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BALLUS The International Folk Festival
Pro loco of Uta organizes, every year, with the decisive support
of public bodies, private companies and sponsors, the international
folk festival, called “BALLUS – International Meeting
of Folklore”. Romano Massa, President of the Pro Loco and
artistic director of the current festival thought it up in 2001.
The exhibition has obtained, in few years, an unexpected success
and, in spite of every expectation, it goes on, becoming a very
important local activity, aimed to encourage the reciprocal acquaintance
between different realities, the defence of cultural roots, the
acceptance of the diversities and a policy for the peace between
all the populations.
Another objective of the event is stimulating and bringing out
the local economy, the monumental one and the artistic – historic
one (The Shrine of Santa Maria), the tourist, craftsmanlike and
The show takes place in the splendid scenery of the Shrine of
Santa Maria, during the first week of August. Groups coming from
the entire world participate to it; they acquaint us with their
customs, dances, dresses, colours and sounds. In this way Uta
is, every year, joyfully invaded by the colours of the world.
Naturally, it is not easy to organize such a show.
The “behind the scenes” is hard and tiring, the members,
both young and old, sacrifice everything just to offer the best
hospitality to the participants and, at the same time, the best
show for the numerous public that every year watch the exhibition.
The event arouses a great interest because every year VIDEOLINA
(regional broadcasting station) records the show and afterwards
transmits it at regional, national and international level by
satellite. It is also available a synthesis in “real video” on