Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

Thu 21 Nov 2019 9:36 AM

PHOTOGRAPHY/ Photolux Festival

November 16-December 18


Photolux Biennale



25 photographic exhibitions come to Lucca from November 16 to December 8 for the biennial of the festival, which this year bears the title Mondi / New Worlds. The focus is on the ability of human desire to overcome limits, taking inspiration from the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing and the “great leap” made for humanity. The exhibitions are hosted in various spaces throughout the historic centre of Lucca with an impressive list of leading international photographers working in a variety of mediums from 360-degree works to multimedia photography and video installations. The festival also features conferences, workshops and talks, which you can read about here


Various locations, Lucca




CINEMA/ Festival Internazionale di Cinema e donne

November 20-24


Still from Con te o senza di te by Angela Prudenzi



The 41st edition of the International Festival of Cinema and Women is directed by Paola Paoli and Maresa D’Arcangelo and features 38 national premieres from 11 countries. The festival focuses on two innovative feminist artists, Agnés Varda, a pioneer of feminist cinema, and Lina Mangiacapre, founder of the Le Nemesiache collective. Along with works by these intriguing filmmakers, there will also be guests such as Emanuela Piovano and Patrizia Pistagnesi (Italy), Laurence Ferreira Barbosa (Portugal-France), Mia Halme (Finland) Asthildur Kjartansdottir (Iceland) and Bayla Bela, Miss World Mongolia 2016, Miss World 2016 finalist and actress in the Marco Polo series on Netflix. All films explore the female point-of-view, and grant the stage solely to women’s cinema. Explore more at


Cinema La Compagnia, via Cavour 50/R

Institut Français, piazza Ognissanti 2





8.45pm, November 25


Saint Petersburg Ballet performs much-loved seasonal favourites



Two theatrical treats come to Florence this winter. The popular Saint Petersburg Ballet returns to Florence, this time with a new masterpiece: Swan Lake. Tchaikovsky’s fabled fantasy is performed by skilful and precise dancers from the Russian ballet school with flair and finesse. The romantic plot tells of Princess Odette, victim to a wicked spell by the evil magician Rothbart that condemns her to spend hours of the day in the guise of a white swan, only to be freed by true love. The stage is set for a desperate struggle to break the spell that would allow two young lovers to live happily ever after. The magical and dream-like tale transports you into a land of love, wickedness, and elegance that has charmed audiences for centuries. Book online at or see more at


Teatro della Pergola, via della Pergola 12/32, Florence




FELINE/ Un gatto per amico

November 23 and 24

Feline friends



A two-day international cat show with the most extraordinary felines on the planet. With book presentations, information booths and volunteer activities for the protection of less fortunate cats, the “Cat for a Friend” international feline exhibition organised by Ente Nazionale Felinotecnica Italiana (ENFE). Cats compete for titles in the international championship and rare breeds from all over the world will compete in front of a jury with judges from Belgium, Belarus, France and Italy. You can even adopt a cat, so you might take home more than expected! Tickets can be purchased on site during the event at the event ticket office. See for prices and more info. 


Stazione Leopolda, piazza Guerrazzi, Pisa




CAMPAIGN/ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 25

United Nations International Day to stop violence against women



November 25 is the day of the year dedicated to raising global awareness about females who are subjected to rape, domestic violence and other forms of trauma. A number of organisations in Florence work to eliminate this issue. Artemisia anti-violence centre is one such group, which continues to run the campaign titled #tudachepartestai (whose side are you on?). The campaign asks individuals to wear a red flower as a sign of their support or to purchase red stickers as a small way to donate to their work and stand with them in their endeavour to eliminate violence. Their events can be found here.  A list of talks held at local libraries all over Florence on the subject can be found here. The flag flying above the Palazzo Vecchio will be at half-mast to honour the victims of domestic violence and to condemn violence against women. Cinema La Compagnia will host screenings of Polytechnique at 3pm, The Voices of Eva at 7pm and Women without men at 9pm on November 25, all focused on gender discrimination. The University of Florence will host a screening of the film She is not for sale, taking place on November 26 at 3pm in Room 107 of the FORLILPSI Department. The screening will be followed by a debate about the issue of human trafficking and female victims of violence, hosted by Progetto Arcobaleno. See here for the event details. 




HOLIDAY/ Thanksgiving in Florence


Turkey in Tuscany



In the Renaissance city for Thanksgiving this November 28 and looking for somewhere to celebrate? We’ve rounded up some top turkey spots so you won’t be short of options. See our list here

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