Submission: October 21, 2013
Registration: October 15, 2013 (€40)
Location: Melpignano, Italy
Prizes: 1st Prize € 1.000 2nd Prize € 500 3rd Prize € 250
Type: Open competition for architecture students and recent graduates (less than 5 years)
International architecture competition Taranta Power Station organizes by archistart. This competition identifies an area next to the place of the event in Melpignano town in the territory of Grecia Salentina, and proposes the project of a multifunctional building with the double aim of hosting service spaces for the Notte della Taranta event and didactic and exhibition spaces to keep the event alive also in the other seasons.
Notte della Taranta is the most important music festival dedicated to the revival of the pizzica tradition and its fusion with other music languages going from world music to rock, from jazz to symphony. Every summer since 1998, the last week of August a big concert with more than 100.000 people takes place inSalento.
Together with the music, an obsessive and repetitive dance took place, helping the consumption of the poison. Other expressions of pizzica are the courting dance between woman and man and the “knives dance” also called “fencing dance”.
The success of this event, with competitions, events, and accessory activities, has generated a touristic flow and an international mobility of young users.