Festive events were held in the first ten days of March at several city venues. The Festival “Mandorlo in Fiore” (“flowering almond”) was held 74 times.
More than 30 theatre and folk groups have arrived in Agrigento, whose repertoire includes songs and dances recognized by UNESCO as the intangible cultural heritage of mankind. These are groups from Peru, Mexico, Bolivia, India, Korea, Egypt, Kenya, Macedonia. The city was visited by thousands of guests. There were seminars, exhibitions, concerts, cooking shows, parades and marches. The Central site of the festival was the valley of Temples, which in 1997 UNESCO awarded the status of”world heritage”. In addition, the events took place in the city streets and squares, in schools and museums, in the Archaeological Park of Agrigento.
The most striking moments of the ten days were the ignition of the fire and a crowded procession with torches of friendship through the city streets, and, of course, an impressive theatrical final show of the festival at the foot of the temple of Concord in the Valley of the Temples.