Santarcangelo dei Teatri runs the oldest Italian festival dedicated to the contemporary performing arts 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 re-articulated – that have always characterised it: the international artistic presences, the relationship with the public space of Santarcangelo and the collectivity of its citizens.
Since 2012, Santarcangelo Festival runs its activities with continuity throughout the year, creating projects and events dedicated to the local community and hosting artists through an international artistic residency programme. Santarcangelo Festival takes over the city during ten summer days, in July, filled with artists, creations, shows, workshops, meetings, building a temporary community of performers, citizens and spectators, who gather around contemporary performing arts.