PETS/ Animal Day
Animal lovers rejoice! From 10am to 6pm, Giardino dell’Orticoltura will fill with events focused on four-legged friends and not only. 15 animal welfare associations and the councilor for the environment, Cecilia Del Re, will participate in the event which features two exhibitions, one focusing on the vegan lifestyle, and another on unusual pet choices.
Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 4, Florence
ONLINE/ Internet Festival Pisa
Twelve locations, many meetings, and internationally renowned speakers investigate the transformation of our society as we merge the physical and the digital into a new dimension, as declared in this year’s theme: ‘The Future is #PHYGITAL’. Ten thematic areas are explored, such as Legal Tech and Cybern/Ethics, with gaming, literature, and training featuring in the captivating progamme. Talks that are bound to pique interest include a discussion on the repercussions of the internet on tourism and our enjoyment of culture.
Various locations in Pisa and online
TALK/ Italy and the luck of the draw
The Royal Drawing School of London continues their online series of Creative Conversations curated by Dr Claudia Tobin at 7pm UTC/GMT+1, with Marzia Faietti, former director of the Uffizi Gallery’s Prints and Drawings Department, and Linda Falcone, author, creator and coordinator of ‘Restoration Conversations’, and former director of Advancing Women Artists. The talk titled ‘Italy and the Luck of the Draw’ exploring highlights of Dr Faietti’s multi-faceted career as an exhibition curator. The event is created in collaboration with Calliope Arts Foundation, an organization based in Florence and London that promotes and advances public knowledge and appreciation of art, literature and social history from a female perspective, through restorations, exhibitions, education and cultural initiatives. The free event will be held on Zoom, with donations welcomed.
CHARITY/ Floralia per Santo Spirito
The 6th edition of the charity market exhibition brings together plants, flowers, crafts and cultural activities to help the Amici di Santo Spirito raise funds for security services inside the church. A group of florists and horticulturists will add colour to the event, with other exhibitors presenting their handicrafts, jewellery, clothing, watercolours, prints, terracotta, bags, designs and more. Guided tours of the Basilica and Michelangelo’s wooden crucifix entice culture vultures, as well as workshops on topics like engraving, flower sushi, watercolours, wicker baskets, and handmade flower perfumes by the Istituto dei Bardi and the Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School, taking place at via dei Michelozzi 2. For info see the @Floralia2021 and @IstitutodeiBardi Facebook pages, or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cloister of the Convent of Santo Spirito,
piazza Santo Spirito 30
EXHIBITION/ La Comune Discendenza: Federica Rugnone
Works on display at Il Bisonte foundation for art and printmaking
A solo exhibition by Tuscan artist Federica Rugnone is on display at the Il Bisonte Foundation for art and printmaking. Works produced using intaglio techniques and centuries-old printing processes such as cyanotype, gumprint and salted paper are used for the pieces which dialogue with concepts of humankind, animals and the environment. The exhibition is curated by Silvia Bellotti, and promoted by the Il Bisonte Foundation with a contribution from the Fondazione CR Firenze.
San Niccolò 24, Florence
BOND/ 007 No time to Die at the Odeon
Cinema Odeon Firenze (piazza degli Strozzi) brings Bond back to the big screen from October 8, with 007 No Time to Die. The 25th film in the series stars Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes, and is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Films are shown in English, with Italian subtitles. A special event at 9pm on October 8 in collaboration with The British Institute of Florence launches the screenings, with guests invited to come dressed in their best Bond style.
piazza degli Strozzi, Florence
NOSTALGIA/ Florence Vintage Market
Palazzo Corsini on the Lungarno hosts an autumnal edition of the Florence Vintage Market. Cherish the treasures of fashions gone by, while also contributing to Fondazione Italiana di Leniterapia, with all funds raised going towards palliative care and psychological support services for the ill and their families. Open from 11am to 4pm on weekdays, and 11am to 6pm on weekends, a wide selection of high-quality clothes and accessories will be available for purchase, with sartorial secrets bound to be buried in the trove.
Lungarno Corsini 8, Florence
CONTEMPORARY/ Fabbrica Europa
Until October 17
The 28th edition of the performance-packed programme scatters events by national and international artists across the city in a multifaceted contemporary extravaganza. Dance and installations by Francesca Foscarini and Cosimo Lopalco grace Villa Caruso, via Bellosguardo 54, on October 2 and 3, while a video-art installation at the PARC Performing Arts Research Center at piazzale delle Cascine 4 curated by Tommaso Arosio and Giulio Sonno takes place from October 12 to 17. Whether you fancy dance, theatre, performance art, installations or even electronic music, this veritable contemporary-cultural all-sorts won’t disappoint.
SIP/ Aperi-Spritz Closing Party at Forte di Belvedere
The Aperi-Spritz Closing Party at Forte di Belvedere truly finishes off the last of the summer vibes in style. Starting at 5pm, the aperitivo at the Caffetteria del Forte and its stunning view is following by a free concert at 7pm by Mattia Braghero and Fabrizio Berni, all while the majestic city is laid out below. For reservations call3938137277 or email caffédelforte@gmail.com.