Palermo has been named “Italian Capital of Culture 2018.” The decision will result in a million-euro award for Cultural promotion and investments, as well as a likely increase in tourist visits.
The Sicilian capital is organizing “Manifesta 12”, the European Biennale of Contemporary Art. Another initiative currently under development is promoting an Arab-Norman route that will connect Palermo with Cefalù and Monreale.
Palermo’s Teatro Massimo has already scheduled opera performances for 2018, including Verdi’s “Nabucco,” Puccini’s “Turandot,” and the ballet “Adam's Passion” (directed by Bob Wilson); it will also host the multiethnic “Arcobaleno” choir. Their themes include migration in the Mediterranean (with the Immigrant Literature Festival) and religious traditions, starting with the Feast of Saint Rosalia.
And here’s the icing on the cake: Palermo has also been named the Italian Capital of Young People 2017.
Consequently a number of cultural activities and tourist visits in Palermo will be scheduled in next year's program ranging from concerts to art exhibitions and theatre performances.