Nora Jazz Festival: one of the most anticipated events of the Sardinian summer
It will be an all-female edition of the Nora Jazz Festival 2021, one of the most important national and international music festivals held at the beautiful Roman Theatre of Nora.
The International Nora Jazz Festival, from Saturday 31st of July to Thursday 12th of August, is staged in the enchanting and mysterious archaeological site – the Roman Theatre of Nora, immersed in the scent of one of the most beautiful seas in the world, and live music of four extraordinary female voices.
After the long silence of theatres and stages caused by the restrictive measures imposed to contain the health emergency by Coronavirus, the Nora Jazz Festival aims to give authentic emotions to regain new energy and momentum through the voices of four incredible artists.
Each edition of the festival, initiated by Angelo Tolu in 2009, attracts an increasingly prepared and curious audience and has become the symbol of summer in Sardinia. Over the years, there have been many artists who have been on the stage of the ancient Roman Theatre of Nora, the only known Roman theatre in Sardinia, with a capacity of around 1100-1200 seats.
The building, dated 40 after Christ, is in the monumental centre of the town, not far from the forum and the Roman temple, on the southern slopes of the hill of Tanit. At present, important parts of the theatre are preserved including the cavea, consisting of eleven steps in purple andesite in which there is room for spectators, the two side entrances, the space dedicated to the orchestra paved in marble slabs with an external border in mosaic, the central structures of the scene with the recesses for the wooden beams on which the stage rested and the stairs to reach the terraces above the entrances (tribunalia).
Nora, which is a few dozen kilometres from Cagliari, was the first Phoenician city of the island, one of the most important ports of Sardinia and the centre of the territory’s economy thanks to its strategic position.
Rediscovered at the end of the 19th century, thanks to Giovanni Spano, Filippo Vivanet and Filippo Nissardi, Nora is also where the martyrdom of Sant’Efisio takes place, to whom the church erected in 1089 is dedicated. In addition to the beautiful ruins of the Archaeological Park of Pula, the site also includes the Lagoon of Nora, considered one of the largest biodiversity heritage of the island.
Nora Jazz Festival: the events of the musical festival
Established as one of the most significant festivals of the jazz scene and organized by the Association of Local Authorities for Cultural Activities and Entertainment of the city of Cagliari, the Nora Jazz Festival for the twelfth edition is tinged with pink and offers four musical meetings, all female, in the name of quality and research.
The parterre of internationally renowned artists also adds a new and original narrative of the territory made in collaboration with the Touring Club.
In conjunction with the evening concerts, one can enjoy the wonderful historical and natural contexts of extraordinary importance, such as the historical itineraries that flank the remains of the ancient Roman theatre, the new mosaics facing the sea, the bays and the crystal clear waters, the silent lagoon areas, the famous design hotels and the excellent food and wine of the island cuisine.
Here are the unmissable events of the Nora Jazz Festival 2021:
- Saturday 31st July 2021
Marialy Pacheco and Omar Sosa multicoloured mix of Afro-Cuban sounds and European classics, a meeting marked by a strong passion and the result of a special understanding in the jazz world;
- Thursday 5th August 2021
Youn Sun Nah and Ulf Wakenius
The exceptional Korean improviser, equipped with a fabulous vocal technique, will take the stage of Nora accompanied by the established Swedish guitarist. Thanks to precious musical chemistry, the two artists will explore musical repertoires ranging from chanson, to pop, to jazz, to pop music;
- Saturday, August 7th, 2021
Very sensitive interpreter of kora, among the great women of Africa who are committed to breaking the griot male tradition and capable of an irresistible blend of traditional music, blues and Afropop;
- Thursday 12 August 2021
Considered one of the most extraordinary voices in Europe and defined as “a feeling that sings, the most sensual thing that feminine jazz has to offer”.
Tickets for individual events at € 25 each, or the subscription valid for all four concerts at € 80, are available at the sale points of the Regional Circuit Box Office or on the site boxol.it.
You can get to Nora by car, starting from the airport or the port of Cagliari: take the SS 195 towards Pula-Teulada and once you reach the centre of Pula, continue in the direction of Nora for 3 km.
Do you want to attend the concerts of the Nora Jazz Festival 2021 and experience a holiday of elegance and charm? Book your stay at Palazzo Doglio in Cagliari