The spirit of AmiCaFest is to provide international students with an unforgettable experience, through many opportunities, including piano lessons and masterclasses with renowned artists, and the chance to perform with the Bellini Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra of leading musicians from the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania.
AmiCaFest is also a varied reality that embraces additional activities such as exhibitions, book presentations, cultural classes, etc. AmiCaFest places the student in a full-Sicilian-immersion environment, surrounded by a total experience of everyday life, from the lodging to the authenticity of worldwide-loved food.
AmiCaFest will be held between the 14th and the 25th of June, 2018. Arrival and departure dates are June 13 and 26.
AmiCaFest takes place in Grammichele, a town in the province of Catania in Sicily, southern Italy. The hexagonal town was built in 1693, after the destruction by an earthquake of the old town of Occhiolà.
The participation to AmiCaFest costs €1,450.00 (€1,400.00 + €50.00 Application Fee). If you apply by January 31 you will get a 5% discount on the tuition. Go to the Tuition page for more details.
Three individual lessons, one masterclass, chance to win a scholarship (audience award) and the Concerto Competition, participation in a shared solo recital, admission to any of AmiCaFest activities, housing in a family environment, transportations and tours, etc. Check the complete list here.
The Application Fee will be paid after filling out the application form (due March 10). If you are accepted, the Tuition can be payed in two installments: deposit (€700.00) by March 30 and balance (€700.00) by April 10. You can also pay the Tuition in full by March 30. If you apply by January 31 you will get a 5% discount on the tuition (€1,330.00), which will have to be paid in full by March 30.
We consider very carefully the affinities we are able to catch through the forms we make both hosts and guests fill out.
The Application Fee is non-refundable. Refunds for cancellation will be honored upon receipt of written notification. Read here the details.
You have at least 4 hours of practice per day guaranteed!
Definitely! We offer an auditors and guests program: explore it here.
We are a no-age-limit festival.
Thank you so much for an amazing experience! The organization of Amica fest was really beyond spectacular, everything from the cute folders we received with the sticky notes, to the water left for us in all the facilities, and Luca and Lorella at the office catering to our every whim 24/7, made us feel so welcomed and cared for. The scheduling was also great, with a perfect balance between fun activities and productive classes. The excursions themselves were fantastically planned, from making authentic pasta with Italian grandmas, to visiting the castle by the sea in Catania, I really felt that I experienced as much of the genuine culture as I possibly could have in 10 days. The faculty was also great, we received a lot of guidance and because they came with us to the trips, we could get to know them a little better than other festivals. Finally, the host families and everyone in the town was just so warm and friendly, I felt right at home on the second day. They really could not have treated us better, making delicious homemade food for us, and I really feel like I've made bonds and memories I will not forget my entire life. Thanks again!
AmiCa is an amazing, intellectually stimulating experience – a reframing of meanings around a common theme that lingers in the memory long after the festival is over. The range of activities including exhibitions, concerts, and lectures, crossing an eclectic variety of perspectives, are refreshingly imagined and thought-provoking. Grammichele is a perfect setting to experience and contemplate these events, a warm, enthusiastic community with a beautiful town square set against the rolling hills of the beautiful Sicilian countryside.
My experience with AmiCa last summer was wonderful. I performed two solo recitals through AmiCa and both were received by supportive audiences. AmiCa members led organizations for both events to be successful. AmiCa staffs were always supportive and generous, and it was my great pleasure getting to know the them and performing both recitals. I appreciate all the time and efforts they put in to make my recitals in Sicily successful- advertising, making program notes, introducing me to Sicily residents attending music concerts. Music is a humanly expression that allow people to connect- despite the language barrier, we shared a great time together, and warmth of AmiCa staffs made my musical and overall experiences in Sicily truly special and memorable!