THE MOST IMPORTANT ANNUAL EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN SARDINIA
- Sardinia Interfestival
Cagliari, from June to September
Info: 0039 070 670015 – fax 0039 070 6848030 – e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cagliari Amphiteatre
Cagliari, from mid June to the end of August
Info: tel. 0039 070 4082232-261-209 – fax 0039 070 4082216
e-mail: email@example.com – www.teatroliricodicagliari.it
- Narcao Blues
Narcao (CA), end of July
Info: tel. 0039 0781 959489 – email: firstname.lastname@example.org – www.narcaoblues.it
- Cala Gonone Jazz
Cala Gonone (NU), end of July, first part of August
Info: tel. 0039 0784 232539 – email: email@example.com
- Time in Jazz
Berchidda (SS), mid August
Info: tel. 0039 079 703007 – fax 0039 079 703149
email: firstname.lastname@example.org – http://www.timeinjazz.it
- Ai confini tra Sardegna e Jazz
S. Anna Arresi (CA), mid August
Info: tel. 0039 0781 966102 – fax 0039 0781 966861 – email: email@example.com – www.santannarresijazz.it
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.
- Traditional Carnivals
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.
- Ottana (NU)
The Carnival masks are evidence of timeless rites and cultural traditions and hold us spellbound with their mystery.
in the heart of Barbagia black masks, dark, dramatic, sheep skins, cowbells, a rythmical gait, tamed men, a noisy bedlam.
- Bosa (NU)
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)
Discover this Carnival through the blackened faces of sos thurpos.
- 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.
- S. Efisio Festival
Cagliari – Nora, May 1-4
This is the most important and spectacular procession in the Mediterranean area.
Sedilo (OR), first week-end in July
A unique horse race which is held every year in honour of San Costantino
- 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.
- Nuoro, end of August
Traditional costumes, horses, traccas (decorated carts), handicrafts, folk traditions. There also is a tenor competition featuring ancient traditional Sardinian songs
- The Chestnut Festival
Aritzo (NU) – last Sunday in October
Costume parade, shows, food and wine tasting.
- Mountain products
Desulo (NU) – November 1-5
An agro-industrial and handicraft exhibition, meetings, literary prizes, traditional music, painting exhibition.