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Ortigia Festival "Artieri" returns with performances in the square and itineraries to discover artisans in the workshop

Posted on07/11/2022 by

SYRACUSE - "Artieri Mercato Creativo," Sicily's first Arts and Crafts Festival, will make a stop on the island of Ortigia from July 15 to 24 (6 p.m. to midnight), at Largo Aretusa and various locations around the island.

Get in touch with high Italian craftsmanship, which translates from experience into emotion, observing live how artifacts are made, walking around Syracuse and getting lost in the workshops and ateliers of local artisans, who will tell their stories through their works. This is much more will be the Festival "Artieri.

The craftsmanship, art, culture and creativity of more than 50 Italian artisans will be the absolute protagonists of the 3rd edition of the Festival, conceived and organized by Angela Cacciola and Maria Grazia Barbagallo, and included in the Areasud Network of Festivals and in Italiafestival, the national association that brings together, under the aegis of Agis, the most important Italian festivals.

Not only sector exhibitions and displays of unique products with the creative market, so as to make Made in Italy regain the value it deserves, but also many side events including: book presentations, concerts, more than twenty workshops with live demonstrations of the artisans, exhibitions and widespread walks, in collaboration with the Kairos association, around Syracuse to discover neighborhoods and ancient crafts.

The 2022 edition of "Artieri" once again sees the partnership with Agnese Milazzo and Serena Gilè, creators and curators of the collateral event "The Ways of Talent," which will lead visitors to discover the talents, or rather the "artieri," who precisely in Syracuse cultivate their creative vein: more than twenty participants including photographers, sculptors, illustrators, painters, ceramists, fashion designers, artisans, goldsmiths and set designers will open the doors of their world. Through a "map of talents" visitors will be able to lose themselves in a journey through selected spaces, which for the 'occasion will be transformed into small exhibition galleries (including bars, restaurants, stores, bookstores, craft workshops, ateliers, squares and historic buildings).

No less important are the partnerships with Syracuse Educational City and Stoà Sicula, testifying to the importance of collaborations with associations in the area.

New to the Syracuse III edition is "Sicily of Paper," a new side event in collaboration with Adesi (Association of Sicilian Publishers), which will feature multiple book presentations and playful educational activities throughout the kermis.

Not to be outdone, with "Artieri in Piazza," there will be many artisans, illustrators, designers and stylists who will involve the visitor in the making of the artifact, with live demonstrations: among those who work with clay, those who work with wood, those who create jewelry and those who will make illustrations, artisans will show how to work materials with the use of traditional techniques, giving space for creativity.

In Ortigia, as in the other locations of the Festival, "IllustrArtieri," the project involving four Sicilian illustrators Citylivesketch (Pietro Cataudella), Noemivanpelt(Noemi Listo), Fatti Di Segni (Irene Minissale) and Rosa Donato, will be proposed. Creativity is the watchword: each of them narrated the Festival by creating an illustration with the theme "Arts and Crafts" and host city. In fact, at each stage of the Festival an exhibition will be set up with the works created, which will then be donated to the cities. From the illustrations, moreover, postcards will be made and offered for sale to support the Emergency association and especially those suffering from wars around the world.

To stay up to date, for information and to view the full program:


Largo Arethusa

6:00 p.m. Inauguration

6:30 p.m. "The ancient Syracusan potter"-Clay modeling workshop by the archaeologists of Stoà sicula

7:00 PM Artisans in the square

Noemi Vanpelt - Live sketching session in ink and watercolor


Arethusa Spring 6 pm

Sicilia di Carta event by Syracuse Città Educativa - Presentation of the book "L'Isola dei Miti -Racconti della Sicilia al tempo dei Greci" (VERBAVOLANT edizioni) by Giuseppina Norcia - Illustrations by Marcella Grancaforte

Largo Aretusa 6-8 p.m. Free workshop "Let's Color Mandalas Together" - Small artisans, let's have fun together coloring the beautiful Usborne Mandalas! Curated by Elisabetta Ruscica

Largo Aretusa 7 p.m. Artisans in the Square Sicilian Art - Fan painting demonstration


Largo Aretusa 19:00 Sicilia di Carta - Presentation of the book "Sicilia in Veg- Un'isola a vocazione verde"(NuovaIpsa editore) Meeting with Luce Pennisi At the end of the presentation tasting veg cannoli made by Moon restaurant

Largo Aretusa 7 p.m. Artisans in Terramia Square - Live drawing: how does a fantasy or pattern come about? MONDAY, JULY 18 Largo Aretusa 7 pm: 00 Sicily of Paper - "𝘓𝘢 𝘣𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘢" (𝘝𝘦𝘳𝘣𝘢𝘝𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘻𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘪) 𝘓𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘰 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘰 𝘤𝘰𝘯 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘢7 𝘙𝘪𝘤𝘤𝘪𝘰𝘭𝘪- Illustrations by Monica Saladino Largo Aretusa 8 pm: 00 Artisans in Gaia sun square - anime-themed live painting


Largo Aretusa at 19:00 Artieri in piazza La Figheria - Crochet demonstration


Departure from Largo Aretusa 7 pm: 00 "𝘈𝘭𝘭𝘢 𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘢 𝘥𝘦𝘪 𝘲𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘳𝘪 𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘨𝘭𝘪 𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘩𝘪 𝘮𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘳𝘪 𝘥𝘪 𝘖𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘨𝘪𝘢" 𝘝𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘢 𝘭𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘰 𝘥𝘪𝘥𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘢 𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘪 𝘦 𝘱𝘪𝘤𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘪 𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘭𝘢 𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘢 𝘥𝘦𝘨𝘭𝘪 𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘩𝘪 𝘦 𝘲𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘳𝘪 𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘳𝘪 𝘥𝘪 𝘖𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘨𝘪𝘢 curated by Kairos Syracuse Momo Art Studio (Via dei Candelai 14) 6 pm: 30 Side event "The Ways of Talent" POP UP Reading of the book "What happened to Persephone? " by Giulia Lantieri with Arianna Greco and Pottery Workshop by Mema Trapani Largo Aretusa 7 p.m. Artieri in Piazza Saro' Rosa - Demonstration "Let's make an oleolite together"


Largo Aretusa 19:00 Sicilia di Carta - "𝘊𝘩𝘪 𝘩𝘢 𝘳𝘶𝘣𝘢𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘢 𝘮𝘪𝘢 𝘮𝘢𝘮𝘮𝘢" (𝘝𝘦𝘳𝘣𝘢𝘝𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘻𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘪) 𝘓𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘰 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘰 𝘤𝘰𝘯 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘢 𝘓𝘶𝘤𝘪𝘢 𝘙𝘪𝘤𝘤𝘪𝘰𝘭𝘪- Illustrations by Laura Addari

Largo Aretusa 7 p.m. Artieri in piazza Kami origami - Demonstration of origami jewelry creation


Largo Aretusa 6:30 p.m. Artieri in piazza The whimsical frog - Demonstration of creative jewelry making

Largo Aretusa 7 p.m. Artieri in piazza Silvia d'ambrosio - Demonstration "How a piece of jewelry is created - The lost wax technique"

Largo Aretusa 9:30 p.m. Live music "Goodnight Moon Band" A musical journey ranging from pop jazz to rock and 70s dancing


6:30 p.m. Side event: "The ways of talent" POP UP Walk "Art at Graziella" and painting workshop for children by Agnese Milazzo. Departure from Cesare Battisti Square *The works created will be on display in August at "Giallo limone creativity shop"(Riva della Posta No. 10)

Largo Aretusa 7 p.m. Sicilia di Carta - Presentation of the book "Non posso salvarmi da solo" (Navarra Edizioni) meeting with Antonio Ortoleva

Largo Aretusa 7 p.m. Artisans in the Square Woody leb - Demonstration "How are solid wood toys made?"


Mi.Ka.Tù (Lungomare Alfeo n.33) 6:30 p.m. Side event "The ways of talent" POP UP "Sunset Live painting" - Performance by Anna Takahashi

Largo Aretusa 7 p.m. Artisans in the Square Embroidery for Passion demonstration of children's crochet work.

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