The Venice Carnival
EDITION 2017: From the 11th to the 28th February 2017
The main events of edition 2017:
- 11/02/2017 - The Festa Veneziana first part
- 12/02/2017 - The Festa Veneziana second part
- 18/02/2017 - Festa delle Marie
- 19/02/2017 - Volo dell'Angelo
- 26/02/2017 - The eagle flight ("Il volo dell'Aquila")
- 28/02/2017 - The Festa delle Mare 2016 - Award Ceremony
- 28/02/2017 - The "Svolo del Leon"
A BIT OF HISTORY...
...Origins and meaning of the Venice Carnival
The first evidence of the Venice Carnival dates back to a document of 1094, in which they talk of public entertainment, referring for the first time the word Carnival ("Carnevale").
It is thought that the establishment of the Carnival in the Venetian Republic was born from the need to give the population a period of amusement and gaming with music and dancing, with the aim of giving a moment of relief especially to the lower classes, according to the logic of the "bread and circuses" of ancient Rome.
The masks and costumes that were used, guaranteeing anonymity, also helped to achieve a kind of leveling of social classes and it was also allowed the public derision of the authorities and aristocracy. The exceeding the limits was tolerated, within the period of Carnival, just like vent to all those tensions that concerned especially the part of the population that belonged to the poorer classes.
...the ancient Carnival
San Marco square, the "Riva degli Schiavoni" and all the major Campi of Venice became places for games, entertainment and fun: jugglers, acrobats, musicians, dancers, animal shows entertained people of all ages and walks of life, so that work and business became less important. The vendors proposed their products, textiles, spices and foods, also caming from distant countries, from the Far East.But the fun was not only the public one, in the streets and squares: in private houses, shops, palaces of the rich lords were organized parties, masquerade balls and small shows of all kinds, including very transgressive shows.
With the passage of time were introduced scheduled appointments with the people and visitors, such as the "Festa delle Marie" (probably introduced as early as 943, although officially it is spoken about it only since 1039) and the "Volo dell'Angelo" (which originated around the mid-sixteenth century)
So it was that, especially since the XVIII century, the Venice Carnival group crossed the Italian boundaries, becoming an internationally renowned event and attracting visitors from all over Europe.
...the modern Carnival