In today’s world hatred and anger are on the rise, the powerful do not want to give up their privileges while the public is becoming more xenophobic and superficial, and social forums have resurrected the witch hunt just as populism has become boorish. On top of all that, the Italian national football team is out of the world cup and politicians have failed on their promises of earthquake assitance. One feels abandoned, angry, and also disheartened by the election. What we need now is love. Lightness. Not an evasive or unthinking lightness, but a conscious lightness, pursued as a choice. We need a smile, a community, an understanding, a shared project. This year Montelago Celtic Festival, which has always steered in this direction, delivers a strong message: one of harmony, beauty, closeness and love. It is committed to dancing, not technically conceived as choreography, but as a free expression of body and mind. As a revolutionary act in the face of the loop of everyday life, as a creative expression. A dance that unites and does not divide, skipped to the passionate jigs of violins and bagpipes on a meadow without fences with grass that caresses bare feet. Danced by all those who want to come together regardless of age, belief or origin and who still want to smile, make love and be at one with nature, even if – or especially if – they grew up in captivity. And for this reason the 2018 edition has been conceived as a dance with the world’s best Celtic musicians, devoted to this mission. As we ask of them, so now we bid those of you who still believe in a beautiful and positive future to contribute to the cause of communal joy and the levity of unbridled dance.