AVANT Festival is a new boutique music festival showcasing the best of the natural and architectural beauty of Apulia, Southern Italy. The festival, following two cancellations in 2020, returns on 17th-18th July in Lecce, a city renowned for its Messapian Roman origins and sparkling Baroque style. The festival is about a slow, intimate experience, delving into the local culture and tradition, with activities and locations selected to enjoy the territory at the purest, yet smoothest form.
AVANT Festival has the aim of bringing together diverse yet quality avant-garde musicians within South Italy’s Baroque city. The lineup of the first edition sees Raster’s sonic electronic musician Grischa Lichtenberger, Austrian experimental drummer Black Pulse, Italian saxophonist Laura Agnusdei and electro-folk local trio Turbo Sud.
The event does offer a view on to special sites through a programming of indoor and outdoor activities. Spectators are called to participate to a hiking tour and lunch on the Adriatic seacoast of Apulia, kicking off in Porto Badisco – a small bay near to Otranto – and continuing through Grotta dei Cervi cave, known for its spectacular paintings all among Europe, and Torre S. Emiliano, a coastal defensive tower placed on one of the most evocative scenarios of Salento.
The concerts are set for Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th July at Corigliano d’Otranto castle. The daily hiking walk is scheduled for Sunday, 18th July. Tickets on sale now, more information on http://avantfestival.com/.
The event is organized by Southern Italy’s cultural association Sud Sonico in cooperation with Berlin’s creative agency Digital In Berlin. The featuring partners are Forum Austriaco di Cultura Roma, Conservatorio Tito Schipa, Goethe Institut, MUNDI Festival, 18° Meridiano, ARTEN Events, Cinema Del Reale, Big Sur, MIXOLOGY, Environ Festival, Mexico 70 Record Shop, 4 Balconi B&B. The media partners are Soundwall, ZERO, FACE Magazine, Kalporz and Sentireascoltare.