Unlocked Music Festival - Music and Legality: the union of music and commitment in the fight against mafias
The Sicilian summer was marked by Unlocked Music Festival, an event with more than 10,000 tickets sold organized in one of the most striking locations in Europe, the archaeological park of Selinunte.
Music and legality
were the key themes of the festival. Thousands of young people from all over Europe gathered to dance under the notes of a world-renowned artist. During the day, they had the opportunity to listen to the words of guests who fight against the mafia and violence on a daily basis, who reaffirmed and invited the crowd to thecommitment in the fight against mafias and organized crime.
We at Apical have always maintained that travel, events and experiences in sports, culture, arts, science and tourism have tremendous power: bringing people together and creating a strong social, environmental and other impact. This project is a demonstration of that.
The folks at Unlocked have been organizing the summer festival for several years. After a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19, they were finally able to restart in the summer of 2022 with a guest of the highest caliber for the genre: artist Paul Kalkbrenner, an internationally renowned German DJ whose music has thrilled several generations of kids, performed in the Europe’s largest archaeological park.
MUSIC AND LEGALITY
We supported this huge event and want to talk about it, in addition to the international star and outstanding lineup throughout the day, for one reason in particular.
In fact, the festival is part of the Music and Legality project whose main focus is to bring new generations closer to the issues of legality and justice, all again through music. The initiative was promoted by Valeria Grasso, thebusinesswoman and witness to justice who lives under escort after denouncing the Madonia clan, a historic Mafia family from Palermo’s San Lorenzo district.
THE FIGHT AGAINST MAFIAS
Certainly very important is the fact that the festival was organized in what was once the “kingdom” of fugitive boss Matteo Messina Denaro.
On stage, among others, we also had the pleasure of hearing from Captain Ultimo, the Carabinieri colonel who arrested Totò Riina in 1993.
The Officer addressed the young people present with powerful words: “I became a man because of Sicily and the Sicilian people. We fought against arrogance, against violence, against the Mafia.“.
He then continued with an invitation, “The fight against the Mafia must be a people’s fight. Nothing can stop your love, your anger, your sweetness, your desire for freedom. And this love is scary and they must be afraid of you“.
We are thrilled to have participated in the project because we believe that such an event, with more than 10,000 tickets sold, has a huge social impact, especially in a land like Sicily.
THE PARTICIPATION OF APICAL
For this very reason, we were thrilled when the Unlocked team decided to partner with Apical to create a comprehensive package that would provide the best possible experience for participants.
Our package also was under the banner of sustainability and promotion of cultural places.
People who chose to leave with us had, in addition to tickets to the event and the two related parties, the opportunity to stay at a campsite only 700 meters from the park.
The campsite, like the rest, was chosen precisely because of its sustainability: completely surrounded by nature and where you can get around on foot.
In addition, a ticket was provided to make the full tour of Europe’s largest archaeological park, thus going on to create a positive impact on the area.
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