EXHIBITION/ LEDIESIS Superwomen
October 22 – November 5
Frida Kahlo gets the Lediesis treatment
The well-known Italian street artists, Lediesis, honour the resilience of Frida Kahlo, the muse of androgyny, Marlene Dietrich, and tormented poetess, Alda Merini in an exhibition representing diverse histories and cultures, but united by strength of mind. Each work is characterised by the signature “S” of Superman on their chest and the wink that invites complicity and empathy. Two surprise new Superwomen made exclusively for the Florence Queer Festival will also be revealed. Linked to the exhibition will be a treasure hunt and urban events seeking out street art. The free entry show will be open from 2.30-7.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday, reservations required at 055 2476873.
Semiottagono delle Murate,
piazza Madonna della Neve, Florence
LEGACY/ L’Eredità delle Donne
The third edition of the all-female festival created and directed by Serena Dandini features scientists, economists, entrepreneurs, politicians, writers and artists who will discuss what the post-Covid world will be and the role of women within it. A larger audience than ever before will be able to participate given the digital streaming of all events as well as a series of online discussions held every Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm on the festival’s Facebook page. Talks cover topics such as the environment, female visions of the future, book presentations, and the significant role of female scientists during the pandemic. The festival’s inspiration is Electress Palatine Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, the last descendant of the Medici family who bequeathed her family’s extensive artistic collection to the world. Reservation is required to attend the in-person events, digitally accessible to all.
via delle Cascine 33-35, Florence
CINEMA/ 71st edition Montecatini International Short Film Festival
The 71st edition of the festival takes a new form this year with its first multimedia programme. Screenings of short films will be broadcast daily on TVL Libera Pistoia (DT Channel 11 from 3.30-6pm) and accompanied by live streaming. The works from over 40 countries will compete for the votes of the international jury in studio. Directed by Marcello Zeppi, the main theme this year is ‘Cinema and Music’ and features guests such as Laura Andreini, solo soprano of the Opera del Duomo, and writer Alessio Venturini as presenter.
CONCERT/ A tutte le donne
As part of the 18th edition of the Suoni Riflessi series, a musical and theatrical performance on the theme of violence against women will be performed in Sala Vanni on October 25. Titled ‘A tutte le donne’ (To all women), the cast include actors Elena Bucci and Davide Dolores and musicians Silvia Tocchini (soprano), Mario Ancillotti (flute), Pino Tedeschi (violin), Gianluca Pirisi (cello) and Matteo Fossi (piano). The composer Alessandro Magini will also reveal the world premiere of “Sorge rossa la luna”. Literature recited as part of the show includes works by JM Coetzee, Mariangela Gualtieri and Shakespeare, with music by Bach, Bartok, Shostakovich and more. Tickets cost 10/15 euro. The concert will be preceded by a free admission meeting with the protagonists on October 24 titled ‘Unveiling the music’.
Piazza del Carmine 14, Florence
MeMorphosis – una crisalide allo schermo
8.30pm, October 23
A multidisciplinary artistic event organized by the students of the Master in Management of Entertainment Events at Palazzo Spinelli comes to the newly opened lightBOX space managed by the Opus Ballet. An intriguing mix of mediums makes up the performance with light installations, dance and artworks forming the event titled ‘MeMorphosis – una crisalide allo schermo’ (MeMorphosis – a chrysalis on the screen). The artists are from the PHASE collective, an independent artistic and curatorial project based in Prato and Attivisti della Danza, dancers and choreographers from in and around Florence. The continuous performance will have staggered entry times from 8.15pm, and every 30 minutes thereafter. Free entry, reservation required here.
LightBOX Opus Performance Space 2.20,
via Ugo Foscolo 6, Florence
FILM/ The Extraordinary Life of David Copperfield
From October 23
Born in industrial England, David Copperfield was brought into the world poor and raised by his mother and loving housekeeper. Wrestled from this cosy nest, he was sent by the cruel Mr Murdstone to work in his factory in London, instigating a series of abuses and difficulties that David endures stoically. His path thereafter shows that life has finished with its challenges yet. Directed by Armando Iannucci, actors include Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton and Hugh Laurie. Original version with Italian subtitles.
Piazza Strozzi, Florence