The 2019 ‘Bricks in Florence’ LEGO Festival
“Bricks in Florence” is a festival for LEGO fans of all ages that will take place at the TuscanyHall (Obihall) from Friday, Nov. 8 to Sunday, Nov. 10.
The weekend will focus on colorful pieces of LEGO, featuring over 150 kg of small bricks, that can be utilized in the large free play area. Visitors will be able to learn more about Lego and the history of the brand in addition to having the opportunity to meet other enthusiasts. The shops will satisfy the needs of all with finding classic sets, rare pieces, vintage sets, single loose items, and mini figures. Clothing and specialized books will also be for sale.
The 2019 ‘Bricks in Florence’ LEGO Festival will inaugurate on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 pm with AperiBRICK, which will offer an overview of the installations under construction while enjoying a cocktail with a buffet and receiving a special gadget. Reserve online for the preview.
On Saturday, Nov. 9 and Sunday, Nov. 10, the festival will open its doors from 9 am until 8 pm. At the entrance, visitors will receive a postcard with instructions for voting for the three favorite works that they will find at the festival. To vote, simply leave the completed card in the special container at the Toscana Bricks Desk. Voters will be eligible to participate in the drawing of a LEGO set.
Dozens of AFOL (Adult Fans of LEGO), coming from all over Italy and abroad, will premiere their creations. They will discuss construction techniques and share the secrets of work with the public. Mirko Soppelsa, aka Starbricks, is known in the worldwide AFOL community for his UCS (Ultimate Collector Series) Star Wars. Soppelsa will hold a workshop “From A to UCS” and explain the process of conception, design and construction techniques used to make the spaceships of the Star Wars saga (Sunday, Nov.10 from 5:15 – 6 pm).
A special game will take place during “Bricks in Florence,” with a unique prize. Five minifigures will be hidden with a flag printed on the ItLUG logo. The first 300 people to identify them all to receive a personalized brick at the ToscanaBricks information desk, inside the theater (beginning at 9:30 am, until the end of the event).
Visitors will get an opportunity to meet famous people in the world of LEGO, including Huw Millington. He is the founder, and director of Brickset, one of the most visited websites dedicated to the world of Lego. Brickset has a large database, where each registered user can invent a collection of sets. Millington will hold a Q&A session.
Norton SevenFour, known as Andrea Lattanzio is an internationally recognized Master Builders. Her works were exhibited for a year at the Lego House in Billund. She will be one of the special guests of Bricks in the Florence Festival (Sunday, Nov. 10 from 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm).
Visitors can participate in charity magnetic fishing game that will take place throughout the festival, and all will win a prize. Fairy Bricks is the LEGO group that brings smiles to hospitalized children by donating various sets. Catch a LEGO brick from the urn and depending on the color, receive a Lego prize to support the project.
A Bricks in Florence Festival gives space to the creativity and imagination of as many as 50 young pre-registered builders, aged 6 to 12, who will exhibit their works made at home with their LEGO bricks alongside those of the master builders from Italy and Europe.
Tickets can be purchased in the Box Office; online at www.ticketone.it. and at 055 210804. Free admission for children five and younger. (maria filatova)