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Festivals - August
(Specific excerpts taken from the publication issued by the Agency for the Promotion of Tourism in Umbria, 2000.)

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During the Montefalco August Festival the medieval streets are filled with the music of small string and woodwind ensembles. Numerous other events include a fascinating procession, cross bow contests, flag waving demonstrations and a choreographed performance called the "Flight of the Ox".

The Corciano Festival, initially developed to applaud visual artists of Umbria, has expanded in scope to include plays, concerts, pagents, and conferences on the theme of art. The program includes a competition for the composition of the most original band music.

The Palio of the Doves in Amelia recreates moments and ceremonies of medieval life including a contest to free a group of doves. This tradition harkens back to the original Charters of Amelia in which the shooting of doves, then a popular sport, was prohibited. The festivities are concluded by a procession in 14th century costumes.

The Umbria Festival of Sacred Music is held in August and September in Perugia. It is known for promoting both a knowledge of sacred music in Italy and, on the other hand, music of the 20th century. First works and original interpretations are presented here.

The International Ceramics Exhibition in Gualdo Tadino (August and September) is an opportunity for interested parties to view the differing artistic trends in the field. It is well attended by ceramicists and artists who meet and compare their work.

The Todi Art Festival, dedicated to music, theater, the visual arts, poetry and literature, promotes works by talented young Italians as well as those of selected foreign artists.

The Festival of the Nations in Citta di Castello features a "guest nation" each year. Internationally prestigious music groups, dance, theater and visual arts presentations all aim to best represent the personality of the guest nation.

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