Corri La Vita: Solidarity and Sustainability

  Sunday, Sept 29:  CORRI LA VITA (Run for Life) 17th annual fundraiser for breast cancer treatment and research. The race starts at 8:45 am.  Participants are invited to meet at the starting line before 8:30 am in Piazza Vittorio Veneto (located in the Parco delle Cascine, Florence). Corri La Vita offers a walk of approx. 5.5 km (3.5 miles) open to all, or a run of approximately 11 km (nearly 7 miles) [...]

Florence’s European Day of Jewish Culture

Balagan Cafe

Sept. 22: FLORENCE’S EUROPEAN DAY OF JEWISH CULTURE: DREAMS, A LADDER TO HEAVEN. 11 am onwards.  Synagogue, via Farini 6, Florence. Florence’s European Day of Jewish Culture, with free admission, includes events that will allow visitors to learn more about the history and the modern life of the Jewish community, the importance of dreams and how national traditions are organically integrated into modernity. Of course, guests won’t want to miss a chance to [...]

Florence Hosts Multifaceted Folks Festival

July 24, 25, 26, and 27: FLORENCE FOLKS FESTIVAL. Manifattura Tabacchi Firenze, Via delle Cascine, 33-35. Free entrance.  Florence Folks Festival attempts to unite music with people, culture, literature, and the energy of the city. What better location than the Manifattura Tabacchi — once an abandoned warehouse, and now a hip and spacious venue for the arts, surrounded by the vegetation of the Cascine Park.  On July 24, Davide Toffolo, author of comic [...]

Reimaging Michelangelo via Art, Dance & Music

  Thursday, July 4: FIRST COMMISSIONS. Fine Arts Academy (Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze), Via Ricasoli 66. Open 11 am – 7 pm with live performances at 11 am, 12.30 am and 6 pm. Free entry. Florence’s Fine Arts Academy has reached across oceans and continents to form a strong bond with the University of Melbourne, strengthening their ever-increasing focus on internationalisation and cultural exchange.  The University of Melbourne has curated a [...]

Public Movement Dances in Novecento

Many works of art were lost, stolen or destroyed during the Second World War, but this week, a new performance emerges to fill the void they left behind. On July 2 & 3, the Israeli dance company Public Movement will bring their most recent exhibition inspired by lost Italian art, Choreography for a Collection, to Florence’s Museo Novecento (Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 10). In a journey both spatial and temporal, small groups [...]

Cosimo I de’ Medici’s 500th Birthday Bash

The Medici year in Florence will be celebrated until the end of 2019 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of when Cosimo I de’ Medici and Catherine (Caterina) de’ Medici, two pivotal figures in European history, were born. The birthday of Cosimo I, Wednesday, June 12 figures prominently in this festive calendar. On that day, the city’s iconic Palazzo Vecchio will open the Sala di Cosimo I to the public for the day, from 9 [...]

English Writer Opens Balabrunch Series on April 14

In its third edition, Balabrunch with Author returns to the Synagogue in Florence starting in April. The Balabrunch series will feature Q&A-style meetings (free admission) exploring topics such as contemporary issues facing the Jewish community and the relationship between memory and identity.  Balabrunch is inspired by the Balagan Cafè, a summer series organised by the Jewish Community of Florence to introduce the public to Jewish culture, music and cuisine, in addition to opening [...]

U.S. Consulate Bicentennial Show & Readings

Florence’s American Consulate General will be kicking off its 2019 bicentennial anniversary program with two events— an exhibition and poetry readings— during the second week of March. The exhibition will open on March 14 at the Sala d’Arme in Palazzo Vecchio at 5 pm and will feature architect Gabriele Salimbeni’s drawings of Florence palaces and buildings that hosted the U.S Consulate up until 1947.  These include Palazzo Rosselli del Turco, via dei Serragli [...]

Murals, Music & Marches Celebrating Women’s Day

Powerful female images scattered throughout Florence shine life back into boarded up windows, all signed by the mysterious “#Le”. Found on Instagram as @lediesis, the artist’s work illustrates eight inspiring female icons with street art depicting the women as superheroes as a tribute to International Women’s Day on March 8.  There are other special events that day in honor of women as well. From artist and influencer Frida Kahlo, Egyptian queen Nefertiti, astrophysicist [...]

AILO’s 2018 Christmas Charity Bazaar on Dec. 1 & 2

The 43rd edition of the AILO Christmas Bazaar will be held in a new location: the Tepidarium of the Orticoltura garden (via Vittorio Emanuele II, 4) on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 3:30 – 7 pm and Sunday, Dec. 2, from 10:30 am to 7 pm.  The venue, the largest greenhouse in Italy, will have a magical ambiance filled with lights and music – a true Christmas wonderland. The AILO, or American International League, [...]