LOVE/ Festa dei Doni
Love is in the air at the Uffizi! The second edition of the events organized to celebrate the wedding of Agnolo Doni and Maddalena Strozzi in 1503 sees lovers from all over the world come together to celebrate amore. The splendid portraits of the couple by Raphael, and Michelangelo's famous Tondo of the Holy Family were commissioned by the wealthy patrons, and the focal point of the festivities at the museum. Last year saw thousands of lovers from all over the world participate in the celebration of love and this year is sure to receive the same turn out with harp music, an urban dance show and themed guided tours. The museum will remain open until 9pm, allowing time for a drink on the terrace to toast love! Couples pay half price on the evening. The Uffizi invite visitors to use the @UffiziGalleries tag and #DoniDay, reposting the most beautiful photos of the day. Click here for more details.
Uffizi Gallery, Florence
Animotion, a Film Festival dedicated to 2D-3D Animation and Stop Motion Films, features participants from all over the world. The very best of animation comes to Cinema la Compagnia, with Oscar nominees featured in previous editions. A must for all cinema fans, the programme is sure to light up your weekend. www.animotionfilmfest.com
Cinema la Compagnia,
via Camillo Cavour, 50/R, Florence
After a bit of a break, Storytellers Florence is back! Lies of all sorts is the theme this edition, come and share your fibs, tall tales, and flat out fables. Admission of 10 euro includes a drink and supports this much-loved feature on the English-speaking calendar.
Ireland comes to Florence with an Irish festival organised by Iris Céilí held at Il Conventino Caffé Letterario. With traditional music by 'The Hidden Note', performances by the Iris Bunch dance company, and Irish group dances for everyone, you can be sure of a fun time, all guided by expert dancers from Iris, and the Irish Dance Academy. Don't miss the dance magic of Tim Flaherty (Belfast, Northern Ireland) performing awe-inspiring set dances! Tea and scones are offered as a special treat for this edition. Free entry. www.irisdanzeirlandesi.it
Il Conventino Literary Café,
via Giano della Bella, 20, Florence