Akragas Folk Dance Group

About us

The "Akragas Folk Dance Group" was founded by a group of young people, keen of popular traditions, with the mandate of researching, spreading and staging, the folkloristic, historic and cultural traditions of the Sicilian people. The costumes worn by the group members represent a well defined historical period, that is the end of the nineteenth century. The musical instruments, the songs, the dances and the stagings instead embrace a greater historical period which includes: the Greek, Roman, Turkish, Arabic, Spanish and Norman dominations of the Island, all of which have molded, throughout the centuries, Sicily.

The spectacle includes the following distinctive song, dance and music of Sicily, among which:
FESTA IN CAMPAGNA (Veni ca Bedda) - (Song and dance)
TARANTELLA - Tarantella native to Agrigento (Dance)
MARRANZANATA - (Song accampanied by typical instrument "Marranzano")
POLKA SICILIANA - (Dance)
MAZURKA - (Dance)
VITTI 'NA CROZZA - (Song)
CIURI CIURI - Flowers Flowers (Song)
CANTO DEI MIETITORI - Song of the harvester 5Song)
U CHIOVU - The nail (Dance)
ABBALLATI ABBALLATI (Song and dance)

The distinctive musical instruments of the ensemble are:
MARRANZANO: which produces vibrant sound similar to the chirp of birds.
FRISCALETTU: a soloist reed flute.
QUARTARA: a jug in terracotta, which produces a sound similar to that of a bass.
TANNURETTU or TAMMURU: a wooden loom covered with kidskin
TAMMURU DI SAN CALO': a typical drum of Agrigento
CIARAMEDDA: an instument similar to a bagpipe.
CIANCIANI: little bells.
And also: ACCORDION, MANDOLIN AND GUITAR.