Written by Szidonia Lorincz
This project follows my quest during the summer of 2017 to grasp the atmosphere of the summer Festa celebrations through various cities. The center of the series are the people, who make this season all so special.
One of the most prominent signs of the festa season are the lights and the sounds that signal the presence of the people gathering. Each activity has its distinct visual character, the brighter, the better so everyone knows where the fun is happening. Also as these activities usually go late into the night, wherever is the brightest, it will attract the most people.
The heavily decorated streets give the impression that the Christmas season is coming up. It really is the first step to put everyone in the mood for celebration. Each town has their own style and distinctive colors and no street is left undecorated.
The streets are filled with random entertainment, from bingo tables, through games for children all the way to Freddie Mercury impersonators. Various activities provide fun for everyone spending their evenings outside on the streets, locals and curious tourists the same.
The brightly lit vendors sell all kinds of toys a child might desire. The streets are loud with the chatter of people and the laughter of children, and toys are changing hands all the time.
Street food becomes more popular and accessible. People move their meals to the streets, not missing one minute of the entertainment and fresh air that the upcoming evening can offer. The traffic is more regulated for the upcoming procession, and the streets basically turn into one big terrace for everyone to enjoy.
The blue light of the vendors’ cars is reflected in the windows. The relics remind people once more, that the festa is not just about having fun, there is a religious side to all of it, which is deeply rooted in the custom.