Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

Our top picks for July 26-August 1

Mary Gray
July 26, 2018 - 8:00

UP AND AT 'EM/Sunrise concert

July 28, 4.45am

Chiostro degli Uomini in the Innocenti Institute, Florence

Roberto Cacciapaglia

Concerts in piazza Santissima Annunziata continue this week as the MusArt Festival enters its second half. Headliners Jethro Tull and Francesco De' Gregori have now "left the building", but this weekend brings what's sure to be a highlight: a sunrise concert with pianist and composer Roberto Cacciapaglia, known for mixing his classical background with his impulse to experiment. At 4.45am sharp, Cacciapaglia will ease you into the day by performing a selection of his own music as the sun rises over the Renaissance city; ticketholders will have access to breakfast on the terrace of the Innocenti Museum at no extra cost. Places are limited and tickets cost 10 euro; book here.


DOWN-HOME/Florence Folks Festival

Ongoing until July 28

Ex-Manifattura Tabacchi, via delle Cascine 33-35, Florence

Which of Florence’s many summer music festivals will ultimately be the most memorable? The answer may be “blowin’ in the wind”, but the Florence Folks Festival has a good shot. The homespun event, now in its third edition, features four days of rootsy revelry. Adding new intrigue in year three is a venue change from Ponte di Varlungo to the bare-bones, industrial backdrop of the Ex-Manifattura Tabacchi; it’s just one of many city-backed revival projects in store for the space this summer. The grand opening will have passed at publication of this article, but day two (July 26) will bring the now-annual Extraliscio event, a show presenting folk standards re-interpreted with a rumba sound and a dash of experimentation. Colombian artist Elkin Robinson, New Yorker Nickodemus and Salento producer Popolus round out the program highlights. The #RuffinoCares responsible drinking campaign is also alive and kicking at the festival with its branded bikes and baskets containing alcohol testers, virtual reality visors and informational brochures. For more information, see

MINGLE/Creative Aperitivo

July 26, 7.30pm (tours from 6.30pm)

The Student Hotel, viale Lavagnini 70-72, Florence

Intrepid and international collective Creative People in Florence will host its first meetup in a few months at the recently opened The Student Hotel, currently the talk of the town. A cultural association made up of artists, designers, artisans, writers and other creative types, CPiF makes the perfect complement to the host venue, which counts collaboration and community among its top priorities. Join the group for a night of networking, project planning and socializing, all on The Student Hotel's already-famous terrace-with-a-view. Aperitivo costs 10 euro and includes wine or beer and three slices of pizza. (Interested in learning about TSH prior to the meetup? Book a 6.30 or 7pm tour with TSH Connector and The Florentine's music editor Michelle Davis: [email protected]).

HORNS/Florentia G Old Bridge

July 28, 7.30pm

Arno (watch from lungarno A. Maria Luisa de' Medici), Florence

The music showcase and master class series Italian Brass Week hosts its quasi-cinematic finale this weekend as musicians take to the river with the Renaioli boaters to perform Florentia G-Old Bridge, a composition making its world premiere. Three brass ensembles will pass under the Ponte Vecchio, delighting the public and surprised passersby (you'll want to watch from the lungarno Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici, the stretch just beyond piazzale degli Uffizi). A charity gala dinner on the grounds of the Società Canottieri will follow ([email protected] for information).


-Avant-garde choreographer Michael Clark has been called the "rock & roll bad boy" of today's dance scene by Keith Ferrone, co-artistic director of the Florence Dance Festival. Catch the Clark Company's must-see show on Friday, July 27 in the Chiostro Grande of Santa Maria Novella.


-A free and informal gathering to watch Friday night's lunar eclipse will take place (weather permitting) from 5pm on July 27 at piazzale Michelangelo; details on the Facebook event.


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