Matera 2019

In July of 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin achieved one of the most remarkable feats in the history of mankind; landing the Apollo Lunar Module on the surface of the moon. The world was glued to the television and radio, newspapers and magazines were packed with excited stories and extraordinary pictures. The Apollo mission touched ground poets had only reached in their most visionary dreams.

One of the key players in this extraordinary achievement was Rocco Petrone the son of migrants from Basilicata. It was he who oversaw all launches at NASA and later the entire Apollo programme. And every night since that famous landing, a direct line is established between Matera to the same destination: a laser beam that measures distance is projected from the 'Giuseppe Colombo' Space Geodesy Centre to a reflective plate on the moon, left there by those first astronauts. In this way, any variations in the Earth's axis are measured, with direct consequences on our climate.

And so it makes perfect sense that the 50th anniversary of this remarkable event is celebrated in Matera. As a highlight of this celebration the Apollo Soundtrack written by Brian Eno, Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois, will be performed by Icebreaker for the first time outside the UK at the stunning outdoor venue Cava del Sole. The audience will experience the emotion and mystery of the Apollo 11 Mission with a synaesthesia of visual stimulation and spatial sound. The show will feature NASA images of the day that marked the beginning of a new era as well as images generated by Leonardo.

This then truly is a unique opportunity to bring together our present and past, our Earth and our Moon and explore and marvel at the future.


Icebreaker, United Kingdom
Special guest: Gyda Valtysdottir, Iceland and Roger Eno, United Kingdom



Venue and Date *:

18th July 2019 at Cava del Sole in Matera

(*) Dates and venues may be subject to change
To take part in this event and in any other event scheduled on the official programme of Matera European Capital of Culture buy the Matera 2019 Passport