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The Locarno Camellia exhibition is the most important event of its kind in Europe and is outperformed only by the initiatives promoted in Japan, home country to this exquisite flower. A scientific exhibition set in the magnificent Visconteo Castle, with over 300 types of this flower, splendidly arranged by experienced gardeners and highlighting this plant, an enrichment to the botanical patrimony, present in the private and public gardens of the Locarno region. The program also includes numerous side-events, cultural moments as well as a flower and botanical literature market.
Throughout the long Ascension weekend the old town of Locarno is filled with market stalls packed full of antiques. Along the atmospheric streets of the historical town centre enthusiasts will find a rich variety of different and original objects: ceramics and porcelain, furniture, jewellery, vintage clothes, books, antique dolls, music instruments, rare records and much more. Strolling along the stalls of the Brocante will set every collectors imagination free and it also is a pleasant way to discover the heart of Locarno.
As in previous years Locarno will stay awake all night long giving space to culture, music, art and entertainment. Live-concerts, dance performances, street artists, stalls with culinary specialities and other interesting proposals for adults and children enliven the squares in the old town of Locarno as well as the Piazza Grande, where the Radio Fiume Ticino DJ’s present great music shows. The extended trading hours of restaurants, bars, shops, art galleries and museums add to the buzzing atmosphere. Throughout this long night the audience also gets a preview of the great summer events in the region: Street Artist Festival, JazzAscona, Vallemaggia Magic Blues, Verzasca Country Festival and the Film Festival will present tasters of their summer program.
10 days of pop-rock music in one of the most spectacular squares of Europe: Piazza Grande in Locarno. The well-known Moon and Stars Festival will take place in this unique setting, where international stars of the music industry perform in front of thousands spectators. The great concerts, the flawless organization and the magic of the location make of Moon and Stars a top event.
Animation, music, gastronomy and incredible fireworks are the ingredients of Luci e Ombre, a mid-summer Festival taking place over a long weekend on the Locarno-Muralto lakeside. A big fun fair with an amazing entertainment program for all ages and until late into the evening. On Saturday evening (10.45 p.m.) fireworks light up the Locarno gulf, offering an extraordinary show to the public (in case of bad weather fireworks will be postponed on Sunday evening
For more than 60 years, the Festival del film has been transforming Locarno for one long week into the Swiss capital of cinema. With crowds from all across the globe enjoying the Festival, an intoxicating atmosphere is guaranteed throughout cinemas, squares, bars, la Rotonda del Festival and other special festival venues from morning until late at night. Don’t miss the opportunity to relax and have fun between the screenings: the entire Ascona-Locarno region with its lake, the rivers, botanical gardens, valleys and mountains will offer you unforgettable moments. For further information, the program, tickets and passes we invite you to visit the festival website www.pardo.ch.
24.11.2016 - 6.1.2017 - Locarno on Ice
Fragrances, music and light effects fill the heart of Locarno with a warm and welcoming Christmas appearance. During Locarno on Ice, the Piazza Grande transforms itself into a fairy-like place with a spectacular ice rink surrounded by red carpets, a partly covered and heated terrace, a stage for live acts, four large transparent igloo bars and a series of small chalets where one can enjoy various gastronomic specialties. Enjoying nice food, toasting with friends, ice-skating under enchanting Christmas lights, attending a live concert or one of the numerous activities planned for both children and adults:Locarno on Ice is without doubt the perfect place for spending time with friends and family during the winter season.
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