Our events listing keeps you up-to-date on the latest and greatest in culture, music and other English-friendly entertainment. This is a selection of the best of them.
SURREAL/The Dalí Universe
February 1-May 25, Palazzo Medici, via Camillo Cavour 3, Florence
More than 100 striking and bizarre works by Salvador Dalí, the master of surrealism, are displayed in this exhibit, among them lesser-known and as-yet-poorly understood works, such as great bronze sculptures, rare graphics, surrealist furniture and glass objects, as well as Dalí’s illustrations and reinterpretations of surrealist literary texts. Visit the exhibit’s website, www.thedaliuniverse.com, for more information.
ELECTRO/Live at the Museum
February 1 (free, 8pm) and 23; March 16, April 20, 9pm, Museo Marino Marini, piazza San Pancrazio, Florence
Electronic beats from some of the best musical interpreters on the scene will pump through the halls of the Museo Marino Marini. The audience will sit among the museum’s sculptures and artworks for these four concerts, which include DJ sets, video installations and experimentations on classical music and audio sources. The museum has limited capacity, so arrive early for a spot at the free concert on February 1. For more information, email email@example.com or visit www.boxol.it to buy tickets.
February 10, from 7pm, Teatro della Pergola, via della Pergola 18, Florence
One of the most imaginative and prolific composers alive today, Wofgang Rhim is honouring Florence with a visit. Fetzen, his masterpiece for accordion and string quartet, will have its Italian première at Teatro della Pergola, where Rihm will also give a talk and meet with audience members. See www.amicimusica.fi.it for details.
COWBOY/Dinner and Line Dance
February 15, 7pm. Undercroft of St James Church, via B. Rucellai 9, Florence
Yee haw! Get those cowboy hats on and kick up your boots at St. James Church during this fund-raising event for the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas, sponsored by AILO. The multicourse Tex-Mex dinner will be followed by country line-dance lessons, a raffle and prizes for best cowboy gear. Call Tina on 349/3918196 or Maria Teresa on 339/3754661 to book tickets or for more information.
Until April 6, Museo Marino Marini, piazza San Pancrazio, Florence
A journey through contemporary passions: the exhibit presents to the public works from some of the best, yet little-known, Italian art collections. The passion and dedicated research on the part of the collectors is as much on display as the works they so carefully assembled. The exhibit connects Florence’s past and present and reveals how the city is still at the forefront of art collecting. See www.museomarinomarini.it for details.
SWEET TOOTH/ Artisanal Chocolate Festival
February 8-17, Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Florence
If your mouth waters at the thought of mountains of chocolate truffles, cascading chocolate fountains, chocolate liqueurs or giant slabs of chocolate with fruit or nuts, you won’t want to miss this fair. The products of artisan chocolatiers are a feast for the eyes and the taste buds, and this year the fair includes a chocolate treasure hunt for kids throughout the centre of Florence, quizzes, blind tastings and workshops. To find out more, visit www.fieradelcioccolato.it
Until March 26, Palazzo Vecchio, piazza della Signoria, Florence
This exhibit offers a fascinating overview of the city’s historic buildings.
Florentine artist and one of the greatest exponents of art in the twentieth century, Ottone Rosai, depicts Florence through evocative images and city views, inviting the audience to discover its history, beauty, social and cultural identity and architectural layers. The exhibit Tracce di Firenze is free, and should delight anyone who loves Florence. See www.museicivicifiorentini.it for hours and more details.
Until early March, Various places in Tuscany
It’s carnival time! Shrove Tuesday is on February 12, but festivities throughout the region begin in early February and continue until the start of March, so get out your fancy dress and join one of the many parties or street festivals. The season is celebrated throughout Italy, and in Tuscany the most elaborate is the Viareggio carnival, featuring five weeks of parades, floats and costumes marking the festive period before the sombre weeks of Lent (see http://viareggio.ilcarnevale.com). See our article on page 19 for details on this and other festivals in Tuscany.
NATURE/ Villa Demidoff
February 3, March 3, April 7, Activities start at 10.30am, Villa Demidoff Park, via Fiorentina 276, Pratolino
Winter Sundays in the park: three days for kids and adults to explore this extraordinary park full of strange sculptures, grottos and ponds. Kids can learn how to make a bow and arrow, press grapes for wine or go orienteering. Adults may prefer the guided tours, Nordic walking or lessons on the eco-friendly activities of the park. English tours/activities can be provided on request. For more information or to make a reservation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 055/4080734.
ERRATA CORRIGE: The Dinner and Line Dance event at the Undercroft of the St James Church is being held on FEBRUARY 15 at 7pm, and not on January 15 as was published in the print edition, TF 176.