The Folkloristic Group
“SICILIA ANTICA” from Agrigento, was formed at the end of the 1980’s, it is with out a
doubt one of the highed artistic expression of the popular folkloric tradition of Agrigento.
The Group is formed of young students who are aware of how important their own origins are,
and with love and devoted sacrifices they devote their own free time to a single end:
to promote the historical – cultural image of their own country of origin, across the diffusion
of the oldest local traditions.
The Group proposes goes back various moments of the past: life in the fields, life of the
fisherman, lovers meeting and matrimony. All this is danced to a frantic rhythm and
hammering music of tarantella, polka, and mazurka.
The important characteristic of these dances is the speed and the execution of the
various peaces that gives them a high spectacular aspect.
The Musical Group
(Small Orchestra) Formed of ten people, they play the tipical instruments of the sicilian folklore
such as: “Mancalarruni” (jews harp), “Friscalettu” (flute, made by hand of bamboo cane),
“Quartara” (jug), “Mandolino” (mandolin), “Chitarra” (guitar), “Tamburello” (tambourine)
and “Fisarmonica” (accordion), everything is treated with craftsmanship and love.
worn trace back in every characteristic of those of the 1800’s, the lady’s costume
consists of: a wide skirt with pleads (in silk for the summer and brocade for the winter),
a white blouse made precious with lace, a bodice laced up in the front with colored
laces, an apron and and long drawers.
The men’s costume consists of: black corduroy trausers down to the knee, white shirt
and black corduroy vest, at the neck a pair of red “pom-pom”.
During the Christmas season the members of the musical group wear a wool vest and
long cloak, tipical of shepherds on the mountains and with the caracteristic music of a
shawn and bombard they carry out the novena’s (traditional Christmas songs).
from the date of it’s foundation the Folkloristic Group “SICILIA ANTICA” from
Agrigento has participated in a numerous national and international manifestations of
significant importance, obtaining significant approval. For this the group enjoys a higt
consideration in the confines of the Italian section of C.I.O.F.F. (International Council
Festival Folkloric Organizzation) and of the F.I.T.P. (Federation Italian Tradition Popular).
Also the participations are many to important national, international and regional
The research activity of the antique popular traditions of the Folkloristic Group “SICILIA
ANTICA” from Agrigento has been materialized with the production of an assembled
musical collection in musicassette and CD’s containing the readaptation of different
tipical pieces like: “Vitti ‘na crozza”, “Ciuri ciuri” etc.
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