03 - 11 Sep 2022

Talking Islands 2022

Don't miss Islands That Speak, among the most beautiful and interesting events in September 2022.

The XXVIth edition of the Islands Talking International Festival, directed by Paolo Angeli and Nanni Angeli, will take place Sept. 3 to 11, 2022 in Gallura - between Palau, La Maddalena, Arzachena and Luogosanto - and will make a return stop in Barbagia, in Orani, thanks to the renewed collaboration
with the Nivola Museum.

The Festival has always been characterized by the original juxtaposition of innovation and tradition, encouraging a comparison between what circulates in international festival networks and Sardinia's most original expressions.

The event enhances the valuable tangible and intangible heritage of these lands, with Palau, the focus of the event, and other coastal and inland Gallura areas as a fantastic corollary.

The calendar of appointments

The program is divided into four sections:

  • Islands Talking Music, with the program of concerts and performances in some of the most striking places of Gallura's historical and scenic heritage, such as beaches, archaeological areas and country churches, by some of the most interesting artists in the avant-garde scene internationally;
  • Islands Talking to Children, dedicated to children/youth with educational workshops, performances and screenings;
  • Islands Talking Photographywith a photography exhibition each year dedicated to a big name in international photography;
  • Islands that Speak of Flavourswith the tasting of excellent food and wine from our region.




1st Stage, Arzachena

In Arzachena at sunset, at 6:30 p.m., the Tomb of the Giants Coddu Vecchju will host the enveloping and unpredictable music of the duo composed of Fabio Mina, flutes and electronics, and Francesco Savoretti, percussion and electronics, with their new project Threshold, which combines the timbres of traditional instruments with electronics, pushing beyond genres, between improvisation and composition. Event in collaboration with Ge.Se.Co. Arzachena S.u.r.l. Introduction to the site byArchaeologist Silvia Ricci.



2nd Stage, Luogosanto

In Luogosanto, at 6:30 p.m., it will be the striking Palazzo di Baldu, a Judicial-era site nestled in the green Gallura countryside, that will serve as the backdrop for the overwhelming performance by the international band Ayom (Brazil, Angola, Greece, Italy).

A journey on the routes of the African diaspora, from the shores of the Atlantic to those of the Mediterranean Sea, combining the sensuality of Brazilian carimbó and Colombian cumbia, the tropical colors of baiao and forrò from northeastern Brazil, the dragging rhythms of semba--a traditional musical genre and dance from Angola--the swirling energy of Cape Verde's coladeira, funaná, and guaguanco, to more contemporary and urban aspects, characterized by intense colors and glowing rhythms.

On stage: Jabu Morales, vocals and percussion, Timoteo Grignani, percussion, Alberto Becucci, accordion, Walter Martins, percussion, Ricardo Quinteira, guitar, Francesco Valente, bass.




3rd Stage, Palau

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

c/o Montiggia Cultural Center

The Festival will resume in Palau - always the heart of the event - with Islands Talking to Children curated by Alessandra Angeli, the section dedicated to children and young people, which is turning 18.

Through theatrical and musical languages, via visual arts and animated cinema, young participants will dialogue with places, history, the environment and their own way of being, thinking and fantasizing.

This year three pathways divided into three different age groups, from 6 to 18 years old, will be activated.

Younger children will be creative and dancing protagonists with Chi c'è sotto i fili? Construction and animation activities. of wire puppets curated by Nadia Imperio; there will be singing and sounds of pipes, with the "recycle orchestra" of Even pipes play music workshop curated by Aleksandar Caric.

IIn the end, older kids will dive into the magical world of Clay animation with Hidden Thoughts, an animation film workshop curated by Vinz Beschi and Nicole Bolpagni.

On the evening of Sept. 5, the Effetto Notte Arena will host the Animated Night curated by Andrea Martignoni and a selection of short animated films made in collaboration with ANIMAPHIX animation film festival - Bagheria Palermo.

*Registration for activities is mandatory. Fee-based workshops, limited places.




9:15 p.m.

c/o Montiggia Cultural Complex, Arena Effetto Notte

Animated Night curated by Andrea Martignoni. Selection of animated short films in collaboration with ANIMAPHIX International Animation Film Festival - Bagheria Palermo




6 p.m.

c/o "The Cross" Municipal Park - Tartafone Trail

The "Taste of Workshops" - dedicated to very young children ages 4 to 6 and their parents - will return on a journey of discovery of the Conca Fraicata and other mansions with the Munari workshop curated by Noemi Bermani to be held at La Croce/Tartafone Park.

7.30 p.m.

This will be followed by the puppet and marionette show "Matthew the Bunny" by acclaimed young artist Davide Serra aka Effetto Serra.

*Free activity for parents and children from 4 years old. Registration required




c/o Montiggia Theater

9:15 p.m.

The three-day workshop will conclude, as usual, on the evening of September 7 with a public presentation of what was experienced and achieved in the workshops. An evening open to all and made up of images, sounds and many emotions.



Stage 4, La Maddalena - Palau

La Maddalena

c/o Location Punta Tegge

6.30 p.m.

It will get into the heart of the Festival with the long weekend of music and photography that will accompany the public until Sunday 11.

The first event of the day will be the fascinating sunset concert on the Tegge Cliff in La Maddalena featuring Synne Sanden Trio (Norway) with the band leader on piano and vocals, accompanied by Henrik Schimdt (synthesizers and accordion), and Julie Kleive (synthesizers and percussion).

Sanden, a leading Norwegian avant-garde pop artist characterized by a highly personal, highly emotional and almost theatrical drama, will present a synthesis of his solo discography in a semiacoustic concert featuring art-pop oriented Nordic melodies.


c/o Cineteatro Montiggia - Multi-purpose rooms

21:30 hours

The program will continue in Palau with the inauguration of Franco Zecchin's exhibition Continente Sicilia hosted in the multipurpose rooms of the Cineteatro Montiggia, which, at 9:30 p.m., will officially kick off Islands Talking Photography the section of the festival that has always been dedicated to the big names in photojournalism and reportage photography.

The exhibition-which will be open to the public until Oct. 9-will present a wide selection of images ranging from 1975 to 1994, a period in which Zecchin photographed Sicily during the years of the Mafia war and strong civil commitment, not leaving out aspects concerning society, culture, traditions and everyday life.

Images born out of the tension between aesthetic research and social critique: mafia brutality, made up of murders and attacks, are accompanied by trials and funerals; images of life experiences inside psychiatric hospitals are alternated with those of urban spaces, religious festivals, encounters and relationships in a dense social context open to the world.

The perspective proposed by the exhibition route is antithetical to that of a marginal insularity locked in its uniqueness, resigned to suffering the oppression of mafia power and unable to react to the stimuli of global actuality.

The protests and mobilizations are a reminder that Sicily is not only the birthplace of the mafia but also of antimafia and numerous social experiments.

At 10:30 p.m. the audience will then have the opportunity to learn more about Zecchin's work and oeuvre. The photographer, who, together with Letizia Battaglia his life and work partner for more than 20 years, has narrated Sicily and the Mafia around the world, will talk about himself in the meeting/lecture Reflections on the Ethics of a Craft, which will be held at the end of the opening.

Followed at 10:00 p.m.

Momenti DiVini, a tasting of wines from small Sardinian producers, the first of the moments dedicated to the territory and its products of Islands That Speak of Flavors.

Followed at 10:30 p.m.

c/o Palau's Effetto Notte Arena

Reflections on the ethics of a craft The photographer tells his story Meeting/lecture with Franco Zecchin.



5th Stage, Palau

c/o Talamone Location

11:30 a.m.

There are four concerts scheduled throughout the day.

In the morning at 11:30 a.m., Christian Ferlaino (Calabria) - alto sax, baritone sax and cowbells - will perform solo on the cliffs of Talmone in Palau at the end of a trek that will take the audience from Cala Scilla to the military Battery of Talmone, now a FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano property.

Bad Habits, this is the title of the performance, draws from the musical worlds of Ferlaino, a musician, researcher and composer: from the contemporary music scene (with a focus on the European improvisation scene) to Calabrian folk music, to bring to life a solo that explores the potential of repetition and variation.

Closing the event will be The Honey, a presentation and tasting led by Apiaresos Apicoltori di Sardegna of the "Isole26" bottle of Liune mead for the festival.


c/o Marinella Cove at 6:30 p.m.

In the afternoon at Cala Martinella at 6:30 p.m. for Risacca #17, it will be, however, the unprecedented duo composed of Turkish musicians Melisa Yildirim on kamancha and Ahmet Ozan Baysal on the double-handled bağlama (saz), who will lead the audience on a journey between the musics of Anatolia and free improvisation, in dialogue with the sounds of the sea in one of Palau's most intimate and collected bays. We will find Ahmet Ozan Baysal - performer and composer - with his music that synthesizes traditional bağlama şelpe techniques and harmonic practices in tonal and jazz music.


c/o Punta Palau - Porto Faro Location, at 9:30 p.m.

Ahmet Ozan Baysal solo (TurChia) bağlama (saz) with double handle.

Followed at 10:30 p.m.

Taking the stage will be Duo Ruut (Estonia), a project born from the meeting of the two young musicians and composers Katariina Kivi and Ann-Lisett Rebane, both on vocals and zither, who play together four-handed, which has brought the Estonian tradition, reinterpreted in a minimalist key, to the forefront of European Global Music. Central to the performance of this original project are the two voices, ethereal and charming, and the zither used as drums as well as a stringed instrument.



6th Stage, Palau

c/o St. George's Country Church

10:30 a.m.

The traditional appointment at St. George's Country Church with the 10:30 a.m. meeting/lecture will this year feature Melisa Yildirim, Ahmet Ozan Baysal, and Alessandro Santacaterina in dialogue, who will also be featured at 11:30 a.m., at the end of the meeting, in the concert Il primo canto.

Followed at 11:30 a.m.

Alessandro Santacaterina's concert. The young Calabrian musician, on the prepared chitarra battente, translates the musical tradition of his homeland into the contemporary, creating a meeting ground between the great composers of the 20th century - John Cage and Bruno Maderna - and the typical dances of Calabria, distinguishing himself with a completely personal approach - based on the preparation of his instrument, the use of the bow and a loop station - that makes each of his performances unique.

Follows at 1:15 p.m.

The morning at St. George's will end as usual with a country aperitif and tasting of Sardinian wine excellence.


c/o Palau's Bear Rock- Location Capo d'Orso, at 5 p.m.

In the afternoon, at 5 p.m., the program will resume-after a two-year absence-with one of the festival's most beloved events for audiences, Di Granito XVII Edition Traditional musics between sacred and profane.

The traveling acoustic concert of traditional music with the soundtrack of the Bear Rock dedicated to Pietro Sassu and Mario Cervo, realized in collaboration with ISRE, Lugori S.c.a.r.l., Archivio Mario Cervo, Ass. "Tottoi Zobbe e Antoni Are." With us this year will be Tenore S'arborinu de Orune (Sardinia), with Angelo Soma and Antonio Tolu boche, Piero Cidda mesu boche, Francesco Chessa contra, Franco Monni basciu, and Tenore Ususule de Siniscola (Sardinia), with Antonio Secchi oche, Antonio Dettori mesu oche, Domenico Carta contra, Francesco Carta bassu.

*Event in collaboration with Lugori S.c.a.r.l., ISRE, Mario Cervo Archives, Ass. "Tottoi Zobbe and Antoni Are."


c/o Punta Palau - Porto Faro Location, at 9:30 p.m.

Starting at 9:30 p.m., finally, the second and last appointment at Punta Palau, in Porto Faro, for Al Faro #9: at the opening of the evening, we will meet again with Melisa Yildirim (Turkey) virtuoso of kamancha, an instrument of Persian origin, traditionally used in the classical music orchestras of the East and included - due to its performance and construction practices - among UNESCO's Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Yildirim, who will offer a solo performance, has modified the instrument, adding a string, and redefined it, creating a crossover with jazz, improvised music and music from other geographical areas, weaving an ideal bridge between East and West.

Followed at 10:30 p.m.

Next, at 10:30 p.m. it will be time for one of the most anticipated concerts of this edition, that of the Yazz Ahmed Quartet (Bahrain/UK). Yazz Ahmed, trumpeter, composer and producer.

In fact, she is now considered one of the most important figures in international contemporary jazz and is particularly praised for her work that crosses the boundaries between jazz and electronics, combining the spiritual sounds of the Middle East with the futuristic flavor of the contemporary U.K. jazz scene and resulting in what has been described as a "psychedelic, intoxicating and compelling Arab jazz." Joining her on stage will be musicians Ralph Wyld on vibraphone, Dave Manington on bass, and Martin France on drums.



7th Stage, Palau / Aarchipelago of La Maddalena


c/o Filigheddu Estates

11:00 a.m.

The last day of the Festival will open again this year with a special concert hosted at a local winery: at 11 a.m. at Tenute Filigheddu will feature Pororoca (Sardinia): Alessandro Cau on drums, Federico Fenu on trombone and Tancredi Emmi on double bass.

Drawing various elements from world musics, the trio brings to life a contemporary jazz language steeped in contamination, in which composition and improvisation merge and become unrecognizable.

Follows at 11:00 a.m.

At the end of the performance, at 11:00 a.m., we will celebrate with a Toast to "next year" and wine tasting of Filigheddu Estates' wines.

La Maddalena

c/o Cala Corsara -Island of Spargi

6.30 p.m.

In the afternoon, at 6:30 p.m., Isole che Parlano will return to the archipelago of La Maddalena with one of the most beloved events in the history of the Festival: the host of the wonderful sunset concert at Cala Corsara on Spargi Island will be for this edition precisely the musician Yazz Ahmed - this time solo - with trumpet, filicorn and electronics.


At the same time, in the heart of Barbagia, at 6:30 p.m. in Orani will be Alessandro Santacaterina with his prepared beating guitar and Melisa Yildirim on kamancha, the special guests of the concert realized in collaboration with the Nivola Museum.

Last event of the festival at


c/o Old Alau Beach

21:00 hours

It will return, finally, to Palau at 9 p.m., for the traditional Salute to the Sea: with a short concert on the Spiaggiadi Palau Vecchio in which Islands That Speak will give its audience a rendezvous for the next edition.


    islands talking 2022 playbill



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