Uanema 2023, night visits, theatre, concerts and free films in Naples

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The event "Uànema – Festival of the other living” is a cultural event promoted and financed by City of Naples, which sees the coastal city immersed in the profound cult of the souls in Purgatory. The event's main purpose is the rediscovery of this ancient cult, through a busy calendar of night visits, theatrical performances, concerts e film marathons, all dedicated to the memory of those special places in Naples which guard the link with the afterlife.

The “Uànema” exhibition aims to be a spiritual and cultural alternative to Halloween, focusing attention on a symbolic correspondence between the “city below” and the “city above”. This event does not aim to scare, but rather to create a dialogue between the living and the dead, through tales and stories that underline the importance of memory and the cult of deceased souls.

Program guided tours

October 28, 2023

  • 19pm and 30pm, Catacombs of San Gennaro, Via Capodimonte, 20
  • 19pm, 30pm, 20pm, Church of Saints Cosma and Damiano, Via Vittorio Emanuele III in Secondigliano, 30
  • 10:00 – 15:00, Church of Santa Maria della Misericordia ai Vergini, Via Fuori Porta S. Gennaro, 13

October 29, 2023

  • 19pm and 30pm, Catacombs of San Gaudioso, Via Sanità, 20
  • 10:00 and 12:00, 366 Fosse Cemetery, Via Fontanelle Al Trivio, 38
  • 12 and 30, Basilica of San Pietro ad Aram, Corso Umberto I, 13

October 30, 2023

  • 19pm and 30pm, Monumental Complex of Sant'Anna dei Lombardi, Piazza Monteoliveto, 20
  • 16 and 30, Basilica of San Pietro ad Aram, Corso Umberto I, 17
  • 19pm and 00pm, Basilica of San Giovanni Maggiore, Largo San Giovanni Maggiore

October 31, 2023

  • 19pm, 30pm, 20pm, Church of Saints Cosma and Damiano, Via Vittorio Emanuele III in Secondigliano, 30
  • 17pm, 30pm, 18pm, Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio Museum Complex in Arco, Via dei Tribunali, 00
  • 18pm and 00pm, Ipogeo dei Cristallini, Via dei Cristallini, 19
  • 19pm, 30pm, 20pm, Church of Santa Maria Materdomini and Terrasanta, Largo Fabrizio Pignatelli
  • 19pm and 00pm, Basilica of San Giovanni Maggiore, Largo San Giovanni Maggiore

1 November 2023

  • 16pm, 30pm, 17pm, Church of Santa Maria Materdomini and Terrasanta, Largo Fabrizio Pignatelli
  • 19pm, 30pm, 20pm, Church of Santa Luciella ai Librai, Vico Santa Luciella, 30

Film screening program at the Modernissimo

Between October 31st and November 1st, the Multicinema Modernissimo will host a nighttime horror cinema event called “Deaths after hours”. From midnight to 5am, five theaters will showcase a range of scary films.

  • 00:15 – Train to Busan (2016) by Yeon Sang-ho
  • 02:30 – Ring (1998) by Hideo Nakata
  • 00:30 – Tetsuo (1989) by Shin'ya Tsukamoto
  • 02:15 – Nightmare Detective (2006) by Shin'ya Tsukamoto
  • 00:00 – Babadook (2014) by Jennifer Kent
  • 02:00 – Goodnight Mommy (2014) by Veronika “UÀNEMAFranz
  • 00:45 – Beau is afraid (2023) by Ari Aster
  • 01:00 – Kwaidan (1964) by Masaki Kobayashi

Program of theatrical and musical performances

October 28, 2023

  • 12, Sala del Lazzaretto – Former Peace Hospital, Via dei Tribunali, 00, Presentation of the exhibition “Uànema – Festival of the other living”
  • 12 pm, Sala del Lazzaretto – Former Peace Hospital, Via dei Tribunali, 30, THE DEAD WHO ARE AMONG US AND HOW IT IS LIKE IN THE AFTERLIFE
  • 14 pm, Sala del Lazzaretto – Former Peace Hospital, Via dei Tribunali, 00, SCALZAPARATA
  • 19pm and 30pm, Catacombs of San Gennaro, Via Capodimonte, 20, “ARCANA AND STUPENDABLE THING – DIALOGUE OF FEDERICO RUYSCH AND HIS MUMMIES”

October 29, 2023

  • 18 pm, TIN – Teatro Instabile Napoli, Vico del Fico Al Purgatorio, 30, HAPPY EVENING! THE DAY OF THE DEAD

October 30, 2023

  • 17pm, Via Toledo, Scalzaparata, musical parade


31 October 2023

  • 18 pm, Museum Complex of the Archconfraternity of Pilgrims: Death in verse: Foscolo and Leopardi
  • 19 pm, Monumental Complex of Sant'Anna dei Lombardi: Ama solo, Anna-Maria Hefele in concert
  • 20pm, Santa Maria delle Anime del Purgatorio Museum Complex in Arco: Vincenzo Comunale live, stand up comedy show

1 November 2023

  • 11am and 30pm, Casa Guarattelle: Pulcinella and the pezzentelle souls, guarattelle show
  • 18 pm, Museum Complex of the Archconfraternity of Pilgrims, Church of the Holy Trinity: O painful joy, concert
  • Following, in the Choir of the Church of the Holy Trinity: Presentation of the restoration of the painting by Francesco De Mura
  • 19pm, 30pm and 20pm, Church of Santa Luciella ai Librai: La capuzzella Attilio... and grandfather Amedeo's hernia, curated by Amedeo Colella

November 2, 2023

  • 21 pm, TIN – Teatro Instabile Napoli: 00 monologues on death, by and with Alessandro Gori – Lo Sgargabonzi

Info and reservations

  • Where: various places in Naples
  • When: from Sunday 29 October 2023 to Thursday 02 November 2023
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