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Non-stop fun in Florence for the first half of 2009

(issue no. 93/2008 / January 15, 2009)

The Florentine's staff has been busy coming up with a list of the most important events, exhibitions, fairs, markets and shows in Florence over the next six months so you can be sure not to miss a thing!

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the invention of Galileo's telescope, there are plenty of interesting events around town dedicated to the Tuscan scientist's life and works. If theatre is your thing, then you'll be pleased to see that both of Florence's English-language theatre companies, FITC and FESTA, will be putting on exciting productions throughout the year. Also, don't forget annual events like Danza in Fiera at the Fortezza da Basso in February, the Scoppio del Carro in April, the opening of the beautiful Rose Garden near Piazzale Michelangelo in May and Estate Fiesolana all summer long. In between, there are concerts, markets and fairs galore-so tear this page out, stick it on the fridge and start making your plans to enjoy all that Florence has to offer!

 

FEBRUARY

 

Worldwide Mardi Gras Carnival 2009

February 2 ? Piazza Ognissanti to Piazza della Signoria

www.comune.fi.it  

 

 

Immagine Italia & Co. Textile Fair

February 6 to 9 ? Fortezza da Basso

www.immagineitalia.org

 

 

PLAY: The Kataklò Athletic

Dance Theatre Company

February 7 and 8 ? Teatro Puccini

www.teatropuccini.it

 

 

Il Mago delle Bolle di Sapone

(Visual theatre starring huge soap bubbles wielded by internationally famous Catalan artist Pep Bou)

February 11 to 15 ? Teatro di Rifredi

www.toscanateatro.it

 

 

Dolce Bere

February 14 to 1 ? Fortezza da Basso 

www.firenze-expo.it

A fair dedicated to chocolate, tea, coffee, sweet wines

 

 

La Fura Dels Baus Presents Boris Godunov

February 18 ? Saschall Theatre

www.saschall.it 

 

 

Danza in Fiera World of Dance

February 19 to 22 ? Fortezza da Basso

www.firenze-expo.it

 

 

Oasis ‘Dig Out Your Soul' Tour 2009

February 24 ? MandelaForum

www.mandelaforum.it

 

 

Renzo Arbore in Concert

February 26 ? Teatro Verdi

www.teatroverdifirenze.it

 

 

Baci 2009 Balloon Arts Festival

February 27 to March 1 ? Fortezza da Basso

www.firenzefiera.it

 

 

MARCH

 

Britmania Florence UK Festival

March 6 ? Saschall Theatre

www.britmania.eu

 

 

The Vagina Monologues

(Florence International Theatre Company) March 7 and 8 ? Teatro di Cestello, Piazza Cestello

www.florencetheatre.com   

 

 

Salone del Mobile Furniture Fair

March 7 to 15 ? Fortezza da Basso

www.firenzefiera.it

 

 

Galileo. Images of the Universe from

Antiquity to the Telescope in Florence

March 13 to August 30 ? Palazzo Strozzi

www.palazzostrozzi.org

 

 

Fortezza da Basso Antiques Fair

March 14 to 22 ? Fortezza da Basso

www.firenze-expo.it

 

 

Taste Food and Flavors Extravaganza

March 14 to 16 ? Stazione Leopolda

www.pittiimmagine.com/it/fiere/taste 

 

 

Irlanda in Festa Irish Culture and Music Festival

March 17 to 21 ? Saschall Theatre

www.saschall.it  

 

 

St. Joseph Festival

March 19 ? Piazza Santa Croce

Tel.  055/3283550 

 

 

Franco Battiato in Concert

March 17 and 18 ? Teatro Comunale

www.maggiofiorentino.com  

 

 

Ornella Vanoni in Concert

March 21 ? Teatro Verdi

www.teatroverdifirenze.it  

 

 

Lenten Fair at the Cascine Market

March 23, 30, April 6, 13 ? Parco delle Cascine

Tel.  055/3283550 

 

 

Feast of the Virgin Mary

March 25 ? Piazza Santissima Annunziata

Tel.  055/3283550 

 

Baby With The Bath Water

(Florence International Theatre Company)

March 26 to 29 ? Teatro di Cestello, Piazza Cestello

www.florencetheatre.com 

 

 

APRIL

 

Splash! International Visual Theatre

(Yllana Madrid Company)

April 2 to 5 ? Teatro di Rifredi

www.toscanateatro.it 

 

 

Easter Sunday:

Scoppio del Carro Historic Procession

April 12 ? Piazza del Duomo

www.comune.firenze.it 

 

 

Oltrarno Fair and Market

April 13 ? Piazza San Frediano

Tel.  055/3283550 

 

 

Easter Fair

April 17 to 19 ? Historic center

Tel.  055/3283550 

 

 

St. George Market

April 20 ? Piazza Santo Spirito

Tel.  055/697747 

 

 

Tiziano Ferro in Concert

April 22 ? Mandela Forum

www.mandelaforum.it  

 

 

Nel Mezzo Del Cammin:

Songs and Stanzas from Dante's Inferno

April 23 and 24 ? Teatro di Rifredi

www.toscanateatro.it 

 

 

International Handicrafts Fair

April 24 to May 4 ? Fortezza da Basso

www.firenze-expo.it

 

Springtime Flower Show

April 25 to May 1 ? Giardino dell'Orticoltura

Tel.  055/2625363 

 

 

Antiques and Flea Market

April 25 and June 2 ? Piazza Mino (Fiesole)

Tel.  055/5978373 

www.comune.fiesole.fi.it

 

 

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Opera,

Concerts and Dance

End of April to early July

Various locations throughout the city

www.maggiofiorentino.com 

 

 

MAY

 

Genio Fiorentino Florence

Cultural Heritage Celebration

Two weeks in May 

www.geniofiorentino.it 

 

 

Opening of the Rose Garden

May to June

Giardino delle Rose (near Piazzale Michelangelo)

Tel.  055/2342426 

 

 

Opening of the Iris Garden

and International Competition

May 2 to 20 ? Giardino del Piazzale Michelangelo

Tel.  055/483112 

 

 

Mamma Mia International Tour

May 6 to 19

Mandela Forum

www.mandelaforum.it 

 

 

Artigianato e Palazzo Master Artisans Show May 15 to 17 ? Giardino dei Corsini

www.artigianatoepalazzo.it

 

 

Spin Yourself: Zero Emission Vehicles

from Rollerskates to Electrical Buses

May 16 to 18 ? Limonaia di Villa Strozzi

Tel.  055/211201 

 

 

Perfume, Toys and Bijoux

May 18 ? Fortezza da Basso

Tel.  055/3283550 

www.firenze-expo.it

 

 

Promotional Trade Exhibition

May 22 to 24 ? Fortezza da Basso

Tel.  055/49721 

www.firenze-expo.it

 

 

Mille Miglia Vintage Car Race

Saturday in late May

www.millemiglia.it 

 

 

Cantine Aperte Cellar

Openings and Wine Tastings

May 24

www.movimentoturismo.it  

 

 

JUNE

 

Estate Fiesolana Fiesole Cultural Festival

June 14 to August 4 ? Fiesole

www.estatefiesolana.it  

 

 

Arts and Herbs Fair

June 15 ? Piazza Santo Spirito

Tel.  055/697747 

 

 

Pitti Immagine Uomo Men's Wear and Accessories Collections

June 16 to 19 ? Fortezza da Basso

www.pittimmagine.com  

 

 

Festa di San Giovanni Patron Saint of Florence

June 24 ? Historic center

www.comune.firenze.it  

 

JULY

 

Saints Philip and James' Summer Products Fair

July 20 ? Piazza Santo Spirito

Tel.  055/697747 

 

 

The King Stag

(Florence International Theatre Company) Date and location TBA

www.florencetheatre.com 

 

 

Macbeth

(Florence English Speaking Theatrical Artists)

Date TBA

Bargello Museum

www.festatheatre.com

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