Kick up your heels! Celebrate Columbus Day in style with traditional Sicilian singing and dancing.
Li Novi Burgisi, one of the oldest folkloric groups in Sicily, will perform a collection of Sicilian songs and dances starting at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10th at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library, 101 Washington Street. The troupe was invited to the U.S. by the Ocean County Columbus Day Parade Committee to celebrate Columbus Day.
Li Novi Burgisi was formed in 1961 by Anthony Alessi, and led by him until 1998. The current president, Filippo Falautano, has been with the group for over ten years. Since the troupe’s debut, approximately 1,000 performers have contributed their talent and skills to it.
The group’s costumes are reproductions of original garments worn by the middle class to attend weddings and other important events. With great historical accuracy, their performances depict “slices of everyday life” in the 18th century—from the fields to the seas, from religious life to serenades, courtships, and weddings.
Li Novi Burgisi has appeared on Italian television and has performed live throughout Europe, in Canada, the United States, and in Tunisia. They recently won first place in a competition at an international festival in Malta.
For more information or to register for this free program, please call the library at 732-349-6200 or visit our website at www.theoceancountylibrary.org