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• Dance from the Reventino

curated by Andrea Bressi and Serena Tallarico


Every area of Calabria has very specific dance forms which cannot be conformed to a stereotyped tarantella calabrese. In the surroundings of Conflenti many peculiar dance forms either for two or four dancers. These dances show peculiar characteristics which are to be fund only in this area. Dance has still a very important role in the celebrations of the Madonna della Quercia in Conflenti and the Madonna d’a Buda in San Mango d’Aquino as well as in private and secular celebrations. Traditional dancers will co-lead the workshop, favouring the transmission of knowledge through a close contact with the depositary of this choreutic tradition.




• Presila Bagpipe

curated by Christian Ferlaino and Giuseppe Muraca


The bagpipe played in the area attracted by the Madonna di Conflenti pilgrimage has been classified as “zampogna conflentana”, although, in this area, this instrument is addressed simply as zampogna. It belongs to the surdulina family, a set of instruments which, in various shapes and sizes, are to be found across the whole northern part of Calabria. This bagpipe consists of 4 single-reeded sounding pipes – two melodic and two drones - with an air reservoir made of a cared goat skin. The zampogna features some very archaic characteristics which make it stand as a considerably interesting and peculiar instrument among the bagpipes of the Centre-Southern Italy. This instrument is endangered by the lack of a generational turnover, although it has recently got some renewed interest which could revamp its study and its presence in the area.




• Traditional Singing

curated by Alessio Bressi and Francesco Denaro


Songs accompanied by bagpipe or accordion are an integral part of the soundscape of the mount Reventino. Singing during celebrations and moments of conviviality still shows a strong legacy with a past in which singing had a fundamental role in everyday life. Love, scorn and friendship songs constitute a vast and articulate repertoire which is still object of research. Regardless of the many local and individual variants, singing in our area can be grouped within two main categories: all’arietta and alla petrejancara. In both, hendecasyllabic distiches are sung by the main voice, usually accompanied by a second one (accuordu) and sometimes by a third (gađđu); accuardu and gađđu harmonise the melody concluding the lines in octaves: the result is a dense stratification of timbres and pitches, a truly captivating experience for both singer listener.



• Diatonic Accordion

curated by Gianpiero Nitti and Francesco Mancuso


Diatonic accordion (organetto) can be considered one of the main instruments of the music tradition of our area. Its adaptability to the music grammar of this region made of it a perfect substitute for the bagpipe; it is currently the most widespread and vital instrument of the area. The repertoire includes both dance music and accompaniment for singing. The unique repertoire in our area is strongly characterised and differentiated from the music of other areas of Calabria and Southern Italy. In the area, the eight-bass accordion is the most widespread version. It allows in fact a wide use of the lydian mode, which strongly characterises the local repertoire. Its rich and projective timbre, phrasings characterised by ever-changing rhythmical figures and its refined melodic variations make the organetto a truly charming instrument in our area.



• Traditional Wood-Carving

curated by Vincenzo Piazzetta


The workshop’s aim is to introduce the partecipants to the traditional art of agro-pastoral carving of the area. These carvings are to be found mainly as a decoration for herd animal’s collars and bagpipes. The workshop is accessible to everybody although we recommend that you may have some experience in handing knives. The participants are required to bring their own carving knife, such as the Codega n7 (recommended).






• Overtone Flute

curated by Angelo Pisani


Overtone flute is still played in Calabria. This ephemeral instrument of agro-pastoral origins, is to be fund worldwide. In Calabria, although found across the whole region, it is differentiated by repertoire, phrasing and improvisatory style; features which shape the peculiarities of every different area.








• Dance of Marchesato

curated by Davide Ancora


Calabria shows a wide variety of cultural differentiation which is reflected in its choreutic heritage. Marchesato, the area surrounding Crotone, retains a dance tradition which is quite different from the area of Mount Reventino. In the Marchesato area, dance is accompanied by the battente guitar. Davide’s research drew on his family’s legacy of traditional dancers.












• Presentazione libro "La musica da danza nell'area di influenza della Madonna di Conflenti"

(Rubbettino Editore - 2017)


di Christian Ferlaino







• Presentazione Libro “Il secondo senso. Per un’antropologia dell’ascolto”

(Franco Angeli Edizioni – 2016)


Di Antonello Ricci







• Presentazione libro "Quel che resta"

(Donzelli Editore - 2017)


di Vito Teti











On Wednesday July 26, Felici e Conflenti’s participants will be taken by coach to the nearby Abbazia Cistercenze di Santa Maria di Corazzo, an XI Century Benedictine monastery in Carlopoli. We suggest dressing in layers, with clothes suited for hiking.

The ruins of the monastery are in a unique location, completely immersed in nature. Progetto Gedeone will guide a tour to illustrate history and peculiarities of this magical place. Music and dance workshops will afterwards take place in this fascinating location.

After the workshops, the participants will be taken to the top of Mount Reventino (1417 m asl) with its wonderful view. Here they will be offered a delicious lunch with local produce followed by a seminar curated by Prof Vincenzo La Vena.

In the early afternoon, we will start our trekking guided by Martino the donkey, mascot of the association Conflenti Trekking. We will pass through beech and chestnut woods for a 7 km hike down to the Querciola which overlooks the valley and Conflenti.







Monday July 24

Dinner and party - Piazza "Chianiettu"

(Conflenti Superiore)


Tuesday July 25

Dinner and party - Località S. Anna

In collaboration with the association

"una voce tante voci"

(S. Mazzeo)


Wednesday July 26

Dinner and party - Piazza S. Andrea

(Conflenti Inferiore)


Thursday July 27

Dinner and party - Piazza S. Giovanni

(Nocera Terinese, Centro Storico)


Friday July 28

Dinner and party - Piazza Visora

(Conflenti Inferiore)


Saturday July 29

Dinner and party - Piazza Pontano

(Conflenti Inferiore)





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