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The Segmento Tarantella Festival events will be fully accessible to everyone thanks to our partner Migrant Resource Centre North West. Accessibility is key to participation, inclusion, sharing and personal development.

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Join the greatest "festa di paese" of Southern Italy in Australia

PROGRAM
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UPCOMING EVENTS

SEGMENTO TARANTELLA FESTIVAL 2024

​Segmento Tarantella Festival includes a series of events, workshops and musical activities for 4 weeks, from 20th September to 15th October 2024.

Check the program for more details on dates, locations and tickets.

Meet the Performers

Artists from all over the world will perform at Segmento Tarantella Festival.

Concerts, workshops, and off-stage roving performances will be held by selected artists.

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CICCIO NUCERA

The king of the Calabrian tarantella.
Over 40 years of music and success all over the world. A virtuoso accordionist and great tambourine player, after a long experience characterised by performances in village festivals, he became noticed by a wider audience, thanks to his overwhelming personality: his collaborations with many artists and, in particular, with the Calabria Orchestra multiplied. In 2014, he launched the project La tarantella crea dipendenza (The tarantella is addictive), a successful, high-impact tour that met with an important public response. Nucera has toured the length and breadth of Calabria with a series of events, also participating in national and international festivals. The “Maestro” Nucera will arrive in Australia with his historic band made up of identifying musicians from Calabria and excellent players of all the most important popular instruments.
Organetti, organetto reggino, vocals, dance, frame drums.

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PAOLO PAVIGLIANITI

Multi-instrumentalist with a "folk" soul. Originally from Trunca, a small hamlet in Reggio Calabria, he has always lived his art in the most authentic Calabrian popular music. Already leader of the historic Reggio band Mutraka, he has collaborated with all the great artists of our region, also collaborating with Greek musicians. He has written numerous songs for many popular artists, he is currently artistic director of the Ciccio Nucera Band and of the artist Carmen Floccari. He plays acoustic guitars, battente, accordions, tambourines, bouzouky.

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SALVATORE ROSSANO

Salvatore is a musician, ethno-musicologist and composer of Italian origin. His career has so far united the passion for musical research and performance. He has travelled, played and conducted field research in Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Australia. Since 2018 he has been conducting research among the communities of migrants in Australia for the National Library. He's the founding member of Santa Taranta.

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SANTA TARANTA

Santa Taranta is a group of talented musicians from the Australian folk and jazz scene who have teamed up to reinvent the folk music of Southern Italy, giving it a local accent.
Inspired by this mission, the music of Santa Taranta is contagious: their goal is to bring new energy into the local music scene, creating new bridges and points of contact between different cultures.

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OMADOS

Omados Band, representing the rich musical heritage of Greece, eagerly anticipates contributing to the festival's cultural tapestry. Their performance aims to showcase the beauty and diversity of Greek music, adding a unique flair to the festivities while celebrating the shared values and traditions we hold dear. Omados favourite music instruments include violin, gaida and tsambouna (bagpipes), clarinet, laouto (lute), oud and various percussions.

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EMY VACCARI

Founder with Maestro Antonio Grosso of the very famous band "Le Muse del Mediterraneo", professional dancer, teacher of choreutic dances around Italy. He founded his own dance company called "about tarantella" with which he participates in numerous international shows. member of the Calabria Orchestra who also accompanies the famous Italian singer-songwriter max gazze on tour. percussionist and singer, emy is a true point of reference for the new popular scene in southern Italy. we appreciated it on the cover of the January March 2024 segment issue.

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MADDALENA GROSSO

Originally from Fuscaldo, Calabria, she's a singer, guitarist, bassist, drummer and dancer. She is one of the pillars of the group 'Le muse del Mediterraneo', and is well known in Calabria for her many activities in the panorama of popular music. She has been collaborating with Calabria Sona from the beginning of her professional career, and has been teaching music to children since she was 16 years. Maddalena plays the guitar, bass, drums, vocals, bagpipes, sax, guitar, Calabrian lyre.

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CARMELO CREA

Young man born into tradition...He comes from another hamlet of Reggio Calabria called Mosoroffa, cradle of traditions and the true sounds of the tarantella. Promoter of “dipende di te ", a historic spontaneous group that brings around the joy and light-heartedness of Calabrian popular music. He has been a member of the Ciccio Nucera band for years and plays all traditional instruments and in particular the “lira calabrese", organetto “accordion", tambourines, bagpipes and all ethnic wind instruments.

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ELVIRA ANDREOLI

Italian-Australian Folk Music Singer and Performer, Elvira takes pride in singing songs from the folklore of Calabria, Sicily, Campania, Puglia, Napoli, Veneto, Emilia Romagna and more. Elvira Andreoli is also Musical Director of two choirs: La Voce Della Luna Italian Women’s Choir and Coro Veneto Italian Men’s Choir, both based in Melbourne.

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THE RUSTICA PROJECT

Melbourne band who focuses on the execution of Calabrian folk music with a twist of contemporary pop. The music produced by The Rustica Project is innovative and engaging, pulsating with irresistible rhythms and characterized by
traditional instruments such as the Calabrian lyre and the diatonic accordion. The band consists of 5 members: Felice Paone, Elvira Andrioli, Fulvio Cabrera, Tony Villella and Anthony Stalio.

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KAVISHA MAZZELLA

SPECIAL GUEST

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 Kavisha's musical career has spanned over four decades, contributing to arts in schools, the community arts sector and arts activism. She has also worked with refugee, indigenous and migrant groups to help share their stories through songs. In the year 2000 she was awarded the “Italiana nel Mondo” award from the Italian government for her efforts promoting Italian folk music in Australia through her choir work with Italian Women.

Kavisha, ARIA award winning singer and songwriter, has been a passionate ambassador of traditional Italian folk music since the 1980’s. 

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And there's more

All the activities carried out at the Festival, including storytelling, workshops, shows and exhibitions, aim to present the history, the music and dances of the Tarantella and the Pizzica as a source of knowledge, values and identity, a generational bridge and element of connection between ancient cultures like the Greek and the Italian ones.

During the Festival, three sets of artistic activities will be performed:

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MUSIC & DANCE SHOWS

Songs and dances will be accompanied by Southern Italian traditional musical instruments. The professional dancers will invite the audience to dance with the artists during the performances, recreating the atmosphere of "festa di paese" of Southern Italy.

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MULTIMEDIA EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTIONS

The multimedia exhibitions will highlight the works of Australian artists of Calabrian origins. They will explore the notions of belonging, cultural identity and migration experience, and will be held during the workshops, at the press conference, at the opening ceremony and during all concert activities of the Festival.

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WORKSHOPS

Community dance workshops and sessions by instructors will be held over the days of the Festival during shows and performances, in designated areas or in front of the stage.

PRE FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS

In the weeks leading up to the festival, a series of workshops will be held at primary schools, at the Italian Social Associations and at the Assistance Centers for elderly people. Pre-Festival Workshops and other cultural activities will be implemented in bilingual elementary schools and in elderly centers located in areas with a high density of Italian citizens or citizens of Italian origin. Participating organizations – coordinated by Co.As.It of Melbourne - include: Fitzroy North Primary School, Footscray Primary School, Brunswick South Primary School, S.Carlo Elderly centre.

DANCE WORKSHOPS

The artists of The Rustica Project will conduct a workshop to teach the basic steps and training of the dance retracing its origins and cultural values.

MUSIC WORKSHOPS

David De Santi by Zumpa will be holding a music workshop to teach children the main features of Tarantella music and how to play a traditional song using various tools.

SINGING WORKSHOPS

Elvira Andreoli presents a singing workshop where she will teach the audience words, rhythm and melody of a traditional song of Southern Europe. She will guide the participants in exploring the lyrics of the song and the traditional polyphonic way of singing.

TAMBOURINE WORKSHOPS

Michele Pacelli, Italian dancer and percussionist, presents the basic percussion techniques based on the rhythmic signature of the more traditional sounds of the Tarantella.

Past year Festivals

Past year Festivals

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COMING SOON

ECHOES OF TRADITION: THE TARANTELLA JOURNEY

A SHORT DOCUMENTARY

Segmento Foundation is about to launch a new exciting project: a documentary on the importance of cultural traditions and folklore in an increasingly modern, multicultural, lively and diverse world.

Stay Tuned for more!

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