At sunset Piazza Grande begins to crowd with people who sit on the 8,000 yellow and black chairs. With muffled steps the emblematic leopard crosses the big screen starting off the evening’s showings and you are about to see a preview of what will soon become famous worldwide.
The Locarno Festival belongs to the whole city. The people of Locarno have borne it in their hearts for many years: they now have it in their blood. Traders and restaurateurs decorate up their shops and restaurants with themes that encourage you to immerse yourself in the enthralling atmosphere that the festival creates every year.
The fanciful decorations in the shop windows around Piazza Grande give the town its colours.