Ticino. With a comprehensive programme of events. With its international events, Ticino is a true reference point for culture and sport. All kinds of events are held in this region throughout the year, such as music and movie festivals, concerts, sporting contests and theatre performances, which invigorate Ticino’s cultural life and make spending time here more enjoyable for visitors and locals alike. A broad selection of events is in store, from a simple popular risotto meal to sophisticated cinematic and theatrical events. What’s more, the Italian part of Switzerland has the longest season of open-air events anywhere in the country, which is due on one hand to the long warm summers and on the other to the comprehensive and substantial calendar of events. Many of these events have already achieved international standing and lure thousands of enthusiasts to Ticino all year round. Historical events are also a real pleasure. These include medieval festivals, as well as wine, chestnut and autumn festivals, to name just a few. Here you can enjoy leisure and great company to the full in an entertaining and friendly atmosphere.
Tips. Rabadan – Carnival and Procession | Bellinzona. For more than 140 years, Bellinzona has been the pleasure capital during Rabadan. According to Roman custom, the carnival begins on Thursday with King Rabadan being given the keys to the city. This is followed by four days of masked processions, musical performances by festive Guggen music bands and the traditional Sunday masked procession with thousands of participants, music and cheerfully decorated carriages in the joyous tradition of the Bellinzona Carnival.
Estival Jazz | Lugano and Mendrisio. A jazz cocktail with every possible flavour, combined with blues, pop, soul funk, rock and world music, for an event in this genre that’s utterly unique in Europe. A series of free open-air concerts by world-famous artists is enjoyed by thousands of music-lovers in the open spaces of Mendrisio and Lugano. This is the successful formula for Estival Jazz, brought to life 30 years ago and now one of the most important dates in the European musical summer.
Film Festival Locarno | Locarno. For more than 60 years, the city of Locarno’s Film Festival has been a cinematic highlight. Thanks to its significance as one of the world’s most important cinema events, the city becomes a meeting-point for specialists, filmmakers or just plain movie fans for eleven days. With nightly presentations under the stars in Piazza Grande, one of the world's largest silver screens, Locarno can certainly boast that it is the “most beautiful open-air movie theatre".
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