LA NOTTE ROSA
In June in Otranto there’s the Pink Night. An event dedicated to women, to women’s work, to art. There are many events organized each year such as the local wine tastings, open-air and in local concerts, plays, exhibitions, debates and conferences, literary and artistic events. The entire town of Otranto becomes an ideal stage between the seaside, squares and streets.
SAGRA DELL’INSALATA GRIKA
In July in Martignano there’s the Festival of the grika salad and sausage. This event began in 1992 and offers various specialties of Salento. The protagonist dish is the grilled sausage with Griko salad that comes from the tradition of the Salentina Greece. The salad is prepared with tomatoes, peppers, arugula, olives, capers, onion, cheese and chili. In addition, there are many musical events to continue the festival until late night.
SAGRA DEL PESCE
In July in Porto Cesareo there’s the Fish Festival, which is a regular event since the sixties and is loved by residents and tourists. Fresh fish is strictly fished in Salento and among the many recipes, the favorite one is definitely the frying, which is even better if accompanied by local wine.
OTRANTO JAZZ FESTIVAL
In July in Otranto there’s the Otranto Jazz Festival, with concerts of Italian and international artists and themed debates. Inside the event there’s also the Jazz & wine, a mix of music and wine, with tastings and awards to local companies.
CAVALCATA STORICA E FIERA DELL’INCORONATA
In August in Nardò there are the historical Ride and the festival of the Incoronata. This event aims to evoke an ancient medieval fair and for the occasion they organize a ride and a procession with costumed actors, jesters, musicians and acrobats. The procession reaches the Incoronata Church for the edict of the market opening.
LA NOTTE BIANCA
In August in Specchia there’s the White Night. One of the most beautiful events of the summer which sees the streets and squares of the village alive with lights, colors and music. There are many events organized for the occasion, many dedicated to music, from folk to international rock and jazz to theater with several performances in the streets of the village, and even performances of folk dances and modern dance. For lovers of literature there will be salons and themed debates, also film screenings and art installations. Many laboratories and shows for children.
LA NOTTE DELLA TARANTA
In August in Melpignano, the Night of the Taranta closes a long music festival in stages. The concert of Melpignano is the conclusion of a summer event dedicated to the music of various genres, rock, pop, soul, and of course traditional folk music. Many Italian and international artists perform on stage of what is affectionately called “concertone”, to give life to an exciting show that each year attracts thousands of fans from all over Italy.