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Lake Angels and the Mayor build their Pyramid Fire

Lake Angels and the Mayor build their Pyramid Fire

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 […]

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Palèo – Proiezione at Cinema Roma

Palèo – Proiezione at Cinema Roma

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 […]

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Emma Morton & the Graces – Dirty John // LoudLift Recordings

Emma Morton & the Graces – Dirty John // LoudLift Recordings

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 […]

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Castelnuovo – Luca Bacchetti presenta ‘Secret World’

Castelnuovo – Luca Bacchetti presenta ‘Secret World’

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 […]

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Gorfigliano: Palio dei Natalecci 2019

Gorfigliano: Palio dei Natalecci 2019

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 […]

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Presepe Vivente 2019 – the arrival of the Madonna

Presepe Vivente 2019 – the arrival of the Madonna

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 […]

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Father Christmas rolls in Barga Vecchia

Father Christmas rolls in Barga Vecchia

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 […]

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Emma Morton & the Graces – European Social Sound

Emma Morton & the Graces – European Social Sound

win the Grand Jury Prize

Last night Emma Morton & the Graces WON European Social Sound’s Grand Jury Prize European Social Sound è un contest musicale per band emergenti realizzato, per questa nuova edizione, da quattro Regioni: Umbria, Basilicata, Toscana e Sicilia. È aperto a gruppi provenienti da tutta Italia e si compone di una fase eliminatoria su base regionale […]

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A day out for the Akita dogs in Barga

A day out for the Akita dogs in Barga

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. […]

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Undici ragazzi il libro di Paul Moscardini

Undici ragazzi il libro di Paul Moscardini

A Barga con Paul Moscardini e il suo nuovo libro, sulla coinvolgente passione per il calcio  Un libro che racconta la magia, la storia, che si ripete e si rinnova ad ogni stagione, di una squadra di calcio, proprio come la prima fatta da Johnny Moscardini a Barga, quando sul Fosso si davano calci al […]

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10th annual Castagnaccio del Natale Trophy

10th annual Castagnaccio del Natale Trophy

1st - Paolo Casci, 2nd - Brunella L. di San Miniato, 3rd - Elena Biagiotti

The tenth annual Castagnaccio contest took place in Barga Vecchia this evening (the first contest 2010 can be seen here, 2011   2012  2013, 2014  2015  2016  2017  2018 ) In 2010 there were just 6 contestants fighting it out for the honour of preparing the best traditional castagnaccio – the classic sweet dish from this area made from chestnut flour. […]

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13th December – Santa Lucia – the shortest day of the year?

13th December – Santa Lucia – the shortest day of the year?

“Santa Lucia il giorno più corto che ci sia”

“Santa Lucia il giorno più corto che ci sia” – Saint Lucia is the shortest day there is: this is one of the nursery rhymes for children on the 13th December, the feast of Saint Lucia. Is the 13th December, Saint Lucia, the shortest day of the year when there are fewer hours of daylight? […]