This festival, which is celebrating its 36th anniversary, is organised by the “Verona for the Arena” foundation and consists of a rich display of nativity scenes and works of art inspired by the Nativity, coming from museums, collections, master nativity scene craftsmen and enthusiasts from all over the world. This is precisely why this event provides such a complete artistic picture of the intercontinental nativity scene tradition.
The exhibition continues to receive great acclaim and awards year after year, almost to underline its multi-ethnic character and tolerance between people of different cultures. The exhibition is in the Guinness Book of Records, with its 400 nativity scenes from all over the world, maintaining a very large exhibition space. Its symbol, the Shooting Star, conceived by Alfredo Troisi and designed by Rinaldo Olivieri, is also in the Guinness Book of Records. It is the largest archisculpture in the world, made of steel, measuring 100 metres high and weighing 88 tonnes.
Verona and Bethlehem find themselves united in a twinning of peace. This year, due to urgent work on the Arena amphitheatre that could not be delayed, the “Nativity scenes from around the world” exhibition will be temporarily moved to the prestigious Palazzo della Gran Guardia (fully heated), in front of the Arena, keeping the same level of charm and spectacular impact, as well as raising its artistic level even higher.