Italea Puglia: the Apulian Roots Festival in Galatina

22 June 2024

3 minutes

On Wednesday 26 June, “Italea Puglia: the Festival of Apulian roots” stops in Galatina (Lecce), for an engaging afternoon of activities to discover the artisan creativity of Salento created under the patronage of the City of Galatina.

The stop in Galatina aims to enhance the wonderful town in the heart of Salento, guardian of important monuments such as the Basilica of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria, elective residence of the cult of St. Paul and of the rites related to tarantism, home of the pasticciotto from Lecce.

Italea Puglia and Galatina

“Italea Puglia: the festival of Apulian roots” is an engaging community event in which participants will be able to deepen the artisan knowledge of the area and test their creative skills by experimenting with three roots workshops promoted by Italea Puglia in Galatina: Your madeleine from Puglia: the pasticciotto from Lecce held by Luigi Derniolo, Create your own souvenir from Puglia / papier-mâché held by Andrea Merico and Create your own souvenir from Puglia / silkscreen print held by Angelica Dragone.

The workshops are among those selected as part of an educational tour organized in April 2024 by the Municipality of Galatina, in which the Italea Puglia group was able to meet artisans, artists, farmers, scholars and other creators of unique experiences, “testimonials” of the theme chosen by Galatina for the promotion of the territory 2024: “Roots. In the heart of emotions.”

Galatina has thus been included in the proposal of itineraries of migrant memory, roots workshops and study holidays of Italea Puglia, which will be officially presented on 28 and 29 June in the international mission promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in São Paulo in Brazil.

The programme for Wednesday 26 June

On Wednesday, June 26, “Italea Puglia: the Festival of Apulian roots in Galatina” begins at 6 p.m. at the meeting point in St. Peter’s Square, outside the Bar Eros, for the reception and membership of participants.

To welcome you, Rita Piccinni and Giorgia Salicandro of Italea Puglia and Barbara Perrone, Head of Territorial Marketing and Communication – Staff of the Mayor of Galatina.

Once the members have been accompanied to the workshops of the master craftsmen (all in the historic center), at 6.30 p.m. the three roots workshops will open at the same time, each lasting about an hour.


  • Participation in the workshops is free with a membership card – membership fee 5 euros; For info and registration / WhatsApp +39 388 658 2298 (limited places).


Italea Puglia’s roots laboratories

Your madeleine from Puglia: pasticciotto leccese

What a delight the pasticciotto leccese, the most famous dessert of Salento! Shortcrust pastry, custard and then a fundamental ingredient: artisanal know-how. Participants will be guided by the master pastry chef, a renowned representative of the “school of Galatina” where the original recipe was born. The pasticciotto from Lecce will thus become a Proustian “madeleine” that, after time and kilometers, will be able to awaken a sweet memory of the Salento land everywhere.


Create your own souvenir from Puglia / papier-mâché and screen printing

We always want to take home a small object as a souvenir of our travels. But why limit yourself to shopping? Thanks to this workshop, the participants themselves will create an unforgettable gift, for themselves or for their loved ones! They will be joined by the masters of the ancient artistic techniques of papier-mâché and screen printing, who will accompany them step by step between paper and glue, colors and fabrics. Et voila, they will be able to take home their own personalized Apulian souvenir .


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