Florence Dance Festival Week 3: Contemporary Companies & Orchestral Evenings

At the halfway point of Florence Dance Performing Arts festival, Santa Maria Novella welcomes back the Florence Chamber Orchestra in addition to the FloDance 2.0, The Milan Ballet, Spellbound Contemporary Ballet, and a special evening, New Generation, including works from the Toscana Dance Hub, Compagnia DNA, and Antitesi. On both Monday, July 16 and Tuesday, July 17 at 9 pm., the Florence Chamber Orchestra will present Musica Dal Grande Schermo (Music from the Big [...]

The Florence Dance Festival 2018’s Inaugural Week at Santa Maria Novella

The Florence Dance Festival is a collective of dance, music, theatre, and art that explores the inner-connectedness of contemporary dance. The festival, in its 29th edition, is being heartedly welcomed to its new stage of the Santa Maria Novella cloister. From July 3 – August 2, the Florentine community will have tangible access to view contemporary companies from all across Europe and the United States. Under the artistic direction of Keith Ferrone and Marga [...]

The Kickoff of Apriti Cinema’s Free Florence Outdoor Movies

For the second time, Italy’s Apriti Cinema will embrace Uffizi Square to screen nearly two months of nationally and internationally acclaimed titles for this summer’s film festival. Previously held in Piazza SS. Annunziata, the film series transferred to Uffizi Square in 2017 and is now in its seventh year of summer programming. Expanding upon last year’s 23 day showing, this year’s itinerary boasts 48 consecutive showings, beginning June 25 and concluding August 11. [...]

The Colors of ‘Pitti Bimbo 87’ Fashion for Kids

There is no doubt that children paint using all the colors of the rainbow; even when they draw with just a black pencil on a white sheet, the range of patterns and motifs that they create is often astonishing.  The upcoming Pitti Bimbo is fittingly dedicated to P.O.P., PITTI OPTICAL POWER, the kaleidoscopic theme of the summer edition of the Pitti Immagine fairs, conceived by lifestyler Sergio Colantuoni that perfectly expresses a child’s [...]

‘Cannes a Firenze’: Six Days of Cinematic Excellence in Florence

Bringing a selection of highly-acclaimed films from this year’s contentious Cannes Festival to Florence, the 5th annual Cannes a Firenze will preview the work of some of the world’s most recognized directors, actors, and screenwriters  from June 12 – 17. The 11 chosen films have been culled from a pool of the 21 contenders shown at Cannes 71 in mid-May. The original submissions numbered nearly 1,900, according to Isabelle Mallez, director of the [...]

The Season’s & Writer’s Season Inaugural 2018 Events at NYU

THE SEASON. New York University Florence, Villa La Pietra, Via Bolognese 120. Free admission. All events in English unless otherwise specified. Villa La Pietra will be transformed into a stage for musicians, writers, poets, and actors at the 14th edition of New York University’s The Season. The event juxtaposes global cultures with a diverse blend of creatives and art forms, allowing them to intersect under the foliage of a scenic 15th century garden. [...]

Celebrating Books at ‘La Città dei Lettori’

A new literary festival devoted to books and the people who read them take the spotlight in Florence this week.  “La Città dei Lettori” (The City of Readers) is hosted by the Villa Bardini from June 1 to 3, providing an opportunity to hang out in a baroque park and talk about literature with one’s favorite writers.  The vast garden is filled with lilacs, violets, roses, and wisterias and has an unparalleled view [...]

Florence’s Historic Palaces: Open House & Music

Ordinarily closed to outsiders, private gardens and palaces tucked behind centuries-old Florentine gates will open again in a once-a-year event this Sunday, May 27. A complete list of the open residences is provided at the end of the article. The annual “Cortili e Giardini Aperti,” accessible from 10 am – 1 pm and 2 – 7 pm, is organized by ADSI (Association of Historic Homes). Thanks to the Fiesole School of Music, the [...]

A Race for a Cause: ‘Run for Michela’

Interested in running for a great cause? Sign up for the Run for Michela event on May 13. This non-competitive 7km (4.5mi) run and 5km (3.1mi) walk will begin at 9:30 am from the Michela Noli Garden on Via Torcicoda, located in the neighborhood where she lived. The race’s goal is to remember the life of Michela Noli, a victim of femicide in 2016, and to raise awareness about the violence against women [...]

OpenArtCode: A Contemporary Art Show in a Renaissance Space

OpenArtCode can be visited through May 8 at the Salon of Donatello in the Basilica of San Lorenzo.  The exhibition in Florence marks the 10-year anniversary of the OpenArtCode group and features the works of 52 avant-garde artists from all over the world including Sandra Muss, David Wiener, Etienne Pierart, and Sumio Inoue, to name a few. Curator Vito Abba says, “The strength of the OpenArtCode group lies in the quality of the artists’ [...]