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Special Events/Week of Cultural Heritage
April 9 to 17, Florence and Italy
Enjoy Italy's magnificent cultural heritage in all its forms... free! The 13th annual Week of Cultural Heritage features eight days of free entry to and special openings of all state museums, archaeological sites, archives and libraries. Get there early or get in line! For more information, see www.beniculturali.it or call 800/991199. Are you a resident of Florence or the province? Were you born here? Well, then enjoy A Kiss to Florence: free admission to Palazzo Vecchio or Villa Bardini on April 10! For more information, see www.unbacioneafirenze.net. Finally, MiBAC is giving free entrance to state museums one Tuesday each month; see news on Page 1 for details.
Special Events/Shakespeare Week
April 11 to 14, The British Institute of Florence
To celebrate the birthday of Great Britain's sommo poeta, the British Institute will be holding its third annual Shakespeare week. This year's events focus on The Twelfth Night or What You Will, with a live public reading of the play, screenings of Shakespeare in Love and the 1996 film version of Twelfth Night (introduced by TF's own James Douglas), and concluding with the Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Graduate Conference. For more information on dates and hours, see http://www.britishinstitute.it or call 055/26778270.
Concerts/Oltre le Gambe music festival
Starting April 12, Glue Alternative Concept Space
Florence's hottest new music space hosts a festival in which young musicians from all over Italy perform in unexpected ways. The space is overflowing with art and other curiosities, a unique way to enjoy great sound. The venue opens at 8:30pm and concerts start at 10. For more information, see www.gluefirenze.it or http://www.oltrelegambe.it. www.unbacioneafirenze.net
Concerts/World sacred music week
April 17 to 23, Chiesa di Santo Stefano al Ponte, Florence
Since Easter of 2003, the festival has seen increased success each year of its existence. Best to put it in the organizer's words: ‘International youth, amateur and professional soloists and ensembles will gather to perform centuries-old sacred music, including the Goldberg variations, Vivaldi, Liszt, Bach and even Sufi music from Morocco.' For more information, visit http://www.florenceyouthfestival.com or call 055/611299.
Concerts/Free Concert by Chorus of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
April 13, 9:15pm, Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo)
Enjoy a moving classical performance by the acclaimed chorus of Florence's own Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in, if we may, the most beautiful cathedral in the world. Chorus directed by Piero Monti, music by Franz Liszt. For more information, visit http://www.maggiofiorentino.com or call 055/2779350.
Dinners/English Speed Dinner
April 14, Le Carceri restaurant
ToscanaIN NEXT and Syracuse University Florence present an event for the youth among us: a fun way to meet young Tuscans age and talk culture, language, work, networking and all things life in the relaxed and beautiful setting of Le Murate. A multicultural mixer to enjoy with your peers and chat it up with locals. Members of the TF staff await you! For those 31 and under; 15 euro entry fee. For more information, see www.toscanain.org or check out the event on the TF or ToscanaIN Facebook fanpages.
Exhibitions/Slow Art Florence 2011
April 16, Palazzo Strozzi
Palazzo Strozzi and The Florentine co-host the second annual Florence edition of International Slow Art Day. Slow Art, as you might imagine, is an occasion to look at art slowly! At your convenience on Saturday, April 16, spend 10 to 15 minutes looking at each of six works in the exhibit Picasso, Miro, Dalì selected by the organizer; then meet with the other participants at 5pm for a lively discussion over English high tea. Discussion groups will be in English, Italian, and, in honour of the Catalan artists, Spanish. See the article in this issue's features section and visit http://slowartflorence2011.eventbrite.com.
Exhibitions/Islands of Thought: Böcklin, de Chirico, Nunziante
Opens April 16, Palazzo Comunale, Fiesole
Fiesole fetes three maestros from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: Arnold Bocklin, Giorgio de Chirico, and contemporary artist Antonio Nunziante. The exhibit focuses on the thematic and artistic links in the works of these three artists, and how Bocklin in particular influenced not only the exhibit's other title artists, but other twentieth-century artists like Edvard Munch, Rene Magritte, Max Ernst and Salvador Dalì. For information, see http://www.museidifiesole.it.