Events

Religious in Bari

Festa di San Nicola

The Festival of St Nicholas is Bari's biggest annual shindig, celebrating the 11th-century arrival of St Nicholas' relics from Turkey. On the first evening a procession leaves Castello Svevo for the Basilica di San …
Religious in Matera

Sagra della Madonna della Bruna

This week-long celebration of Matera's patron saint has 14th-century roots. The culminating day, 2 July, begins at dawn with the colourful 'Procession of Shepherds', in which an image of the Virgin is carried throug…
Religious in Taranto

Le Feste di Pasqua

Taranto is famous for its Holy Week celebrations – the biggest in the region – when bearers in Ku Klux Klan–style robes carry icons around the town. There are three processions: the Perdoni, celebrating pilgrims; th…
Music in Martina Franca

Festival della Valle d’Itria

Festival della Valle d’Itria is a summer music festival that takes over Martina Franca's venues from mid-July to early August. Musical theatre, especially opera, tops the bill, but concertos and other recitals also …
Music in Matera

Gezziamoci

Run by the Onyx Jazz Club since 1987, the Jazz Festival of Basilicata brings music to diffuse venues around Matera: not only bars, but the cavernous, acoustically rich sassi and the surrounding Parco della Murgia Ma…
Religious in Ostuni

La Cavalcata

Ostuni's annual feast day is held on 26 August, when processions of horsemen dressed in glittering red-and-white uniforms (resembling Indian grooms on their way to be wed) follow the statue of Sant'Oronzo around tow…