Highlight of the Festival Alte Kameraden 2018: Gruppo Storico Fivizanno (Italy)
The Flag throwers group begins its performances in 1972 under the auspices of the Office of Tourism Fivizzano and in 1983 was transformed into an indipendent association with the name of Gruppo Storico Fivizianno.The historic group of Fivizzano is made up of about 90 people aged between 5 and 50 years. They are divided between sbandieratori (flag throwers), tamburini (drummers), chiarine (particular trumpets) and Dame (ladies). There's also a school that teaches the old art of flag throwing for children between 5-15 years ensuring the continuation through the generations. The flag throwers are the most spectacular sector of the group. The show is composed of exercises with one, two or three flag throwers as well as small and large teams depending on the space and location. Drums, trumpets and flutes accompany this majestic procession by their sound. The ultimate goal is to make a well-coordinated and an original show with the techniques of flag throwing different from the vast majority of other groups. Particularly scenic effective is the battle between two flag throwers simulating an ancient duel with the use of their respective flags as a weapon. Particular attention should be paid to the choice of costumes and to the authenticity of the reproduction, one of the reasons Fivizzano group is highly regarded for its high level of performances and why it continues to gain considerable support and interest both nationally and internationally. Besides the performances in the most beautiful and prestigious italian cities the Gruppo Storico Fivizzano has participated in many international tours. Over 1700 performances in Italy and around the world are the best proof of the reliability and quality of the performances.