Programme and special guests

5 days of music, events, gala nights, shows and much more…

DAY 1 | Wednesday, June 14th

14:00-18:30       Choir Performances | In theatres and museums
19:00                  Lifestyle | VV Village opening with food and beverage courts (DumBO)
21:00                 Big Event | Festival opening ceremony (DumBO, outdoor stage)
22:30                  Nightlife | Lounge Garden
23:30                  Nightlife | Disco FeVVer!

DAY 2 | Thursday, June 15th

14:00-18:30       Choir Performances | In theatres and museums
19:00                  Lifestyle | VV Village opening with food and beverage courts (DumBO)
20:00                  Choir Performances | In DumBO’s spaces
22:30                  Nightlife | Lounge Garden
23:30                  Nightlife | Disco FeVVer!

DAY 3 | Friday, June 16th

14:00-18:30       Choir Performances | In theatres and museums
19:00                  Lifestyle | VV Village opening with food and beverage courts (DumBO)
21:00                 Big Event | Piazza Maggiore’s Great Gala

DAY 4 | Saturday, June 17th

10:00-18:30   Choir Performances | VV and the city (in different areas of the city)
14:00-18:30   Choir Performances | In theatres and museums
19:00              Lifestyle | VV Village opening with food and beverage courts (DumBO)
20:00              Choir Performances | In DumBO’s spaces
22:00             Big Event | Festival closing ceremony
23:30              Nightlife | Disco FeVVer!

DAY 5 | Sunday, June 18th

10:00-18:30  Choir Performances | VV and the city (in different areas of the city)

LOCATIONS

Piazza Maggiore

It is Bologna’s beating heart and the place where for ages city life has had its natural stage.

During Various Voices it is going to be the Great Gala’s wonderful venue.

Venues

They are all in Bologna’s city center and can be easily reached on foot or by public transport (from Bologna’s Central Station, too).

  • Teatro Auditorium Manzoni: concert hall set in 1933, with stalls, two galleries and three balcony floors (1236 seats)
  • Arena del Sole: set in 1810, the Sala Grande has stalls, two tribunes and a gallery (888 seats)
  • Teatro Duse: set in 1822, the hall has stalls, two galleries and two tribunes (999 seats)
  • Oratorio di San Filippo Neri: built in 1733 as place of worship, after the damages caused during WWII, this place has been given back to the city community in 1999 (300 seats)

DumBO – VV Village

The gathering point of nightlife during the festival will be Various Voices Village, which will be set in DumBO – Multifunctional urban district of Bologna: a 40k m2 surface urban area regenerated from a former freight yard. Recovered sheds and open areas are the perfect scenery for the opening and closing events. From sunset they will become dancefloors, with DJ-sets and other events. Everything will happen at a short distance from Bologna city center and from the train- and bus-station.

Museums

MAMbo – Modern Art Museum of Bologna has hosted from 2007 on permanent modern and contemporary art collections, together with temporary exhibitions. The building was built in 1915 as “bread oven” of Bologna and is today part of Manifattura delle Arti, together with DAMS Faculty, Cineteca di Bologna and Cassero LGBTI Center. The museum has exhibition rooms, a bistrot and the CorrainiMAMbo artbookshop.

Bologna’s international music museum and library opened in 2004, is set inside the fascinating Palazzo Sanguinetti (in Strada Maggiore, city center). Its majestic collections of ancient instruments are placed in the richly decorated rooms, in order to celebrate music in every form and expression.

Various Voices Italy Tour

Like in a “prequel” of Bologna’s festival, European LGBTQ+ choirs will take part to events and concerts in other Italian cities, hosted by local LGBTQ+ choirs and before the beginning of 2023 edition (June 12th-13th, 2021):

  • TORINO
  • MILANO
  • BERGAMO
  • PADOVA
  • FIRENZE
  • PERUGIA
  • ROMA

All these concerts are going to be coordinated by Cromatica, the Italian rainbow choir association.