With its wide range of talks and tastings, let’s just say there will be plenty to chew on at the 2018 edition of Florence’s Biennale Enogastronomica (Food and Wine Biennale). Under the artistic direction of top-tier sommelier and journalist Leonardo Romanelli, the Biennale will have an unprecedented focus on accessibility. Perhaps that’s the very spirit that prompted this edition’s heavy emphasis on those low-cost classics, pizza and beer (numerous breweries will have stands and host didactic workshops, while the pizzaiuoli will have their very own “piazza” within the complex). The detailed schedule is still being updated; head to biennaleenogastronomica.it for the final details.
Late fall means it’s back to the cinema hall: film festivals run in rapid succession throughout November and well into winter. One old standby with a still-innovative approach is Lo Schermo dell’Arte, which spotlights art-centric cinema from around the world (November 13-18); a highlight will be the Italian premiere of Lisa Immordino Vreeland's Love, Cecil, a documentary on the Oscar-winning photographer and writer Cecil Beaton (9pm, November 18, just after the VISIO Young Talent Acquisition Prize is awarded). Beyond the films, pop over to Le Murate to explore the free-entry exhibition European Identities. New Geographies in Artists' Film and Video, examining how the many facets of European artistic identity have evolved in recent years. See schermodellarte.org and festivaldeipopoli.org for detailed programs and cinemalacompagnia.it for even more movies and festivals.
However you may feel about "blockbuster" street artist Banksy, few art world figures have managed to accomplish such notoriety under the cloak of anonymity. This is Not a Photo Opportunity will feature a selection of 20 of the street artist's most famous and memorable works, made accessible to the masses via social media and chosen by curators Gianluca Marziani and Stefano S. Antonelli as some of the artist's most emblematic productions. With the Renaissance Palazzo Medici Riccardi as an unexpected backdrop, these works are once again primed to provoke. For more information see www.cittametropolitana.fi.it.