An edition that starts from the history of traditional luthiery in Catania to weave a flow of intangible connections that link Sicily with the world, with the complicity of extraordinary “plucked” musical instruments.
The exhibition “Catania Luthier” will allow us to immerse ourselves in the almost forgotten history of Catania’s luthiery, thanks to an exhibition of valuable instruments, images, catalogs, documents, and the reconstruction of a craft workshop that will host meetings with luthiers and traditional musicians.
Concerts and labs in the program will help place this history in the broader context of plucked instruments in the Mediterranean and beyond, through comparisons with instruments like the Arab oud, the tar and setar from the Middle East, the kora and kamele ‘ngoni from West Africa, not forgetting the guitar traditions of Italy and the world, such as the Calabrian “chitarra battente” and the Brazilian “violão.”
The encounter with the musical cultures of other peoples will allow us to rediscover our own traditions related to the guitar, mandola, and mandolin in a new light, which once left Catania by the thousands to reach the rest of the world.
The MWF (Mediterranean World Festival) enjoys the support of Europa Creativa through the TREMOLO_forte project, a collaboration with a European network with partners in Hungary, Serbia, France, and Belgium. For the first time, our festival in 2023 will be twinned with World Refugee Day thanks to the collaboration of the Il Nodo Consortium.