January events in Florence and Tuscany

Editorial Staff
November 22, 2012


Music and concerts


New York Gospel Choir: The last concert of the Toscana Gospel Festival features 25 extraordinary singers who have come all the way from New York. January 1, 5pm, Teatro Metastasio, Prato, www.toscanagospelfestival.net.


The Valkyrie: The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino performs the second opera in Wagner's Ring Cycle, featuring the stirring Ride of the Valkyries. January 15, 17, 20 and 22, Teatro Communale, Florence, www.maggiofiorentino.it.


Opera at St. Marks: A series of opera concerts in Florence's English church. Each act is preceded by an explanation in English, and the programme is in English, Italian, French and German. January 3, 12 and 26 - La Traviata; January 5 - La Bohème. St Mark's English church, via Maggio 18, Florence, www.concertoclassico.info.


Concerts at Teatro della Pergola:

January 12, 11.30am: Bruno Canino plays piano music by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy

January 12, 4pm: 13 short piano masterpieces

January 13, 9pm: Beethoven's sonatas for violin and piano

January 19, 4pm: Quartets by Frank Schubert

January 20, 9pm: Quartets by Frank Schubert

January 26, 4pm: Quartets by Beethoven

Teatro della Pergola, via della Pergola 18, Florence, www.amicimusica.fi.it


Concerts at the Viper Theatre:

January 11, 9.30pm: Firenze Suona Prog, 70s style rock

January 12, 9.30pm: Crystal Distortion - Ixindamix - Jeff23 - 69DB, techno music from around Europe

Viper Theatre, via Pistoiese, Florence, www.viperclub.eu


Frankenstein Junior: a Mel Brooks musical at Teatro Verdi. January 3-6, Teatro Verdi, via Ghibellina 101, Florence, www.teatroverdionline.it.


Tango Macho: Tango at Teatro Verdi from the Argentinian Enrique and Guillermo De Fazio. January 22, Teatro Verdi, via Ghibellina 101, Florence, www.teatroverdionline.it.




Contemporary dance in Florence:

January 13 and 14, 9pm: I AM THAT I AM, Jean Genet's servants swallowed by a ventriloquist. CANGO - Cantieri Goldonetta, via Santa Maria 23, Florence, Tel. 055/2280525, www.cango.fi.it.

January 14 (9pm) and 15 (5pm), Aethetica by Kaos, Baletto di Firenze, a performance of style, energy and emotion. Teatro Le Laudi, via Leonardo da Vinci 2, Florence, www.teatrolelaudi.it.


Contemporary dance in Castiglion Fiorentino (AR):

January 7, 9.15pm: Pasto a due - a dance tragedy about revence.

January 28, 9.15pm: Three dance performances - Waiting for suite hope, Psyche and Verdinestella/Estratto.

Teatro Comunale, via Trieste 8, Castiglion Fiorentino (AR), www.dotlinedanza.it.


Lectures and Conferences


The Arab Spring: Lecture (in Italian) at Stanford University by Imam Elzir Izzedin and other experts in the field. January 9, 5pm, Palazzo Capponi, via de' Bardi 36, Florence, [email protected]


Hope Summit: Summit in English for people who have endured personal hardship, lost a loved one, got divorced, lost their home, job, company and who find themselves without purpose, to manifest hopes and realise dreams. January 12, 2-6.30pm, Hotel Helvetia & Bristol, via dei Pescioni 2, Florence, registration obligatory at www.wouterlooten.com/events.


Epiphany, January 6


The Italian equivalent of Santa Claus, the Befana, arrives with candy for kids on January 6. A parade in the centre of Florence, from piazza Pitti to the Duomo, will feature the three Wise Men on horseback and the city's flag throwers.




Marilyn: The Salvatore Ferragamo Museum pays homage to Marilyn Monroe with a major exhibition dedicated to her a half century after her death. Until January 28, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, via Tornabuoni, Florence, www.museoferragamo.com.


The Thirties: The Arts in Italy beyond Fascism: 100 paintings, sculptures and design objects by many of the most significant artists in Fascist Italy. There are also several related exhibits around the city, such as The Thirties in Fashion, Magazines and Literary cafes at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale and The Thirties for Women at Palazzo Giugni. Until January 27, Palazzo Strozzi, piazza Strozzi, Florence, www.palazzostrozzi.org.


Francis Bacon and the Existential Condition in Contemporary Art: Bacon's paintings placed in dialogue with works by five international contemporary artists, giving life to timeless questions of existentialism. Until January 13, The Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, piazza Strozzi, Florence, www.strozzina.org.


Embodiments: Beautiful anatomical sculptures, made using everything from shells and old dolls to catheters, from American artist Janice Gordon. Until January 31, Museum of Natural History La Specola, via Romana 17, Florence, www.janicegordon.net.


Art and Alchemy: Sixty works of art illustrating the Medici's passion for alchemy during the 16th and 17th Centuries. December 15 - February 3, Uffizi gallery, Florence, www.polomuseale.firenze.it.


Tribute to Italo Calvino: Treasures from the Alinari archives displayed for a tribute exhibition to world-renowned writer and novelist Italo Calvino. Until January 6, MNAF museum, piazza Santa Maria Novella 14r, Florence, www.mnaf.it.


Ai Weiwei: Works by one of the most important living contemporary artists in an exhibit comprising sculpture, installations, video and photography. Until January 26, via del Castello 11, San Gimigniano, www.galleriacontinua.com.


Wassily Kandinsky, from Russia to Europe: Over 50 works from the Russian artist seen as the father of abstract painting. Until February 3, Palazzo Blu, Lungarno Gambacorti 9, Pisa, www.palazzoblu.org.


Coveri Story: Glamorous, joyful and imaginative: photos, clothes, designs and more from the Florentine/Prato fashion designer. Until January 18, Auditorium Camera di Commercio, Prato, www.coveristory.it.


European Photo Exhibition: Exhibit by twelve young European photographers. Until January 6, Palazzo della Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca, piazza S. Martino 7, via del Molinetto, Lucca, www.studioesseci.net.


Puer Natus: Illustrations of Jesus's childhood in the choir books of Siena's cathedral. Until January 27, Siena's Duomo, piazza del Duomo, www.operaduomo.siena.it.


La Peste a Lucca: Exhibit of work by Lorenzo Viani, Until November 30, 2013, Lorenzo Viani, Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Lorenzo Viani, Viareggio, www.gamc.it.


From Fattori to the 20th century: Unknown works from the collections of Roster, Del Greco and Olschki. Until January 6, Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2, Florence, www.entecarifirenze.it.


The Alchemy of Colours: A collection of artworks made using the historic Scagliola technique. Until January 6, free, Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, via Bufalini 6, Florence, Tel 055/5384964, [email protected]


Le Vie delle Lettere: Medicean Typography between Rome and the East - documentary exhibition. Until June 22, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, piazza di San Lorenzo, Florence, 9, Tel. 055/210760, www.bmonline.it.


Rediscovering the Abode of Snow: Centenary Exhibition of the De Filippi 1913-14 Central Asian Expedition. Until March 5, free, Palazzo Bastogi, via dell'Oriuolo 33-35, Florence, www.flippodeflippi.it.


Comics and Surroundings: Editors and Illustrators in Florence in the thirties - documentary exhibition. Until January 27, Biblioteca Marucelliana, via Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour 43, Florence, Tel. 055/2722253, www.maru.firenze.sbn.it/eventi.htm.


The story of UFO: The history of the radical Florentine group, UFO. Until February 2, Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Tel. 05745317, www.centropecci.it.


Humble Glory: Works of art in paper and straw from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century. Until January 13, Oratorio di San Carlo, Castelfiorentino, Tel. 057164448, www.museobenozzogozzoli.it.


Aperitivo ad Arte at Palazzo Davanzati: Visit to the museum and aperitivo in the courtyard. Every Friday until February 1, 7pm, Palazzo Davanzati, via Porta Rossa 13, Florence, reservation required at Tel. 055/294883.


Nativity Scenes


Christmas in the World: A collection of over a thousand nativity scenes from all over the world, displayed in San Giovanni Valdarno's Basilica di Maria Santissima delle Grazie (piazza Masaccio). Until January 6, 2013, www.natalenelmondo.it.


Other towns known for their nativity scenes displayed in their historic centres are Palazzuolo sul Senio, Cerreto Guidi, San Godenzo, Calenzano and Cigoli (most of them remain at least until January 6).




Santa's Village: Children will meet faries, elves and even Father Christmas himself in the centre of Camaiore, until January 6, www.comune.camaiore.lu.it.


Winter Park: Ice skating on a large rink (800 square metres) next to the Obihall with a real snow track for skiing and snowboarding. There will also be a bar, restaurant, exhibition stands and entertainment for children. December 1 - January 27, Obihall, Lungarno Aldo Moro, Florence, www.firenzewinterpark.it.


Fiabesque: The whole town of Peccioli transforms into a magical world of fairy tales with street games, performers, dance and workshops and, on January 5, Cartoon Night, dedicated to animated cartoons. Centre of Peccioli, December 26, 29, 30 and January 5-6, www.fiabesque.org.


Ice skating: There is a large skating rink at the Parterre (piazza della Liberta) in Florence, which will remain until January 6. www.comune.fi.it.


Markets and Festivals


Christmas in Rufina: Shows, exhibits, poetry , food and more. Until January 6, historic centre of Rufina, Tel. 055/8396523, www.comune.rufina.fi.it                    


Christmas in San Casciano: Shows, art, music , food and more. Until January 6, historic centre of San Casciano val di Pesa, Tel. 055/8256390, www.comune.san-casciano-val-di-pesa.fi.it                       



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