The much-anticipated festival, the Sounds of the Dolomites, is returning to the northern Italian region of Trentino in August. The unique festival allows music lovers to experience the mountains while listening to mesmerising melodies and soaking up the rich culture in what is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visitors and performers will climb a selection of paths in the Dolomites to reach the settings for the sixteen concerts; most performances are held at midday when the sun is at its peak. However, some concerts are held at dawn. These come under the name “Dawn in the Dolomites” and take place on the 6th of September. And as the name indicates, the music begins when the sun peeps through the ethereal mountains.
The Sounds of the Dolomites festival was initially created to showcase the beauty of Trentino and to immerse visitors in nature and music. Many of the concerts are free of charge, except for the experiences that are held indoors and include special trekking projects, which are three-day packages during which musicians and participants accompanied by the Trentino Alpine Guides share daily journeys to the mountains and offer exclusive concerts.
In addition, Trentino is packed with many exciting cultural events and exhibitions this summer:
The legendary and provocative street artist, Banksy, will also be the star of the season. Between the 18th of June and the 9th of October, Palazzo delle Albere in the city of Trento will host the exhibition “Un artista di nome Banksy” (“An artist called Banksy”).
From the 14th of May to the 18th of September, a monograph of one of the most well-known contemporary artists, Alex Katz, will be held at The Mart (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto). The Alex Katz “Vita d’artista” exhibition will showcase a core selection of large and extra-large works which will match the museum’s architecture. You can read more information on the exhibitions at The Mart here.
Between May and September, train journeys to the most atmospheric castles in Val di Non and Val di Sole will be on offer for history buffs to truly experience what it was like to live in yesteryear. One of the icons of contemporary international culture, Brian Eno, will also be creating an installation of infinite variations of shapes, lights, and sounds in different castles.
Castello del Buonconsiglio will be home to four site-audio installations that will play music composed by Eno. The compositions will be ever-changing, offering attendees a continuously unique experience. Castel Beseno will become home to a unique visual art project involving the creation of two extraordinary, large-scale installations.
The entire surface of the Castel Beseno’s walls and façades will be covered in Eno’s most famous visual works. You can find more information on the fascinating project here.
For more information on culture in Trentino, please visit www.visittrentino.info/en/experience/art-and-culture.
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