EVENTS IN CORTONA
The Diocesan Museum is located in front of the Cathedral, inside the architectural complex named “Del Gesù”. The museum is composed of 9 salons and hosts masterpieces dating from the II century a.C. to today modern art mainly coming from the local churches and here protected for security reasons. Here you can find important paintings by Luca Signorelli, Pietro Lorenzetti and Beato Angelico. The most important painting is the annunciation “L' Annunciazione” by Beato Angelico; also a must see are the paintings by Luca Signorelli, born in Cortona around the year 1455 who died in 1523, one of the most important Italian renaissance painters.
FAIR PLAY MECENATE:
The International "FAIR PLAY Mecenate" Price was established in 1997 and since 2000 it has been organized and carried out by the “International Mecenate Prize Association”.
The ceremony of the prize-giving takes place after a series of parallel activities called "MAYSPORTMEETING" and characterized by a social value and by a purpose of aggregation.
This event includes the “TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION AGAINST VIOLENCE IN SPORT” and the following lighting of the “PEACE BRAZIER”, aiming at awakening to the degenerative phenomena in sport.
This initiative aims at awarding Prizes to important and significant personalities and/or National and International Sport Institutions because of noteworthy initiatives and behaviors concerning fields that link sport to civil society and that represent high moral values in the specific field of the Fair Play and in some issues belonging to the same theme.
The Prize consists in a GOLD PLATE, created by a gold designer from Arezzo; it represents the figure of Mecenate, the City of Arezzo and the Symbol of Fair Play, that is the handshake.
The Etruscan Museum also known as Maec was funded in the XVIII century. The original core was given, as a gift to the town, by the monk Onofrio Baldelli in 1727 who gave his collection and library of the Etuscan Academy. From the studies of the Academy derived the movement of the “etruscheria” and from the evolution of this was born archaeology. The museum is particularly rich thank to the findings discovered in the Cortona territory, or donated by the associates. Today the museum has some of the most important archaeological findings of the world.
TUSCAN SUN FESTIVAL:
The Tuscan Sun Festival is an annual music and art festival that takes place within the intimate setting of the medieval town of Cortona, in the province of Arezzo, Tuscany.
Each August the festival offers an exciting program that includes not only world class concerts, but a daily program of events that explore fine art, film, culinary and wine, fitness and wellness, and local culture and history.
Each evening concerts featuring some of the world's most distinguished artists are performed in the intimate setting of the Romantic-period theatre, Teatro Signorelli. The steps of Teatro Signorelli spill into the atmospheric open-air Piazza Signorelli, which annually hosts ballet and opera galas under the stars.
The 2009 festival played host to Anthony Hopkins, whose exhibition of paintings entitled Masques and musical compositions were both featured. The six concerts featured performances by Joshua Bell Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Stéphane Denève, Nina Kotova, Danielle de Niese, Maija Kovalevska, Vlad Mirita, Michael Guttman and Gisele Ben-Dor.
THE GIOSTRA DELL’ARCHIDADO:
The town of Cortona organizes every year in its historic centre and all over its territory a wide range of cultural, gastronomic, historical and folklore events. The best known of all historical re-enactments taking place in town is the so-called Giostra dell’Archidado celebrating the wedding between the Lord of Cortona, Francesco Casali and noble Antonia dei Salimbeni di Siena. This costume event featuring parades, dances and the so-called Colata dei Ceri (candle casting) culminates on the last Sunday of the month in a crossbow competition (the Giostra) in which the 5 city districts compete. Beween late August and the beginning of September Cortona hosts each year in the rooms of its 18th century Palazzo Vagnotti, the former seat of the Seminario Vescovile, the Mostra Mercato Nazionale del Mobile Antico (National Antique Fair) attracting each year a host of people and highlighting the cultural, artistic and environmental characteristics of the town.