Matera 2019

For many years people considered Colobraro as a place that brought bad luck. The people nearby used to call it 'that town' and pointed at the village without pronouncing its name. Soon after the war Colobraro shared with Matera the same reputation of a poor and unfortunate place, destined to disintegrate into oblivion because nothing positive could have come from there.

Nowadays the situation is completely different. Matera is the European Capital of Culture, and Colobraro will erase the ancient beliefs during the night of San Giovanni Battista, by recalling them in a spectacular way. A music festival will liven up Colobraro’s alleys with music representing the past and the future: on one side the folk and traditional music, the reenactment of a number of legendary figures from Basilicata, such as witches, magicians sorceresses and monachikkj, funambulists and street artists; on the other side DJ-sets, video mapping on monuments, exhibitions and brief travelling narrations. This emotional journey allows the visitors to relive the story of this town, and to transform its misfortune in a strong and shared identity, to tell of the Enlightenment overcoming an ancient prejudice.

Realized in co-production by
Municipality of Colobraro
for Capital for one day

Project Partners:

Istituto Scolastico Isabella Morra
Parrocchia di Colobraro
Associazione S.I.M.P
Associazione Bandistica Musicale
Associazione Protezione Civile Colobraro
Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica