Matera, European Capital of Culture 2019

The year of the European Capital of Culture in Matera begins with the opening ceremony on the 19th of January 2019.
A program of events scheduled for 48 weeks, with 50 productions and cultural co-productions, as well as five major exhibitions.
The slogan of the whole cultural program is “Open Future”, a mix of innovation, collaboration and millennial traditions.

Official events Matera 2019

Program details will be updated constantly

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By booking the Matera 2019 Passport you will be entitled to participate in all events of the Matera 2019 official program.
Booking is necessary for some events. Choose the event you wish to take part in and book your seat.

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Contemporary Art by Georgina Starr
from Saturday 16 march 2019
Open everyday 12.30pm-1pm and 6pm-6.30pm.
Sextantio le Grotte della Civita
Via Civita, 28, 75100 Matera MT

Welcoming, meeting, living together. The three values that establish the concept of Matera Alberga passed on by six artists in the spaces of the same number of hotels scattered around the city. Installations and works create a bridge between rocky and contemporary civilisation.

The Eternal Ear

For Hotel Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita in the heart of Sassi, the oldest part of Matera, Georgina Starr’s presentation, curated by Francesco Cascino, is focused on listening and time-travel. The artist invites visitors into the deconsacrated chapel at the heart of Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita to experience a metaphysical journey. A female voice gently guides the visitor backwards in time: first through the cave architecture and eventually inside their own minds to unearth a memory from the past. Inspired by the complex history of the Sassi and the surrealistic writing of Adolfo Bioy Cesares, Starr hopes to conjure a moment from a shared, personal or fictional collective past.



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