“A step forward”. This is the motto of Asti God’s Talent 2023, which, as usual, is part of the AstiMusica program this year as well. This evening on the 21st the festival will conclude in Catedral Square with a show that combines fun, community and meeting (admission free).
This year’s great diocesan celebration is linked in the spirit and mandate of the “World Youth Day” scheduled in Lisbon from the 1st to the 6th of August and presents itself with a completely renewed cover. Because, on the one hand, if the protagonists will always be young people and choirs, the focus of the action will be the departure of the children of the parish, together with the children of Alessandria, Casale and Acqui, for the “Day of World Youth”, an event that will attract millions of young people from all over the world to the capital Portuguese.
Music will be a tool for deepening WYD: with songs, games and interaction with the audience, we will get to the heart of the meaning of the World Day which is based on three pillars: community, fun and meeting.
“The community, which is the point of departure and return, to give back to the group of people in which young people live and where they feel at home what they bring from their experience in Lisbon – emphasizes Fr. Rodrigo Lemera, Director of Youth Pastoral Care – the pleasure, which is the driving force and basis of the experience. The encounter, with Different cultures and ethnic groups, typical of a global event ».
Even the name follows these intentions: “” Asti God’s Talent – one step forward “- continues Don Rodrigo – because we want to highlight both the step that the youth will take towards Lisbon, and the small step of renewal that the talent has taken» .
Choirs and Heroes
Three choirs will perform at the Astimusica Theater: the “Full of Life” choir from Villanova, the “Uniti per la Pace” choir (which unites San Domenico, the Sacro Coeur and the Immigrant) and the “Porta Paradisi” choir. The Villanova Choir is one of the historic participants in Asti God’s Talent, present since the first edition and who was also the winner. The dancers were united and prepared by Flavia Lanza and Francesca Gili in 2015. Today, directed by Francesca Gili with her husband Marco, the film consists of thirty actors, ranging in age from 13 to 30. He has already produced several unpublished works including “Cuori united”, with which he won in the unpublished category in the fifth edition of Asti God’s Talent.
Last year, for the sixth edition, three choirs united for peace: San Domenico (present in the talent show since the first edition), Sacro Cure and Migrantes, who performed for the first time last year on stage in Piazza Catedral. It features 60 people from 10 to 60 years old, directed by Nuccia Scoglia.
The “Porta Paradisi” choir appears for the first time on the platform of the Festival: it is not a simple pastoral choir, but a truly incoherent one that welcomes the faithful who wish to sing. Already a champ in the cathedral on the occasion of the visit of Pope Francis, this evening the choir will be on stage with twelve voices and a selection of songs such as “Hymns” by Deborah Vizzani and “Emmanuele”, composed by Youth Day. 2000 year jubilee. The “Porta Paradisi” choir is directed by Emanuela Avedano.
On stage all evening will be Menora, a band born in 2018 from the idea of some friends who shared a passion for music, faith and life in public speaking. She participates in the events of the diocese, which require musical animation, her menorahs are Ivano Galicio, Ilaria Forno, Fabio Silester, Davide Silester, Elia Ferraro, Matteo Rovinengo, Marco Albergucci.
Among the guests for this evening are Francesco Lorenzi, the Christian rock band that will return to Asti after the big concert in Piazza San Secondo in 2016. Don Luca Ramello, Regional Director for Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta of the Youth Ministry and Carlotta Testa, Head of the Youth Ministry of Alessandria and Regional. “It will be a wonderful celebration of music, of community and of society,” says Don Rodrigo.
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