The Sitges Museums’ summer festival, known as ‘Sitgestiu’, has become, in its first 25 years of life, a point of reference for the town’s cultural activity during the months of July and August.
This year, the full programme includes a calendar of events for all ages and audiences, with some that have been adapted annually to new formats, others that are new, and even some events that return after a few years of absence.
The presentation of the cultural festival, promoted by the Sitges Museums, took place on 13 June, coinciding with the date of Santiago Rusiñol’s death in 1931. The presentation took the form of a guided tour of Racó de la Calma, the viewpoint of the Maricel Museum, and some of the most emblematic spaces of the Palau de Maricel, as the main details of the festival were revealed.
In its 25th anniversary, the ‘Sitgestiu’ festival offers over 30 events and activities that mix music, opera, jazz, family workshops, film screenings, sensory experiences, wine tasting dinners as well as many guided heritage and art tours, among others – and with many events also being offered in English. The programme includes classical music concerts starring the winners of the 27th Mirabent Magrans Competition, opera, jazz recitals, experiences where art is mixed with seafood cuisine or the Malvasia de Sitges wines, as well as many guided tours by the museums’ experts.
New events include ‘The essence of Modernisme, an olfactory experience’, with a guided tour of the Cau Ferrat museum, to learn about the works that inspire the aromas of Modernisme and which ends with a workshop where a small perfume will be made. There is also an event called ‘Breathing paintings’, that will take place at the Maricel Museum, with the aim of breathing better, eliminating stress and, at the same time, enjoying art in ‘a bodily and conscious way’.
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death, the festival is also holding activities to remember the artist, such as a family workshop and the ‘Picasso and Sitges route: a physical and sentimental journey’, as well as the screening of The Young Picasso as part of the al fresco cinema programme at the Racó de la Calma, where several shorts will also be screened in collaboration with the Sitges Film Festival.
In addition, the festival also recovers some activities from previous years, such as the guided tour of the Palau de Maricel and which ends with a performance of castanets starring Vanessa Tello and Sílvia Baqués.
And to end this year’s festival, and celebrate the 25 years, a Full Moon Dinner has been organised on the terraces of the Palau de Maricel. This is a unique experience to observe the starry sky of Sitges and the summer calm of the Mediterranean from an emblematic and privileged place, enlivened by the Sitges ensemble Retrio, accompanied by the voice of Bibiana Gomis.
Sitges in English is proud to support the Museums of Sitges and we will be publishing further specific articles over the events offered in English over the next few weeks.
You can click here to download a PDF of the full programme, or click here for the full programme in English on the website of the Sitges Museums, where you will also find a link in English to buy tickets for each event.
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