[Autom. eng. transl.] The celebration of the feast of St. John the Baptist in Alghero, Sardinia, highlights the main characteristics of today's festive model, in Italy, which resumes, by re-signifying them, the propitiatory and apotropaic rituals of agrarian culture (such as fires, herbs, the waters of San Giovanni), renews the community and religious traditions of Catholicism (such as the comparative and the leading role of associations), and inserts the glocal demands of openness to tourism and international cultures, and to build local identity (Catalan, Sardinian, Italian and Mediterranean). The feast of St. John the Baptist, more generally, fits into the new vein of the invention of intercultural celebrations, capable of attracting people, groups, communities, peoples belonging to different cultures, religions, identities. As an ancient festival of the summer solstice, the feast of St. John the Baptist (June 23rd and 24th) is in fact linked to the new "universal" celebrations of the summer solstice of June 21, which range from the Music Festival to the International Day of Yoga. All these celebrations propose the return to an active and collective production of culture in open spaces for the recovery of a positive and "sacred" relationship between man and nature, between the community and the cosmos, in response to the irresponsible lifestyle and to the reckless exploitation of the planet Earth.
|Translated title of the contribution||[Autom. eng. transl.] Early summer dream. The feast of St. John the Baptist in Italy between invention and tradition.|
|Title of host publication||Pezzi chiusi. Geschichten, Konstellationen, Reflexe. Studien zu Theaterwissen und Theatergeschichte|
|Editors||C. Kirschstein, A. Charton|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|