Best online events March 30-April 7, 2020

What we can do during lockdown this week

Jane Farrell
March 31, 2020 - 14:47

CHARITY/ The British Institute of Florence's Virtual Cultural Event

6pm, April 1


From portraits to selfies and everywhere in between



Director of The British Institute of Florence, Simon Gammell, hosts a talk entitled 'Portraits and Selfies', looking at tourism in Florence through the ages. From the days of Shakespeare, through to the Grand Tour and the cruise ship day-trippers, the talk will last 30 minutes and will be followed by a discussion. It is recommended you "attend" with a glass of wine, much as you would on a regular Wednesday at Palazzo Lanfredini. A donation is requested to participate in the session and funds raised will go towards the Institute with 50 per cent donated to Il Cuore di Firenze Foundation, a charity providing vital support to hospitals in Florence. Sign in to Zoom using ID 276 957 5320.




PERFORMANCE/ Showcase Open Mic

9pm, Mondays




Continuing with the regular Monday night sessions, sign in to Zoom using ID 541-961-592 to bring music into your home. Speakeasy Multilingual share their Zoom account for the occasion. See The Showcase Open Mic page for updates. 




MENTAL HEALTH/ The Stay Sane Sessions by The Student Hotel

5.30pm, March 31 + April 7




Presented by performance artist and mental health mentor Marisa Garreffa, these are the second and third episodes in a series for staying sane during quarantine offered by The Student Hotel. With practical and creative methods as well as information and resources, these are tips for staying strong throughout the crisis. The event is free and will be held in English. Register via eventbrite and the link will be sent directly. 



CINEMA/ One movie a week


Hosted by Dr. Ermelinda M. Campani, the Spogli Family Director of Stanford's Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence, one movie a week will be chosen for live discussion on Zoom. Info on the website.



DESIGN/ IED Open day

April 4


Ph. Stefano Casati
On April 4, the IED headquarters in Florence as well as those in Milan, Cagliari, Rome and Turin, plus Accademia Galli in Como will join forces for the biggest Online Open Day in all of Italy. Even during the current emergency, IED is working nonstop and offers you the chance to get to know the educational offering of the Fashion, Design, Visual Arts, Arts, Communication and Restoration departments. The live streaming schedule and all information related to the Undergraduate, Master’s and Continuing Study courses will be published shortly. Sign up to take part in the event.






Join in as The Florentine community comes together



During the week at 5pm CET—unless another time is noted—we’re going to try to have something to do together. We have chosen to meet on Go To Meeting or Go To Webinar (depending on the event format). The kind folks at LogMeIn are our technical sponsors; their digital communications packages make it possible for us to meet and interact online. With a wine club on Wednesdays, music, psychologists and more, the line-up is being ever updated. Read more here

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