Events & Performances
Enjoy the many events held in Piacenza and the surrounding area. You can watch exciting plays, ballets and shows performed in the historic Theatres of Piacenza and Fiorenzuola d’Arda, as well as in the open-air Theatre at Veleia Romana; if you are a cinema or music lover, you can attend the Piacenza Jazz Festival, the amazing Valtidone Festival and Bobbio Film Festival. There is also a packed calendar of wine&food events and fairs, where you can taste typical local agro-food products of excellence.
If you are a music connoisseur, don’t miss the opera season organised by the Municipal theatre; if you like jazz the Piacenza Jazz Fest returns with an international bill and prestigious group of musicians. The Val Tidone Festival will satisfy the finest ear in the magnificent setting of castles, villas, palazzos, squares and the most picturesque corners of the Val Tidone. Numerous and unmissable other events such as Dal Mississippi al Po literary festival dedicated to blues and the Old Organ event.
For two weeks the picturesque town of Bobbio will become the cinema capital with the long-awaited summer event, the Bobbio Film Festival, with meetings, film showings and debates, run by the famous director Marco Bellocchio. For anyone who likes the expressive, artistic form of short films, the Concorto Film Festival is a must, with numerous side events such as DJ sets, visual music, concerts and workshops. The playbill of the Municipal Theatre is back, packed with shows and, as well as the classic prose season, there will also be Altri Percorsi to offer the public something more experimental.
The town of Vernasca becomes one large stage, where little corners, squares and private courtyards are the backdrop for different art forms: don’t miss the Bascherdeis Festival, the international festival of street performers, where various companies from Italy and abroad put on great shows over a two-day period, usually a weekend in July. The Veleia Festival di Teatro Antico offers a playbill with a series of summer events, set in the magnificent archaeological site of Veleia, where you can relive the ancient custom of public performances.
Town fairs and wine&food events
There are various events in the city and province: dinners in manor houses and castles and menus created by famous chefs; one such event is Starred Chefs at the Castle: a sublime experience between art and taste. For those who like to stop and taste a good glass of wine, don’t miss the Valtidone Wine Fest, with Colli Piacentini CDO wines: as well as food and wine tasting there are shows, meetings and cultural events set in the magnificent setting of the most beautiful villages in the valleys.
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