ARTISANS/ Florence International Crafts Fair
April 24 to May 2
For the 85th edition of the International Crafts Fair in Florence, a vast array of events has been scheduled in an intriguing virtual tour through craftsmanship. Admission to the digital event is free, with exhibition space reserved for those already present in the last two editions of MIDA (Mostra Internazionale del'Artigianato di Firenze), and for new artisans who will be selected by application on their website. Normally held in Fortezza da Basso, this digital edition of the Florence International Crafts Fair seeks to support artisanal excellence and looks towards the future of craftsmanship. Artisans will present their products online, and there will be a packed online line-up of events that includes well-known personalities from institutions, associations and cultural operators in the field of craftsmanship. With lectures, meetings, exhibitions, workshops and performances, highlights include virtual guided tours of the 'Medici fortress' curated by Firenze Fiera and MUSE, and the CRAFT 4.0 exhibition by the University of Florence's Department of Architecture - Design Campus, presenting a 360 degree cross-section of futuristic encounters between handmade design and cutting-edge technologies in the categories of Nature, Work, Humankind, Cultural Heritage and Community. Read more about the event here, or explore Mostra Artigianato's Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
Organized by NYU Florence, this lecture led by co-curator Sebastiano Barassi (see our interview here) and director of the Museo Novecento, Sergio Risaliti, introduces the Henry Moore: The Sculptor's Drawing exhibition, currently on display at the museum. The talk looks at Moore's lifelong interest in drawing, with a particular focus on his later drawings that are at the centre of the display. The lecture will be followed by a discussion with Francesca Baldry, and questions from the audience. Register for the online talk here.
Italian travel expert Kathy McCabe, editor of the award-winning magazine and PBS TV series Dream of Italy, chats about the ways in which Italy can help us transform and thrive, the focus of her new TV special. Watch online on The Florentine's YouTube channel at 5pm on April 23.
The Ploggers are back, with their first event of the season taking place in Cascine Park. The group exercises outdoors, while collecting waste along the way. Become a member of Attouno Cultura Creativa here, with an annual cost of 25 euro, allowing you to participate in all the events, excursions and more, with a private guide and insurance coverage included. The cost of registration goes towards financing all their other environmental protection activities. The 'Partisan Plogging' event takes place on April 25, meeting at 10am at the Monument to the Indian Prince at Cascine. The actor Mauro Monni will be the guide, regaling stories about several partisans. The easy route is suitable for younger Ploggers from 10 years and up, 4-legged friends are also welcome (on their leashes).
Added incentive to get reading
To mark World Book Day on April 23, Florence adds a bloom to your book with an incentive inspired by the Catalan tradition of gifting a rose for the Feast of Saint George. Several local independent bookstores are participating in the initiative, where you'll receive a beautiful iris with the purchase of a book. The first edition of 'A Firenze Fioriscono Libri', supported by the City of Florence, marks the UNESCO day to celebrate reading, with the date of April 23 chosen as it is the day on which in 1616, Cervantes, Shakeseare and De La Vega died. Participating booksellers are: Alfani, Alzaia, Farollo e Falpalà, Florida, Francese, Leggermente, Marabuk, Il Menabò, Nani Pittori, On the Road, Piccola Farmacia letteraria, Todo Modo, and Claudiana.
Polimoda presents Postcards from Florence, a virtual exhibition dedicated to Florence. The snapshots invite viewers "to reflect on a new intellectual and aesthetic Renaissance guided by the uniqueness of the creative talent of the young students of the Florentine institute". The 150 plus urban portraits taken at some of the most well-known landmarks in the city will be viewable online from April 21, featuring 30 young creatives from all over the world, with the photographs taken over the course of 2020 in the semi-deserted city, accompanied by the words, slogans, poems and emotions of the students as they engage in distance learning, far from the experience they imagined.