Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

Wed 19 Jun 2019 2:53 PM

SPECIAL EVENT/ 9999 Revival Event and Film

From 9pm – late, June 20



9999 Revival



Gruppo 9999 was an avant-garde architecture movement that started in Florence in 1967 by Giorgio Birelli, Carlo Caldini, Fabrizio Fiumi and Paolo Galli. By 1969 they had designed and built the iconic and experimental nightclub, Space Electronic. International creatives are coming together on June 20 at Space to celebrate and “revive” this innovative movement through a series of events that starts with a performance by Cookie Campbell in the Orti Dipinti vegetable garden before a soundscape and drums performance from Mark DiFlorio, an exhibition of 9999-inspired designs by Institute of European Design students and Cosimo DeVita’s seating designs, a Sedicente Moradi live-construction of a 9999 piece, a Fossick project contemporary shadow theatre storytelling performance, and a UFO-inspired performance from Anna Moreno. This is all part of a documentary by Elettra Fiumi, the daughter of one of the movement’s founders who is making a film entitled Radical Landscapes.


Orti Dipinti, Borgo Pinti 76, Florence

Space Club, via Palazzuolo 37, Florence





2.30pm – 7.30pm, June 22 – 28




Le Murate exhibition space



A week-long exhibition that explores what it means to work together whilst keeping artistic integrity and working towards a collective aim. GOMITO/GOMITO aims to explore loss of authorship by denying the verticality of the traditional art process, bringing together different approaches and skills and opening a dialogue with its audience. The exhibition, is the final outcome of a peer-led collaborative project developed by the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi on the occasion of Verrocchio, the Master of Leonardo (March 9 – July 14 2019) in collaboration with educational institutions on the Florentine art scene like Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Fondazione Studio Marangoni, California State University, Laba Firenze and curated by IED. The Palazzo Strozzi Exhibition dedicated to Verrocchio’s workshop is the starting point to reflect upon collaborative practice. Students have produced artworks related to this idea from March to June and the creative process has culminated in this exhibition taking place.


Le Murate, piazza delle Murate, Florence



SAINT’S DAY/ San Giovanni

All day, June 24



San Giovanni fireworks | Ph. Marco Badiani



One of the most important dates in Florence’s calendar, San Giovanni means the city will semi-shut down and fill up with visitors as various events happen throughout the day. The morning mass at 10.45 am in Santa Maria del Fiore is not to be missed and neither is the parade that leaves from the Baptistery at 10am and moves through the city. In the afternoon, the Calcio Storico final takes place whereas in the evening the skies are illuminated with the celebration’s traditional and always mesmerising fireworks launched from piazzale Michelangelo. Head down early to nab a spot lungarno to admire them.


Various locations throughout the city



SUMMER/ Estate Arcobaleno
June 20 – 23



Estate Arcobaleno



Estate Arcobaleno is hosting a cycle of events this weekend to promote to the region’s residents and tourists the wonders of a Tuscan summer. The weekend follows the theme, “Una vacanza geniale”, paying homage to the 500th anniversary of the death of genius Leonardo da Vinci. To celebrate the first “official” weekend of summer, the Regione Toscana, wants to encourage Tuscany as a holiday destination for 2019 by showing off all its colours and nuances with events like a free Gli Stadio concert at Forte dei Marmi, a special opening of Pistoia’s baptistery, bell tower and civic museum with guided visits and exclusive menus in the city’s restaurants and a gastronomic evening taking place between Arezzo’s cathedral and Fortezza Medicea. Information and full programme at


Various locations




SPORT/ Go Skate-Boarding Day

4.30pm – 10pm, June 21




Go Skate-Boarding Day



Go Skateboarding Day, for children and big kids alike, means you’ll be sliding through the city streets in no time. Florence isn’t immediately associated with sports that rely on frictionless tarmac (think dislodged Renaissance flagstones), but the city is seeing something of a revolution with an increasingly steady trickle of skaters that can be seen bombing down the viali. The group will meet in piazza Dalmazia at 4.30pm before heading to various spots in Rifredi, before arriving at the Giardini della Fortezza. At 8pm, they’ll skate over to the recently erected mini-ramp at the Parterre to practise dropping in and pumping the half-pipe. Switch Shop and Dokoma Skateboards are hosting this skate bonanza; Dokoma will be awarding the best skaters with new decks and Switch will be giving out goodies. Water provided all afternoon, check the Facebook event for updates.


Piazza Dalmazia and then Parterre Firenze, piazza della Libertà 12, Florence




SUMMER/ Anconella Garden

June 18 – 23



Anconella Garden



Yoga, theatre, jazz and midnight concerts; the Anconella Garden, a new Estate Fiorentina location and well-known Firenze sud open space, is hosting all kinds of free events over the weekend; like June 18’s 6.30pm Yoga session by Yoga Moksha; June 20’s dramatic readings of Ottone Rosai a Villamagna that recounts the life of Florentine painter Rosai in the 1930s; June 21’s jazz concert with Filippo Lepri on the trumpet and Amedeo Ronga on the double bass; and an all-day party with music and events for the whole family on Saturday, followed by Bernardo Sacconi’s jazzy sounds to round off the week on Sunday. The week, put on by the Diramazioni festival, will be accompanied by foodie treats for those who just want to stop by and have a snack, aperitivo, dinner or drink. More information on



Parco dell’Anconella, access from via di Villamagna 39/d, Florence




OUT OF TOWN/ Panzano Arte

June 22 – September 18



 Installing Panzano in Arte



Contemporary art comes to Chianti with the first edition of Panzano Arte, a festival that sees the works of French artist Nathalie Decoster arrive in the picture-perfect hills. This year the artist also has work exhibited at Venice’s Biennale as well as a monographic exhibition at the Villa Lario at Lake Como. Her sculptures take the shape of thin figures, mid-step in the act of walking. The artist defines her figures as “messengers” and they’re often framed in a geometric form that takes a circle, square or cube shape. 29 bronze, inox and steel sculptures will accompany visitors for three months on a path that goes from the main square of Panzano to the four selected wineries on the trail; Fontodi, Tenuta Casenuove, Renzo Marinai and La Massa. Go to for more information.


Panzano in Chianti

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