Venice Carnival 2016

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From 23 January 2016 to 09 February 2016

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From January 23 to February 9, Venice will host one of the most anticipated events of its calendar... The program of the 2016 Venice Carnival promises a lot of surprises!

Thanks to the new artistic director Marco Maccapani, the Carnival of Venice 2016 will aim to promote the area and its traditions to return to engage and excite the inhabitants of Venice and not just tourists. Are you ready to join in? Make a note of the most exciting Venice Carnival 2016 events and the appointments not to be missed of this long tradition!

Let's start with the Carnival of Venice dates for 2016: 18 days of celebrations - from 23 January to 9 February - masks, fun and famous masquerades will open the doors of a Venice of the past, linked to traditions that have been forgotten: from the official opening on Shrove Tuesday, the Venice Carnival 2016 program is preparing to engage and enchant thousands of people!

Carnival of Venice dates 2016

  • Saturday 23 January - the Carnival of Venice 2016 officially opens the festivities with the traditional Venetian Festival on the water! The Cannaregio Canal will transform itself once again into a fascinating stage of water that will excite spectators from around the world.
  • Sunday 24 January 2016 - Venice Carnival continues with the fascinating water parade of the Venetian Rowing Associations: from Punta della Dogana, the procession will travel along the Canal Grande to Rio di Cannaregio where it will continue to the applause of the audience along the banks. From midday food stands will offer cicheti, savoury specialties of the Venetian cuisine and Venice Carnival cakes, music and animation will surround the water parade along the Rio di Cannaregio.
  • Saturday 30 January around 2.30pm the traditional 'Marie parade' will depart from San Pietro di Castello along Via Garibaldi and the Riva degli Schiavoni to St Mark's Square where there will be the official presentation of the Marie of the 2016 Carnival. During the Venice Carnival 2016 program ceremony on Saturday 30 January the Carnival of Venice 2016 will recall the tribute that the Doge used to reserve to twelve beautiful maidens from Venice, providing them with jewellery for their wedding. The Festival of Maria offers the chance to see beautiful Venetian clothes and to take part in one of the oldest traditions of the city. The festival will continue for several days, until the proclamation of the Maria of the 2016 Carnival to be held on Mardi Gras.
  • Sunday 31 January - Flight of Angel Venice Carnival. Considered one of the most anticipated events of the Carnival, the Flight of the Angel in Venice provides for the official opening of the celebrations of St. Mark's Square. Maria of the Carnival 2015 will accomplish the historic flight svolo from St Mark's Bell Tower to the cheers of the audience watching the show from the square.
  • Sunday 7 February: The Carnival of Venice 2016 is preparing to close with three days of great events! At about midday the Flight of the Eagle, another spectacular flight from St Mark's Bell Tower executed by a surprise guest, while in the afternoon there will be the award ceremony of Venice Carnival mask competition 'The finest Mask' with the awards for the best mask of the 2016Carnival. In Mestre, there will be the appointment with the Donkey's Flight from the Tower to the stage in Ferretto Square, a popular parody of the Flight of the Angel in Venice of St Mark's Square.
  • Monday 8 February: the festivities continue in St. Mark's Square with the non-competitive parade of the finalists of the competition for the best mask.
  • Tuesday 9 February: Venice Carnival festivities conclude with proclamation of the winner of the Maria Carnival of Venice 2016. Around 5pm the symbol of Venice, the winged lion of St. Mark, is erected up St Mark's Bell tower to fly over the audience in the square!

Besides the major annual events, such as the Carnival of Venice flight of the Angel the Carnival of Venice 2016 will offer entertainment and daily events all day round! Cultural itineraries, exhibitions, readings, live DJ music and more to give people visiting Venice an unforgettable experience; at the Venice Carnival Arsenale you can dance and be entertained until late at night while those who prefer the elegant masked balls in Venice - both in the historic city centre buildings and the most exclusive hotels -will be spoiled for choice:

Friday 29 January 2016

Saturday 30 January 2016

Sunday 31 January 2016

Tuesday 2 February 2016

Wednesday 3 February 2016

Thursday 4 February 2016 (Shrove Tuesday)

Friday 5 February 2016

Saturday 6 February 2016

Sunday 7 February 2016

Monday 8 February 2016

Tuesday 9 February 2016

We recommend that you book soon your stay in the lagoon.. The Carnival of Venice 2016 dates await you from 23 January to 9 February!

The Carnival of Venice 2016 will be a Carnival with the Venetians, a carnival that will also involve the nearby cities of the mainland, and that will be dedicated to arts, crafts and traditions of the city. The first event entrusted to the artistic direction of Mark Maccapani, the Carnival of Venice 2016 aims to return to the origins, shifting the emphasis from the purely commercial aspects that characterized the latest editions. The Carnival of Venice has always been linked to a sense of freedom and irony, but it is also an important cultural event that attracts thousands of visitors a year to Venice: Mark Maccapani aims to combine these two features to organize a far-reaching event! An event for the people and with the people!

Among other innovations announced by the new artistic director is the absence of the big stage in St Mark's Square, a fixture of the latest editions, where instead it will be possible to see the work of skilled craftsmen of excellence in terms of Venetian art, products and crafts; great return of the now proven event of the Venice Carnival Arsenale, which this year will be divided into three different admission prices.

Marco Maccapani is well worth a presentation as he took David Rampello's place as the artistic director of the Venice Carnival. Marco Maccapani will have the task of creating and co-ordinating the Carnival of Venice 2016, defining the main themes that will follow the new edition of the Venice Carnival. In addition to a respectable curriculum developed especially in fashion, where he distinguished himself as an organizer of major events both in public and private, Marco Maccapani collaborated to organize events and fashion shows for brands like Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Gucci and Armani, just to name a few. He is also a television producer and director of movies and video clips for the most important fashion houses worldwide.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff