LISTEN/ Lucia, la radio al cinema
The second edition of the international festival dedicated to listening, radio and podcasts brings together sounds, words, tradition and experimentation in a celebration of the art of storytelling without images. The festival will be both on air and online, live streamed from Manifattura Tabacchi and on luciafestival.org. Two days of live talks, masterclasses, guided listening sessions, podcasts, sound narratives and more make up the programme in a mind-opening exploration of different perspectives.
SHOP/ Holiday Pop-up Store
Creative People in Florence teams up with FAF – Female Artisans in Florence to help launch their new space in the Oltrarno. The beautifully curated Pop Up shop brings together members of the artisan community, intertwining their wares and creating a wonderful display. Handcrafted jewellery, accessories, ceramics, porcelain, prints, home accessories and more combine in this unique space. Artisans include Ayako from Ayadesignlab, Giulia from Ink-p, Jane Harman, Jacqueline from JHA, Sara Amrhein, Kirstie from Little Acorns Pottery, Arianna Signorin, Marissa Racht Ryan, Faye Marisa and Rachel from New Kids. The store will be open daily from 10am to 8pm, December 12-22. More information can be found here.
Borgo San Frediano 131/r,
EXHIBIT/ Circular Persuasion
Until January 2021
A window installation at the Eduardo Secci Gallery ensures entirely safe art viewing. On display until January, the work by Dutch artist Levi Van Veluw stops passersby in their tracks with the bright and immersive clay-made sculpture inviting viewers to reflect on the engaging display. Read more about the installation here.
Lungarno Acciaioli 14, Florence
CONCERT/ American String Quartet
4.15pm, December 12
Amici Musica Firenze stream a recording created earlier in the year at the Teatro della Pergola of a performance by the American String Quartet with Lilya Zilberstein at the piano. Viewable on YouTube, soar to the strains of Mozart’s Quartet in E flat major K428, Mendelssohn’s Quartet in A minor op.13, and the Quintet for piano and strings in F minor op.34 by Brahms. The concert will only be available at the time stated.
CINEMA/ N.I.C.E. Festival
The 30th N.I.C.E. (New Italian Cinema Events) Città di Firenze film festival rewards the best of Italian cinema in a 3 day event. The 2020 winner has been declared Carlo Sironi’s film Sole, viewable via the Più Compagnia online portal along with all the other contenders. The free film screenings feature the 8 films selected by the panel, with awards being announced at 8.30 on December 11. See the full line-up and details on how to access, here.
DAZZLE/ F-Light Firenze
December 8-January 6, 2021
This year’s video mapping, projections, lights and artistic installations of the Flight Festival will be under the artistic direction of Sergio Risaliti (director of Museo Novecento). This edition is titled Sight, From the Dark Wood to the Light, as Risaliti explains, “We cannot deny that we all have need to see a light guiding us in this dark forest, when the straight path of progress seems lost.” The annual F-Light Festival will embrace a Dante theme ahead of the 700th anniversary of the Supreme Poet’s death in 2021. The video-mapping shows will travel through Dante’s Divine Comedy, finishing with Paradiso, where Dante also encountered the lights of Christmas. Launched on December 8, the show will go on until January 6, 2021, helping us to commence the new year with a bit of brightness. The light installations will be visible on the Ponte Vecchio, at the Chamber of Commerce, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, in piazza Santissima Annunziata and at the Museo Novecento. Read more about where to find the dazzling displays here and enjoy The Florentine‘s walk through the festive streets in this video.
CONNECT/ TF Together
The Florentine‘s online community series continues with three further events this week. Taking place live on our Facebook and YouTube channel (don’t forget to subscribe!) our online events are free, but we ask Florence lovers around the world to consider making a donation to our magazine.
December 11, 6pm / Chianti Rùfina wine tasting
Four Chianti Rùfina wine producers—Colognole, Grignano, Selvapiana and Frascole—chat about their fine bottlings with wine educator Emily O’Hare and TF’s Helen Farrell. In partnership with Consorzio Chianti Rùfina.
Order your wine (we’ll be tasting the differences between wineries on the left and right banks of the River Sieve!): www.chiantirufina.com/winebox
December 14, 5pm / Virtual visit of Dante’s Florentine neighbourhood
Expert guide Alexandra Lawrence, founder of Explore Florence and Forma Sideris, brings us around significant sites in the city related to the Supreme poet.
December 16, 6pm /How to make a festive cheeseboard
Cheese specialist Kristine Jannuzzi reveals the secrets of making a festive cheeseboard that wows, including pairings and accompaniments.