New Year’s Eve events in Rome 2020
The city of Rome kicks off 2020 with the fourth edition of La Festa di Roma, an all-day extravaganza that lasts 24 hours from December 31st at 9pm till 9pm of January 1st. The event promises to entertain with more than 100 performances involving 1000 artists coming from different countries and continents taking place all around the Eternal City.
La Festa di Roma swaps traditional stages for the Capital’s bridges, theaters and piazzas, unfolding in an area of 70,000sqm, in between Piazza dell’Emporio, Ponte Fabricio, Giardino degli Aranci and Piazza Bocca delle Verità.
The theme of this year’s Festa di Roma is dedicated to the relationship between man and Nature. A party conceived as a journey through Nature, within terrestrial ecosystems and their biodiversity, poetically interpreted on January 1st as a journey through five immersive environments in and around the Earth, a land without borders and without barriers, an Earth that makes diversity its value. The five ecosystems will coexist and contaminate the vast area available to the festival: the world of ice and fresh water / the colorful world of pastures and grasslands / the world of deserts / the world of jungles, forests and woods / the world of the sea. Each environment, which the public will be able to go through at will, will be animated by artistic performances, visionary scenarios and themed installations, which important international artists will create specifically, to amaze and engage viewers.
The event begins at the iconic Circo Massimo at 9pm, where spectators will be immersed in a light and sound show dedicated to our planet with images by Dutch video-artist Armand Dijicks and the Italians Officine_K accompanied by acrobatic performances and fireworks. The night kicks off with Ascanio Celestini, and music by the children’s RUSTICA X BAND DIRETTA DA PASQUALE INNARELLA. To follow, the Andalusian company AERIAL JOCKEY STRADA will perform, for the first time in Italy, the aerial dance show Sylphes, with the choreography by Eduardo Zúñiga, directed by Roberto Strada and co-produced with Musica per Roma.
After the countdown to the new year, followed by the the fireworks show in contribution with Acea and live music by the PMCE – Ensemble Contemporary Music Park, the Dj set of the famous British pop rock icon SKIN, leader of the London band Skunk Anansie and undisputed spokesman for human rights, will kick off! SKIN, from the center of the Circus Maximus, will propose 2 hours of DJ sets with an explosive mixture of tech / house sounds. Runner up, Italian singer Carmen Consoli is going to take the stage with her rock music, followed by the promising young Italian talent Priestess.
The Festa di Roma will continue through January 1st 2020. Starting from midnight, most of the installations will come to life and the lighting design will illuminate the area in a new and spectacular way. Two light installations, Façade and Spider Circus, will be made ad hoc for the Festa di Roma by the French artists of GROUPE LAPS also thanks to the collaboration of Musica per Roma and Teatro di Roma.
While the morning of January 1st will be dedicated to the knowledge of the territory and the space that surrounds us with the project Pratiche di abitazione artistica del paesaggio a cura delle Biblioteche di Roma. Four artistic walks for adults and children – led by the artists and performers Leonardo Delogu and Valerio Sirna, founders of the DOM research project – will start at the same time at 11am from four libraries located in non central districts of the city, giving life to theatrical performances, dances, music and videos, to then meet at 3pm in the central area of the Festival.
From the early hours of the afternoon of 1 January, the party will move between Piazza dell’Emporio, Ponte Fabricio, Giardino degli Aranci and Piazza Bocca delle Verità with artistic interventions by important international companies and 18 site-specific events created exclusively for the event, which will allow the spectators to immerse themselves in every single ecosystem and to actively participate in shows, installations, musical performances and videos specifically dedicated to it.
There will also be many artistic interventions that will provide for the direct involvement of citizens, both within individual performances and through specific calls. An important role within the festival will also be that of the parades that, going through more than one area, will have the task of poetically reminding the spectators that ecosystems touch and contaminate each other and that it is in the contamination of its elements that the Earth becomes more strong and gives off even more beauty.
DJ sets, Concerts, musicals, theater, readings, video installations, and dance performances are scheduled throughout the 24 hours, with appearances by Marino Formenti, Nèle Azevedo, Alisa Andrasek and José Sanchez, Jean-Baptiste Andrè, Michele di Stefano, Masque Teatro, Viktor Vicsek, Tommaso Fagioli, Virginia Eleuteri Serpieri, Gianluca Abbate and many more. Participants include Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Teatro di Roma, Fondazione Romaeuropa, Speciale Palaexpo, and la Casa del Cinema among others, uniting a spectacular range of talent. Got little ones in town? Workshops and shows for kids are also on tap.
Download the full list of performers and when they’re on at lafestadiroma.it
LA FESTA DI ROMA 2020
31 December – 1 January 2020
9pm – 9pm