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 events in Florence and Tuscany during January and early February.
BREW/Birraio dell’AnnoJanuary 15–17Teatro Obihall, via Fabrizio De André, Florence
On tap at the Obihall is a beer festival for the books. This three-day event spotlights 25 Italian breweries, each vying for the Fermento Birra organization’s Brewer of the Year title, with expert taster Lorenzo Dabove announcing the winner on stage January 16 at 9.30pm. From pale ales to strong stouts, the brews can be paired with street food, including Chianina burgers from Panino Tondo, lampredotto from Il Magazzino and porchetta, After you’ve finished sampling the beers, you can stock up on your favorites in the shopping areas. More information here.
STYLE/ Vintage SelectionJanuary 27–31Stazione 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. ______________________________________________
ROCK/Jimi Hendrix: Electric MonologueJanuary 27, 8pmFrench Institute, piazza Ognissanti 2, Florence
Turkish-born French actor Tchéky Karyo takes to the stage in Zeno Bianu’s poetic vision inspired by Jimi Hendrix’s unfinished lyric ‘The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye,’ which prompted him imagine the state Hendrix might have entered in the first moments after his death. The draw of the show, primarily in French, is the layering of Karyo’s voice on Hendrix-inspired sounds and riffs engineered by Philippe Moja. Book your spot (required) by calling 055/2718801 or emailing firenze(at)institutfrancais(dot)it.
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. Write to linda(at)advancingwomenartists(dot)org to reserve your spot.
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SKATE/ International Skate AwardsJanuary 23–24Nelson Mandela Forum, piazza Enrico Berlinguer, Florence
Need a night out that breaks up your usual routine? Head to the International Skate Awards for impressively acrobatic performances by international ice skating champions, from soloists and pairs to large synchronized groups. Florence is the only stop in Italy for this unconventional showcase, which previously toured through Bogotà, Shanghai and Buenos Aires. Most of the competitive action will take place on Saturday, January 23, beginning at 9pm, with awards for best performance and top young talents. On Sunday at 4pm, the skaters will mix it up a bit, with a performance of a musical, ‘Time Explorers,’ which incorporates live singing, dance and rhythmic gymnastics. Purchase tickets on the Mandela Forum website or by calling 051/6272148.
______________________________________________ ART/Vestire ad Arte. Tribute to Emma BardiniUntil February 22Bardini 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.
EAT/TF Pizza PartyJanuary 26, 6–7.30pmSimbiosi Organic Pizza, via de Ginori 56r, Florence
After last season’s super-successful TF Gelato Night, The Florentine is excited to host another tasty event in via de’ Ginori. This time, pizza is on the plate! Join the TF team in sampling classic flavors from the organic eatery Simbiosi, one of central Florence’s most popular pizza joints. Neighboring My Sugar is offering chocolate gelato. Break out of your hibernation and stop by—it’s a casual, come-and-go event. Stay tuned to The Florentine’s Facebook page for event updates.
LISTEN/Masayoshi FujitaJanuary 30, 9.15pmSala 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.