New Year's: Luci d'Artista brings elves,fairies to Campania

27 December, 11:03

(Ansamed) - SALERNO, DECEMBER 27 - Elves, fairies and other characters of Nordic fairy tales will cross Europe this year on their way to Salerno, on the banks of the Mediterranean, for the 2012 edition of Luci d'Artista. The event tasks big-name artists with designing light displays for Christmas in the Campania region city. This year will once again hundreds of thousands of tourists will make their way to Salerno, which - due to its proximity to such places as Positano, Amalfi and Pompeii - is ever more of an attractive destination on the tourist market, with some of the most important cruise lines weighing anchor in its port. The theme chosen for 2012 is ''Elves, Dragons, Stars and Magic'', with the open-air works of art creating a magical atmosphere sprinkled with fairytale-esque and mythological elements, as well as large Christmas tress and an ice forest celebrating the twinning of the city with Stockholm. There are also references made to cultures closer to the Mediterranean, with flying carpets made of lights taking visitors into the sphere of ''A Thousand and One Nights''.

Numerous artists designed the light displays, including Edoardo Giannattasio, who created a Virgin and Child display lighting up the Santa Sofia complex, and Nello Ferrigno, who made the ''Il Mito'' light display winding through Via Diaz, via Quaranta and via Manzo. This year also marks the ''export'' of Luci d'Artista, which has also made a showing in Naples, lighting up the famous creches street Via San Gregorio Armeno. (ANSAmed).

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