Pietro Masi called Bellente. Back to 1812, the Night of the Brigand
Pietro Masi detto Bellente. Ritorno al 1812, la Notte del Brigante
Next edition: to be announced (the event was last held in 2016)
Appignano (Marche region)
a great historical storytelling to relive, through vivid tableaux vivants and an engaging play about the life of a passionate and brave young brigand, the Napoleonic Age in Italy with its charm, glory but also misery and troubles, rediscovering feelings like love, friendship and brotherhood, homeland...
Geographical, cultural and historical context
Appignano, town of very ancient origins, with impressive medieval walls still now surrounding the town and once famous for the production of ceramics, is located in Le Marche region, in the province of Macerata, about 35 km southwest of Ancona and about 25 km northwest of Macerata.
Event description and programme
Every year is reenacted a cross-section of local community events from the Napoleonic age following the annexation to the Kingdom of Italy, when also in Le Marche region was introduced the conscription law having the aim to strengthen an army based hitherto on voluntary recruitment. As in many other areas of Italy, also here the young conscripts often do not show up for military service, and prefer to hide themselves in the countryside, forming bands of brigands.
At the head of one of these appears a young man from Appignano, Pietro Masi, nicknamed Bellente, who soon becomes a folk hero much beloved by the people. The event includes an historical dinner based on nineteenth century recipes and a performance stage in costume about the history of the brigand band perfectly mirroring the one of the local community, at the time much confused between the legacies of the old papal power and the new political order of the Napoleonic state.
Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.
Info & Contact
Progetto Bellente il Brigante
Appignano Town Council / Comune di Appignano
Address: Piazza Umberto I, 17 - 62010 Appignano (Macerata), Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)733 57521
Image: Progetto Bellente il Brigante
Text sources: Progetto Bellente il Brigante, Wikipedia
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