Santarcangelo dei Teatri organises the oldest festival dedicated to the contemporary performing arts in Italy and one of the most significant in the European context of theatre and dance. A tight relation between the city and the commitment to the arts led to its foundation in 1971, which was marked by the international dimension and the relationship with the public square. The Festival was born at the crossroads between the dimensions – constantly rethought and rearticulated – that have always characterised it: the international artistic presences, the relationship with the public space of Santarcangelo and the collectivity of its citizens. The association’s activities unfold continuously throughout the year, organising gatherings and events aimed at nurturing the local theatrical culture by hosting artists in residencies and curating projects designed for the local audience. Then in the summer, the festival explodes for ten days in July, intensely for the artists’ presence, creations, performances, seminars, workshops, meeting places.
Santarcangelo Festival builds a temporary community of artists, citizens and spectators, who gather around contemporary performing arts. It is a festival where creation/production takes place: it commissions and co-produces artistic projects; works with national and international cultural institutions and artistic organisations; engages in a continuous reflection on the relationship between art, the city and the public dimension that articulates its approach to both the physical spaces and the thematic and artistic trajectories of research.