Arts & Culture

Borges in Sicily – Book Release

Borges in Sicily – Book Release

In 1984, an aging Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentinean writer famed for his stories laden with intertextuality, philosophy, mirrors and labyrinths, visited Sicily. The elderly author was by now blind and had been garlanded with some of the world’s most prestigious literary honours including The Formentor Prize and The Cervantes Prize, not to mention the […]

Palermo in Palermo, The Sound of Rivers

Palermo in Palermo, The Sound of Rivers

Sunday 3rd September – Friday 27th October 2017 Alessandro Librio “Palermo in Palermo, The Sound of Rivers” In the heart of Palermo historical city centre, within the Arab-Norman Unesco’s path, one of the biggest installations ever created. A sound  route covering over 2900 m, 728.296 m² the area supposed to be closed to traffic for […]

Reimagining Sicily Preview

Reimagining Sicily Preview

From June 1 to June 30 (or until we receive 100 survey responses), we are making available an online preview of the new cut of our film Reimagining Sicily. In return for your free ticket, we need for you to respond to our simple survey. (It takes 5 minutes.) Contact us at: reimaginingsicily@gmail.com, and we […]

Sicily: Inspiration for an Artist

Sicily:  Inspiration for an Artist

  For a long time German artists have been attracted to Sicily. During the 19th century Otto Geleng, a red-haired painter from Berlin, and Wilhelm von Gloeden, a handsome baron and photographer from Wismar, came to Taormina and stayed until their deaths in the 20th century. German composer Richard Wagner came to Palermo in 1881 […]

Turning the Page

Turning the Page

The stereotype is an unadorned hook that provides ample room for the hanging of a lazy, glib association: the English are emotionally constipated, the Swiss are boringly money-orientated, the citizens of the United States are brash and loud, Andalusians are work-shy party animals, Sicilians are wedded to organised crime. Of all these labels, the Mafia […]

Journey to a Sicilian Opera

Journey to a Sicilian Opera

It’s a snowy Saturday afternoon in Rockford, Illinois. My grandfather, Ignazio, is all but pressing his ear against the Zenith radio to hear the Metropolitan Opera broadcast of La Boheme, starring Bidú Sayao and Ferruccio Tagliavini. He pleads with me to sit with him and listen to the music of his country, which he deeply […]

From Sicily to the World: Sicilian Roots Music

From Sicily to the World: Sicilian Roots Music

Sicily, once the Mediterranean’s powerhouse of culture and industry  for millennia, is now  again rightly being recognized throughout the world for its achievements in such fields as literature, art,  cuisine, agriculture and commerce.  If folk singer Michela Musolino has her way, the world will get to know Sicilian folk music, too. Musolino, the Sicilian-American singer, […]

Gordon’s Alive: Pryse Lockhart in Sicily

Gordon’s Alive: Pryse Lockhart in Sicily

It is amazing how research into one subject leads down some quite unexpected alternative avenues. We are currently in the process of writing up our journey in the footsteps of Lord Byron and his doctor, John Polidori, with a view to it becoming a book, and in the process have uncovered the fascinating figure of […]

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