Organizers have unveiled details of the new-look Arezzo Wave festival, which will be held from July 17 to 22 under the banner of Italia Wave Love Festival.

Since its inaugural edition in 1988, Arezzo Wave had developed into a key independent music and arts festival. However, this year organizers Foundation decided to change the event's name and to move it from Arezzo to a larger venue near Florence.

Organizers Arezzo Wave have confirmed that the event will open with a screening of one of German director Franz Osten's 1929 silent movies set in India, either "Prapancha Pach" or "A Throw of the Dice."

Indian composer Nitin Sawhney, nominated for the U.K.'s Mercury Music Prize in 2000, has written a new score, which will be performed by the Tuscan Orchestra, with Stephen Hussey conducting.

The following day the festival will move to the grounds of the Villa Montalvo in Campi Bisanzio. Here the event will revolve around a series of stages including a new one, "The Global Stage," which will feature Mediterranean artists representing France, Spain, Greece, Tunisia, Morocco and Palestine.

Speaking at the B.I.T. international tourism trade fair in Milan on Feb. 24, Arezzo Wave founder and director Mauro Valenti told journalists: "We realize that we are staging something very important and for this reason we are working hard. We feel a great sense of responsibility in organizing a new festival for Italy."

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