Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

Our top picks for February 22-28

Mary Gray
February 22, 2018 - 11:00


February 26, 8.45pm

Teatro Verdi, via Ghibellina 99, Florence

Sicily-born singer-songwriter Levante is one of those pop stars who it’s impossible not to like, with her infectious tunes and crossover talents. (Her debut novel Se non ti vedo non esisti was published in 2017, shortly before her third album, Nel caos di stanze stupefacenti, hit the airwaves.) Having reached a broader audience as a judge on Italian X Factor, she’s set to embark on a rock-centric “Caos in Europa” international tour, but her home country concerts will be a bit more subdued, staged at Italy’s most prestigious theatres. Tickets for the Teatro Verdi show start at around 21 euro and are available via BitConcerti.


BODY/Danza in Fiera

February 22-25

Fortezza da Basso, viale Filippo Strozzi 1, Florence

Marvel at the world’s masters of motion during the 2018 edition of DanzainFiera. The dance showcase, open to both trade professionals and the public, has an aptly succinct theme this year: “WOW!” The new installment brings a special emphasis on street dancing, hip-hop and funk styles, with calendar highlights including a kid-friendly freestyle event organized by the Fundanza association (10.30am, February 25) and a hip-hop crew competition called Five Skillz in which each team has seven minutes to show off their moves (3pm, February 24). Among this year’s special guests are Marvin Gofin, fresh off of Madonna’s 2017 tour, and four-time tap dancing world champion Alexandr Ostanin. For the full program, see the website.


BHMF/Black History Month Florence celebration

February 24, 9pm-1am

Tasso Hostel, via Villani 15, Florence

With the jam-packed third edition of Black History Month Florence soon coming to a close, the team is hosting a public party at Tasso Hostel to celebrate the initiative's events and close BHMF with a bang. The multifaceted evening will offer more than just an excuse to dance: from 8.30pm, the theatrical work "The Cage" by Fide Dayo will be performed, touching on themes of home, discomfort and community in a humorous and approachable way. 10.30pm brings a live hip-hop show and at midnight the party really gets going with an AfroBeat DJ set made up mostly of Nigerian classics. For more information, see the Facebook event or the BHMF website.


FILM/Balkan Florence Express

February 22-25

Cinema La Compagnia, via Cavour 50r, Florence

The Balkans are back! The new edition of this annual film festival, organized by Oxfam, Fondazione Sistema Toscana, Trieste Film Festival and pAssaggi di Storia, showcases a dozen of the finest recent films from Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia and Albania. Among them are eight movies making their Italian premieres and four fresh on the heels of screenings at the Trieste Film Festival. The opener is family-focused documentary Druga Strana Svega (The Other Side of Everything), subtitled in Italian and English, from acclaimed Serbian director Mila Turajlić, who will be present at the screening (February 22, 8.30pm). Related events and exhibitions run throughout the festival, with a highlight honing in on migration along the Balkan route: Danilo Balducci's photography exhibition La Linea Invisibile (The Invisible Line) will be inaugurated just before the opening film (February 22, 6pm). For the full program, see the  website.



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