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Monday 13 June

In a nutshell

Amaraterra is the first pizzica ensemble in London – the traditional dance and music from Salento, the ‘heel’ of Italy.

Go on…

‘U pizzicu’ is the poisonous bite of the tarantula spider: in rural Salento, the traditional exorcism to ‘heal from the bite’ is to dance relentlessly to the frenetic, hypnotic beat of the tambourine till a state of trance is reached and healing is achieved.

However, pizzica and tarantella are also the dances of the village fete all over southern Italy, an always welcomed opportunity to socialize and flirt (pizzica de core) or friendly settle scores through simulated fencing (pizzica scherma). Tarantellas and popular ballads are the backbone of Italian folk tradition, one of the richest and oldest in the world.


What to expect

One of the oldest musical expressions of the Mediterranean is brought to you by a group of passionate musicians and dancers living in London and enriching its great and diverse cultural life. The ever present tambourines are accompanied by a variety of instruments – mandola, guitar, mouth organ, recorder, accordion, castanets, the hypnotic singing, and the thumping of dancing feet!

Enjoy a night of music and dance. Let yourself go, heal from the bite of the spider!

On the big screen

Spain v Czech Republic / Group D / 2pm

Republic of Ireland v Sweden / Group E / 5pm

Belgium v Italy / Group E / 8pm

What people are saying

‘If they were Irish, they would be nearer to Shane MacGowan than Len Graham.’ Vic Smith, fRoots

Why does Rich Mix matter?

‘It is a large venue in the heart of Shoreditch with a beautiful programme dedicated to world music’

Find out more


Facebook: /amaraterra

Things you should know

There will be a mixture of unreserved seating and standing space

This event is wheelchair accessible.