Photo by Maurizio Andreola
Summer, more than any other season, enlivens the cities and towns of the peninsula thanks to events and festivals of great appeal, both national and international. Among these, we cannot fail to mention the Tener-a-mente Festival, which the famous magazine GQ has defined as "one of the best festivals in Italy", along with, for example, the "Lucca Summer Festival" and the "Festival dei due Mondi" and "Umbria Jazz" in Spoleto.
What started out as a niche phenomenon linked to the Gardone Riviera area has now become a travelling event, enhancing the wonderful lake landscape of Lake Garda even further.
The Tener-a-mente Festival will take place in the luxuriant Parco del Vittoriale, a splendid natural and historical setting, with the notes of the songs spreading throughout the complex, from the mausoleum that holds the remains of Gabriele D'Annunzio to the SVA fighter plane that flew over the city of Vienna during the Great War, all the way to the famous ship Puglia, donated to D'Annunzio by the Regia Marina Militare and positioned with its prow facing the Adriatic Sea.
The Tener-a-mente Festival: the festival at D'Annunzio's home
History, art, culture and nature: these are the pillars on which the Tener-a-mente Festival is based. For ten years now, it has enlivened the summer evenings of Gardone Riviera, a beautiful village in the Brescia area on the shores of Lake Garda.
The exceptional theatre for the event, which alone is worth a detailed visit, is the Vittoriale degli Italiani, built by Gabriele D'Annunzio as if it were a stone case for his memories and memoirs.
The amphitheatre, which reminds many of the Roman Pompeian arena, offers a spectacular view of Lake Garda, the Rocca di Manerba, Sirmione and Monte Baldo. In previous editions, this spectacular setting has hosted performances by highly successful singers and artists, from Patti Smith to James Morrison, Paolo Conte to Ben Harper, the Martha Graham Dance Company to the New York City Ballet and Eleonora Abbagnato.
The Vittoriale amphitheatre has even been the protagonist of music videos, such as Enrico Ruggeri's "Il volo di Vienna" and Mario Biondi's "Love is a temple".
Once again this year, the Festival's programme - from 26 June to 2 August - includes highly anticipated performances by Daniele Silvestri, Patti Smith, Niccolò Fabi, Fiorella Mannoia, Samuele Bersani, Antonello Venditti, Max Gazzè, Gianna Nannini, Coma Cose, Vinicio Capossela and Francesco De Gregori. Since 20219, the Festival has had RMC as its official radio station.
In addition to the great classics, there are also the niche artists who propose a more alternative and original music and who will perform in the context of Tener-a-mente Oltre, which will take place in another of the most beautiful places of the Vittoriale, the Laghetto delle Danze. Wanted by D'Annunzio in the shape of a violin, this pond is literally embraced by the foliage of cypresses and palm trees, with the gurgling water of the Acqua Savia and Acqua Pazza streams: the stage is set on the water, as if it were a floating platform located in the shadow of the prow of the ancient torpedo boat Puglia.
The programme of the Tener-a-mente Festival
From 26 June onwards, the Tener-a-mente Festival will feature a packed programme embracing every musical genre, from commercial pop to rock.
Vinicio Capossela: the singer-songwriter opens the Tener-a-mente Festival with a narrative and intimate ballad, "Bestiario d'Amore", made up of four ballads that recall, in their sounds and themes, medieval compositions.