TWEED RIDE – Biking in Style
April 19, 10am–3pm at the Cascine Park, Piazzale delle Cascine
For your next big bicycle ride, ditch the cycling shoes and ho-hum helmets in favour of vintage footwear, professor coats and grandpa cardigans. Part of the Florence Bike Festival (April 17–19), the Tweed Ride will bring together an unlikely group, from thrift-shopping fashion fiends to biking enthusiasts, all dressed in styles spanning the 1900s to the 1990s. A portion of the proceeds from registration fees will benefit Florence’s Meyer Children’s Hospital. To sign up (and get the essential dress-code details via video), see www.tweedride.it/booking/tweed-ride-firenze .
LADIES ONLY – Avon Running Through Florence
Ladies, save the date – Sunday, April 19 – for a 5K women-only race. The non-competitive run kicks off in Piazza Santa Croce at 9:30am. For serious runners there is also a 10K competitive race.
This is not just a Florence event. In its 18th year the Avon Run started in Bari on Sunday March 16 and then in a different city it continues every Sunday until Milan on the 26th of May.
The participation fee is € 12.00 for adults and € 8.00 for under 18 years. Proceeds will be donated to charities for the support of children and adolescents who have been the victims of violence. You will get an official t-shirt, race bib, a swag bag of gifts from the sponsors, information, insurance and medical care, and the official program of the event. Registration will be open until April 12, at the following:
FIRENZE MARATHON - Athletic Stadium - Viale M. Fanti, 2
Hours: Monday to Friday 09.00/13.00 - 14.00/16.00
ISOLOTTO SPORTS - Via Argin Grosso, 69
THE CHAMPION - Via Mino da Fiesole - Prato
You can also register directly at the Avon Running Village in Piazza Santa Croce on Saturday, April 12 from 14.00 to 18.00 and Sunday, April 13 from 8.00 to 9.30.
Check out the details online: http://www.avonrunning.it/
FLORENCE HALF MARATHON
April 12 starting in Piazza Santa Croce
From serious runners to casual joggers, everyone will celebrate spring by taking to the streets on April 12 for the 32nd Florence Half Marathon. Does the 21,097km distance sound daunting? Never fear: if you just want to join in the fresh-air fun, you can stake out a spot on the Lungarno to watch, sign up for the 5km walk or run in the 10km non-competitive race. For little ones there is the ‘Tommasino,’ a free 1.5km fun run.
Registration deadlines and rules differ for each event: for details, see www.halfmarathonfirenze.it .
THE PLAGUE IN FLORENCE
In 1523 one of the last waves of the Black Death swept through Florence. A show of art depicting “The Plague in Florence in 1523" with drawings Alessandro Vannini is being staged in the basement of the Misericordia in Piazza Duomo. Go to see this medieval building. Go to see what life was like almost 500 years ago. The exhibit closes April 10.
FREE MUSEUM ENTRY
On Easter Sunday, the state museums (Accademia, Uffizi, Pitti and Bargello, and others) will be open and free as part of the First Sunday of the Month offer by the national museums. If you make a reservation then you only pay for the reservation.
FIERUCOLA DEI LEGNAIOLI
On Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, in Piazza SS. Annunziata is a Artisan Fair of all things made of wood. Carvings, jewelry, toys, bowls, platters, painting, kitchen utensils, and more wonderful workmanship can be yours.
A NEW KIND OF FOOD FAIR – StreEAT
April 10–12 in the Cascine Park, Piazzale delle Cascine
Never happened before. May never happen again! Whether you crave salty treats or have a sweet tooth, you can snack on kebab, suppli, spring rolls and other tempting street treats from Italy and beyond at the StreEAT Food Truck Festival. Unlike in the U.S., there will be a lot more Piaggio Ape’s than trucks. Admission is free.
For more information, visit www.streeatfoodtruckfestival.com .
ON THE ROAD – 150 Years at the Bargello
Mass movement was a major element of medieval civilization—from travel and trade to pilgrimage. With this exhibition, ‘The Middle Ages on the Road,’ the Bargello celebrates its 150th anniversary as a museum. Exploring the theme of movement through maps, artworks, travel items and everyday objects, the show sheds light on the impact of war, the centrality of faith and the prevailing worldviews during the Middle Ages.
Until June 21
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, via del Proconsolo 4
MERCATALE DI FIRENZE
On Saturday the 4th of April, Piazza della Repubblica will transform into a market just like in medieval times. Vegetables, cheeses, olive oil and wine will be available as well as handicrafts and artisan products.
FIERUCOLINA DELLA CASA
On Sun. 19, pop around to Piazza Santo Spirito and admire the crafts and organic food fair. This one, as the name suggests will focus on crafts for the home. Your will also find handmade ceramic whistles for kids, antiques, food, hand-woven dresses and linens, beeswax candles, naturally scented soaps and oils, home-baked bread and cakes, ceramics, wine, olive oil, hand-carved wooden salad bowls and more. www.lafierucola.org.
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – Odeon Cinema
Located in Piazza Strozzi. See website for times: http://www.odeonfirenze.com/
April 1-7 Cinderella
April 5-7 Suite Francase
April 8 -13 Middle East Now Festival
April 15 Alexander
April 20-22 Mr. Turner
April 23-27 Into The Woods
TUESDAY AT THE MOVIES – Free Films
On April 14 & 28 and continuing on selected Tuesdays throughout April and May, Palazzo Strozzi is partnering with the Odeon for an exciting cinematic series. In keeping with the themes explored in the ‘Power and Pathos’ exhibition, Palazzo Strozzi’s Tuesdays at the Movies will focus on the unlikely relationship between classical civilization and twentieth-century filmmaking: directors Oliver Stone, Federico Fellini, Stanley Kubrick and others turned to the ancient Greeks as a model for constructing myths and making observations about the modern world. The first two films in the series are Stone’s Alexander (April 14, 8.30pm) and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Medea (April 28, 8.30pm). Entry is free, but arrive early! Odeon Cinehall, Piazza Strozzi.
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – Talking Movies at the British Institute
The Talking Movies Series at the British Institute Library: Every Wednesday at 8:00 pm, the Sala Ferragamo in the Institute's Harold Acton Library hosts a film, followed by discussion. The British Institute Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9. Check the web site at www.britishinstitute.it/en/events/default.asp for times, dates, and detailed information or stop by the library for a brochure.
An Incredulity Toward Metanarratives
Defining Post-modernism is notoriously problematic. Jim Collins' catalogue raisonné of post-modern aesthetics goes some way to providing a checklist of features that may or may not constitute elements of the post-modern:
1. lists of things and permutations, rather than a series of events in causal interaction which derive from an origin and move step by step toward a conclusion [parataxis];
2. middles without explicit beginnings or ends;
3. inconclusiveness, indeterminacy [lack of closure];
4. surface, randomness, and possibility [magic realism];
5. diversity and plurality without hierarchy;
6. fragmentation, dissonance, admixture, layering;
7. incongruity, rather than unity or purity;
8. multiple media, eclecticism, pastiche, intertextuality;
9. pop culture, stereotypes, cult of the everyday;
10. quotation, distance;
11 detachment, self-consciousness. [self-reflexivity]
Throw in the familiar concepts of Intertextuality, Parody, Pastiche, Prefabrication, Bricolage, and Simulation and perhaps a common theme might emerge from this selection of 30 years of Post-modernism, and counting...
Non-English language films are subtitled.
Wednesday, April 01, 2015. 20.00
Film: MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA by Dziga Vertov, 1929
Wednesday, April 15, 2015. 20.00
Film: BRAZIL by Terry Gilliam, 1985
Wednesday, April 22, 2015. 20.00
Film: LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST by Kenneth Branagh, 2000 (part of the Shakespeare Week 2015)
Wednesday, April 29, 2015. 20.00
Film: PULP FICTION by Quentin Tarantino, 1994
BRITISH INSTITUTE LECTURE & CONCERT SERIES
Every Wednesday at 18.00 from September to June there is a lecture, concert or other event in the Sala Ferragamo in the Harold Acton Library followed by an informal drinks reception.
Wednesday, April 01, 2015, 18.00
Lecture: Carlo Fumagalli
In England on a British Institute study grant, Carlo Fumagalli got to spend time in medical laboratories at the University of Cambridge. In this talk he relates his experiences.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 18.00
Concert: Natascha Majek (pianoforte)
A recital of music by Bach, Mozart and Schubert
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 18.00
Lecture: Loretta Innocenti
‘Et in Arcadia ego': the sense of an ending in Love's Labour's Lost
Part of the Shakespeare Week 2015 programme
Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 18.00
Lecture: Lucinda Hawksley
Moustaches, whiskers and beards
INTERNATIONAL TAI CHI DAY
Keep an eye out for demonstrations of Tai Chi in the piazzas of Florence on International Tai Chi Day on April 18.
SHAKESPEARE WEEK 2015: LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST AT THE BRITISH INSTITUTE
Monday 20 April
16.00 Public Reading: Love's Labour's Lost
All are welcome to come and listen or to join in on the reading. Shakespeare is meant to be read aloud; everything is right there in the dialogue. Without sets, props or costumes we read the play as a group, finding new meaning in the magic of hearing the lines spoken.
While read primarily in English, readers are welcome to read aloud in other languages.
Followed by a light buffet.
20.00 Film: John Madden, Shakespeare in Love (1998), 123 mins.
With Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush.
Where better to find Love in Shakespeare than in Shakespeare in Love?
John Madden's adaptation of Tom Stoppard's play is an already established firm favourite for lovers of Shakespeare and those with a penchant for intelligent romantic comedy. "One of those entertaining confections that's so pleasing to the eye and ear you'd have to be a genuine Scrooge to struggle against it" (Los Angeles Times).
Tuesday 21 April
15.00 Film: Elijah Moshinsky, Love's Labour's Lost (1985), 120 mins.
With Jonathan Kent, Mike Gwilym, Maureen Lipman, Jenny Agutter.
The only film in the BBC adaptations of Shakespeare's plays (and the last to be filmed) that is set in a time after the playwright's death; the eighteenth century, with sets and costumes based on Watteau. A highly creditable production that deserves wider exposure.
18.00 Exhibition opening: Tribute to Shakespeare
Within the framework of Shakespeare Week the students of the Russian Academy of Art in Florence, with its emphasis on classical, realistic art, present a series of works dedicated to Shakespeare's creative activity. The exhibition can be visited in the library until 30 April.
Wednesday 22 April
18.00 Lecture: Loretta Innocenti, ‘Et in Arcadia ego: the sense of an ending in Love's Labour's Lost'.
Loretta Innocenti is Professor of English Literature at Ca' Foscari, University of Venice. Her research has mainly focused on the relation of word to image. In 2014 she published a translation of LLL, Pene d'amore perdute (Salerno editore).
20.00 Film: Kenneth Branagh's Love's Labour's Lost (2000), 93 mins.
With Alessandro Nivola, Kenneth Branagh, Alicia Silverstone.
The play as a musical of the 1930s: two-thirds of the words are replaced with the songs of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. The New York Times called it a 'whimsical, affected adaptation'. The movie puts a frothy song-and-dance spin on Shakespeare's original highly stylised poetics, until the anti-comic denouement. The (uneven) result is never less than entertaining.
Thursday 23 April
9.15 Shakespeare and his Contemporaries - The IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence
Humour in Shakespeare's Arcadia: gender, genre, and wordplay in early modern comedy
The annual conference is a one-day interdisciplinary and bilingual English-Italian forum open to PhD students and researchers who have obtained their doctorates within the past 5 years. This year's conference will focus on the theme of comedy in early modern texts, and on how humour is produced in language and plot, what purposes it serves and how it can be related to issues of gender and genre.
To take part in the British Institute of Florence Shakespeare Week 2015, membership of the Harold Acton Library is required. Membership options include annual (70 euro), three months (20 euro) and a 24-hour membership (5 euro). We have also created a special Shakespeare Week membership for only 10 euro covering all events and films. Please note that membership is not a requirement for the opening event, the public reading of Love's Labour's Lost on Monday 20 April. Non members are also welcome to attend the IASEMS Graduate Conference on Thursday 23 April.
The British Institute of Florence receives no Government funding and welcomes donations to support our Library and Cultural Programme.
We would like to thank the students and teachers of the Russian Academy of Art in Florence.