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THE MOST IMPORTANT ANNUAL EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN SARDINIA
what, where, when, brief intro


:: MAY

  • S. Efisio Festival | Cagliari | May 1-4 
    the greatest procession in the Mediterranean area. Mostre e Festival della canzone tradizionale

:: JUNE

  • Sardinia Interfestival | Cagliari | from June to September
    Live concert: top bands and singers from Italy and other countries 
    info
    > 0039 070 670015 | sarcon@tiscalinet.it§

  • Cagliari Amphiteatre | Cagliari | from June to August
    International Festival: opera, musica, teatro e danza
    info > 0039 070 4082232-261-209 | www.teatroliricodicagliari.it

:: JULY

  • S'Ardia | Sedilo (OR), first week-end in July
    A unique horse race which is held every year in honour of San Costantino

  • Narcao Blues | Narcao (Ca) | end of July
    Blues international festival
    info > 0039 0781 959489 | www.narcaoblues.it

  • Cala Gonone Jazz | Cala Gonone (Nu) | end of July, first part of August
    Jazz international festival 
    info > 0039 0784 232539 | ass.intermezzo@tiscalinet.it

:: AUGUST

  • La Faradda di li Candareri | Sassari | August 14
    Every year, on the 14th of August (the day before Ferragosto), the "Gremi" (the old craft guilds) race down the crowded streets carrying huge wooden "candelieri.

  • Time in Jazz | Berchidda (Ss) | mid August
    One of the top jazz international festival in Italy
    info > 0039 079 703007 | http://www.timeinjazz.it

  • Ai confini tra Sardegna e Jazz | S. Anna Arresi (Ca) | mid August info > 0039 0781 966102 www.santannarresijazz.it

  • Redentore | Nuoro | end of August
    Traditional costumes, horses, traccas (decorated carts), handicrafts, folk traditions. There also is a tenor competition featuring ancient traditional Sardinian songs

:: SEPTEMBER

  • S. Salvatore, the shoeless men run | Cabras (Or) | September 3
    A 500- year-old rite. A group of young men re-enact the age long fight against the Saracens.

  • S.ta Greca | Decimomannu (Ca) | last Sunday in the month
    Rural festival with food, games and music.

:: OCTOBER

  • The Chestnut Festival | Aritzo (Nu) | last Sunday in October
    Costume parade, shows, food and wine tasting.

:: NOVEMBER

  • Mountain products | Desulo (Nu) | November 1-5
    in the Gennargentu mountain area agro-indistrial and handicraft exhibition, traditional music, painting exhibition

:: DECEMBER

  • Signum Judici | Alghero (SS) | December 24
    On Christmas Eve, a traditional medieval chant takes place in Alghero's Cathedral. The ancient Sibyl chant, whose origins are lost in time, is still authentically reproduced only in Palma de Majorca and Alghero.

  • Sa Pertusitta, sa zuada and su cabude feasts | Bultei (SS) | December 30
    Solemn mass, traditional choirs from Goceano. During this festival the traditional local bread, which represents sheperds culture, is blessed

:: JANUARY

  • Cap d'Any a l'Alguer | Alghero (Ss) | 31 December 1 January
    la grande festa del Capodanno Algherese: concerti, teatro di strada, mostre, spettacoli e fuochi d'artificio

  • S. Antonio abate fires | Mamoiada (Nu) | January 16-17 
    a Pre-Christian festival which culminates in the lighting of big bonfires that burn all night, after religious rites and the blessing of the fire.

:: FEBRUARY

  • Samugheo (Or) | Traditiona Carnival
    Mamutzones (men) dressed in goat's skins, tall cork hats with big horns on top, cowbells hanging from their bodies and faces painted black. They dance around s'Urtzu, a character who is half goat and half man, and su 'Omadore tortures him until he is sacrificed.

  • Sartiglia | Oristano (Or) | martedì grasso
    Oristano, last Sunday in Carnival and the following Thursday
    It is a tournament on horseback where riders show their skill by trying to pierce a star, which hangs above the street, using a sword or a carved wooden stick.

  • Ottana (Nu) | Traditional Carnival
    The Carnival masks are evidence of timeless rites and cultural traditions and hold us spellbound with their mystery.

  • Mamoiada (Nu) | Traditional Carnival
    in the heart of Barbagia black masks, dark, dramatic, sheep skins, cowbells, a rythmical gait, tamed men, a noisy bedlam.

  • Bosa (Nu) | Traditional Carnival
    Carnival takes place along the Karrasegare streets. Bosa puts on its Sunday best and is more beautiful than ever. On Shrove Tuesday there is "s'Attidu": hired mourners raise an old funeral lament for the dying Carnival.

  • Orotelli (Nu) | Traditional Carnival
    Discover this Carnival through the blackened faces of sos thurpos. 

:: HOLY WEEK

  • Passion and Holy week rites | Cagliari, Castelsardo (Ss), Alghero (Ss), Iglesias (Ca)
    Ancient religious rites and sacred rituals which take place in the churches and along the streets of the city centre, recalling old traditions.

:: MARCH

:: APRIL

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