(AGI) Rome, March 27 - The 18th 'La Notte della Taranta' musicfestival was presented on Friday by the president of the Apuliaregion Nichi Vendola. He said: "Ten years ago, we chose LaNotte della Taranta as an event to represent our politicalintentions. I believe that since then, the festival has becomebolder, better and more surprising every year. For one night,Melpignano will become the capital of Puglia and perhaps thecapital of the Mediterranean." The festival will be held inSalento from August 4 to 22 and its traditional final concertwill take place in the town of Melpignano. Mr Vendola said:"The biggest music stars have come to Melpignano, that littletown of 2,000 inhabitants. People like Steve Copeland (drummerof The Police) and Ludovico Einaudi have reinvented our musicaltraditions and mixed them with a broader repertoire of folkmusic traditions. And this year we have another master in thisart: Phil Manzanera [guitarist with Roxy Music andconcertmaster of the festival.] "Melpignano has perfected itslogistical and organisational skills. One hundred and fiftythousand people come to see the final concert in that littletown without any problem. In addition, more and more peoplefind a place to stay in the area without our building largehotels that devastate the landscape." The press conference wasattended by the region's assessor for Culture, Tourism and theMediterranean, Silvia Godelli, Massimo Manera, president of theLa Notte della Taranta Foundation and Phil Manzanera. (AGI).