Arts & Culture

The Language We Speak

The Language We Speak

For the longest time there has been a great and long debate about the Sicilian language. The debate centers on two issues: 1) is the Sicilian a language or a dialect? If a language, 2) should it be listed as a minority language? The arguments have been long and exhausting, without ever reaching an agreement. […]

Princes, mithology and nature: Biviere Garden

Princes, mithology and nature: Biviere Garden

If you drive North away from Siracusa, ignore the desolate industrial landscape and continue through the old Ragusa-Catania State-road and veer then toward Lentini. In the region Biviere, is situated the prince Borghese estate, descendant from the noble Roman family, surrounded by their marvelous Mediterranean garden, well known all over the world. The princess Donna […]

Was Shakespeare Sicilian? Crollalanza…?

Was Shakespeare Sicilian? Crollalanza…?

Speculation: Was Shakespeare Italian? Was he born in Sicily? This thought has perplexed many people, especially in England. It’s generated the same indignation that it would cause us to hear an allegation that Pirandello was a foreigner who had moved to Agrigento. Over the centuries, scholars have been puzzled by Shakespeare’s profound knowledge of Italian. […]

“Shakespeare in Italy”: BBC & Emma Thompson in Sicily

“Shakespeare in Italy”: BBC & Emma Thompson in Sicily

There has been much ado – and understandably so – in the Sicilian media about the presence on the island this week of the Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson.  Miss Thompson has been here to film scenes for the forthcoming BBC documentary Shakespeare in Italy and visited Messina, Castellammare del Golfo and Palermo, where she graced […]

Chasing Aphrodite: Venus of Morgantina

Chasing Aphrodite: Venus of Morgantina

This famous Greek statue “the Venus of Morgantina” standing 2.2 mt tall, from the eponymous archaeological site in Sicily (sculpted between 425 and 400 BC) – returned to Sicily on March 18th 2011 after a long and forced exile in the United States. The Statue was assigned to Morgantina Kamarina, after the agreement of Gela […]

Almond Tree Blossom Festival 67th ed.

Almond Tree Blossom Festival 67th ed.

Sunday the 12th Feb  “Mandorlo in Fiore” (almond tree blossom) The Indian Group “Nrityanjali Academy” from Nuova Deli, won the “Tempio d’Oro” (Golden Temple) of the 67th Edition of the “Sagra del Mandorlo in Fiore” Festival. Other Awards winners: Peru’: Best Costum design – Ireland: Best Music – Adigheyia: Award for best Dance –  Choreography: Serbia – Miss […]

Garibaldi, Italian Unification and Sicily – by S. Ben Piazza

Garibaldi, Italian Unification and Sicily – by S. Ben Piazza

Sicilian history is full of many interesting events and personalities over the past many centuries and millennia, going back to the deeds of the Sikanian king Kokalous, followed many centuries later by Archimedes, Aeschilus, Epicarmus, Al Idrisi, FrederickII and many, many more who succeeded one after another and who, in their way, impacted, for better […]

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