Summer truly takes off in the city when Musart is here. The music and dance festival in piazza della Santissima Annunziata is an enchanting experience that mesmerizes audiences year after year. This year, the line-up includes Roberto Bolle and Friends, Stefano Bollani, Fiorella Mannoia and Vinicio Capossela. Afternoon performances in the historic cloisters, or a chorus at dawn, the series is under the artistic direction of Stefano Senardi, with the full programme available here.
CLASSICAL/ Gershwin with Orchestra Toscana Classica
8pm, July 11 and 12
Gershwin’s greats are played by Orchestra Toscana Classica, with solo pianist Fernando Ramses Pena Diaz, singer Elena di Leo and conducted by Biagio Ilacqua. The performance takes place in the spectacular setting of the Bargello National Museum on via del Proconsolo 4. The American musical and jazz maestro George Gershwin is a seasonal favourite with his ‘Summertime’, ‘I Got Rhythm’ and ‘Embraceable You’ never failing to cheer and inspire audiences. Tickets cost 15-20 euro, purchasable at www.ticketone.it and at Box Office Toscana points.
Bargello National Museum,
via del Proconsolo 4, Florence
DANCE/ Festival Cantieri Culturali Firenze
Until July 9
The final days of the project by the Virgilio Sieni National Dance Production Center are set to wow with performances at Villa Vogel Park by Elisa Biagini and an interview with Paolo Basetti and Mario Bencivenni. Piazza dell’Isolotto sees the Cango Group perform at 10.30am on July 9, and Jurij Konjar performs at 8.30pm at Il Boschetto on via di Soffiano 11. Find the packed programme here.
CONTEMPORARY/ Mishima Coda
Until September 3
Mishima Code by Japanese artist Fukushi Ito is dedicated to the renowned writer, Yukio Mishima. Curated by Roberto Mastroianni, the site specific exhibition reflects on the relationship between the West and the Far East through video projections, environmental installations, transparencies, and digital sculptures. Gender and the global transformations of artistic languages are at its thematic center, as Fukushi Ito returns to Florence after more than 30 years since her first exhibition in the Palazzo Vecchio Gallery. The exhibition is open from 2.30-7.30 pm, Tuesday to Saturday, with free admission.
MAD – Murate Art District,
piazza delle Murate,Florence
MUSIC/ InNova Forma Festival
Music events and workshops for young musicians curated by the Atelier de Angelis cultural association will be hosted from July 11-18 in Florence. Nine concerts, a youth campus for musical theater, and compositional workshops form the line-up as art, education and community come together. The concerts are in collaboration with QuartettOCMantova, Ferdinando Romano and Federico Fini, Inventionis Mater, Duo Manco-Scapin, Samuele Telari, Etruria Baroque Ensemble and young musicians from the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory in Florence. The composition workshop is led by Roman composer Fabio Massimo Capogrosso in collaboration with the Nizzardo-Burattini-Laureti Trio, with the resulting works performed in the concert-matinee on July 18 at 11 am at the Mascarade Opera Studio. The musical theater sessions will be dedicated to the staging of a show based on Dante’s Inferno, with music written by Davide Fensi to be performed on July 17 at 9pm in the Corsini Gardens. Full info here.
EXHIBITION/ Arturo Martini and Florence
July 15-November 14
Curated by Lucia Mannini with Eva Francioli and Stefania Rispoli, the rooms on the second floor of the museum fill with a solo cycle dedicated to the major 20th-century artist. A participant in many noted exhibitions and prized among private collectors, the show looks at the links between the artist and Tuscany, with intriguing works such as a bronze Ulysses from 1935 and the exceptional Woman Swimming Underwater made from Carrara marble on display.
piazza di Santa Maria Novella 10, Florence
OASIS/ Gardens of the Bizarria
July 9 to August 1
Themed tours and activities for children and families return for the third edition of ‘I Giardini della Bizzaria’, a programme of visits to the Medici Villas of La Petraia, Cerreto Guidi and Villa di Castello. Narrative and sensory paths for little ones and their families are arranged in the magnificent villas with free admission, upon reservation.