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THIRTY-SIX SCHOOLS MEET AT THE AKRAI THEATRE
N°05 May 2002 - Pag. 78
From 16th to 27th May the Greek theatre at Palazzolo
Acreide, in Syracusa province, will be a meeting place
for schools from different Italian regions and other
European countries for the eighth Young People's
International Classical Theatre Festival. Thirty-six
schools will stage the most famous Greek classics, with
the representations of life and civilisation and the
stories that they contain.
This is an important event that will go hand-in-hand
with the classical performances to be done at the Greek
theatre at Syracuse.
Palazzolo and the National Institute for Ancient Drama
will certainly be providing a remarkable opportunity for
encounters and comparisons for young students from Italy
and other European countries, in a journey back into the
past, with ancient classical memories, and at the same
time a useful opportunity for achieving awareness of
common European roots, facilitating the process of
integration among people.
Hundreds of young people will be appearing on the
evocative natural stage of the Akrai theatre, an ideal
setting for highlighting the millenary classical
tradition. The classical theatre was one that, as Giusto
Monaco – the founder of the festival – was and still is
freedom, the fight to be the master of one's own destiny,
a search for the meaning of existence, a meditation and
questions often destined to go unanswered, the refusal
to be suppressed, disdain at being oppressed.
The programme contemplates mornings at the theatre and
meetings and debates in the afternoon. The schools
participating in the festival will then assist at the
classical plays at the Syracuse Greek theatre and will
visit places of interest and beauty spots in the Iblei
The town of Palazzolo, a true pearl of the Syracuse
mountain area, is getting ready to face an eventful week
fully valorising it in its own art and its own history
and above all making it a place of encounter and
comparison between a lot of European students – a week
of spectacle and culture, joy and colours.
Visit the website
in the prestigious World Heritage List UNESCO
Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto": Caltagirone, Militello
Val of Catania, Catania, Modica, Famous, Palazzolo Acreide,
Ragusa Ibla, Scicli.
archaeological zone between most ancient in the Italian
panorama, with a beautiful greek theatre, roman-hellenistic
One of the most famous and appreciated attractions of
Palazzolo Acreide is certainly "House-museum of Antonino
the years of passionate and hard work, the Sicilian
ethnologist, has collected and put in order interesting
testimonies and precious materials about the life and folk
site hosts 12 large reliefs called "Santoni". It is the
greatest sanctuary to date uncovered, dedicated to the cult
of the oriental goddess of fertility Cibeles.
ruins of the Norman castle and the surrounding medieval
urban planning structure.
historical center of great architectonic value, strongly
characterized from a Baroque architecture, fruit of the
reconstruction post-earthquake of 1693 and, subsequently,
from the season of the Art Noveau.
religious manifestations like the festivity of S. Paul and
S. Sebastiano, known in all the Sicily.
Youth Festival of Classical Theatre.
Every year, during May, at greek theatre many groups of
highschools students from all over Italy and the rest of
Europe perform tragedies and comedy by classical authors.
several exhibitions proposed by the House-museum "Antonino
Uccello", the agricultural and food- Review of the products
and typical food... and more...
is very lively in Palazzolo Acreide and is one of the oldest
in Sicily. As well as the parade of the allegorical cars and
groups dressed up, you may taste in various food festivals
the typical Palazzolo's food products like the sausage,
trout pastry, macaroni, cavatieddi (a typical local pasta)
extremely varied landscape, with the Natural Reserve
of Cava Grande and the Natural Reserve of the
presence, in the beam of little kilometers, archaeological
and historical important archaeological zone like Kasmenai,
Ancient Avola, Castelluccio, Pantalica, the several
bizantine churches, etc.
St. Lucia watermill, is one of the four water-mills started
by the torrent Purbella. It dates back to the XVI century.
It is perfectly kept, plunged in an uncontaminated valley,
shaded by oak-trees and walnut-trees.Inside the building is
the Museum of the Millstone where permanent displays and
millstones of different shapes illustrate the development of
the cereals grindind technique, from pre-history up to