Why a documentary film festival in Salina? Because this isle is the center of the Aeolian islands, declared World Heritage by UNESCO. Because it is the greener of the Aeolian Islands and most part of its territory is a natural reserve. Because the Aeolian Islands can be considered the real place for extraordinary cinema sets, as for the undisputed Maestri Roberto Rossellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Vittorio De Seta, Taviani Brothers and Nanni Moretti. And because Salina, since 1940, has a leading role in the history of Italian documentary. In fact, it is in Salina that, in 1946, the myth of Panaria Film was born, founded by Francesco Alliata, Fosco Maraini, Giovanni Mazza and Pietro Moncada that have told to the whole world of this corner of Mediterranean thanks to their documentaries. Born in 2007, from an idea of Giovanna Taviani – in collaboration with the association “Salina Isola Verde”, that was aiming to a different touristic low season income and in synergy with both local institutions and local people – Salina DocFest has become the speaker and leader of a process that, in the last years, has transformed the form of narrati...
This is the main festival organised by the local government. The official celebrations take place August 24th, day of the procession and fireworks ; during the celebrations the Piazzetta of Marina Corta is animated by concerts and open-air markets. Particularly exciting is the procession of the Patron Saint which is carried on the shoulders of the islanders through the small streets of Lipari.
A free tasting of typical dishes and local products.
Stromboli, the most remote of the seven pearls of the Aeolian archipelago and Europe’s most active volcano, has since 2008 become home and inspiration for a unique celebration. The Festa del Fuoco di Stromboli is a celebration of the element of fire and the many ways we creatively interact with it as human beings. Stromboli, with its heart of fire and its active crater, erupting liquid lava several times every hour of every day, is the predestined place to host an event that has at its core the exhibition, exploration and exchange of the Fire Arts. As part of the Festa del Fuoco di Stromboli, workshops for children are held by the participating artists, allowing local and visiting children to get involved in exploring physical movement and creative expression. During these workshops, the children become part of the festival by creating decorations and installations and joining with the artists in the performances of the Festa del Fuoco.