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Andrea Guzzoletti opens Barga Jazz Festival 2015 with “Invisible Cities”

Andrea Guzzoletti opens Barga Jazz Festival 2015 with “Invisible Cities”

A milestone in the Festival’s three-decade story

Andrea Guzzoletti is a key member of his generation’s musical brain trust, along with Barga Jazz Festival director Alessandro Rizzardi and former Barga Jazz club president Simone Venturi. All of them are principal figures in a remarkable array of bands and combos. Each is an acknowledged master of his preferred instruments, Rizzardi on the sax […]

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Barga, San Rocco and the Black Death

Barga, San Rocco and the Black Death

As Barga celebrates its annual mid-August festa di San Rocco with dining and dancing under the stars and a lively outdoor market, it is also marking the inconceivable carnage of the Black Death – in which the Serchio Valley almost certainly played a critical role. In the lengthy annals of European trauma, ranging from the […]

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An unqualified masterpiece: the entire Scottish Diaspora Tapestry on display in Barga

An unqualified masterpiece: the entire Scottish Diaspora Tapestry on display in Barga

The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry, bits and pieces of which have appeared in Barganews many times over the past six years, can now be seen in its entirety here for the first time. Put simply, it is an unqualified masterpiece.

As a foreign correspondent for four decades, I’ve attended cultural exhibitions and walked the halls of museums on six continents. Nothing I’ve seen is more stunning than this 305-part, 160-meter-long collective work of art — in the breadth of its narrative, in the exquisite skill of its crafters or in its sheer emotional power. It […]

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#loveproject – 20 paintings given to Lucca

#loveproject – 20 paintings given to Lucca

#loveproject – The plan, says Keane, is to “place two paintings from each of us in five of the most important piazzas of Tuscany’s five most important cities: Florence, Siena, Livorno, Pisa and Lucca. Anyone who wants them can take them away, at no cost. Absolutely free.”

The second group  of  #loveproject paintings were installed in the second Tuscan city which gave their patronage to the project – this time, the City of Lucca. As can be seen from the image above, the major piazza’s of the city were host (for a least a limited time) to a series of paintings from Fabrizio Da Prato […]

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#loveproject – 18 paintings given to Pisa

#loveproject – 18 paintings given to Pisa

The plan, says Keane, is to “place two paintings from each of us in five of the most important piazzas of Tuscany’s five most important cities: Florence, Siena, Livorno, Pisa and Lucca. Anyone who wants them can take them away, at no cost. Absolutely free.”

The first of the #loveproject paintings were installed in the first Tuscan city which gave their patronage to the project – the City of Pisa. As can be seen from the image above, the major piazza’s of the city were host (for a least a limited time) to a series of paintings from Fabrizio Da Prato […]

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The Love Project in the cradle of the Renaissance

The Love Project in the cradle of the Renaissance

The plan, says Keane, is to “place two paintings from each of us in five of the most important piazzas of Tuscany’s five most important cities: Florence, Siena, Livorno, Pisa and Lucca. Anyone who wants them can take them away, at no cost. Absolutely free.”

The most conventional chapter in the saga of the Love Project is the exhibition that will open it — and even that has its unusual twists. On the 13th and the 14th of June, the well-known local artists Keane and Fabrizio da Prato will inaugurate a joint exhibition of 100 paintings. The venue is not […]

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Bel Canto in Barga

Bel Canto in Barga

Gala finales are the Oscar nights of an opera festival: virtuoso showcases for their performers, framed by a lyrical profession of their art’s most memorable scenes. Sally Li’s resoundingly successful Bel Canto in Barga was that and much more on Saturday, the last act of its 2014 season at the Teatro dei Differenti. The artists […]

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La Boheme at Bel Canto in Barga

La Boheme at Bel Canto in Barga

For two wonderful hours, a large and enchanted audience had a love affair with Bel Canto’s fine cast, laughing uproariously or weeping without shame through every classic aria in every improvised scene.

It would have been difficult, if not impossible, to find anyone who left last night’s performance of La Boheme without a tear in the eye and echoes of sheer musical pleasure in the heart. Presented by Sally He Li’s Bel Canto in Barga company at the Teatro dei Differenti, the production was not technically perfect […]

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Bel Canto in Barga – Opening night

Bel Canto in Barga – Opening night

The skies over Piazza Angelio threatened, but never parted, and a light mist only added a shade of mystery to the natural magic of an Italian Renaissance square. It was a perfect opening night for Bel Canto in Barga, the ambitious “International Singing Festival” founded and organized by our own prima diva, Sally Li. The […]

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Food in the poetry and prose of Giovanni Pascoli

Food in the poetry and prose of Giovanni Pascoli

food is the exhibition’s organising principle, just as it is in the contadino world: the fulcrum of rural seasons, the essential link between the peasant and the land.

An Exhibition by Angelo Pellegrini – La Chiesa del Santissmo Crocifisso, Barga Vecchia July 12-August 31, 2014 For more than half a century, Angelo Pellegrini has been wandering the Apuan ridges and Apennine meadows of the Garfagnana. Along the mountain roads and trails, he took thousands of striking, often poetic photographs, both in color and […]

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The Duomo of Barga Paintings

The Duomo of Barga Paintings

An exhibition of paintings about the 212 bas relief figures on the Duomo in Barga opened this afternoon in the Palazzo Pancrazi in Barga Vecchia

There are few, if any, churches in Western Europe to rival Barga’s Duomo for sheer provocative mystery. From its near-cubist architecture to its peculiar relationship with a distant mountain arch, the great marble edifice overlooking the Serchio Valley is an encyclopedia of questions that yield few unambiguous answers. Now comes the painter Keane, who has […]

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Nicolao Valiensi brings ordinary life to a breathless standstill

Nicolao Valiensi brings ordinary life to a breathless standstill

Impermanence Dance Theatre in Barga

In August 2007, the brilliant Dusseldorf musician and composer Nicolao Valiensi brought ordinary life to a breathless standstill in Piazza Angelio with “l’Anima dei Luoghi.” His theme was cultural ferment and its limitless possibilities, in an age that is more often obsessed with cultural boundaries and conflict. Last night the Garfagnana born Valiensi did it […]