Castrovillari Carnival reinvents itself in the year of Covid

The oldest masked festival in Calabria or the Castrovillari Carnival does not stop in the year of the pandemic. In keeping with the tradition that for 63 years has seen the Pollino town celebrate the masked festival that originates from the 1600s dialect farce Organtino by Caesar Quintana, the event adapts to the times of Covid 19 and puts the 'masquerade' to its guiding character, turning into a talk to be lived commandingly in the living room, rather than in the street. Thus the appointments that have always characterised the masked festival organised by the Pollin Pro Locoor in collaboration with the Municipality of Castrovillariwill take place online or through the broadcasting of three regional broadcasting stations (Calabriasona - Mediasud and Tele Tebe) that have given the availability of broadcasting some formats free of charge. It starts Thursday 11 February at 18:00 with the coronation of Carnival King and the Traditional Serenades while watching comfortably in your armchair, in your living room at home, the live broadcasts through the facebook pages Carnevale di Castrovillari - Pro Loco di Castrovillari - or on the digital platforms and, or through the website Sunday 14 February at 2.30 p.m, the first major parade with interviews and images from past editions while Monday 15 February at 21.00the best of the Grand Gala of Folklore from 2008 to 2020 in a kaleidoscope of memories and evocative moments of the people who visited the Pollino town during Carnival. Tuesday 16 February at 14.30, Carnival closing with interviews and images from past editions, and the Carnival King's Bonfire. All this,' emphasised the president of the city's Pro Loco, Eugenio Iannelli, and the artistic director, Gerardo Bonifati, 'while waiting for everything to return to normal as soon as possible, so that we can be numerous in the square, close together, to admire the alchemy of Carnival in amazement'.

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