Women at War at the Siracusa's Greek Festival - 09/05-06/07

2019’s theme is “Women and War” so visitors will be treated to renditions of Trojan Women, Helen (both by Euripides), and finally the hilarious Lysistrata, Aristophanes’ comedy telling of how the women of Athens protested against the Peloponnesian War with an ardent sex strike.

Sounds like something not to be missed…  Tickets are between £ 40 and £ 80 depending on days and seating
 

Helen - from 09/05/2019 to 22/06/2019

"Elena" is a tragedy, not without elements sometimes comic, in which Euripides offers a dialectic between true and false, between reality and appearance telling a story parallel to that narrated by Homer where the real Helen was brought by Hermes to the island of Faro in Egypt and it is only "her double" to have gone to Troy with Paris. A very strong representation of the "useless slaughter" of the Trojan war.
 

Trojan Women - from 10/05/2019 to 23/06/2019

The pain of the most distinguished Trojan women, Ecuba, Cassandra, Polissena, Andromache explodes in distinct episodes and highlights how the power-thirsty males (Odysseus and Agamennone) have crushed the female universe with death and violence.
 

Lysistrata - from 28/06/2019 to 06/07/2019

The story of Lisistrata, the only one of Aristophanes' comedies to bear the name of the human protagonist in the title, is very well known: to put an end to the long Peloponnesian war that troubles Greece, the Athenian Lisistrata  convinces all Greek women to blackmail their males with one sex strike.

Faced with such blackmail, connected as it is to a primary need, Greek men can only give in. The Spartans themselves come to offer that peace that for the Athens of 411 A.D. - the year in which the play was performed - would have been providential, even if impossible. In this way the war is unmasked in all its negativity, as a deprivation of natural rights and of common and individual happiness.

 

Visit Siracusa on a multi-centre holiday

Why not include a break in Siracusa as part of multi-centre holiday combining some of Sicily's highlights from walking the crater Mt Etna to an ice-cream treat in one of the many woderful baroque squares of the Val di Noto. 

Taormina and Siracusa: Sicily twin-centre 
7 nights, from £1450 per person
An heavenly car-free two-centre stay on Sicily's east coast to get your fill of culture and relaxation

Baroque Beauty in Sicily
7 nights, from £1450 per person
A brief snapshot of the best of Sicily's baroque treasures in Siracusa and Modica