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Venice carnival goes

 

From the 6th to the 16th of February in Venice is the most famous carnival in Europe. At least so say the residents of the city, dotted with canals. Ten days on the streets of Venice are crowded from animated characters of Commedia Dell’arte, Pierrot, Pantaloon, Columbine, and harlequin and people in masks, a huge number of options which are available to buy or rent immediately.

From the 6th to the 16th of February in Venice is the most famous carnival in Europe. At least so say the residents of the city, dotted with canals. Ten days on the streets of Venice are crowded from animated characters of Commedia Dell’arte, Pierrot, Pantaloon, Columbine, and harlequin and people in masks, a huge number of options which are available to buy or rent immediately.

The current carnival is based on “Six senses” (the same areas in the city) -concept, coined by the artist Marco Balik. Among its findings, “the Carnival in the dark” – program for the blind.

In the program of the festival numerous parades and themed parades and masquerades, entrance fees are in the hundreds of dollars.

A major influx of visitors and local fans to dress in ancient costumes, as always, will take the main city square of San Marco. Her ensembles perform medieval music, acrobats and actors.

The first documentary mention of the carnival of Venice refers to 1094, and in 1296 the Senate of the Venetian Republic, officially proclaimed the last day before lent a public holiday. On the streets of Venice facing the citizens in costumes of the world-famous characters of the Italian Commedia Dell’arte — harlequin, Pierrot, Pantaloon. Columbine became the emblem of the holiday.

From Venice carnivals gradually spread to other cities and countries. The main attributes of any of the carnival steel costumes and masks designed to hide social disparities and to equalize all at the festival. In Venice carnival masks have become so popular that they began to wear on ordinary days, often under the mask was hiding to commit nefarious deeds. This forced the Church to ban the wearing of masks outside the carnivals.

Venetian masks are made of leather or papier-mache. The earliest masks were rather simple in design, often had both symbolic and practical value. Modern masks are painted by hand, using soil and leaf gold. They are decorated with feathers and precious stones. In the days of carnival masks sell in Venice at every step.

Every year over half a million tourists come to Venice for carnival activities — including for participation in them. The carnival opens oldest Venetian festival — Festa delle Marie, which is dedicated to the liberation of the Venetian girls, kidnapped by pirates from Istria.

St. Mark’s square shows are held in the style of Commedia Dell’arte, and then rain down on the audience tons of confetti. Then begins the carnival procession.

City squares are concerts, fireworks, theaters performances on the theme of the carnival, in the ancient palaces of the city are given to fancy-dress balls.

Organized and costumed performances, which reliably recreate fabulous, frivolous atmosphere of carnivals of the past centuries.

In 1996 the carnival of Venice got its own anthem, which was written by the famous couturier Pierre Cardin. In recent years, the staging of the projects of the Venetian carnival the Russian artist Mikhail Shemyakin, in his sketches of the costumes are created for a wide audience.

In the shops of Venice huge selection of costumes and masks for everyone to take part in the carnival.

In Italy, the carnival is celebrated two weeks. A few days before the official opening of carnival in the city attracts romantics from all over the world.