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Bologna, as a great cultural capital and trade show center, hosts an impressive series of all types of events: music, art, dance, culture, sports, trade shows and markets. Travelplan proposes a selection of the most significant recurring events.

Netmage - creative and innovative images on art, media, communication. In January, various locations in the city. International festival dedicated to live media and new trends in electronic and digital creative production.

Artefiera - end of January, Fiera di Bologna. International exhibition and market of contemporary art, one of the longest running shows in Italy for the art market, with more than 250 exhibiting galleries.

Bologna Festival a classical music festival which has brought the most prestigious names of the international concert world to Bologna for more than 20 years. The festival is held at two separate times during the year: in the spring between March and May and in fall between October and November. Various venues: Europauditorium, Teatro Comunale and others.

Celebrations of Madonna di San Luca. The weekend of the 6th Sunday of Easter Bologna's most important religious festival is held: the image of the Madonna kept in the Santuario di San Luca descends into the city for the blessing in the church of S. Petronio. The celebration closes with the solemn return procession of the image to the Sanctuary.

San Marino Formula 1 Grand Prix - Imola racetrack, in May. The Formula 1 calendar takes to the legendary circuit of Imola. The racetrack was built in a land where engines are a religion, the hometown of companies like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Ducati. The race is held on Sunday, trials are on Friday and Saturday.

Made in BO For the entire summer the location of performance and music in the Parco Nord presents great art, music and performance happenings, including rock concerts like Flippaut Rock Festival (June), Independent Days Festival (September) and MTV Day (September).

Danza urbana - end of July. International dance festival in urban spaces. An itinerary of extraordinary performances in the most important squares of the city.

Artelibro - end of September. The only event of this kind in Italy. A great art book festival, which covers each product connected to the sector: from show catalogs to art books for children. The show is held in Palazzo Re Enzo, in the heart of the city. A full schedule of related events: book presentations, meetings with the author, debates and exhibits.

Superbike World Championship - Imola racetrack, between September and October. All of the most important motorcycle manufacturers will race in the Superbike championship: in addition to Ducati, all the Japanese will be present and the Malay Petronas. The race is run on Sunday, in two rounds.

Bologna e le Città del Cibo, in October. A festival dedicated to gastronomy. Some of the squares in the center are transformed into stages for performances, typical dishes and presentation of typical Bolognese gourmet products.

Motor Show - in December, at the Fiera di Bologna. International car and motorcycle trade show, which has been sold out for years. The best of two wheel and four wheel international production, with numerous debuts and a thrilling race and exhibition schedule.

Opera and Ballet Season at Teatro Comunale - from October to May. Teatro Comunale is the historical theater of Bologna, a masterpiece by Antonio Galli Bibiena, famous 18th century architect, set designer, painter and decorator. The season proposes an excellent lineup of opera and symphony music. Infoline: 199 107070

Photos courtesy of: APT Servizi, Regione Emilia Romagna, Comune di Bologna.

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