Sicilians are fiercely proud of their history and traditions which have protected and reinforced their cultural identity throughout invasion and emigration. Central to village life is the local Saint’s Day. This talk will explore the history and character of these events in the province of Syracuse and take you to visit the little town of Palazzolo Acreide, a World Heritage Site and this year’s runner up in the competition to find Il Borgo più Bello d’Italia, with over 2,500 years of history and two warring Saints.
Susan Kikoler has been the Honorary Director of the British-Italian Society since 2004, promoting Italian culture. A writer, public speaker and theatre critic, serving three times on the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award Panel, she taught English in Syracuse for five years and it remains her second home.
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