TF THURSDAY/ June 13
Stop by at Florence’s first table-service food court to chat with the Florentine editorial team about ideas and potential contributions to the city’s English news magazine. From 10am – noon, we’ll be sipping on coffee waiting for the best local writers, artists, business people, entrepreneurs and general creative types to share their ideas with us.
Drop in - Godi Fiorenza, via Cavour 26- 28r, Florence
All-things-Florentine doesn’t stop there; at 5pm the Paperback Exchange hosts The FLR’s first event in English to present the latest issue, discuss the fundamentals of a literary magazine and chat about contemporary Italian literature. All this to highlight the uniqueness of this publication, one of the only publications to translate contemporary Italian writers into English. Translator Johanna Bishop will be present alongside director of the FLR, Alessandro Raveggi and actress Elia Nichols who will read extracts from the latest issue. Here is a preview reading of one of the short stories Orchid by Mirco Roncoroni
The Florentine Literary Review Event - Paperback Exchange, via delle Oche 4r, Florence
Light refreshment will follow. A glass of wine is kindly offered by Vino al Vino wineshop in Borgognissanti.
The Wine Talks in piazza dei Tre Re
As Florence comes alive with a summer vibe, Tuscan-American winery Ruffino continues its responsible drinking campaign in partnership with The Florentine. Don’t miss #WineWednesday, an events showcase in Italian and English celebrating the culture of wine, co-curated by Ruffino and The Florentine. Follow the Ruffino Cares bike, listen to special guests, enjoy a wine tasting, and get a free alcohol tester as well as trying out “under the influence” visors. The first meeting, Wine and Social Media, is led by Alexandra Korey, head of digital at Flod, and Marco Badiani, photo editor at The Florentine.
piazza dei Tre Re, Florence
Lattexplus gets ready for its yearly September festival with a sneak preview of what’s to come at the city’s hottest summer venue, Manifattura Tabacchi, that provides the perfect industrial backdrop for Theo Parrish’s techno underground tunes. Washington-born and Chicago-raised, Parrish began spinning and producing at the age of 13 before receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Sound Sculpture, a form of orchestration using live instruments, looped recordings and the human voice. Dust off your dancing shoes and boogie!
Tickets available on residentadvisor.net
Manifattura Tabacchi, via delle Cascine 33-35, Florence
At The Student Hotel, three Sundays in June will be dedicated to creative workshops for children aged 4 – 7 years. This week’s is inspired by Bruno Munari, the twentieth-century Milanese artist and children’s educator who believed the development of the child came through play, curiosity and non-judgemental teaching methods. Orto Grafico means children will take part in texture composition, using the forms and shapes found in vegetables and the natural world. Tickets cost €10 and are available at eventbrite.it.
The Student Hotel Florence Lavagnini, Viale Spartaco Lavagnini 70 – 72, Florence
Winner of numerous international awards and inspired by an imaginary interview with the genius, the short film tells the true story of Leonardo da Vinci in the year of the 500th anniversary of his death. At 7pm, an aperitivo with a selection of red and white wines and typical Tuscan products kicks off the evening before the film starts. Finazzer Flory gives viewers a captivating, unforgettable look into what makes and shapes the mind of a legend. The story tells the tale of two journalists from opposite corners of the globe who meet in Clos Lucé, Ambroise, France where da Vinci is buried. They meet an almost-imaginary da Vinci and explore key themes of the master’s work like truth, spirituality and ethics.
The Aperitivo + Film package is provided by Destination Florence and is available at destinationflorence.com, starting from €25.
Odeon Cinema, piazza Strozzi, Florence
Each year in June, Florence’s Cathedral hosts a unique demonstration of the powerful precision of nature; the passage of the midday sun through a gnomon that sits in the dome above the Cathedral floor. Placed in the windowed lantern at the top of the dome, 90-metres above the ground, each year around the summer solstice, when the sun is at its highest point in the sky, light hits the gnomon and is projected along the meridian line running across the floor of the Chapel of the Cross and onto the inlaid circle that matches it perfectly in size. One of the oldest Gnomons in the world, originally installed in 1475 by Florentine mathematician Paolo Toscanelli before being replaced in 1756 by the one we see today, don’t miss the solstice moment by booking at [email protected].
Entrance from Porta dei Canonici, piazza del Duomo Florence
Find “secret Florence” through experimental music and dance, historic and architectural heritage and site-specific performances, to name a few. A series of events that includes: an experimental-music performance by Berlin musician, Warner Dafeldecker, supported by Tempo Reale at the Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica’s planetarium that takes its audience through an unusual musical journey in synthesis with the movements of the universe; Fabbrica Europa’s A peaceful, peaceful place, an Indian dance performance from the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts in Bangalore and Tempo Reale’s guided visit of the Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista all’Autostrada accompanied by an electro-acoustic soundtrack that fuses music and silence. Booking information on estatefiorentina.it.
Various locations around the city
After the success of last year, the Accademia Gallery, presents a cycle of events to deepen the public’s knowledge and relationship with some of the works in the museum’s personal collection, from fourteenth century paintings to eighteenth century statue collections. Short but intense and informative discussions on the wide range of works in the museum will take place up until September. Arturo Galansino – director of Palazzo Strozzi, Valentina Gensini – artistic director of the Murate, Laura Lombardi – art historian from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera and Carlo Sisi – the president of the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence will all host talks and discussions ranging from Leonardo da Vinci’s influence on eighteenth century painting to Purism in Tuscany. Entrance included with purchase of ticket.
Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze, via Ricasoli 58, Florence
Tessuti Urbani is a cycle of workshops that aims to bring the population of Prato (and its surrounding area) closer to the city’s long-established practice of creating and building with recycled materials. Tuesday June 18’s workshop will be led by Roberto Fassone, artist and art critic, who will invite participants to explore the theme, “lies”, examining when art has manipulated reality before asking participants to share and invent stories about Prato that will then form the basis for the artist’s work, Una di queste storie è vera; he’ll go on to show this work in Prato at the end of the month. Look out for Tessuti Urbani’s other workshops throughout the summer at their Facebook page, facebook.com/TessutiUrbaniPrato.
Spazio Materia, via Genova 17/23, Prato