International Meeting of Chimney Sweeps
August 31st to September 3rd, chimney sweeps from all over the world in Val Vigezzo
In Val Vigezzo, from Friday August 31st to Monday September 3th 2018 the International Meeting of Chimney Sweeps takes place.
The venue is particularly significant: in 1548, in the Alpes map, Vigezzo Valley was already specified as the Chimney Sweeps one because traditionally young people used to emigrate also to Northern Europe to do this job.
The International Meeting of Chimnew Sweeps, this year arrived at its 37th edition, is an event full of history that offers an entertaining program but also the opportunity to know better the job of chimney sweep through testaments and stories.
In particular on Saturday September 1st the cerimony dedicated to the Chimney Sweep Monument takes place in Malesco with the deposition of flowers in memory of such important job in the past.
In Druogno chimney sweeps parade and demonstration of chimney cleaning.
On Sunday September 3rd the program includes a big parade with more than 1000 chimney sweeps coming from Europe, but also from the USA o Japan in Santa Maria Maggiore.
The chimney sweeps, with their job tools, walk through the town streets accompanied by music bands and folcloristic groups up to Gennari Square where the historical reenactment of chimney cleaning is played with old tools: the rasp, the iron spatula with the hook grip (that used to be hanged at the belt of the pants), riccio (sunburst blades obtained with the springs of alarm clocks and bell tower clocks), the squareta (extendible stick, that was hooked to the riccio), the brischetin, the street sweeper, a long rope, some weights and the sach (the sack where the soot is put).
The event is organized by Associazione Nazionale Spazzacamini, in collaboration with Santa Maggiore Municipality and Pro Loco di Santa Maggiore, Touring Club orange flag.
Don’t miss to visit the Chimney Sweep Museum open from March to October and during Christmas holidays.
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