The curtain goes up on this extraordinary year.
From the morning on, bands coming from all the villages in Basilicata and from Europe will enliven the city, marching with their instruments on the 19th of January, although three days of celebrations will take place in Matera during the entire weekend of the Opening Ceremony.

At 10:00 on the 19th January 2019 all the spaces in Cava del Sole were inaugurated. The inauguration of the Cava del Sole was accompanied by symphonies and hymns from all over Europe. Open Sounds was dedicated to the performance of the first 14 bands, 7 Lucanians and 7 Europeans. On stage, with the conductors Filippo Solibello of Radio 2 and Doris Zaccone of Radio Capital, were presented the band of Matera and that of Plovdiv, the two cities nominated European Capitals of Culture 2019.