Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence

Our top picks for September 23-30, 2021

Jane Farrell
September 23, 2021 - 9:57

VINO/ Wine Stories

5pm, September 23

 

Learn about wine from the comfort of your home
 
 
 
Wine Stories are back! In the next English-language episode of the web talk series, three wine professionals talk about what wine means to them, answering the question "how can I learn more about wine" and more. Alexandra Korey will be in conversation with Carlotta Salvini (FISAR Sommelier), Emily O’Hare (WSET instructor) and Daniele Palavisini (AIS Toscana Sommelier) at 5pm on September 23 on the Buy Wine Facebook page, and The Florentine's Facebook and YouTube.
 
 
 
 

CULTURE/ Florence Queer Festival

September 21-26

 

19th edition of Florence Queer Festival

 

 

The 19th edition of the LGBTQIA+ fest that weaves together cinema, exhibitions, meetings and events is under the artistic direction of Bruno Casini and Roberta Vannucci. The virtual programming also extends to book presentations and debates with the “Queer Focus” section. This year, 18 films are on the line-up, exploring all facets of LGBTQIA+ culture. Videoqueer is also back, the competition in which 10 shorts from 8 different countries take part. Organized by the Ireos association in collaboration with Arcilesbica Firenze and Music Pool, the festival is supported by Fondazione Sistema Toscana and Pubbliaqua.

 

Cinema La Compagnia,

Via Cavour 50, Florence

 

 

 

TALK/ European Day of Languages

September 25

 

Celebrating the various languages of Europe

 

 

The British Institute of Florence will runs its annual European Day of Languages events in collaboration with other language centres in Florence, including Institut Français Firenze, Deutsches Institut Florenz and the Centro Lengua Española. Events include on online quiz on Facebook, and each of the institutes will run a range of in-person activities.

 

 

 

PERFORMANCE/ Genius Loci: discovering Santa Croce

September 23-25

 

Ph/ Eleonora Birardi

 

 

International artists, musicians, actors and writers perform in the cultural treasure trove of Santa Croce. The fourth edition of the festival that focuses on exploring the genius in the “spirit of places” sees entertainment with a contemporary flair, creating an extraordinary series of events that ranges from concerts to talk shows in mesmerizing locations such as Brunelleschi’s Cloister. Guided tours form part of the line-up and events run through the night until dawn, with the closing concert taking place at 6am. See www.controradio.it and www.santacroceopera.it.

 

Santa Croce basilica complex,

piazza di Santa Croce 16, Florence

 

 

 

EXHIBITION/ Ellen Sheidlin: Comprehended by Fantasy

September 24-October 20

 

Work by Russian artist, Ellen Sheidlin

 

 

The Student Hotel Florence inaugurate a new exhibition space with works by the multifaceted Russian artist, Ellen Sheidlin. Located on the groud floor inside the 'Palazzo del Sogno', the new gallery is curated by Connector and Partnerships Manager, Michelle Davis, and will be dedicated to the visual arts with particular attention to new languages. Sheidlin's work blends the dreamlike with realism, in a style defined as "survirtualism". Free admission upon reservation.

 

The Student Hotel

viale Spartaco Lavagnini 70, Florence

 

 

 

CREATE/ ARTOUR-O il MUST

September 24-26

 

Tetraktys

 

 

The 33rd edition of the festival focuses on Dante with 700 works to represent Dante’s 700 year anniversary  created by 10 artists, The international itinerary starts from Florence, with 100 works in 10 different places, including museums and institutional and corporate spaces. The events also include a #2eurodiDante game, in which participants become co-creators of a work of art. Created by the Ellequadro Documenti to communicate the identity of companies, institutions and organizations through art, the name comes from ART in TOUR MUSeo Temporaneo.

 

Various locations

 

 

 

CULTURE/ European Heritage Days

September 25

 

Museo del Porcellane will be open for the occasion

 

 

To mark the European days celebrating heritage, the Uffizi Gallery of Statues and Paintings will be open on the evening of September 25 from 7-10pm, at the symbolic price of 1 euro (plus 4 euro for the required reservation), when it will also be possible to visit two spaces which are normally closed: the apartment of the Duchess of Aosta in Palazzo Pitti (3-5.30pm), and the Porcelain Museum in the Boboli gardens (8.15am to 6.30pm), booking required. In the latter spaces, an LIS interpreter will be available, as part of the museum's involvement in the International Week of the Deaf, and the International day of Sign Languages. All information here. State museums mark the day with free admission or 1 euro entrance tickets, all detailed here.

 

 

 

CHARITY/ Corri La Vita 

September 26

 

Get moving for charity

 

 

For the first time ever, the annual charity event will involve all of Tuscany. There are plenty of ways to connect as you undertake an outdoor sporting activity, wherever you’d like. A livestream warm-up session will be hosted by trainers from the Wellness Firenze Marathon gym, with a special guest tuning in to officially launch the event. Access to over 100 cultural destinations all over Tuscany is free for those wearing this year’s Corri la Vita t-shirt. All funds raised go towards fighting against breast cancer and assisting cancer patients.

 

Various locations

 

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