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Knitting generations together

A BettaKnit and Europe Direct event on February 22
by Alexandra Korey (issue no. 157/2012 / February 16, 2012)
Did you know that 2012 is the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between generations? Florence's Europe Direct office is a center for the communication of European Community activities. The Florentine, along with Prato-based start-up BettaKnit, will be holding an event with Europe Direct's …

Sara Milne

Florence's new Honorary Consul and director of the British Institute
by Martin Holman (issue no. 153/2011 / November 25, 2011)
  Sara Milne took her post as director of the British Institute of Florence in March 2011. As the founder of the London-based company Science and Media, Milne worked with Britain's Science Museum to tap the commercial potential of its collection and …

Vintage instants

Rediscovering old-fashioned fun
by Alexandra Korey (issue no. 152/2011 / November 10, 2011)
In the age of digital cameras, the photo-booth experience leaves nothing to the imagination, producing flatly lit low-resolution printouts of the image you choose for official documents. If you were born in the 1970s or earlier, you may recall the joy …

TED comes to Florence

Innovation and optimism are key
by Alexandra Korey (issue no. 152/2011 / November 10, 2011)
‘TED' stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. It's a conference format that started in California in 1984 as a platform for the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas. The 18-minute talks are by far the most fascinating conference talks you'll ever see, partly …

Cerca trova

Join the quest for Leonardo's long-lost masterwork
by Brenda Dionisi (issue no. 148/2011 / September 15, 2011)
A freelance photographer based in Milan, Dave Yoder has an ambitious fund-raising goal for an equally ambitious project: raising over 250,000 U.S. dollars to build a super high-tech camera that can ‘see' Leonardo da Vinci's fabled painting The Battle of Anghiari …

Inside the Maggio Musicale

An interview with Francesca Zardini
by Patrick McGuire (issue no. 147/2011 / July 14, 2011)
Study and career have brought Francesca Zardini, originally from Turin, to some of Europe's biggest and most dynamic cities. With a degree in classical studies and an M.Phil in ancient Greek literature and archaeology, Zardini has worked in an array of …

The faces of Frontiers: Mark Coleran

The fantasy interface
by Alexandra Korey (issue no. 145/2011 / June 16, 2011)
Coleran has a job most of us don't know exists: designing fake computer systems for sci-fi and action films, systems that discreetly make them seem fast and cool. His extensive portfolio of Fantasy User Interfaces includes The Bourne Identity, Mission Impossible 3 and The Island.   You've …

Confessions of a former calciante

by Brenda Dionisi (issue no. 145/2011 / June 16, 2011)
In anticipation of the return of the Calcio Storico, TF spoke to Simone Calonaci, historic calciante for the Bianchi from 2000 to 2006, about what it's like to play the game, its recent history and what makes the Calcio Storico Fiorentino one of the …

Where design, technology and humans meet

Frontiers of Interaction
by Alexandra Korey (issue no. 143/2011 / May 19, 2011)
If I tell you that Frontiers of Interaction is a two-day conference about technology, you might stop reading now. Luckily, it's a whole lot more than that. Yes, there are speakers, but, as a past attendee of a Frontiers conference, I can guarantee that the …

Artigianato e Palazzo

An interview with Neri Torrigiani
by Devin Tooma (issue no. 141/2011 / April 21, 2011)
It's been said time and time again: Florence is changing. Whether or not it be with the times, modernity is beginning to replace museum visits with Google street views, gelato with Ben & Jerry's, and, sadly, artisanal handicrafts with cost-friendlier, foreign-made …

David Broomfield

On the British Consulate's closure
by Devin Tooma (issue no. 140/2011 / April 7, 2011)
On March 21, the British Embassy in Rome announced that the British Consulate in Florence, after a presence in the city lasting over half a millennium, will close. Effective on December 31, 2011, British consular services for Northern Italy, including Florence, will be available through …

Dr. Sandro Rosseti

Helping students adjust to life abroad
by Devin Tooma (issue no. 135/2011 / January 27, 2011)
Living or studying abroad is no small feat: you may be thousands of miles away from home for months at a time, perhaps outside your own country (and, according to our interviewee, ‘on another planet') for the first time. Your usual …

Women artists 'of wit and great ingenuity'

Self-portraits from the Uffizi collection
by Rea Stavropoulos (issue no. 133/2010 / December 9, 2010)
Who am I?' ‘What am I doing here?' ‘How do I wish to be remembered?' These are among the questions that an artist may ask herself as she tries to decide how she will represent herself to the world, what to …

Elisabetta Cianfanelli

by Brenda Dionisi Marco Badiani (issue no. 133/2010 / December 9, 2010)
A Florence native, Elisabetta Cianfanelli is one busy lady. While juggling family commitments and a variety of important roles in the city, she also holds the position of Florence's municipal councillor of Tourism, Europe and Fashion and Equal Opportunities in the …

Bill Emmott

by Brenda Dionisi (issue no. 132/2010 / November 18, 2010)
Today he is an independent writer and consultant on international affairs, based in London and Somerset, and writes regular columns for The Times in Britain and La Stampa in Italy.  He is best known for having served as editor-in-chief of The Economist, the world's leading weekly magazine on …

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