Venice Carnival 2016
Saturday 23rd January – Tuesday 9th February
CREATUM an idea for a new start, a rebirth of Venice’s ancient origins.” Names of alleys (calli) and small town squares (campi) like “calle del forno”, “ruga dei oresi”, “campiello del remer”, “fondamenta dei vetrai”, “calle dei fuseri” or “frezzaria” are a tribute to the arts and trades, and will be at their best in St. Mark’s Square. Like in a fairy-tale village, with sets organized by La Fenice Opera House, artisans and their mastery recount Venice’s unique history.
A BIG STAGE WHERE THE ARTS, TRADES AND TRADITIONS BECOME PROTAGONIST IN VENETIAN HISTORY.
JUST LIKE IN AN OLD WORKSHOP WHERE YOU CAN SEE A FACEMASK OR A BEAUTIFUL COSTUME BEING CREATED
It all begins on 23rd January with the annual Festa Veneziana, held in the working-class area of Cannaregio. The Carnival celebrations will be opened with a theme-based event on the water and on the banks. The day after, the Festa Veneziana and its Historical Parade of decorated boats (Corteo storico di imbarcazioni addobbate): the tradition of Venetian rowing embraces the Carnival by offering the public present along the Rio di Cannaregio, famous dishes in the Venetian cuisine – from fried sardines in a sweet-and-sour onion gravy (sarde in saor) and bigoli pasta served with an anchovy and onion sauce (bigoi in salsa) to sweets and soft fritters (fritole).
Saturday, 30th January, St. Mark’s Square – an extraordinary stage opens to the public and Venetian arts and traditions come alive with their old workshops; visitors become part of a film set. A bridge for a stage and a Ferris wheel for the Angel’s arrival – organized by scenographers from La Fenice Opera House– all to complete the set of a fairy-tale, where much-awaited traditional engagements come to life: the Festa delle Marie, historical parade of the 12 girls in magnificent Renaissance costumes; Sunday 31st January, the Flight of the Angel from St. Mark’s Bell tower, performed by Irene Rizzi, (2015 “Maria” Carnival winner).
These events will be backed up by evening and nocturnal events at the Arsenale, like the open-air urban costume performances, the sumptuous King’s Banquet (“Banchetto del Re”) – the official Carnival “gala dinner”, together with “The Club” and the Dance Machine where guests will be taken back to times echoing the pomp and splendour of the Venetian Republic, the centre of civilization.
In the week before Lent, from Thursday 4th to Tuesday 9th February an explosion of events, parties, parades: Sunday 7th February, at St. Mark’s Square, the finals of the Best Mask Competition, the Flight of the Eagle from St. Mark’s Bell Tower to the late – night celebrations at the Arsenale.
The Grand Final on Shrove Tuesday, when the 2016 Venice Carnival celebrates the glory of San Marco with the Volo del Leon, – the majestic St. Mark’s flag – the winged lion on a red background – that rendered the Serenissima Republic immortal in the Mediterranean area and in the eyes of the world.
For further information: carnevale.venezia.it