Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

Our top picks from February 20-27, 2020

Jane Farrell
February 19, 2020 - 10:07

Florence Dance For Kids - A Thon

3-7pm, February 22


Fundraising event for Cancer research


An afternoon of dancing, music, games and colours organised by ISI Florence, Comune di Firenze and Milano 25 Onlus-Zia Caterina supporting children's cancer research starring Zia Caterina and students from PennState in the USA. The fundraising event organized by the American study abroad students living in Florence supports children’s cancer research and related educational projects with an online donating system and donation collection points on site. This fundraising event, in its first edition, will consist of an afternoon with dance, music, entertainment, games, organized for families and children at kindergarten and elementary level. A requested minimum donation of 5 euro will grant you entry to the event, as well as giving you a gift of a drawstring backpack with a bracelet, colours, a colouring book and paper toys. Attendees will be divided into time slots. For programme, registration and donations see here.


Sala D'Arme,
Palazzo Vecchio, Florence




SUSTAINABILITY/ Many Possible Cities

February 21-23


3 days of talks and events about the future of cities



Third edition of 'Many Possible Cities', a festival around the theme of urban regeneration with 3 days of talks, workshops and exhibitions exploring ideas that look at art, design, and green thinking. Events focus on the latest ideas and concepts around the future of cities, and how to make them a reality. More than twenty international guests will speak about the challenges of urban regeneration and their vision for its future, speaking about their own experiences and offering real-world examples of how diversity can drive transformation for the city of the future. The interviews and talks at Many Possible Cities are also available in live streaming on and For more info see here


Manifattura Tabacchi,

via delle Cascine, 33-35, Florence




ARCHITECTURE/La Percezione dell’Architettura

February 20-22


The Perception of Architecture



The first edition of the project sees three days of films, meetings, guided tours and events, all with an architectural-angle take place around the city. Reflecting on architecture in daily life, highlights of the packed program include "The architect's flight" (6.30pm February 21 at the French Institute), dialogues on "The perception of architecture and the places of stories" (7.30pm February 22 at the La Compagnia cinema) and a guided itinerary of cinema and architecture starting from the Palazzina Reale in piazza Stazione (3pm, February 21). See full programmes at and

Cinema La Compagnia, via Camillo Cavour, 50/R

Institut Français Florence, piazza Ognissanti, 2

Palazzina Reale, Santa Maria Novella




EXHIBITION/ Aria, Tomàs Saraceno

February 22 – July 19


Argentinian artist blends art, architecture and science



If you’re ready to be dislocated and to have your human-centric view of the world challenged, then head straight for the Aria exhibition by Tomàs Saraceno at Palazzo Strozzi. Get ready to see insects, dust particles and plants in a whole new light in this immersive art project. Challenging our very sense of place in this world, the works shift the idea of us humans at the centre of the world, to the sense of ourselves as part of the universe. The Argentinian artist blends art, architecture and science in a dramatic and engaging display as we forge new connections with the world we live in. See See also the round table talk with the artist Tomàs Saraceno at the Odeon Cinema, piazza degli Strozzi at 3.30pm on February 22. A screening of the film "Fly with Aerocene Pacha". Free entry while seats last. Click here for more details. 


Palazzo Strozzi,

piazza degli Strozzi, Florence




MOVEMENT/ Danzainfiera

February 20-23

400 events take place over 4 days



Marvel at the majestic movement and sprightly skills of the very best dancers at the largest international dance event. A jaw-dropping 400 events takes place over the course of 4 days as dancers from all over the world compete for prestigious prizes. The 15th edition is attended by professionals and those wishing to take part in classes with the opportunity of winning a scholarship to an academy of dance. Not foot-fancy? Come along to simply to look on in amazement at dramatic displays and thrilling performances. Varying from street dancing to hip-hop and funk, you won’t be able to stand still as the magnetic movement surrounds you. Four days entry to the dance-filled affair costs 45 euro, with a day pass priced at 18 euro, reduced 12 euro. The packed programme is online at


Fortezza da Basso, 

Viale Filippo Strozzi, 1, Florence




COCOA/ Firenze e Cioccolato

10am to 8pm, February 20-23


Cocoa celebration



Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory has nothing on a chocolate-filled piazza Santa Croce! Four days of chocolatey goodness come to Florence as cocoa in all its forms gets its own festival. Answer all those lingering questions about the history of the delectable bean or simply fill up on all the deliciousness at the tastiest event of the month. The 16th edition of the artisan chocolate fair launches a new name, ‘Firenze e Cioccolato’, linking the city we all love with the food we all love. Workshops, tastings and renowned chefs take part; we can't wait! Check out all the goodness at


Piazza Santa Croce, Florence




BREXIT/ Information evening




The British Embassy Rome staff will hold a Q&A session for UK Nationals on Citizens' Rights and the Withdrawal Agreement from 5.30-7pm at St Mark's English Church, via Maggio 16 on February 24. Due to limited space, we recommend you register early by clicking here to confirm your attendance. 


British Embassy staff host a virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday February 26 between 1-1.45pm. During this time you can post a question on their Facebook channel. Click here to participate in the live discussion on February 26. 


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