Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Rutigliano Whistle Festival

Photo by:  Svetlana Kousmenko

The city of Rutigliano, located southwest of Bari, held its 23rd annual ceramic whistle festival in mid-January. The key event of this festival is a national competition for most attractive whistle. This year's theme was "Whistles and Italian Unification" because 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the formation of the republic of Italy. Groups of whistle-makers from all over the country participated in the competition.

Alongside the competition, there is a large street fair set up in the town's historic centre where local whistle-makers hawk their wares. Traditional (and not so traditional) foods are sold on the street and local folk music can be heard.

11 comments:

Karl said...

Beautiful picture, Saretta.

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MaCoBra said...

Nice handcrafts.. , though it's not something I would buy.. :)

Virginia said...

HOw beautiful! For some reason I thought Mexico when I saw them.
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Ming the Merciless said...

These sun faces are so much fun and cheery.

Luis Gomez said...

Haven't seen you in a while. Nice shot Saretta.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Interesting post.

VP said...

This festival is funny, I can't imagine a competition for an attractive whistle, you have to tell us something more about this.

Jacob said...

Hi Saretta...nice to hear from you again! Hope that all is well. I'm sorry I haven't visited for awhile...I just can't keep up with all of my favorite blogs!

These are so interesting...never have heard of ceramic whistles; what are they used for?

I think the whistle festival would be great fun!

Jacob said...

Hi Saretta...I'm going to try again to make a comment. My first one was rejected by AOL mail which makes no sense whatsoever.

Anyway, I said I love your post and these whistles and wonder what they are used for in Italy.

Saretta said...

Thanks everyone for your comments! The whistles do seem a bit Mexican, don't they? But they are all-Italian! You can actually blow them, but basically they are just decorative.