About the Festival

Mediterranean and cultural pluralism
Cerealia is a festival dedicated to all grains, as indeed happened in ancient Roman rites of Vesta and Ceres, the Ludi. In a broader view, the festival is extended to all countries of the Mediterranean area, from which the subtitle “Ceres and the Mediterranean“. The ancient rituals of the Vestal Virgins and the Ludi of Ceres, recalled in staged form, are the “Roman” element that characterizes each edition of the festival. The connection to the Mediterranean, gives to the event an international exposition, enhancing the intercultural exchange and presenting every year a different country: 2011 Egypt; 2012  Turkey; 2013 Greece, 2014  Cyprus; 2015 Croatia; 2016 Morocco; 2017 Treaties of Rome and European Union, 2018 Malta, 2019 Tunisia. The Mediterranean has been and still is the meeting point of a myriad of societies belonging to cultural systems partially connected but also substantially different. Cultural pluralismhas been, since ancient times, a permanent feature of the Mediterranean basin. The event will be then, not only a moment of historical commemoration, but also of cultural exchange, thereby tackling issues such as nutrition, environment, economy, territory and social dimension, issues presented in the current context, which characterizes the varied  world of grains.The social and economic importance of grains, essential components of the human food pyramid, is undisputed. Cerealia seeks to increase awareness on the value of land and of indigenous cultures, to renew ties between areas producing grains and consumers, and to revitalize ancient customs based on the respect for the earth and its bounty.

The festival intends to promote the sharing of common challenges at the level of regional clusters among peoples overlooking the mare nostrum, stimulating the development of sustainable circular economy models and promoting the 17 SDGs of the UN 2030 Agenda, with a participatory bottom-up approach, which enhances the demands and skills of civil society, respecting and safeguarding of the Mediterranean ecosystem.

Project awarded with the Medal of the President of the Italian Republic – editions 2017/2018/2019/ special edition 2020
Cerealia is:
  • value of the land and native cultures
  • celebration of ancient uses and traditions
  • cultural exchange and interconnection between environment, agriculture, food, economy, trade and social dimension
  • entertainment and cultural activities
  • meeting point and B&B

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR AUDIENCE AND PARTNERS

Allergies / intolerances: please note that in many activities will be used various types of grains and flours (wheat, oats, spelled, fonio, maize, wheat, millet, barley, rice, rye, sorghum, triticale, CAMUT, wheat, flour, etc.). For this reason consider your personal participation and that of your family members on the basis of any allergies and / or specific intolerances you may have.

Indemnity. The organizers of the Festival - in accordance with the “participatory” format of the Festival – give evidence of the absence of any liability on their own size, for the activities carried out by organizing partners in the Festival Cerealia.

WAIVER FOR REPRODUCTION – COPYRIGHT

It should be noted at the Cerealia festival participants (audience, speakers, artists, etc..) that in the course of or in relation to all the events scheduled during the festival, will be made ​​by the organizers of the Festival fixations or reproductions direct or indirect, broadcasting and / or communications to the public over the air, cable, satellite or in any other form or manner, to documentary and promotional purposes only. All participants in the festival above described agree to the same “to silence”. Who does not want to be taken or reproduced, must then send explicit communication to the organization of the festival or notify on-site to the operators responsible for fixing / broadcasting.