Due to the measures adopted to counter the Covid-19 emergency, the events are temporarily suspended.
For several days in July, Santa Teresa becomes the scene of enjoyment, art and excitement during one of the best street performance festivals around, an international event that features magicians, jugglers and acrobats from all over the world and amazes both young and old, transporting spectators to marvellous worlds that are poetic as well as entertaining.
The Lu Coiu is a unique chance to attend a traditional wedding. As well as the religious ceremony, Gallura’s tradition features two main occasions: La Pricunta, when the groom’s family visits the house of the bride’s family and asks for her hand in marriage, and Lu Bringhisi, the toast which represents ancient rites and beliefs.
Santa Teresa celebrates three patron saints: San Vittorio (14th October), Santa Teresa (15th October) and Sant’Isidoro (16th October).
For many years now, the festivities have been organised by a committee of fidali, people born in the same year, and involve a packed programme of celebrations that range from events for children to concerts, including traditional occasions such as the li carruleddhi cart race, the Corsa alla Stella horse race and the treasure hunt, a must.
Santa Teresa was founded on 12th August 1808 by a decree issued by King Victor Emmanuel I, who wished to recreate a small version of Turin on Sardinia’s northernmost point. Every year, the town’s foundation is celebrated with historical reenactments, parades and traditional dances.
The second country festival takes place on the first weekend in September. After the religious service in the church of Santa Reparata (3 km from Santa Teresa), participants walk along the bay until they reach the church of Buoncammino, where a tripe dinner is served and the celebrations feature music and dancing.
A countryside event that attracts many people and takes place on the second weekend in June. The fields of Buoncammino become a festival ground with music, dancing and a tripe dinner for all.
One of the summer’s most popular events, with its own unique atmosphere, takes place on 15th August, Assumption Day. A procession starts out from the church of San Vittorio and reaches the port of Longonsardo. There it continues on boats towards the beach of Rena Bianca, where a wreath of flowers is thrown into the sea.
Festival of art, culture and cuisine
In June, a fair is held in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele I featuring farm produce, arts and crafts during a three-day event that focuses on traditional cuisine and Sardinian culture. The event includes a food market, tastings and workshops as well as entertainment.
A concert is held at sunset during the summer season at the Capo Testa lighthouse, one of the area’s most stunning locations. The choice of music is not a random one: the concert features compositions whose sounds best suit the marvellous environment and natural beauty of the place.
A music festival that has attracted recording artists of the calibre of Salmo and Coez and focuses on modern music that particularly caters to young people. It’s an Easter that offers enjoyment and participation.
Santa Teresa Gallura boasts four Blue Flag beaches that are celebrated every summer with an event that includes, art, entertainment and workshops for children. It’s a special chance to get to know the beaches of Rena Bianca, Rena di Ponente, Rena di Levante and Santa Reparata.
The Officineperegrine theatre association has organised a festival in June that aims to foster an understanding of performance art and its constant practice by creating opportunities for artistic research and production, becoming a place and time for a beneficial exchange between individuals and collective communities (underprivileged, educational, minority, playful and social), promoting performance art as an expression of independence, awareness and openness.
A real music festival featuring DJ sets and live music, broadcast using wi-fi headphones. The music, chosen and played by DJs simultaneously on the RED – BLUE – GREEN channels, ranges from electronic to rock ’n roll, including everything from house music, roots reggae, dub, electroswing, balkan and revival. The event is organised by the Roerso Mondo cultural association.
P.A.S.S. – the acronym for Produzioni Artistiche Sarde a Santa Teresa Gallura – presents a book fair featuring Sardinian authors, or writers with links to Sardinia, but with one eye on the rest of the world. The talks, which always take place in the evening, are held in Piazza del Sapere, the square where Grazia Deledda public library is located.
Writers, music and monuments, history and narrative meet in a travelling book fair that is one of a kind and starts in Santa Teresa, later moving on to other neighbouring towns. The event is notable for its focus on presenting books and articles that are suitable for readers of all ages, presentations that are held in impressive historic locations. The event is organised by the CoolTour Gallura cooperative.
Under the starry sky of Piazza Santa Lucia, 2019 saw the first edition of an event dedicated to great musicians. Two evenings of quality music featured Oscar-winning composer Nicola Piovani and Avion Travel, a band well-loved by music critics. The event aims to continue attracting great musicians to the area, year after year.
A classical music festival that normally takes place in September in the Nelson Mandela theatre and is organised by the Bernardo De Muro musical academy. The event aims to support and preserve high-quality musicianship
During the winter and spring, the Nelson Mandela public cinema-theatre hosts the season of prose and dance organised by Cedac Sardegna and the film festival organised by the Apostrophe Cultura e Spettacoli association, which shifts its events to outdoor venues under the stars during the summer.
World Music Day is celebrated on 21st June. For some years now, this is when students attending Santa Teresa’s music school have performed their end-of-year show at the Nelson Mandela Theatre.
An absolute must for movie buffs takes place in September: an international festival that presents films that tackle the issues of environmental sustainability, ecology and human rights. The festival is organised by the Life After Oil cultural association.
A famous event that combines nature with a love of sports takes place in May. The competition features three races: the SWIMMING race that starts out from Rena Bianca beach, the MTB race that follows the trails of Punta Cuntessa and the RUNNING race that crosses the town centre.
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