Television personality Serena Dandini is the artistic director and force of nature behind new large-scale Florence festival L’Eredita’ delle Donne, twinned with Parisian event Les Journes du Matrimoine and part of this year’s European Heritage Days. Both celebrate the contributions of women to the creation of their respective cultures: the “mascot” at Florence’s inaugural edition is Electress Palatine Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, to whom our city’s art-capital status is largely attributable. But the lineup of ladies will reach beyond the usual suspects, spotlighting not only historical figures and art world personalities but athletes, scientists, entrepreneurs, politicians, journalists, film stars and musicians, in free-entry formats including lectures, screenings, workshops and even bike rides. A highlight will be the exhibition Women Artists: Florence 1900-1950, and the packed off-circuit program includes more than 130 events. For more information, see www.ereditadelledonne.eu.
The Palazzo Strozzi “playbill” has sharpened its contemporary edge in recent years with explosive exhibitions from leading artists like Ai Weiwei and Bill Viola. Continuing in that vein is a highly anticipated Marina Abramović retrospective, spotlighting the Serbian performance artist’s multifaceted work in a range of media—photographs, video, installations and re-stagings of some of her most noted past performances. Abramović is an early pioneer of the performance art genre, known for stretching the physical limitations of the body. Not lacking in pop appeal, she has collaborated with the likes of Lady Gaga and Jay-Z, and her well-known work The House With the Ocean View inspired a Sex and the City episode. For more information, see www.palazzostrozzi.org.
Forget bones. The Fortezza Da Basso is throwing Fido and friends a full-blown pet party. The first edition of Follow Your Pet will be a weekend dedicated to domestic critters of all sizes, ages and species. Much of the event will focus on practicalities of pet ownership—experts and veterinarians will be on hand to answer questions about animal diets, transportation, adoption, hygiene and training—but agility shows, disc dog tournaments and feline documentary films are on the program as well. Peak glamour (or humor, depending on your perspective) will come in the “Pet à porter” section of the event, which will feature full-fledged fashion shows by four-legged friends dressed in the latest runway-ready dog duds. For the full program, see www.fypfirenze.it.
Let the spirit of Santa Croce sink in over this three-day event hosted by Controradio. “Genius Loci” refers to the soul of a place—and what place has a more distinct one than the Temple of Italian Glories? Organized in two marathon sessions (8.15pm-midnight September 20, 7.45pm-midnight September 21) and one shorter spurt (6-7.30am September 22), the event explores the relationships among art, architecture and artists by hosting poetry, music and theatre performances and examining how the environment affects their impact. Participating artists are Terry Riley, Cristina Donà, Area, Paolo Giordano, Tiziano Scarpa and Debora Petrina, Marion D’Amburgo and Sergio Givone. For more information, see www.controradio.it.
Florence’s free presses band together once again for the new edition of Firenze RiVista, a festival celebrating the contributions of Florence’s literary magazines, publishing houses and journals (with a punny moniker meaning both “magazine” and “re-envisioned”). Now entering its fourth edition, and still under the umbrella of Estate Fiorentina events, Firenze RiVista’s theme this year is Mutazioni (“Mutations”). Florentine cultural stronghold Le Murate will play host to the festival, and this year’s lineup of publications, still being updated at press time, includes L’Eco del Nulla, La Chiave di Sophia, Guida Quarantadue and The FLR (The Florentine’s bilingual Italian-English literary review). Institutions involved this year include the Accademia della Crusca and the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization. See the full program on www.firenzerivista.it.
Outdoor adventurers will flock to Monteriggioni for the Slow Travel Fest from September 21 to 23. Learn more here.