Arts & Culture

Dancing Sicilians, Dancing Satyrs

Dancing Sicilians, Dancing Satyrs

The ballroom scene in Luchino Visconti’s 1963 film version of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s novel Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) is a very grand piece of cinema. It is extravagantly costumed in yards and yards of silk and satin and velvet with a sparkling splash of jewels. Nino Rota’s waltzes whirl around the ballroom showing off […]

Walls Talk – Peeling Paint and Poverty

Walls Talk – Peeling Paint and Poverty

I have walked down the streets of Palermo’s poor neighborhoods. Catania’s poor neighborhoods too. Garbage on the sidewalks and streets. Broken bottles. Discarded rags and tired, worn out underwear and jeans. Trampled plastic cups and more bottles. Plastic bags of rotting food. Buildings on both sides of these narrow streets are coming down. Plaster walls […]

The Sicilians: Installment 1

The Sicilians: Installment 1

The Times of Sicily Following A Revered Literary Tradition Through the 19th Century, serializing books in magazines was a very popular practice in both Europe and America. Among the authors whose books first appeared as serials are Charles Dickens, Alexandre Dumas (Sr. & Jr.), Henry James, Mark Twain, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Leo Tolstoy, Gustave […]

Eating with Archestratus

Eating with Archestratus

At some point midway through the 4th century BC, a man from south-eastern Sicily sat down to yet another banquet of superior quality and thought it an original idea to set out his thoughts on what constituted good living. The upshot of these revelations was the Hedypatheia, otherwise known as the Life of Luxury, which, […]

Watch the New Trailer for Reimagining Sicily and Tell Us What You Think

Watch the New Trailer for Reimagining Sicily and Tell Us What You Think

Film Trailer: Reimagining Sicily Here we have the trailer for the documentary Reimagining Sicily (click the banner link above). Director, Mark Spano, has said that he made the film because he found a gap in cultural and historical representations of the island. Sicily, as one of the most invaded corners of the planet, has a […]

FAVARA: Bringing it back to Life

FAVARA:  Bringing it back to Life

Favara, near Agrigento, up until recently was only ever known for its drastic unemployment, urban architectural eysores and mass emigration and it was certainly never included in any tourist itinerary to Sicily.   That was until Florinda Saieva and Andrea Bartoli, two local professionals, decided to put it permanently on the map. Both lovers of contemporary […]

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