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Madonnari Arts Festival

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September 30, 2016 - October 02, 2016

his 4-day cultural event will showcase elaborate chalk paintings created by artists directly on the streets of Little Italy. The event will be enhanced with Italian food, wine, music, theater and dance in a celebration of the contemporary renaissance of Baltimore's historic Italian neighborhood.

Professional and student artists will become i madonnari for the celebration. Little Italy proudly hosts three Madonnari from Italy, Flavio Coppola, Francesca Arsi and Matteo Appignani and Baltimore's own Maestro Madonnaro, Michael Kirby.  Anthony Cappetto, known for combining 4d technology with 2d and 3d art, will also be featured among the exciting roster of participating visual artists. The street art will be judged by a selection of local media and entertainment celebrities and professional artists.

Local, national and international performing artists will participate in a series of indoor and outdoor events sponsored by the Little Italy restaurants.   On the weekend afternoons, Laura Norris, founder and instructor of Mando for Kids, will lead her young Baltimore City musicians as they play Italian and contemporary music using the old style bow back mandolin.  An Italian dance troupe, VIGINTI MILLYS from Lascari, Sicily will perform outdoors as part of the festivities.    The Baltimore School for the Arts Senior Acting Ensemble, under the direction of Theater Head, Donald Hicken, and Sally Boyett, Artistic Director of the Annapolis Shakespeare Company, will perform scenes from Carlo Goldoni's "A Servant of Two Masters,"  staged in several of the Little Italy restaurants.  A comprehensive schedule of events will be published on this website and posted in the Little Italy restaurants.

Event Details

Event Category
  • Free
  • Kid-friendly
  • Local Artists
  • Special Events
General Information
  • Admission: Free
  • Event Time(s): September 30 - October 2 (11 am – 10 pm)
  • Family-friendly
  • Free Admission
  • Little Italy


Little Italy Baltimore
Baltimore, MD 21202
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