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The Locomotive Jazz Festival is one of Puglia's premier cultural events. It takes place every July in the beautiful provinces of Salento and provides a feast of music for world music, hip-hop and jazz fans to enjoy. This year the festival will run between July 10th and August 3rd.
The concept behind the festival is simple: celebrate the thriving musical subcultures of the Salento region (which is fast becoming one of Italy's cultural hotspots) while also inviting world music stars to perform in the province's magnificent venues. Under the banner of the "music of the periphery", Locomotive salutes creativity across the world.
For example, the 2016 edition featured concerts in locations like Siponto archaeological park, the prehistoric stones at Giurdignano or the Castello De Monti in Otranto. In 2016, popular acts included the multi-instrumentalist and singer Carolina Bubbico, the Be Dixie-Dixieland Jazz Band and the Italian singer-songwriter Joe Barbieri.
During the Locomotive Jazz Festival 2017 highlights included the Tunisian oud player Dhafer Youssef, jazz bassist Richard Bona, pianist and bandoneonist Daniele di Bonaventura, the jazz trio of Raffaele Casarano, Eugenio Finardi and Stefania Rocca - all of whom performed at Lecce's Roman amphitheatre. There was also a concert from Israeli star Noa (Achinoam Nini) in the magical setting of Tricase's "Marina Serra", a gorgeous natural harbour on the Adriatic Sea.
Alongside the music and the setting, Locomotive offers plenty of other attractions in different locations. So, if you are wondering what to do in Puglia, this jazz festival has a ready-made itinerary for you to follow, blending great music with the chance to visit historic sites. Some performances are followed by DJ sets, while some are prefaced by food tasting sessions which showcase Puglian delicacies. With plenty of chances to dance, drink wine and dine whenever you attend festival sessions, you certainly won't be short of things to do. Expect film showings, theatre performances, drama workshops and literary readings too – completing a true cultural extravaganza.
If you want to find out more, be sure to visit the festival website, www.locomotivejazzfestival.it (website available just in Italian), where you can find the complete programme.
Anyone who wants to visit the Locomotive Jazz Festival can easily do so. Air Dolomiti arranges direct flights from Munich to Bari, which is just a short drive from most of the festival venues.
Photo credits: Puglia Promozione