‘The Future of Democracy’ & Patrick Zaki at 2022’s Wired Next Fest

Saturday, May 28: WIRED Next Fest: “THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY.”  Palazzo Vecchio. Hours: 9:45 am – 7:45 pm. Reservation required: https://nextfest2022-firenze.wired.it/. Note: registration does not guarantee entry to the event. Places are limited, so visitors must book early to secure a spot. Free admission. After an absence of two years, the WIRED Next Fest is coming to Florence again. With noticeable speakers, lively music, and an outstanding program, the festival promises to be [...]

The Conventino Hosts the AILO Spring Fair May 21-22

  The AILO (American International League of Florence) Spring Fair will be held at Il Conventino (Via Giano della Bella, 20), Florence, on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22. For sale is fashion, white elephant vintage goods and handmade items.  Hours: Sat. 12 noon – 6 pm, Sun. 10 am – 6 pm.  Free admission. At AILO’s annual spring  fair, visitors can find some special gems. With mid-end to high-end products of [...]

Food and Crafts at ‘Enogastronomica’ 2022

May 13-15: Enogastronomica 2022, Food & Design; various locations. Enogastronomica aims to, in three eventful days, celebrate the tradition of Tuscan cuisine in a varying, unprecedented venue; artisans’ workspaces. The current version of Enogastronomica has undergone a makeover, keeping the heart of its practice the same with a new and improved format. The food and wine component acts as a complement, with its inspiration centered on the significant artisan presence in the Tuscan [...]

The 2022 ‘State of the Union’ in Florence and Fiesole

Since the formation of the European Union in 1993, Florence has celebrated this historical event by hosting the Festival of Europe, which includes the State of the Union. Held from May 5 – 7, 2022, the 12th edition of The State of the Union will focus on the future of the European Union. Titled “A Europe Fit for the Next Generation?”, the conference will take place in a hybrid format. Attendees from around [...]

‘The Fourth Estate’, May 1 Labor Day & Free Museums

On loan from the Museo del Novecento in Milan, ‘The Quarto Stato’ (the Fourth Estate), a painting by Pellizza da Volpedo, will be displayed in Palazzo Vecchio from Sunday, May 1.  It is not a coincidence that the exhibition will open on Italy’s national Labor Day—also known as Festa de Lavoratori. The national holiday was formally established in Italy at war’s end, in 1945. On May 1 (Primo Maggio), Italians celebrate and commemorate [...]

Contemporary Craftsmanship & Design at 2022’s Florence Jewellery Week

Florence Jewellery Week is offering a program of exhibitions, meetings and workshops free of charge in various locations throughout the city from April 28 to May 2. The event features jewellery in its various forms and applications, and will discuss artistic research, craftsmanship, new techniques and sustainability. The occasion, curated by Giò Carbone and Alice Rendon, gives jewellery designers and admirers the opportunity to meet and reflect on key themes connected to the [...]

April 25 National WW2 Liberation Day Tributes in Florence

Liberation Day on April 25—a national holiday—is celebrated throughout the country in piazzas and pavilions, in each and every city. Throughout Florence, memorial sites can be “adopted” by citizens, associations and schools. Those who do so, look after the sites and provide donations for upkeep. The 2022 April 25 commemoration in Florence especially honors the behind-the-scenes and front line work by local resistance fighters (partisans or partigiani) who rose up to oust the [...]

Florence’s Cathedral Hosts Readings & Music for Peace

“The Uselessness of War” is the title of a performance that the Florence Cathedral (Duomo) is offering, free of charge, to the public on Thursday, April 21 at 9 pm.  The free event is meant to be a reflection on the war in the Ukraine, and the title is meant to evoke Pope Pius XII’s warning right before the outbreak of WWII.  Reservations should be made by sending an email to EVENTI@DUOMO.FIRENZE.IT.  It [...]

A 2022 Florence Easter Holiday Guide

Here is an at-a-glance guide to church services, concerts and festivities in addition to holiday museum hours from Thursday of Easter week to Easter Monday (Pasquetta).  Keep in mind that both Easter and Pasquetta are legal holidays in Italy. EASTER WEEK CHURCH SERVICES IN ENGLISH Florence’s English speaking community can still incorporate their Easter home traditions during the festivities in their adopted city.There are multiple churches in Florence that offer worship and Mass [...]

The 2022 Florence Korea Film Fest: Movies & Special Guests

Thursday, 7 – Friday, 15: FLORENCE KOREA FILM FESTIVAL. Cinema La Compagnia, via Cavour 50/r. Stensen Cinema, Viale Don Giovanni Minzoni, 25c. Virtual, Più Compagnia, Mymovies.it. The Korean Film Festival, an entertaining and engaging way to bridge European and Asian cultures through the arts, has been organized annually by the Taegukgi-Toscana Korea Association and directed by Riccardo Gelli since 2002. This year’s edition will be held in a hybrid fashion, resuming in-person screenings alongside virtual options [...]