Acclaimed Italian actor Luca Zingaretti will launch the 2016 Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film and Music with a special preview event in Oxford on Thursday 21 July, ahead of the official festival taking place in October this year.
The actor, famous for his title role in the Italian mystery TV series Inspector Montalbano, based on the novels of Andrea Camilleri, will be at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford on Thursday 21 July for a special reading of extracts from Giuseppe Tomaso di Lampedusa‘s short story Lighea in Italian, with a musical accompaniment.
The preview event, organised with the help of the Italian Cultural Institute, is just a taster of the Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film and Music, which takes place from Thursday 13 October to Sunday 16 October 2016.
This year’s edition will see a significant Italian theme to this year’s festival, which also includes an appearance by the up-and-coming young Italian journalist and food interpreter Eleonora Galasso, author of As the Romans Do: Authentic and Reinvented Recipes from the Eternal City.
It is also a good chance to visit Blenheim Palace, the home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The 18th century baroque architecture palace boasts over 300 years of history and is a World Heritage Site, surrounded by more than 2000 acres of Capability Brown landscaped parkland and formal gardens.
Tickets are on sale for these events and for Luca Zingaretti’s preview event and booking is now open at www.blenheimpalaceliteraryfestival.com.
For the ones that cannot travel to Oxford, there will be a second date the day after. In fact, Luca Zingaretti will perform La Sirena during the special event Sicilian Splendour on Friday 22 July 2016 at British Museum. The event is free, but booking is essential. For more information visit British Museum website.