Sagra Italiana: the authentic Italian Festival is dedicated to all Italians, Scots, Italo-Scots, tourists, Italophiles and foodies who want to celebrate Italy in the city!
In Italy, Sagra is a local festival characterised by community tradition, live music and, most importantly, food and drink; Italy sees thousands of sagre taking place over the summer period, so UK’s first was right here in Scotland.
The inaugural edition of the festival took place in George Square, Glasgow, was opened by the Lord Provost of Glasgow Eva Bolander and President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK Leonardo Simonelli Santi. The event is supported by Heart Radio, The Italian National Tourist Board and The Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK, Menabrea and San Pellegrino.
We can’t wait June 2019 to celebrate the 2nd edition of Sagra Italiana with you all!
“I had a great time opening Glasgow’s first Sagra Italiana celebrating our city’s enduring Scottish-Italian links. It was a wonderful event featuring Italian music, food and drink and the people and passions of that country. My congratulations to everyone involved and my thanks to all those who showed up to support the event and celebrate our connections.” – Eva Bolander, Lord Provost of Glasgow
“I was honoured to be asked to open the first Sagra Italiana held in George Square, Glasgow. I found the event to have a friendly atmosphere and of course it was blessed with glorious weather. It was clearly evident the importance of the Italian Business Community in the region which was also recognised by the Lord Provost. Business was booming and I can envisage that the event will grow further as it offers a great promotional platform for Italian products. Certainly an experience to be shared” – Leonardo Simonelli, President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce & Industry for the UK
‘’ We are delighted with the support from Scotland and the Italian community, like everything we have learned a lot from year one and we can’t wait to return next year and make it bigger and better’’ – Warren Paul, Event Director Sagra Italiana