Celebrations dedicated to San Giovan Giuseppe della Croce, the saint born in Ischia in 1654, patron saint and protector of Ischia, are taking place on the island this week. Tonight, Friday 28th August 2015, a live representation of the life of the saint will be played out along the streets of Ischia Ponte with the participants wearing custumes depicting the era. The event starts at 21:00 and there will of course be plenty of local food and wine available too.
Tomorrow, Saturday 29th August 2015 the traditional folk dance 'Ndrezzata will be performed in Buonopane at the sagra "Buonopane in Festa". The event will feature live music, folk dancing, comedians and delicious local food such as pasta with beans, the traditional Ischian rabbit dish "Coniglio Ischitano", sausages, salad "cafona", fried "zeppole" (doughnuts), and lots more wine! This one also starts at 21:00 and the village is best reached by bus or car if you have one.
Have fun and say "hi" if you see us!
It’s “sagra” time in Ischia! A sagra is a type of festival, a bit like a village fete or fair where local food and wine are the guests of honour. The sagras take place all over the island and are usually accompanied by live music or other entertainment. With August the peak season for sagras we've put a list together which you can now see below:
Sunday 16th and Monday the 17th August 2015
The Wine Festival (Sagra del Vino) in the village of Panza, starting from 20:30
Live music, cabaret and a DJ set along with a deluge of local wine which will accompany grilled sausages all cooked on the spot in Panza village square.
Tuesday 18th August 2015
The Aubergine Festival (Sagra della Melanzana), Fiaiano starting from 20:00
Local food made with the typical summer vegetable, the aubergine! Live music with the Neapolitan singer Gigi Finizio performing on stage.
Thursday 20th August 2015
The Pizza Festival (La Sagra della Pizza), Buonopane village starting from 18:00
Live music and delicious pizzas made live right in front you!
At 18:00, a local Pizza maker will teach children how to make the typical Neapolitan pizzas. Local artists will perform during the festival and at 22:30 there's singer Michele Zarrillo in concert.
Wednesday 19th to Sunday 23rd August
Festival degli antichi sapori (Festival of Traditional Flavours) in Piazza Municipio and Chiesa del Soccorso square in Forio starting at 20:30.
Live music, shows, art & crafts markets and an abundance of traditional local food.
Wednesday 19th August
Potato fest, from starter to dessert, the potato is the “queen” of the menu in all its different varieties.
Live music with the local pop band "Noirs".
Thursday 20th and Friday 21st August
Pizza fest, two evenings dedicated to the traditional pizza, made right in front of you in traditional wood ovens. Live traditional folk music.
Saturday 22nd August
Traditional food night: local chefs will prepare traditional Ischian recipes using fresh local ingredients. DJ set with revival disco music.
Sunday 23rd August
The blonde night, Beer is the star of the evening, accompanying a live tribute to the great singer Pino Daniele and the guest star of the evening is Enzo Avitabile with the Black Tarantella and I Bottari, for an unmissable show of pure energy and folk music.
Tuesday 25th August 2015
Sagra dell’ortolano (The Greengrocer Festival), Barano, Piazza San Rocco starting from 21:00.
Wine, sausages and local vegetables. Live music and cabaret show.
Wednesday 26th August
La Festa di Sant’Alessandro, Ischia Porto starting from 18:00.
Wednesday 26th August to Saturday 29th August 2015
Piano and Jazz festival
Wednesday 26th August – Castello Aragonese, starting at 21:30, tickets €35
Danilo Rea, Massimo Moriconi and Tullio de Piscopo pay a tribute to the Italian jazz musician Renato Sellani
Thursday 27th August – Castello Aragonese- starting from 21:30, tickets €35
Paolo Fresu and Daniele Di Bonaventura in concert
Friday 28th August – Negombo arena – starting from 21:30, tickets €35
Jazz concert with James Senese - Tullio de Piscopo - Tony Esposito - Rino Zurzolo - Joe Amoruso
Saturday 29th August – Negombo arena – starting from 21:30, tickets starting from €65
Paolo Conte in concert