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Fresh From the Lab: Sicilian Dance and Music

Yesterday I picked up from my trusty photography shop in Como a developed and scanned color film roll containing images of the Sicilian festival held on May 1 at the city's historical center. A few hours ago, I made some scans of these images, which I'm pleased to show you in this article! Read more after the jump!

This year, my city Como at the north of Italy has hosted a traditional Sicilian festival featuring the music, dance, and songs belonging to the popular traditions from the southernmost region of the country. For three days, from April 30th to May 2, Volta square was full of yellow and red stalls (yellow and red are the colors of the Sicilian flag) selling excellent Sicilian food.

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In the photo above you can see these stalls as well as a traditional hand-painted wheelbarrow from this sunny region.

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In the second photo you can see a Sicilian Pupo, a typical marionette of the Sicilian Theater.

In the afternoon of May 1, there was a nice show featuring Sicilian folk music by musicians from the Sicilia Nostra association, which is made up of many volunteers from a small town in my region. In the images above you can see a musician playing a traditional small flute, while in the images below you can see a man playing an accordion.

In the next two images you can see a musician playing a marranzano, also called Jew’s harp, which the musician uses as a resonator by inserting it in his mouth.

The last traditional instrument is a tambourine, shown in the next photo.

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All together, these musicians offered my city two hours of pleasant music!

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Here are wonderful girls dressed in traditional costumes and offering us nice and funny dances!

Here’s a detail of their dress:

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Some men and woman singing a traditional song.

Everyone in the audience was invited to clap following the beat of the tambourine!

The event was itinerant, parading through the main streets and squares of the old town.

Many people had the opportunity to take at least one photo!

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It’s a joyful event that I hope to see again in my city next year!

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And of course, I want to thank them for the joyful music and dances! All these photos were taken with my trusty Praktica camera loaded with a Fujicolor 200 film roll.

written by sirio174

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