ALTOFEST was born to GIVE RISE TO a community that generates a critical thinking. A community that is able to recognize culture as a primary good, of which feeling a daily need. We try to insert a process athwart the several social elements of the urban fabric, putting them into dialogue. The connection is given by the foreign, external sight, that expresses itself in the plurality of languages of the international artists that are hosted by citizens. These semantic interferences give to the community the occasion of speaking to each other in a new language.
Festival ORIENTE OCCIDENTE was founded in 1981 and works actively to strengthen the role of contemporary dance in Italy. In addition to performances, the association arranges artist residency, seminars, lectures, workshops and exhibitions. This Festival is a research centre where East and West are intended as poles of an ideal route of exchanges and crossroads not only between cultures but also between genres and languages of the contemporary scene. The Festival has always hosted first nights of important artists and companies from all over the world.
For 8 days at the end of June the Egadi islands become the focus of one of Sicily’s most important cultural festivals. Every year classical and jazz concerts, theatre and dance performances, readings, food-wine tasting aso by leading artists take place in remarkable locations on these unchanging islands: in quarries, on the beach, on boats, on clifftops, in the castle and in caves.