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The Locomotive Jazz Festival is one of Puglia's premier cultural events. It takes place every July in the beautiful province 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 14th and August 1st.
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.
The Locomotive Jazz Festival 2017 looks set to have a similarly packed line-up. Highlights include the Tunisian oud player Dhafer Youssef, jazz bassist Richard Bona, pianist and bandoneonist Daniele di Bonaventura, and not forgetting the jazz trio of Raffaele Casarano, Eugenio Finardi and Stefania Rocca - all of whom will be performing at Lecce's Roman amphitheatre.
That won't be the end of the acts, by any means. There will also be 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. 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.
Alongside the music and the setting, Locomotive offers plenty of other attractions. For instance, 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 the line-up will be announced once it is finalised.
Anyone who wants to visit the Locomotive Jazz Festival can easily do so. Our company arranges flights into Bari, which is just a short drive from most of the festival venues.
Photo credits: Puglia Promozione