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Redentore Day

The Redentore Day is a festival that is particularly popular with Venetians as it combines a religious theme with a spectacular celebration that attracts thousands of visitors. On Saturday night, the inimitable setting of St. Mark’s Basin hosts a phantasmagorical firework display that lights up the spires, domes and bell towers of the city with a kaleidoscope of colours and reflections. At dusk, just as they have done for centuries, numerous small boats decked out with balloons, decorations and brightly coloured lanterns, begin to flock into St. Mark’s Bay and the Giudecca Canal. The boats then moor alongside each other and all the participants enjoy a sumptuous dinner of traditional Venetian specialities while they wait for the firework display that begins at 11.30pm and lasts until well past midnight.

The Festa del Redentore is a tradition that dates back to 1577. It was first held to celebrate the city’s deliverance from a terrible plague and the construction of Palladio’s “Redentore” (Redeemer) Church, commissioned for the same reason. The Church, built on the Island of the Giudecca, can still be reached by pilgrims during the festival by means of an impressive 330-metre-long pontoon bridge. The “Redentore” celebrations include a solemn religious service and procession presided over by the patriarch of the city, and the weekend ends with a series of gondola races, organised as part of the “Voga alla Veneta” rowing season.

 

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This festival takes place every year  on the same weekend in Venice, Veneto, Italy, and is suitable for people of all ages. This year, it is happening from July 14 to 15.

The Redentore day celebrates the end of the plague that spread through the city of Venice from 1575 to 1577, causing terrible losses of population. Almost 50,000 died, which was more than a third of the city’s inhabitants. In 1576, on the 4th September, the Senate decided that the Doge should announce the vow to erect a church dedicated to the Redentore (Redeemer), for asking him to stop the terrible plague, with the promise of celebrating it every year. The church was built after Palladio’s project in the island of Giudecca. In 1577, on July 13, the plague was declared definitively over and many people who survived it crossed the channel on the bridge, built for this occasion. Since that day it was decided that the city’s liberation from the terrible disease should be celebrated every year on the third Sunday of July, with a religious rite and a popular holiday.

For more information, please visit: http://www.veneziamarketingeventi.it/en/page/eventoDettaglio?idEvento=185.

Tourist Information Center:
APT della Provincia di Venezia Castello 5050, 30122 Venezia
Tel. +39 0415298711
Fax +39 0415230399
Email:info@turismovenezia.it

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Sensa Festival

The Sensa (Ascension Day) Festival also known as Festa della Sensa is celebrated by Venice on the day of Christ’s Ascension (40 days after Easter). Sensa is the Venetian dialect word for ascension. It commemorates two important events in the life of the city: one on 9 May in the year 1000, when Doge Pietro Orseolo II came to the rescue of the inhabitants of Dalmatia, who were under the Slav menace. The second event took place in 1177, when, in the reign of Doge Sebastiano Ziani, Pope Alexander III and Emperor Frederick Barbarossa signed the peace treaty in Venice that put an end to the century-long diatribe between the Papacy and the Empire. The rite of the Wedding with the Sea used to take place on the occasion of the Ascension Day Festival. Every year on that day the Doge on his state barge, the Bucintoro, sailed to Sant’Elena, at the level of San Pietro di Castello Church. The Bishop waited to bless him on a boat with gilt sides. To emphasise the Serenissima Republic’s dominion over the sea, the Festival culminated with a kind of propitiatory rite: the Doge sailed to the channel between the lagoon and the sea and threw a gold ring into the water.

Thanks to the Comitato Festa della Sensa, Venice began to celebrate Ascension Day again in 1965, with a programme that goes far beyond mere re-evocation: the Gemellaggio Adriatico (“Adriatic twinning”) project now links the Serenissima Republic with a city or a geographic area that has had a special historical relationship with Venice, joined in a bond of culture, love of the sea and the activities connected with the sea. In 2010 the ring that is its symbol has been given to the City of Larnaca (Cyprus). In addition to this, the Festival is the occasion for the award of the “Premio Osella d’Oro della Sensa”, which is given to public bodies, institutions and private citizens that have given lustre to the city by means of their activities in the spheres of culture, crafts and trade.

 

This historical festival is held from May 19 to May 20, 2012 in Venice, Italy and is suitable for all ages.

For more information, please visit http://www.veneziamarketingeventi.it/it/page/eventoDettaglio?idEvento=242

Part of the today commemoration  will be the Doge’s procession in San Marco Square, the Sensa Market at the Church of San Nicolò on Lido, Venetian style rowing races, a water parade by the local rowing clubs, the Fort of Sant’Andrea Festival and many other events that confirm that the Sensa today is a great time for meeting and fully realising the value of Venetian history and traditions: it is the festival of the city itself and its relationship with the sea.

Tourist Information Center:
APT della Provincia di Venezia Castello 5050, 30122 Venezia
Tel. +39 0415298711
Fax +39 0415230399
Email:info@turismovenezia.it

Venice Film Festival

Also known as Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica, the festival takes place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi, Lido di Venezia (Venice, Itay), and aims to promote awareness and diffusion of international cinema in all its forms of art, entertainment and industry, in a spirit of freedom and tolerance. The festival includes retrospectives and homages to major figures, as a contribution to a better understanding of the history of cinema.  The main prize  awarded – along with several others – is the Golden Lion, which owes its name to the symbol of the city (the lion of St. Mark’s Basilica). It is the world’s oldest film festival. The first edition was held in 1932. The festival’s main prize, the Golden Lion, is considered one of the most important from the standpoint of film criticism, like those awarded in the other two main European film festivals, the Golden Palm at the Cannes Festival and the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.

This festival occurs every year and is suitable for people 18 years and older. This year (2012), it is happening from August 29 to September 8.

For more information, please visit  http://www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/.

Tickets for the festival’s single events can be bought on line at http://www.labiennale.org/it/cinema as soon as the program and calendar for the upcoming festival become available. Tickets can also be bought through http://www.vivaticket.it/. Book soon as tickets sold out very quickly.

Tourist Information Center:
APT della Provincia di Venezia Castello 5050, 30122 Venezia
Tel. +39 0415298711
Fax +39 0415230399
Email:info@turismovenezia.it