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Pink Carnival!
Written by M.M.   

1_senso.jpgThe Carnival of Venice, thanks also to the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy, is taking a look at 19th century post-romantic heroines such as Livia Sarpieri di Senso, such as Empress Elizabeth of the Hapsburg dynasty, the famous Sissi, so well known in political and mundane annals. In the coincidence of two celebrations, Women’s Day and Mardi Gras, this year’s Carnival is consacrating Venice as the City-Queen of women.


Davide Rampello is renewing the kermesses in their duration and format, while always preserving respect for tradition with the classical appointments at the Festa Veneziana di Cannaregio (Sunday, 20 February), the Festa delle Marie (Saturday 26), the Volo dell’Angelo (Sunday 27), the contest for the most beautiful mask (Sunday 6 March), and the Vogata del Silenzio (Tuesday 8), a candlelight regatta with all volume turned off.




In Saint Mark’s Square, the Gran Foyer is hosting the great opening concert by Giuliano Palma & The Bluebeaters, and the closing concert on 8 March by Paola Turci and Marina Rei. On schedule are daily plein air spectacles, from the tradition of commedia dell’arte to tango and waltz evenings, as well as live deejay sets.
All Venice is the protagonist. The churches will open in the evening for classical music concerts. You can enjoy museums, wandering theatre performances, readings, the essential Goldoni with Il Bugiardo and so much more.

Children will be the protagonists in Campo San Polo, where on a large patinoire they can have fun ice skating, and at the Giardini of the Biennial with “Il Giardino dei Paesi Volanti”. The live part of Carnival is throbbing to the rythm of dance: at the Stazione Marittima, on the 26th of  February will arrive Cadenza Vagabundos, one nite of Pacha di Ibiza (their first Italian performance). Campo Santa Margherita and the “new” Campo San Giacomo dell’Orio will guide the nightlife of folks under 30.

Don’t miss the masked balls, such as the Cavalchina at the Fenice and the Ballo del Doge at Palazzo Pisani Moretta (contemporaneously, Saturday 5 March).
Last but not least, the official dinner show of the Carnival of Venice, the burlesque dinners organized at the Casinò, Ca’ Vendramin Calergi.
«Carnevale di Venezia 2011»
19-20 February and froml 26 February to 8 March