In Barga this afternoon, the annual procession through Barga Vecchia to celebrate the feast of the Epiphany – 6th January. In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates principally (but not solely) the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child. The magi represented the non-Jewish peoples of the world, so this was considered a “revelation to […]
there were some pretty strange looking people out and about in the streets of Barga last night
Befanotti All eyes were on the weather forecast for the evening when the Befanotti come down from the mountains for their traditional meeting and singing in Barga Vecchia …. did it happen? … and the answer was, a resounding YES … there were three main groups of Befana and Befanotti moving through the city last […]
Italy’s traditional celebration includes the tale of a witch known as La Befana who arrives on her broomstick during the night of January 5 and fills the stockings with toys and sweets for the good children and lumps of coal for the bad ones.
La Befana The Feast of the Epiphany, celebrated January 6 with a national holiday in Italy, and the tradition of La Befana are a big part of Italian Christmas celebrations. Epiphany commemorates the 12th day of Christmas when the three Wise Men arrived at the manger bearing gifts for Baby Jesus. The traditional Christmas holiday […]
The Lake Angels first started building these pyramid fires a decade ago - now they have become the traditional method of keeping people warm in the piazza during the Befana celebrations
Usually, when you build a fire, you have to maintain it. Whether that means fanning the flames, adding more wood and keeping it safe from moisture, especially during rainy weather. That’s where self-sufficient fire building methods come in handy, like the pyramid fire. Made from stacked logs, kindling and tinder, the pyramid fire can be […]
Staindubatta è la voce di chi abita al bordo del mondo
Sunday 29th December, Cinema Roma, Barga – the screening of “Palèo, the musical documentary of the concerts made by the Staindubatta in the Garfagnana mountains during August 2019. Domenica 29 dicembre dalle ore 18 vi aspettiamo presso il Cinema Roma di Barga per la proiezione di “Palèo”, il docufilm musicale che racconta i concerti realizzati […]
LoudLift is the first self-operated recording booth in Italy
The Manifattura Tabacchi recording booth, unique in Italy, is a place that was created to give a voice to musical projects and unconventional messages. Set up in an old cargo lift in B9, MANIFATTURA TABACCHI Via delle Cascine 33 in Florence, it’s a modern version of the recording booths built in the United States […]
this record is no longer mine! It is yours to fill with images and life - Luca Bacchetti
Da un sogno folle ai club di tutto il mondo, per tornare a registrare un album dove tutto è cominciato. Racconti di un DJ, la musica, le foto, i video. ‘Secret World’ è il titolo dell’album di debutto di Luca Bacchetti, uscito nei giorni scorsi sulla sua label Endless. Un lavoro che riassume ed amplifica […]
The origins of this ceremony have long since been lost but probably dates back to a pagan rite to the god Mitra
Palio dei Natalecci; every year on the 24th December the night sky in certain parts of Garfagnana is lit up with large fires. These are the Natalecci. Huge circular towers, often 10 to 15 metres tall and sometimes even as high as 20 metres, made up of trees and covered with branches of juniper which […]
Eventually they make their way up to the Duomo where in a stable, miracle of miracles, a live baby appears in the arms of Mary followed moments later by the arrival of three Kings arriving bearing gifts just as a rocket is fired up into the night sky.
The gradually evolving form of the event goes under the blanket description of “tradition” and is therefore a difficult animal to pin down but once again for the 38th time, the annual event in Barga took place in Barga this evening The Presepe Vivente is one of those traditional events which happen in Barga once […]
not one, not two , but three ?
As we have written and published many times on this site, the person bringing presents to the children this time of year was not the overweight bearded man in a red suit on the night of the 24th December but in fact was an old and ugly woman on a broomstick who perform the same […]
Akitas are muscular, double-coated dogs of ancient Japanese lineage famous for their dignity, courage, and loyalty. In their native land, they are venerated as family protectors and symbols of good health, happiness, and long life
17 Akita dogs visited Barga this morning, all born in Barga and ranging from 3 months old to 3 years old. They visited Barga Vecchia and of course found their way up to the high point of the city – the Duomo with their guide, Marco Rocchiccioli. Marco Rocchiccioli from the Casa dell’Akita – Loc. […]