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Events and Festivals in Palermo                       (Back to Palermo main information page)  


  • Mediterranean Trade Fair.


  • Il Genio di Palermo (The Genius of Palermo; 13 - 27 May 2006 (annual)

A contemporary art exhibition that promotes the works of young local talent. It takes place at venues in the city's historic centre, where the majority of the artists' studios are located.

Photography, painting, video and installations are just some of the techniques used by the 32 selected artists to create their artworks, which are evaluated by an international panel of museum directors, art critics and experts.


  • World Festival on the Beach, May, races, food, drinks and entertainment on the beach, Mondello (website:


  • Palermo's Giardino Inglese (English Garden) is the venue for the Solmusic festival, dedicated to emerging local bands.





  • Festa di Santa Rosalia: This "little" festival (festino) has been celebrating the memory of Palermo's patron saint, Santa Rosalia, for nearly 400 years! Massive parades and processions take over the historical centre of the city and there's an evening of fireworks and music on the last day.

The thematically adorned Carro of the saint is the centrepiece of the main parade, on the 14 July, as well as being an important symbol of the celebrations as a whole.

June to August:

  • Verdura Festival: Variety is what the Verdura Festival in Palermo's Teatro Massimo is all about. Classical, rock, pop, dance and more are all featured during this summer festival. This year's line-up includes Joaqu? Cort?, Graig David and STOMP. For full programme details and tickets please visit Teatro Massimo website.


  • Kals?Art: For the second year running, Kals'Art brings music, cinema, theatre and guided tours together in a two-month long event that takes place throughout Palermo's streets, parks, piazzas and historic bulidings.

A huge variety of music is grouped into four sections. Mare offers performances by international talents such as Erica Stuky, Rokia Traor? Mafalda Arnoux and Victoria Tolstoj. Riflessi is dedicated to minimalist, ethnic and jazz tunes with the participation of Gebbia-Reg?, Guerzoni-Mirandola, Sciaino-Curran and the Palermo-based duos Leopizzi-Gullo, Giannetto-Politi, Pasquini-Sulis and Bonafede-D'Anna. Kals'Art Wawe showcases Italian folk and jazz music, while Musica alle Parole combines music and readings at intervals.


  • Pilgrimage to Monte Pellegrino, Sep 4, pilgrimage to the shrine of Santa Rosalia, Monte Pellegrino
  • Annual International Tennis Tournament, last week in Sep, Palermo



  • Church Music Concerts in Monreale Cathedral, end Oct-early Nov, Monreale
  • Day of the Dead (All Saints Day), Nov



  • Kals?Art Winter, Dec, music, theatre and cultural events plus street lights, Kalsa
  • Opera season at Teatro Massimo through June.



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