO CELEBRATE UNESCO HERITAGE. LAST DAY GUEST CHRISTIAN GRECO, DIRECTOR OF THE EGYPTIAN MUSEUM IN TURIN.

Sta per iniziare il ricco weekend dedicato al barocco che interesserà i cinque Comuni della destinazione turistica unica Enjoy Barocco.

From May 5 to 7 in Ragusa, Modica, Scicli, Ispica and Santa Croce Camerina the event “Baroque Heritage – Words, Forms, Perspectives.” will come alive, host distinguished guests, popularize beauty, entertain with study days dedicated to the first two decades of recognition Unesco turning an eye to the future and, in parallel, will animate streets and buildings, intrigue among special initiatives and extraordinary openings.

Three days organized by the unique destination “Enjoy Barocco” in collaboration with professors from the University of Rome Tor Vergata, the Polytechnic University of Turin and the University of Catania, together with the Unesco Club, involving the five municipalities of the GAL Terra Barocca with a calendar of events aimed at a greater enjoyment of the cultural heritage, a destination for passionate tourists who all year round approach this wonderful part of Sicily, appreciating its sites and monuments, landscapes and nature, gastronomic tradition and artistic-cultural proposal, organization and lively hospitality.

Inauguration on Friday, May 5 from 9.00 a.m. in Ragusa, at the church of the College of Maria Addolorata (Church of the Abbey) with the institutional moment in which will intervene, among others, the mayors of the municipalities of the LAG, and also Fabio Roccuzzo, president of the Unesco Operational Unit of Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto and mayor of Caltagirone, Domenica Ficano, ff president of GAL Terra Barocca, Salvatore Occhipinti, director of GAL Terra Barocca, Marco Platania university professor and DMO Enjoy Barocco coordinator, Paolo Patané director of the Managing Body of Late Baroque Cities of the Val di Noto.

It will then be the experts, in the first international study day, who will discuss the next 20 years of cultural heritage management, after celebrating the first 20 since UNESCO recognition.

The first day, introduced by Santo Burgio (University of Catania) and titled “Literary Looks at the Baroque,” will be dedicated to the multiplicity of narratives, representations and senses that have been layered on the Baroque heritage over the centuries.

It is edited by Carmelo Occhipinti and Claudio Castelletti (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Department of Literary, Philosophical and Art History Studies).

Between lectures and readings devoted to the theme of the relationship between Baroque art and literature, thanks to poets, writers and historians, works of art will reveal their extraordinary multiplicity of aspects and meanings. Chair Sandra Condorelli (University of Catania), speakers will be Carmelo Occhipinti (University of Rome Tor Vergata) with “Glances on the Ragusan, Sicilian, Italian Baroque”; Massimo Lucarelli (Université de Caen Normandie) with “A twentieth-century idea of Baroque: the Ungaretti case”; Claudio Castelletti (University of Rome Tor Vergata) “The imaginific Vate: Baroque Art and Architecture in the Poetics of Gabriele d’Annunzio”; Marcello Fagiolo (CISB – International Center for Baroque Studies) with “The Fall and Resilience of Baroque Civilization in Twentieth-Century Historiography”; Olivier Bonfait (Université de Bourgogne) with “The Baroque before the Baroque. For a Prehistory of the Notion from De Brosses to Briganti”; Marina Cafà (University of Rome Tor Vergata) and Ezio Donato (University of Catania) with “Literary Journey in the Baroque Landscape of Sicily.”

It will be Modica that will host the second day of studies, Saturday, May 6, titled “Architects and Building Sites of the Baroque Age in Sicily and the Mediterranean,” while the scientific part will conclude Sunday, May 7, in Scicli at the prestigious Palazzo Spadaro with the appointment titled “Baroque Law & Economics. Back to the future.” Conclusions of the proceedings will be by Christian Greco (Egyptian Museum of Turin).

Alongside the scientific events, a series of special events have been planned, thanks to the municipalities of the Terra Barocca LAG, with extraordinary openings of palaces, performances, concerts, guided tours, theatrical tours, and museums open at night.

The detailed program is online at www.enjoybarocco.com

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