Best events in Florence, January 28–February 3, 2016

Our top picks for the week

Mary Gray
January 14, 2016

When the World Answered: Trailer from WFYI Productions on Vimeo.

FLOOD/When the World AnsweredFebruary 2, 6.30pmSyracuse University, piazza Savonarola 15, Florence


After a sold-out world premiere at the Odeon in October, When the World Answered is back by popular demand! This art documentary from the makers of the Emmy-winning Invisible Women spotlights the international women artists who gifted their works to Florence after the 1966 flood destroyed over 14,000 artworks. Their dream was to create a modern-day Uffizi and catapult the city into the twentieth century. This inspirational story is an ode to art, restoration and Florence, and is particularly poignant in 2016, fifty years after the fact. In English with Italian subtitles. Admission is free. Email linda(at)advancingwomenartists(dot)org to reserve your spot.



LISTEN/Masayoshi Fujita

January 30, 9.15pm

Sala Vanni, piazza del Carmine 14, Florence

Based in Berlin, Japanese composer and vibraphonist Masayoshi Fujita produces ambient sound that has been described as ‘sophisticated and dreamlike, minimalist and intimate.’ Originally a drummer, when Fujita took up the vibraphone, he brought to it a peculiar mix of neoclassical tendencies and modern rhythms. He’ll perform pieces from his newest solo album Apologues, which Pitchfork called a rebuttal of the notion that the vibraphone is merely ‘a supporting instrument submerged by voices, guitars, strings, horns and drums.’ Purchase tickets via Musicus Concentus.



EXHIBITION/Vestire ad Arte

Until February 22

Bardini Museum, via dei Renai 37, Florence

Emma Bardini was the elegantly dressed daughter of the antiquarian Stefano Bardini, whose impressive collection is housed in the Bardini Museum at the south end of the Ponte alle Grazie. Her enviable wardrobe has been lost, but Mario Nunes Vais’s period photographs, which captured her in much of it, inspired this exhibition, which features 43 outfits reflecting the evolution of style from the 1920s to the 1980s. Celebrated collector Beatrice Albrici is behind the choices, which include decade-defining dresses, hats, gloves, bags and numerous other accessories. Part history lesson, part personal tribute, the exhibition is open Friday to Monday, 11am–5pm. Learn more via the Musei Civici Fiorentini.




STYLE/Vintage Selection Until January 31Stazione Leopolda, viale Fratelli Rosselli 5, Florence 

Mark your calendars, clotheshorses: Vintage Selection is a must for those of you with a nostalgic streak. With the theme V Generation, the 27th edition of this vintage marketplace, which follows the Pitti shows, celebrates trends from 1960s cinema. Around 50 Italian and international exhibitors will be hawking their wares. Be inspired at the Very Vintage Vision exhibition, sip cocktails and nibble snacks catered by Tuscan Excelsia or find your next signature piece in the Remake section, featuring repurposed vintage items with new, modern details. See the full program on the website.pubquizImage via

TRIVIA/Pub Quiz Nights!January 28, 9.30pmFinnegan Irish Pub, via San Gallo 123r, FlorenceFebruary 1, 9pmRed Garter, via dei Benci 33r, Florence


Time to put your 'thinking cap' on! There are two options for trivia buffs this week in Florence: Finnegan's famous pub quiz night (January 28) and Red Garter's sacred Monday night trivia ritual (February 1). Teams are limited to 5 people at both venues. Gather a group of friends, but choose your companions wisely! To conquer the competition, you'll probably want a history buff, a pop culture junkie, a sports fanatic and a geography whiz on your side. Put your heads together and enjoy questions on a variety of topics. 


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