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The 2015 Venice Carnival Theme

Good taste, quality and refinement, the Carnival of Venice 2015 opens in a triumph of flavours, exquisite tastes and the pleasures of good food, wine and conviviality: "The world's most delicious festival!" under the artistic direction of Davide Rampello.

Expo Milano 2015 since last year is a partner of the Carnival of Venice. "The most delicious festival in the world!" will be the festive version of the event, Venice’s homage to the universal exhibition "Feeding the planet, energy for life", which since May 2015 will focus the international attention to issues such as the Earth's nourishment, food production and the exploitation of cultural traditions.

The concept of the sacredness of food has always been the inspiration for the Carnival. One need only to think of the medieval feast of Cockaigne with its world turned upside down; strong is the bond with overabudance, but without ever letting anything go to waste", explains Davide Rampello. “The theme of relishing fine taste will develop throughout the Carnival: not only in the feasts and performances, but also in all the local cultural institutions, interpreted in the many museums with an exceptional offer for all tastes. The unique magic of a festivity that must not be seen, but experienced first hand by everyone will be renewed again this year. In Venice, a plain mask and a costume are enough to instantly become stars and not just spectators”.

PREVIEW OF THE SCHEDULE: A RICH PROGRAMME OF PERFORMANCES

Traditional food and good drinks will be present from the first occasion. Saturday, January 31, during the Venetian Festival, in the popular Cannaregio district, a great company of "nuveau cirque" will animate the start of Carnival with a theme-based show on the water and on the shore. The next day, the Venetian Festival with Historical procession of decorated boats: the tradition of the Venetian rowing couples with the Carnival, proposing to the audience along the Rio in Cannaregio a hos of fine dishes from Venetian cuisine, from the “sarde in saor” (sardines in a sweet and sour sauce) to the “bigoi in salsa” (bigoli pasta with onions and anchovies) to the sweet and fluffy fritters “fritole”.

Saturday, February 7 will see the opening of the Gran Teatro of Piazza San Marco, the scenic stage by definition of the Carnival, designed with the collaboration of designers of the Gran Teatro La Fenice – where the most anticipated traditional appointments are enacted: the Festa delle Marie, historical parade of 12 girls in beautiful Renaissance costumes; Sunday, February 8, the Flight of the Angel from the Campanile di San Marco, interpreted by the 'Mary' winner of the Carnival of 2014.

Alongside these events are the evening shows at the Arsenale of Venice, with the performance of urban outdoor masking, the fireworks and fountains of water, alternating with musical performances and dance performances and "cirque nuveau" in the Tese.

During the week before Lent, from Thursday 12 to Tuesday 17 February, an explosion of events, parties, fashion shows: in piazza San Marco, on Sunday, February 15, with the final competition of the most beautiful Mask of the Carnival, the Flight of the Eagle from the Campanile di San Marco and the Flying donkey from the Tower of Piazza Ferretto in Mestre; to the Arsenale of Venice, the festival lasts well into the night with live music. Martedì Grasso is the grand finale, when the Carnival of Venice 2015 will celebrate the glories of San Marco in the Flight of the Lion, majestic flag of San Marco, the winged lion on the red backdrop which made the Serenissima Republic immortal in the Mediterranean and in the world.

THE CARNIVAL OF CULTURE

The involvement of Cultural Institutions spread throughout the Venetian territory thanks to the Cultural programme: a programme that develops throughout the event by connecting the cultural realities of the city, from MUVE (Venice Museuoms) to State Museums, including independent private foundations in a calendar of events (concerts, conferences, exhibitions, theatrical and cinematographic reviews) declined on the theme of Carnival.

GIORGIO CAVAZZANO THE SIGNATURE IMAGE OF THE CARNIVAL OF VENICE 2015

For the second consecutive year, Giorgio Cavazzano, one of the most beloved and popular designers, has created the official image of the event which will be available in multiple forms of communication.

Info: www.carnevale.venezia.it 

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