The Oci Ciornie Festival

When Italian and Russian music meet

November 20th, 2017
Sara Cantachin, CD News

Every year, starting from the first edition in 2013, in Montecatini Terme (Italy) is celebrated the Festival of the Russian – Italian culture named “Oci Ciornie”- «Очичёрные» (meaning: black eyes).

The name derives from the namesake movie directed in 1987 by the Russian filmmaker Nikita Sergeevič Michalkov (Никита Михалков) and played by the famous Italian actor and Oscar prize winner, Marcello Mastroianni.

The movie was directed in Tuscany, near the famous city of Florence, in Montecatini Terme, which is one the most famous European localities for thermal baths.

The Russian filmmaker choose to set the story of an Italian man who feels in love with a Russian woman in this little Italian city not only for thermal baths, but also for the special architecture and the numerous parks and fountains which in the past centuries attracted visitors from all over the world (among them many artists, musicians, writers, actors and politicians).

In this suggestive city, in the end of the month of September 2017, took place the 5th edition of the Oci Ciornie Festival, and once again the artistic and cultural union existing between Russia and Italy was celebrated.

This edition was dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the Moscow Academy of Music. In the past years the Festival was dedicated to both Italian and Russian artists.

Among the participants not only artists and lovers of Russian- Italian music, but also politicians and diplomats of the two countries.

The foundation of the Festival was possible thanks to the cooperation of both nations: on initiative of Russian artists and representatives of Russian culture abroad, and with the enthusiasm of the city of Montecatini Terme which helped  the realization of this project.

Despite the fact of being a relatively young festival, it is already considered an important event for the annual celebration of the meeting between Russian and Italian culture.


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