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|NEWSLETTER – JULY 2016
|July is summer heat and music concerts all over Tuscany. The San Niccolo Tower is open for the season, as well as local swimming pools and riverside bars. Keep cool however you can, with best wishes, from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, LESLIE, VANNI, ANNA PIA, MARISA, and MARIO.
|PITCHER & FLACCOMIO PICKS FOR JULY
BEST EVENT FOR JULY – The Palio in Siena
Each year on July 2nd and August 16th, the Palio of Siena takes place in Italy. Ten bareback jockeys circle the main piazza three times on horses they may have met just four days earlier; while the actual prize may be the Palio, a silk painted banner, there's much more at stake. The competition between neighbourhoods has roots going back centuries, and established rivalries add further dimension to the race. The historical procession preceding the race is unlike any parade ever experienced.
The race itself lasts less than 2 minutes, but that explosion of activity marks the culmination of a four-day crescendo of fascinating events, starting with the selection of the horses and concluding with the breathless gallop of the race. On a deeper level, for the Sienese people, the Palio is part of their lives 24/7, 365 days a year. They are either strategising, preparing, or participating when they’re not celebrating victory or gnashing their teeth in defeat.
Did you know that… Early in the afternoon, just before the Palio, each contrada takes its horse and jockey to its own church. There the hopeful and enthusiastic contrade watch as a priest blesses the special horse and its jockey. The Palio horses, along with rescued horses, spend their final years taken care of, complete with veterinarian care. The city of Siena pays for horse clinics and provides for their retirement in the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Additionally, in the last few years strict laws have been enacted to protect horses before, during and after the race. – (From Freya’s Florence Tours)
P&F RENTAL PICK FOR JULY – pleasant and unusual apartment with interesting details
Very pleasant and unusual apartment with interesting details, like the bleached wooden ceilings and floors which give a modern dimension to the apartment, plus the small terrace is a delightful added bonus. Located between the Ponte Vecchio, Florence`s famous Old Bridge and Ponte Santa Trinita on the south side of the Arno river within a short walking distance from all of Florence`s most important monuments and museums 5 minutes to the Pitti Palace, Boboli gardens and Piazza della Signoria. The neighbourhood is famous for its many boutiques, artisan workshops, antique stores and numerous good restaurants.
For a maximum of three people, and consists of: Entrance hall, Living/dining room (with fireplace, table 6/8 persons), 2 bedrooms (both with French size beds:140 cm and 155 cm wide), 2 bathrooms (1 with shower stall, 1 with tub and hand shower), Kitchen (glass wall dividing it from the living area), Laundry room, Terrace (up 12 steps)
The apartment is furnished with mostly modern pieces mixed with a few antiques. The floors are bleached hard wood with scatter rugs, and the ceilings have exposed bleached white wooden beams, large windows give good light to the apartment, the soft furnishings are mainly white cotton and linen, the kitchen is modern and the bathrooms have wooden floors and are decorated with old furniture.The river side terrace with a table and chairs for “al fresco” dining is approx 12 steps up from the apartment.
More information: http://www.pitcherflaccomio.com/new/index.php?file=oneaffitti&form_id_affitti=1039&l_t=1
BEST EXHIBITION FOR JULY – THE COLUMBIA THREADNEEDLE PRIZE 2016 AT PALAZZO STROZZI
Until July 24
The Strozzina area of Palazzo Strozzi in Florence will be hosting The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016 @ Palazzo Strozzi from 1 to 24 July 2016, an exhibition designed to trigger a debate on contemporary figurative art in the work of forty-six international artists selected to mark the prestigious European award known as the Columbia Threadneedle Prize.
Over forty works of art ranging from paintings and drawings to engravings will be coming together to probe the relationship between art and figuration today, taking a fresh look at such traditional genres as portrait painting, landscape painting and still-life. Addressing this theme inevitably means reflecting on the intrinsic value of the artistic image, playing realism off against the abstract and fostering an in-depth debate on our society today as it sinks beneath the weight of an ever increasing number of images disseminated via the new digital communication media. While artists such as Nicholas Holmes, Coll McDonnell and Stephen Read focus on chance, everyday issues and topics from daily life, exploring and extolling the theme of looking in painting, others such as Lewis Hazelwood-Horner, Nicola Bealing and Laura Smith appear to want to rethink the role of painting as a metaphorical tool of the present, at times in a totally dreamlike vein and at others in a profoundly realistic manner.
The Columbia Threadneedle Prize is selected by an illustrious international panel: journalist Emma Crichton-Miller; artist, writer and photographer David Dawson; Tim Knox, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge; Lewis McNaught, Director of Mall Galleries in London; and Arturo Galansino, Director General of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in Florence.
The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016 @ Palazzo Strozzi offers Palazzo Strozzi and Florence a unique opportunity to establish new forms of cooperation and to foster an important moment of exchange and debate on contemporary art at the international level. A rich and varied programme of workshops and activities forming part and parcel of the event will be held in the Strozzina for the entire duration of the exhibition, providing an opportunity for reflection on the figurative genre in contemporary art and on the relationship between cultural heritage and the contemporary art scene in Italy today.
More information at: http://www.palazzostrozzi.org/mostre/the-columbia-threadneedle-prize-2016-palazzo-strozzi/?lang=en
BEST BEACH IN FLORENCE FOR JULY
Following the example of Paris, Florence has its own beaches along the Arno River. Naturally, bathing is strictly forbidden, but for those of you who don't like to go to the swimming pool or can’t get to the seashore, this is a fun alternative.
Head to the beach in San Niccolò where you can find umbrellas, sun loungers and other wooden gazebos. And if the heat is unbearable you can have a refreshing shower at the WC facilities. On the upper part of the beach there is the "Easy Living" kiosk for food and drinks.
BEST OUTDOOR CONCERT FOR JULY - LUDOVICO EINAUDI IN PIAZZA SANTISSIMA ANNUNZIATA
Two and a half years after the worldwide success of In A Time Lapse, Ludovico Einaudi presents his new album Elements, with even more enthralling contours. In the stunning location of Piazza Santissima Annunziata, this will be a captivating evening of music beneath the night sky.
”Elements” comes from a desire to start over again, embarking on a new journey of discovery. There were new frontiers-on what I knew and what I did not know-who have long wanted to investigate: the myths of creation, the periodic table of the elements, Euclid's geometric shapes, the writings of Kandinsky, the sound, but also the colours, the blades of grass by a wild meadow, the forms of the landscape. For months I wandered in a seemingly chaotic mixture of images, thoughts and feelings; then, everything gradually amalgamated in a dance, as if everything were part of one world, and me too. That's Elements. If it wasn't music would be a map of thoughts, sometimes clear, sometimes overlapping, points, lines, figures, fragments of a speech inside that never stops.
For tickets: http://www.bitconcerti.it/ludovico-einaudi-festival.html
Starts at 21.25
MusArt Festival, Piazza SS. Annunziata
BEST STREET PARADE FOR JULY – THE FEAST OF SAINT ANNE
Saint Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary, is considered the protectress of the city of Firenze. July 26 is the feast of Saint Anne and it was on this date in 1343 when the citizens of Florence finally rose up against the tyrant ruler who was running the city at the time, Walter of Brienne, the Duke of Athens. Ever since this historical event, the figure of Saint Anne has been linked to Florence regaining its freedom.
Festivities include a procession with members of the Florentine Republic in period costumes which winds its way from Palazzo Vecchio to the church of Orsanmichele, site of the altar to Florence's Saint Protectress. An iconographic fresco representing St Anne and the expulsion of the Duke of Athens, painted by a follower of Orcagna can be seen in the museum of Palazzo Vecchio.
(Text from: http://www.florencewebguide.com/things-to-do-in-florence-in-july.html)
20.30, Piazza di Parte Guelfa
Parade starts and moves on to piazza Signoria, Duomo, Orsanmichele
BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE THEATRE FOR JULY - THE MEDICI DYNASTY AT IL FULIGNO
Until January 2017
After the great success of last year’s season, The Medici Dynasty has reopened this year with an all new, updated production. There is a new script created by your very own newsletter writer, Marisa Garreffa, based on the original script by Gherardo Rosati Vitali, Carolina Gamini, and Giuseppe Arone. With direction by New York based director, Bari Hochwald, and the stunning new location of the Baroque church of Sant’Onofrio (inside the Il Fuligno complex), this is a production not to be missed.
The performance explores the relationship between brother and sister, Gian Gastone and Anna Maria Luisa, who were the last of the ruling Medici family line. As they struggle to reach a reconciliation, Anna Maria Luisa develops her idea for The Family Pact, which bequeathed the entire Medici patrimony to the city of Florence, on the condition that nothing could ever be removed from the city. This historic agreement is the reason that Florence is still the home of the great works of the Renaissance today.
Over the one hour show, audiences get a glimpse of 300 years of the history of the Medici. Performed in English, the show is suitable for all ages.
Every day except Mondays and Fridays.
Il Fuligno Complex, Via Faenza 48
More information: www.medicidynasty.com
BEST DANCE FOR JULY - 27th EDITION OF FLORENCE DANCE FESTIVAL
Until July 27
The 27th edition of the Florence Dance Festival "Portraits of Dance", from June 21 to July 27 will host major international companies inspired by the great characters in the story. Besides the wonderful courtyard of the Bargello Museum, the Florence Dance Festival will liven up the stages of the historic Teatro Verdi, the Roman Theatre of Fiesole, in addition to numerous side events in Piazza del Carmine
The theme of the artistic program of this 27th edition of the Festival has emerged during the course of programming. In the end, we found that all companies were inspired by the great characters of stories, or they themselves had helped to found contemporary history, groups, and emerging talents, who are defining the trends and traits of today. The art enjoys the universal communicative ability that leaves the choreographer the opportunity to have an open dialogue with the public on the current state of our humanity – inspired by great stories and great characters that are the fundamental bastions of our destiny.
Featuring great choreographers and celebrities: Twyla Tharp , the post-war Japanese butoh of Sankai Juku , the figures of Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet , the fem fatale Violetta in Traviata , the voice of the adopted Florentine Caruso , and the gambles of Faust , the hope of Anne Frank , the sacrifice of Madama Butterfly , the romantic nature of Chopin , the great ballets by Balanchine and Arpino , and yet so many new faces of contemporary dance - choreographers and authors of tomorrow.
For the full program: http://www.florencedancefestival.org/
Borgo Stella, 23 / ??r - 50124 Florence
Tel. & Fax. (+39) 055 289 276
BEST DINING OUT FOR JULY – FISHING LAB
My new favourite spot to eat in Florence. Fantastic seafood at seriously good prices - and the fried fish and chips is even gluten free for those of us with dietary issues. A takeaway box of fried fish and chips will set you back a tiny €3.50. The menu has half portions for €5 and full portions for €10, while the whole fish are a little more expensive. A giant crudo platter to share between four people will set you back €60. The quality was fresh and delicious, the design is modern and elegant, the wine list is long with glasses ranging from €2.50 upwards, and the lunch specials are delicious. The place was packed, as it should be.
Via dei Proconsolo 16r
|BEST OF THE REST FOR JULY
MUSEO DEGLI INNOCENTI HAS REOPENED
“Established as the Ospedale degli Innocenti in 1419 through a generous donation by Francesco Datini, “the merchant of Prato,” the Innocenti became the first lay institution in the world to be dedicated entirely to infancy and childhood. When it opened its doors in the middle of the fifteenth century, it welcomed children who had been abandoned by their families for various reasons, generally extreme poverty, centralizing a service that had previously been distributed amongst multiservice hospices throughout Florence and the surrounding countryside. The portico, designed by Brunelleschi, was intended as an opening on to the city, both welcoming and protective, an architectural symbol of the state-run “family” within. Children were accepted, documented, sent to wet nurses, educated and eventually inserted into the community through apprenticeships or entry into domestic service.
The new Museum of the Innocents, with its almost 1,500 square metres of exhibition space and even more room for conferences, intends to become a new centre for tourism and congresses. It has taken three years of renovation and restoration, with a price tag of 12.8 million (7.2 million euro from the Tuscan Region), to create additional entry from and exit to the piazza, a more effective museum layout and a rooftop café. The museum has already successfully attracted numerous donations through its “adopt a work” scheme to fund restoration of single artworks, but, once open, the project will have to sustain itself through ticket sales. Maggi is confident that visitors will want to come check it out and also return.”
(Text from: http://www.theflorentine.net/art-culture/2016/05/new-museo-degli-innocenti/)
Museo degli Innocenti
Piazza SS. Annunziata
More information: http://www.istitutodeglinnocenti.it/
SUMMERTIME AT THE BARGELLO
The National Museum of the Bargello opens their doors to theatre, dance, and music for the 2016 edition of Summer at the Bargello. Over twenty evenings in June and July are performances by actors Gabriele Lavia, Sandro Lombardi, and David Rion, as well as performances for the Florence Dance Festival and the concerts of the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina. All performances take place outdoors, in the museum courtyard, surrounded by the works of Bartolomeo Ammannati, Giambologna, and Cosimo Cenni.
Some of the performances in July:
July 5: Romeo and Juliet, presented by the Milan Ballet and Florence Dance Festival
July 12, 13: evening dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concerts
July 15: American Dance Now, presented by New York’s Joffrey Ballet Concert Group
July 18: Portraits in Dance – A triptych: In-Faust, Madame Butterfly, Anne Frank – presented by Imperfect Dancers Company
July 19, 20: the Florentine Chamber Orchestra perform Vivaldi with Marco Lorenzoni on violin
July 25, 26: Evening dedicated to Astor Piazzolla, program includes 'Oblivion' 'Libertango' and 'Adios Nonino' with Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi
July 28, 29: Evening dedicated to famous film scores such as 'Life is Beautiful', 'Nuovo Cinema Paradiso', 'Once Upon a Time in America' and others by Nicola Piovani, Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota.
National Museum of the Bargello, Via del Proconsolo, 4
Performances start at 21:15 (unless otherwise specified)
www.florencedancefestival.org - www.orcafi.it – www.teatrodellatoscana.it- www.estatealbargello.it
Circuit Box Office: www.boxol.it
Box Office: in via delle Carceri Vecchie, tel: +39 055 210804
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY HOSTS ‘THE SEASON’ AT VILLA LA PIETRA
Until August 23
The Season is a summer celebration of creative collaboration and exploration conducted throughout the grounds of Villa la Pietra and its extraordinary and scenographic gardens. Artists, writers, musicians, poets, actors and public intellectuals are given time and space to nurture and hone their craft, experiment, collaborate across disciplines, and to create and present new works or the reinterpretation of classics.
Well-known figures and emerging talents work together, in classes and workshops or experimental laboratories, and present their work before an audience of Italians and Americans invited to the gardens of Villa la Pietra for a surprising and elegant evening.
Performances often end with an open dialogue and the conversation between performers and the public continues at a reception in the gardens under the stars. The Season explores the creative process in all its forms, inviting selected artists to reflect on their craft in special dialogues with students and the public.
The Season 2016 features concerts, acting performances, dialogues and readings with contemporary American and Italian writers, a film festival, and a multimedia installation, all against the spectacular setting of the gardens of Villa La Pietra and in downtown Florence.
For the full program: http://lapietra.nyu.edu/project/the-season-2016/
|EXHIBITIONS IN JULY
LAST CHANCE TO SEE – FROM KANDINSKY TO POLLOCK: THE ART OF THE GUGGENHEIM COLLECTION
Until 24th July
Palazzo Strozzi is hosting this major exhibition, bringing to Florence over one hundred masterpieces of European and American art from the 1920s to the 1960s, in a narrative that reconstructs the relationship and the ties between the two sides of the Atlantic through the lives of two leading American collectors, Peggy and Solomon Guggenheim.
Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, the exhibition – the result of a cooperative venture involving the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York – will be offering visitors a unique opportunity to compare and contrast the crucial work of European masters of modern art such as Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Man Ray and Pablo Picasso and European masters of so-called Art Informel, or “Unformed Art,” such as Alberto Burri, Emilio Vedova, Jean Dubuffet, Lucio Fontana, with large paintings and sculptures by some of the most important personalities on the American art scene in the 1950s and 1960s such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein and Cy Twombly.
Devoting an exhibition to the Guggenheim collections means telling the fast-paced story of the birth of the Neo-Avant-Garde movements after World War II in a tight and uninterrupted interplay between European and American artists. But producing such an exceptional exhibition in Florence also means celebrating a very special tie that goes back a long way, because it was precisely in the Palazzo Strozzi’s Strozzina undercroft that Peggy Guggenheim, who had only recently arrived in Europe, decided in February 1949 to show the collection that was later to find a permanent home in Venice.
The large paintings, sculptures, engravings and photographs on display at Palazzo Strozzi on loan from the Guggenheim collections in New York and Venice and from other leading international museums, paint a vast fresco of the extraordinarily heady season of 20th century art in which Peggy and Solomon Guggenheim played such a key role.
For information and tickets: http://www.palazzostrozzi.org/mostre/guggenheim-2/?lang=en
FECE DI SCOLTURA DI LEGNAME E COLORI - PAINTED WOODEN SCULPTURES AT THE UFFIZI
Until August 28
Throughout the first half of the 15th century painted sculptures of wood, marble or terracotta were the primary creations of artistic sculpture. This exhibition aims to investigate for the first time, through a group of approximately fifty works, the story of polychrome wooden sculpture of the 15th century in Florence, where the close proximity of sculptors, painters and architects was crucial for the activity of the masters of the time. Curated by Alfredo Bellandi.
Galleria degli Uffizi
For more: http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/
Glances on the 1900s: Sketches by Italian Artists between the Two Wars
Until September 4
On show at the Uffizi Gallery, over 35 drawings and prints from the early 1900’s play with the wide range of emotions that arise between the artist, his subject and the observer. These images were drawn in the time frame between the two great wars and it is possible to detect signs of heralding the upcoming tragedies.
(Text from: https://www.visitflorence.com/what-to-see-in-florence/current-exhibits-in-florence.html)
The Uffizi, at the Cabinet of Drawings and Prints
Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6
JESTERS, VILLAINS, AND PLAYERS AT THE MEDICI COURT GALLERY OF MODERN ART, PALAZZO PITTI
Until September 11
This exhibition will explore the bizarre figures and faces of court life found in many of the Medici collections, yet often overlooked or marginalized. Comprising approximately thirty 17th and 18th century artworks, the show will focus mostly on genre scenes illustrating the comic and less-refined rituals and faces of court life.
(Text from The Florentine: http://www.theflorentine.net/art-culture/2016/01/top-upcoming-exhibitions-in-florence/)
Medici Court Gallery of Modern Art
Palazzo Pitti, Andito degli Angiolini
JAN FABRE IN PIAZZA SIGNORIA, PALAZZO VECCHIO AND FORTE BELVEDERE
Until October 2
The exhibition, entitled Jan Fabre. Spiritual Guards, promoted by the Comune di Firenze, will pan out between the Forte Belvedere, Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria. In fact, it will be one of the most complex and multifaceted exhibitions that this Flemish artist and author has ever produced in any public space in Italy. For the very first time, a living artist will be expounding his art in three venues of outstanding historical and artistic importance at once. Roughly one hundred of Fabre’s works dating from 1978 to 2016 will be on display, including bronze and wax sculptures, performance films and works made of wing cases of the jewel scarab. Fabre will also be presenting two new works specifically devised and produced for this occasion.
**Please note that on July 4th and 5th, the Forte di Belvedere will be closed, but the other two locations remain open. For more information: http://musefirenze.it/en/mostre/janfabre/
JOHN CURRIN AT THE STEFANO BARDINI MUSEUM
Until October 2
John Currin is contemporary American painting’s reigning “bad boy,” known for his satirical and sexualized artwork, blending classical techniques with his self-described “trashy” sensibilities. In his comically crude paintings, viewers find the fleshiness of Rubens, the frivolity of Fragonard and the pop references of Warhol. Currin’s show is the first in the new “Contrappunti” exhibition series, aiming to make the public more aware of the Stefano Bardini Museum’s antique treasures through unexpected and provocative juxtapositions. For additional information, call 055/2342427.
(Text from The Florentine: http://www.theflorentine.net/highlight/2016/05/best-events-florence-june-2016-2/)
Stefano Bardini Museum
via dei Renai 37
KARL LAGERFELD - VISIONS OF FASHION AT PALAZZO PITTI
Until October 23
“KARL LAGERFELD – Visions of Fashion” is a special anthological exhibition celebrating Karl Lagerfeld’s diverse and elegant approach to photography: photos from fashion shoots published in the world’s most important fashion magazines – among them different editions of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Numéro and V Magazine – and others inspired by classical mythology such as the series “Le Voyage d’Ulysse” and “Daphnis and Chloe”. The show assembles an extraordinary collection of more than 200 images created using a variety of techniques including daguerreotypes, platinum prints, Polaroid transfers, resinotypes, screen-prints and digital prints.
The exhibition will start from the grand staircase, Scalone del Moro, and wind its way through the rooms of the Galleria Palatina, the Sala Bianca and the two rooms of the Appartamenti degli Arazzi in a continuous dialogue between the sizes of the pictures and the exhibition areas: from the smaller, subtle images to be shown in the Galleria Palatina, almost as if to punctuate the tour of the masterpiece-filled museum, to the imposing pictures in the Appartamenti degli Arazzi that converse with the beautiful tapestries on display. As to the Sala Bianca, where Italian fashion was born in 1951, the curators have selected fashion photos by Karl Lagerfeld printed on lightweight paper that will flutter from the ceiling, recalling the lithe movements of models on the runway.
“KARL LAGERFELD – Visions of Fashion” is part of the “Special Program for the 2016 Pitti Immagine Fairs”, promoted by the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana with a grant from the Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico – Ministry for Economic Development and Agenzia ICE – in support of Italian trade fairs and Made in Italy.
More information: http://www.pittimmagine.com/corporate/fairs/uomo/events/2016/karllagerfeld.html
SPLENDIDA MINIMA AT PALAZZO PITTI - SMALL SCULPTURES FROM THE MEDICI COLLECTION
Until November 2
The exhibition Splendida Minima (Beautiful Miniatures) at the Pitti Palace Medici Treasury in Florence displays small sculptures in hard stone, which belonged to the Medici family.
The works are from the Uffizi Gallery, which holds a valuable collection of small sculptures in precious and semi-precious gemstones, mainly produced in Hellenistic and Roman times. The technique for making these sculptures was lost during the Middle Ages, but rediscovered and revived during the Renaissance.
It is the first exhibition dedicated to this particular type of artistic expression, highlighting the unique technical and stylistic characteristics of the objects.
The Medici Treasury
Winckelmann, Florence and the Etruscans: The Father of Archeology in Tuscany
Until January 30
In honour of the 250 year anniversary of J.J. Wincklemann's untimely death, the exhibition focuses on the the German scholars contribution to archaeology in Tuscany. In particular, his contribution to the knowledge of Etruscan art and his studies were instrumental to the diffusion of the Etruscan myths in the European culture in the 17-1800’s. This is an excellent opportunity to view the Chimera and the bronze statue Minerva, both of which have their origins in Arezzo.
(Text from: https://www.visitflorence.com/what-to-see-in-florence/current-exhibits-in-florence.html)
MAF Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze,
National Archaeological Museum of Florence
Piazza Santissima Annunziata, 9b
STATE MUSEUMS FREE FOR RESIDENTS FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH
On the first Sunday of every month, Florence opens up all of its state museums free for residents of the city, or people born here. It’s a fantastic initiative to reward the people who call Florence home, and make it easier for them to enjoy the city’s treasures. Here’s a list of the state museums you could visit:
Museum of Palazzo Vecchio
Complex of Santa Maria Novella
Stefano Bardini Museum
Fondazione Salvatore Romano
Brancacci Chapel in Santa Maria del Carmine.
Make a note that you still have to visit the ticket offices to collect a free ticket, and they close an hour before the museums close. Some offer special guided visits or tours, but you’ll need to reserve those in advance. You’ll find more information at: www.musefirenze.it
|LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS IN JULY
BRITISH INSTITUTE LECTURE & CONCERT SERIES
There is a special discount for students and members of the British Institute for the following performance: Romeo and Juliet presented by the Foundazione Teatro della Toscana
Romeo and Juliet in a charming staging by the students of the training course for Actors "Orazio Costa" directed by Pier Paolo P. Three different casts, with actors alternating in performances on a multilevel, placo surrounded by the charming scenery of the Park dell'acciaiolo, starred with the public, inner turmoil of the most famous lovers of theatre history.
Castello dell’Acciaiolo | Via Scarlatti – Scandicci
6, 7, 8, 11 July at 21.00
9, 10 July at 19.00
For membership to The British Institute, see here: http://www.britishinstitute.it/en/library/harold-acton-library/membership
EVENTS AT MUSEO NOVECENTO - FLORENCE’S CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM
The Museo Novecento is dedicated to the Italian art of the 20th Century, and offers a selection of around 300 works which are located across 15 exhibition areas, along with a study room, a cabinet of drawings and prints, and a room for conferences and projections. The museum is located in the ancient Spedale of the Leopoldine in Santa Maria Novella square. July’s Special Events:
CONTRASTI. LE SONORITÀ DEL ‘900
Friday, July 8th, 8 p.m.
In 2016, Contrasti. Le sonorità del ‘900 schedules four lectures focusing on the nature of the transformations investing music and arts during the twentieth century. The new musical language was enriched by the stimuli from visual arts and theater and showed the deep marks left by the world conflicts and by their historical and economic consequences. New and powerful kinds of writing, necessary to express new energies and aimed at new modalities of expression, arose. Language barriers were shattered: the musical gesture became theatrical and the performer gained new recognition, becoming the crucial intermediary between the composer’s thought and its fulfillment in the physical space.
The desire to recount a deep experience, linked to the human body and spirit, leads some composers to add a strong theatrical gesture to the music, sometimes more intense than the musical content. Making choices that were at times extreme, the author shattered the traditional barriers of music introducing objects and actions that turn the musician into an actor.
Sylvano Bussotti, Per tre for three performers
Peter Eotvos, Derwischtanz for solo clarinet
Mauricio Kagel, Con voce for three performers
Luis Steen Andersen, Besides for cello and percussion instruments
Francesco Filidei, Esercizio di pazzia for four performers
Georges Aperghis, 4 pezzi febbrili for marimba and piano
Francesco Filidei, Esercizio di pazzia II for four performers
ANDREA CHIMENTI interprets DAVID BOWIE
Monday, July 20, 21.30
Andrea Chimenti is an eclectic artist, a singer-songwriter and also a writer, a poet and a designer. The idea of the concert comes from the belief that artists like Bowie, Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Endrigo or Modugno (just to mention a few) deserve to get in the repertoire of opera houses as authors. Chimenti will be accompanied by, not surprisingly, the chamber orchestra I Nostri Tempi and his quartet that will present the première interpretation and rewriting of the original orchestral parts.In order to overcome the traditional dichotomy between genres, along with the pieces by Bowie the concert will present Beethoven’s works in an unusual lineup. The concert is organized by NEM New Events Musical and it has been included in the program of Estate Fiorentina 2015.
Pre-sale available on Boxoffice www.boxol.it, phone number 055 210804.
For more information: http://www.museonovecento.it/en/
|FILM EVENTS IN JULY
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – ODEON CINEMA
The Odeon has resumed its Original Language films program. Once only screened on Monday nights, you can now find sessions for each film spread over several days.
This month’s English language films include: Now You See Me 2 and Mother’s Day.
There are also a number of special film events this month, including a tribute to Robert Wilson: Ten Years of Watermill, and the Italian film classics Quo Vado? and Perfetti Sconosciuti.
Find the whole schedule here: http://www.odeonfirenze.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Odeon-Program-2016-June-1-July-13.pdf
|MUSIC AND THEATRE FOR JULY
THE 18TH FLORENCE YOUTH FESTIVAL – ORCHESTRAS
Until July 27
The Youth Orchestras Festival (FOG) was founded in Florence in 1999 to give young musicians from all over the world the opportunity to be part of a unique musical experience in the beautiful region of Tuscany, Italy. The Festival’s main venue is the Loggia dei Lanzi - an astonishing space widely recognised as cultural heritage- on Piazza della Signoria, one of the main squares in Florence city centre.
The entire edition takes place between the Tuscan and Umbria regions in cities such as Lucca, San Gimignano, Montecatini Terme, Prato, Perugia and Assisi. FOG is held during the month of July and consists of a total of 50-75 concerts given by 15-20 orchestras. Usually each orchestra performs three or four concerts. So far over 300 orchestras from all over the world have participated in the festival.
In addition to running the yearly festival, FOG also organises concert tours around Italy to promote musical exchange within the Italian territory. These concert tours are tailor-made based on the experience and requests of each orchestra. They represent a great opportunity for international orchestras and choirs that want to perform in some of the most beautiful venues and cities.
All concerts are free to attend.
For the full schedule: http://www.florenceyouthfestival.com/2016.html
“SORSI DI MUSICA” - LIVE MUSIC AND APERITIVO IN THE GARDENS OF VILLA BARDINI
A gorgeous music program through the spring and summer, with concerts presented at Villa Bardini in collaboration with the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory. The concerts for July will begin at 18.00 from July until August. You can park your car for free in the inner space of Forte Belvedere. July’s program:
July 5: Ottocento e Novecento alla tastiera
July 12: Ottocento e Novecento alla tastiera, altri percorsi
July 19: Omaggio ad Alexandre Tansman con chittara e pianoforte
July 26: Curiosità flautistiche
Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2
More information: http://www.bardinipeyron.it/blog/sorsi-musica-programma-aprile-luglio-2016/
THEATRE AND PERFORMANCES AT TEATRO DELLA PERGOLA
July 13 until July 20
Supported by Teatro della Pergola:
HARMONIC SPACES 2016, at Teatro Niccolini
by Italian Youth Orchestra Chamber Ensemble
The fifth edition of Harmonic Spaces, the Italian Youth Orchestra's summer festival, event of the Fiesole School of Music, in collaboration with the Fondazione Teatro della Toscana, offers an extensive program of musical proposals, with the participation of young people from all over Italy and various European countries.There are eight concerts to choose from!
For the full program: http://www.teatrodellapergola.com/evento/spazi-armonici-2016/
OPERA DI FIRENZE - 79th EDITION OF MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO
The special music program, “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” is spread across multiple venues including: Opera di Firenze, Teatro Niccolini, Teatro della Pergola. They continue their 2016 season with:
Open air concerts in the historic courtyard of Palazzo Pitti:
June 20-July 26: The Opera “L’Elisir D’Amore”
July 23-July27: The Opera “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”
July 3-July 25: The Opera “La Traviata”
Across other venues:
July 4: Jurij Temirkanov with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Saint Petersburg
Tickets and more information: www.maggiofiorentino.com
|EXHIBITIONS OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR JULY
THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF ROBERT CAPA: EXHIBITION IN SAN GIMIGNANO
Until October 7
An exhibition dedicated to the great war photographer Robert Capa who tells the story of World War II in Italy through 78 images. The photographs were taken in Italy during the years 1943-44. A powerful and striking exhibition by a photographer than many consider to be the father of photojournalism.
Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art - “Raffaele de Grada”
Via Folgore, San Gimignano
More information: www.sangimignanomusei.it
DINOSAURS AND AQUARIUMS AT THE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY IN PISA
Until August 30
The Natural History Museum of the University of Pisa has its origins in the Gallery of the Botanical Garden, established in 1591 by Ferdinand I de’ Medici. However, the different collections that make up the museum began being gathered by Luca Ghini prior to the establishment of the gallery (1544-1554). From 1823 to 1887, the museum and the adjoining research laboratories went through a period of rapid expansion. This led to the existing collection, comprised of over two hundred thousand scientific specimens from four centuries of naturalistic research in Pisa. In their present location, the rooms and galleries of the zoological, mineralogical and paleontological sectors offer plenty of historical and architectural references. Also part of the museum is a 5-hectare plot of land surrounding the buildings, characterised by typical Tuscan crops and a canalisation and storage system for spring and rainwater.
There are two special exhibitions on now:
THE AQUARIUMS: AN AQUARIUM TUNNEL AND 24 TANK DISPLAY
The first room hosts some of the fish that live in our rivers and our lakes. The Italian fish fauna is characterised by a chaotic fruit composition of continuous human interference, that in more than a century have profoundly altered the composition of these populations. Currently it consisted of little more than 80 species of which about 40% were introduced. Currently there are: The Tyrrenhian rudd (in danger of extinction), barbel, chub, carp, roach, perch, the roach of Albania sun, and the bluegill.
In the second room of 24 aquiariums there arev arious freshwater fish from all over the world. Currently there are: the potamotrigonidi races, some species of Characiformes, the catfish, the killifish and Perciformes, rainbow fish, puffers of fresh water, the arowana, the knife fish, polipteri, the lepistostei and lungfish African.
THE HALLS AND THE COURTYARD OF THE DINOSAURS
The route begins in the backyard with two resin skeletons, the “carnotauro”, a carnivore with two horns on his forehead, which attacks the “amargasauro”, a herbivore with a double row of long spinal processes on the neck. Within the niche, a three-dimensional diorama reproduces a nesting “saltasauri” (titanosaurs herbivorous quadrupeds) with two “aucasauro” cubs (bipedal theropod carnivores) close to the nests to try to eat the eggs, while an adult is in the background trying to distract the “saltasauri”.
In the first room is reconstructed in 1: 1 scale the field of dinosaurs El Cuy Valley (Patagonia), excavated by the researchers of this Museum. The reconstruction documents the excavation phases and recovery of fossils. The adjoining restoration workshop presents the fossil restoration techniques. It is thus possible to follow the path of a fossil from the time of its discovery, through its complete reconstruction, and potential duplication with the production of the mold.
The second hall describes the way of the dinosaur. It exhibits a resin skeleton of a “kritosauro”, this species belongs to the group of duck-billed dinosaurs (hadrosaurs), specialised herbivores that lived up to the time of the great extinction at the end of the Mesozoic Era. On the opposite wall are exposed representatives of the most significant groups of Mesozoic, being compared with those of the Cenozoic, the two eras are separated by a red band indicating that the biological crisis occurred 65 million years ago, which also led to the disappearance of the dinosaurs.
The tour ends with a recreational-educational workshop on dinosaurs for children of nursery and primary schools.
Open Every day 9.00 - 19.00
Natural History Museum, University of Pisa
Via Roma 70
|FUN, FESTIVALS AND FOOD OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR JULY
16TH EDITION OF ARCHEOLOGICAL NIGHTS – Le Notti dell’Archeologia
Until July 31
Channel your inner Indiana Jones at over 100 museums, parks and archeological sites around Tuscany that will stay open into the wee hours with events, guided tours and tons of activities for kids. This year’s theme is “Continuity and Discontinuity between Antiquity and the Middle Ages”. The program is aimed at audiences of all ages.
For the full program: http://www.regione.toscana.it/-/le-notti-dell-archeologia-2016
MONTERIGGIONI MEDIAEVAL FESTIVAL
8,9,10 and 15,16,17 July
The "Festa Medievale" of Monteriggioni, Italy takes place every year and is highly recommended. TThis is one of the best costume festivals in Italy with local and also professional performers, music, demonstrations of mediaeval trades, food stands filling the piazza inside the fortified town of Monteriggioni.
Giostra dell'Orso, Pistoia – Joust of the Bear
Pistoia's Giostra dell'Orso takes place after a magnificent procession held on the 25 July in honour St. James, patron saint of Pistoia. Twelve knights take part in the Giostra, a mediaeval jousting tournament. The knights' goal is to hit two stylised bears with their lances to the sound of drum rolls and fanfares. The bear (orso) is the heraldic beast of Pistoia and the Giostra is the highlight of the town's "Luglio Pistoiese" festival.
LINARI CLASSIC MUSIC FESTIVAL
18, 20, 22, 25, 29 July
Linari Classic is delighted to announce its 2016 programme This years dates will be 18th 20th 22nd 25th and 29th of July. We are back at our beautiful venues Sant'Appiano, Volpaia, and Paneretta. We add to these Borgo Pignano an exciting new location. Musical Director of Linari Joris Van Rijn along with Jayson Gillham, winner of The Montreal International Piano Competition, and Andrea Obiso, our exceptional young violinist, will open the Linari Festival. We are delighted that the Schubert Ensemble is returning for concerts on 22nd and 25th July. The Nash return for the final concert on 29th July at Castello della Paneretta.
Situated between Florence and Siena, Linari is a medieval hilltop 'Borgo' in the Chianti Classico area, one of the most enchanting parts of Tuscany. The first Linari Classic Musical Festival was created and established in 2003 by Airdrie Armstrong Terenghi. She is now the Festival's principal organiser and Artistic Director, and works in collaboration with the renowned musician and Festival musical director Joris Van Rijn. Every summer at Linari, the concerts range from Early to Contemporary classical music. The musicians are professionals from around the world.
Our wonderful musicians journey to Linari each year for the sheer joy and pleasure of performing and living in such exotically beautiful settings, and in the presence of the most appreciative audiences. Performance settings include picturesque local churches such as Sant'Appiano, ancient castles and private villas such as Villa Gamberaia.
For more information: http://www.linariclassic.com/
LUCCA MUSIC FESTIVAL – 19th EDITION
The Lucca Summer Music Fest is one of the most famous in Tuscany, pulling big names from all over the world. There is a little something for everyone. Among this years feature events are:
July 9: Van Morrison
July 12: Lionel Richie
July 16: Neal Young
July 21: Negramaro
For more information: www.summer-festival.com
MUSIC SCHOOL OF FIESOLE SUMMER CONCERTS
Until July 10
20 concerts at the Festival dei Due Mondi, from June 26 to July 10: a real "invasion" of young musicians into Fiesole. Soloists and chamber groups will take turns in the two musical events daily at the Church of St. Euphemia (and Pegasus Hall), presenting the masterpieces of instrumental repertoire to a curious and cosmopolitan public.
Download the schedule at: http://www.scuolamusicafiesole.it/en/
69TH EDITION OF ESTATE FIESOLANA - FESTIVAL OF MUSIC, CINEMA, THEATRE, DANCE IN FIESOLE
This is a stunning program of arts centred around the open air auditorium in Fiesole. Definitely go to their website and have a browse of the dozens of events programmed, far too many to list here. From ballet performances, to music concerts, art exhibitions and special events, there are more than enough reasons to climb the hill.
See the full program on the website: http://www.estatefiesolana.it/
BARGA OPERA FESTIVAL - 50TH EDITION AND POSSIBLY THE LAST
July 27 to August 6
The Opera Barga Festival is an annual opera festival held in July in the town of Barga, near Lucca. It was founded in 1967 by Peter Gellhorn and Lorenzo Malfatti, and performances take place in the late 18th Century theatre Teatro dei Differenti.
The main artistic aim of the festival is to perform works from the Baroque era in addition to modern operas. Since its inception, it has staged more than 40 operas, many being heard for the first time in modern times. The performers are young musicians taking part in the festival's summer school. Past participants have included the Welsh operatic tenor Dennis O'Neill, and the bass-baritone, John Del Carlo.
This could be the final year of the festival, as the Italian Cultural Ministry no longer intends to fund the festival, among other musical events and programs. There is an online petition to protest these funding cuts, and you can find the link on the Barga Opera Festival website.
To see the program for this years event and sign the petition: http://www.operabarga.it/english/
PARCO SCULTURE DEL CHIANTI - MUSICAL EVENINGS AT THE AMPHITHEATRE
Until August 30
Parco Sculture del Chianti kicks off its 2016 Musical Evenings at the Amphitheatre on Tuesdays from the 5th of July.
“Pievasciata, a tiny village in the heart of the Chianti region, is being transformed into a B.A.C.: Borgo d'Arte Contemporanea (hamlet of contemporary art). The focal point, the Chianti Sculpture Park, a permanent exhibition of sculptures and installations, is an integral part of a mystical wooded area. Inside the Park an Amphitheatre / sculpture has been created to offer visitors a rich programme of concerts and cultural events. Opposite the Park there is a sculpture gallery in the old pottery workshop La Fornace.... And that's not all …”
July 5: Mismountain Boys
July 12: Lisetta Luchini
July 19: Jig Rig
July 26: Ella Armstrong
For the full program: http://www.chiantisculpturepark.it/program2016.html
MUSICA DA VINO – 4TH EDITION OF MUSIC AT THE WINERY: FATTORIA IL PIANO, SAN GIMIGNANO
Until September 4
“Wine, music and food have been complementary pleasures for millennia. One needs only to think of ancient Roman and Greek banquets to confirm their close association. At Il Piano we combine these pleasures. Following the success of our previous, high quality seasons, we are proud to present our fourth season of summer concerts, ‘Musica da Vino’, directed by our artistic director, John Wregg, a renowned Australian opera director. Each evening starts with guests enjoying a tasting of Il Piano wines, followed by a concert, and then a typical Tuscan feast, under the stars at the picturesque and elegant villa of the winery.”
With its splendid views of the Tuscan hills, Fattoria Il Piano is the idyllic setting for the 2016 season. The ancient towers of San Gimignano on the horizon provide the perfect backdrop for a cultural feast of fine foods and wine, with exceptional entertainment. Featuring a program of five concerts, one per month, ranging from classical to contemporary but always aspiring to high standards, with established performers from the international stage and young, talented musicians refining their craft.
Concert for July: July 3rd, Siena School of Music
For more information and bookings: www.musicadavino.com
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|Choose from the best of the summer sounds, enjoying the hot days and hoping for a breeze in the evening. This is the season to come to life for those starry summer nights. Make sure you get out and explore Tuscany, there are festivals and concerts galore.
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