English press release – Sardinia Anima Mundi


A Festival of Culture, Art, Food and Music

Cuglieri, December 27, 28, 29, 30, 2017

II edition


For the second year, from December 27 through December 30th, Cuglieri will host “Sardinia Anima Mundi”, a Festival which invites guests to discover this little town of the Montiferru area through its History, Art, Music and a rich itinerary of the local flavors and tastes. This year, in addition to the traditional Canto a Cuncordu, guests will have the opportunity to meet Afro-American Gospel, Jazz and Iranian musicians.

The Project
“Sardinia Anima Mundi” is a Festival and a project of local development for Cuglieri and its territory. It mixes the knowledge and tradition of the Montiferru with art and cultures of the contemporary world.
“Sardinia Anima Mundi” proposes paths of spirituality and conviviality, promotes the idea of a territory aware of the value of its own heritage and open to welcoming other cultural expressions.
It promotes the values of hospitality, with an offer which includes the knowledge of traditions, history and archaeology, and sharing local flavors and tastes. Through performances, shows and excursions, it promotes culture and art.
With the strong support of the Cuglieri City Hall, the project has been implemented thanks to the cooperation of number of local producers and cultural associations, with the artistic coordination of the association Jana Project.
2017 edition
The town of Cuglieri, ideally located between the Montiferru mountain and the sea, is rich of history and traditions which have been kept alive through the centuries. “Sardinia Anima Mundi” wants to bring out the value of this environmental and cultural heritage through encounters between different arts and cultures. This year in particular, the program includes the presence of artists from Iran, and gospels from the north american tradition.
This second edition will take place during 4 days, from Wednesday, December 27th, through Saturday, December 30th, and includes concerts, tastings paths, exhibitions and guided tours of the area.
The activities will begin daily at 10:00 am and last all day, with the tasting itinerary set up along the Historical Center of the town, with 40 spots representing the vivacity and creativity of the inhabitants. The guests will taste the typical food, panadas, bread, oil, wine, meats, cheeses, vegetables, cakes, but also contemporary adaptations of old recipes. The food and wine road allows also to discover the tools, the women’s artefacts, from weaving to sa prendidura, the costumes, the Carnival masks “sos cotzulados” and many other expressions of the local tradition and creativity.
The History Road will lead to the Archaeological Museum, thanks to the association Marafé, which will also organize a guided tour of the ruins of Casteddu Etzu, the Castle of the Montiferro which overshadows the majestic landscape. Furthermore, for the 1st time the Festival will see “The Oil Road”, guided tour dedicated to the most famous product of the region: from the Millenary Olive Tree to the Oil Museum, the local people will tell the secrets of the “extra virgin olive oil” production, from the techniques of the harvest to the evolution of the cold press, the storage places and marketing tools.
The exhibitions will be hosted in the historical center, from the narrow streets to the vast former-Seminary: among them, the Carnival Masks “Sos Cotzulados”, the costumes of the Ampsicora association, the Umberto Fara photography exhibition “presence/absence”. The photo exhibition “1927-2017 A History of the Regional Seminary” (FotoClub Montiferru); The waterfront villages of Cuglieri (ATC S’Archittu). Dedicated to kids is the Laboratory to beginners readers, insured by the cooperative La Famiglia and inspired by the story by Jill Tomlinson “The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark”. We also will have an appointment with an Herbalist’s Shop to learn more about wild grass and herbs.
The concerts
The concerts program mixes international artists with the traditions of Sardinia, with also original productions.
During the 4 days of the Festival, some young artists, expression of the new musical scene of Teheran, will be present: Soheil Shayesteh (violin and kamancheh) and Kiarash Roozbahani (tar and sitar, string instruments) will be performing on December 27 and 28. They will perform together in the original project “The Silk Road” which will close the Festival on December 30th, with the participation of the saxophone player Enzo Favata.
The contemporary Iran will be shown with the slides of Ali Nadermohamadi and with the exhibition “Teheran New Era” which presents a series of portraits of everyday life in the Iranian capital.
Very peculiar is also the project of Alessandro Cau, percussions and electronics, dedicated to s’erchitu, the ox-man of the popular Sardinian tales (December 27).
The Cappuccini Church will host two jazz concerts on December 27th: Charlie Mingus’ revisited by a duo with Maria Vicentini (viola) and Salvatore Maiore ( double bass), and the Choir “Nostra Signora ‘e Su Rosariu” di Sennariolo, a village not far from Cuglieri, which shares with it the great tradition of the religious 4 voices choir. While on December 29th, at the same Cappuccini Church, you will listen to Cuncordu di Castelsardo. You will then have the occasion to appreciate the variety and peculiarity of this musical Sardinian heritage.
On December 28, another concert of male voices will come from far away: the afroamerican tradition of gospel, which have inspired so much contemporary music, will take stage in the Theater of the Ex-Seminary with the Ensemble Cedric Shannon Rivers & Brothers in Gospel from the United States.
Sardinia Anima Mundi is an eco-sustainable event: plastic is replaced by bio-degradable and recyclable materials: we prefer tap water, we use the right bins and reuse what we can. Cuglieri is ahead in recycling.
All events are free. The Info Point, coordinated by Pro Loco at the ex Seminary, will be reachable 10.00/20.00 (Tel. 344 1636912 / 340 0773430)
All the informations can be found on www.sardinianimamundi.it / Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sardinianimamundi/ infoline: 3440699882
(Many thanks to Paola Messana for the translation)