Messina, dress rehearsals for the Christmas tree in Piazza Cairoli. The inauguration is on Friday

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By John

Technical tests for the Christmas tree in Piazza Cairoli. Yesterday the first switch-on for the general tests, in view of the inauguration on 8 December. The main urban spaces are being equipped – above all Piazza Unione Europea is changing face -, embellishing the pedestrian areas of the Duomo area and Piazza Cairoli, strengthening the artistic lighting, cleaning up some areas left (guiltily) in pitiful conditions for too long . Countdown, therefore, for Christmas in Messina which includes many events.

The start is on December 21st with Dolcenera in Piazza Unione EuropeaDJ set with Gabri Ponte on the 23rd in Piazza Duomo, the return of Pooh to the shores of the Strait on 28 December, again in Piazza Duomo, on the night of December 31st the party with The Good Fellas, accompanied by a DJ set by Radio Italia, the radio station that will be present and accompany the scheduled initiatives, which with regard to the performances of artists will end on the 4th next January, with the performance of the theater of fire with the participation of artists from Cirque du Soleil, in Piazza Duomo. In relation to the Christmas traditions of nativity scenes, decorations and lights, the scenario of the displays has been expanded, favoring the villages. A nativity scene will also be set up in Piazza Cairoli; as well as enhancing some city streets such as via Malvagna, Cicerone and via Laudano which will be illuminated with personalized lights and references to Messina in the context of the rediscovery of street art; in addition to the White Night of Sport along the pedestrian area and the opera concert “Exsultate, Jubilate” on January 6, in the Cathedral Basilica. On the subject of valorisation of the villages, Father Giuseppe Giunti of the parish of Massa San Nicola, present at the meeting, illustrated the initiative organized in synergy with the Administration which involves the setting up of a Santa Claus Village in the Messina village to offer citizens will be given the opportunity to take a planned tour inside the homes of the village, with the aim of turning on the spotlight and making known a territorial reality, hit hard by last summer’s fires.