January marks the restart of the many cultural events that give Florence its feel.
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Here’s our round-up for January 2024.
Style takes over the city as the 105th edition of the twice-yearly male fashion fair returns to Fortezza da Basso. The unmissable occasion for all fashionistas sees leading international figures make their way to Florence, with 835 brands showcasing their winter collections, 43 per cent of which come from abroad. Guest designers Steven Stockey-Daley and Luca Magliano feature alongside this edition’s theme of PittiTime. Pitti Bimbo 98 follows from January 17 to 19, switching the focus to kiddies’ wear, including the first edition of the Petite Parade.
The 15th edition of the brewers’ bonanza organized by Fermento Birra sees the best in beer producing awarded as part of the two-day event that involves over 50 Italian breweries. On January 20, the all-inclusive formula allows for as much beer tasting as you can manage, picking from the 100 beers on tap, with the Beer Pass costing 5 euro online and 10 euro on the day. January 21 will have a beer token system where one euro equals one token, with an entrance fee of 10 euro, and various additional offers available. Street food stalls will be on site as well as events from 2 to 4pm.
Photographer Alessandro Messina displays his “anti-portrait” project, exploring the concept of absence and the search for balance through the downsizing of the ego. Loneliness as something we deal with every day is expressed through the protagonists in his shots as the works on display in the former bomb shelter create an intriguing experience.
A photographic exhibition of the international stars who worked with Franco Zeffirelli now returns to the Zeffirelli Museum having been exhibited at Hotel Savoy. Leading names from the worlds of cinema, theatre and opera are immortalized in iconic shots, with portraits of those who met Zeffirelli between 1950 and 2010 such as Fanny Ardant, Faye Dunaway, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth Taylor, Tom Cruise, Leonard Bernstein, Mel Gibson and Laurence Olivier. Entrance included in 12 euro ticket to the museum.
La Fierucola brings all kinds of crafts and homemade products, with small-scale organic producers celebrated at this popular market. The Fiercolina is held from 9am to 2pm on January 14 in piazza del Carmine, and from 9am to 7pm on January 21 in piazza Santo Spirito. www.lafierucola.org
A must for the clothing conscious, quality vintage design is gathered under one roof as collectors and exhibitors bring out their fabulous finds. Held in conjunction with textiles-focused Pitti Filati (January 24-26), all those hunting cool creations come to take a look at the carefully curated rails that feature global labels. Enjoy the live entertainment as music, shows and exhibitions offer a perfect panorama of vintage culture.
Visitors are taken on a journey through the past and future of astronomy in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s Assayer. Interactive installations and immersive projections grant a new way of looking at the universe with the stars, planets and their satellites the subject of this scientific exhibition.
The Occidental Glee Club from the USA, conducted by Desiree La Vertu, will perform a free concert at the San Salvatore in Ognissanti Church at 4.30pm on January 20, featuring the local Florentine female choir, Menura Vocal Ensemble, conducted by Maestro Edoardo Materassi. The rich and eclectic repertoire varies from Vivaldi and Strauss to gospel and traditional songs. Reservations recommended. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teatro Maggio Musicale Fiorentino will host a performance of Edward Grieg’s Peer Gynt at 8pm on January 16 and 17, with the orchestra and choir of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
A family friendly performance of Pinocchio will be performed by Orchestra della Toscana at 4.30pm on January 20 at Teatro Verdi, marking 140 years since the puppet epic was published. Tickets are available via Ticketone.it.
Images taken from the Luciano Frassi photographic archive are on show in an exhibition that explores life in Pisa from the 1920s to the end of the century, chronicling important historic events and changes with leading figures from international and national politics present as well as personalities from the scientific, cultural and entertainment fields. Urban planning changes, city news, Romeo Anconetani’s football reporting and the alarm over the potential collapse of the Leaning Tower, which this year marks 850 years since the laying of the first stone, are all depicted.
Cinema La Compagnia screens masterpieces of the 20th century until March in a series titled ‘XX Century – The most beautiful invention’. January is dedicated to Roman Polanski, with films such as Rosemary’s Baby, Frantic and Cul de Sac in original versions, with Italian subtitles. The focus switches to Luchino Visconti from January 27. Tickets cost 5 euro, 4 euro reduced, or 10 films for 35 euro.
25hours Hotel in piazza San Paolino relaunches film screenings in their plush Cinema Paradiso. Held every Wednesday at 7.30pm from January 17, pick up your popcorn and drinks onsite and settle into the sumptuous surroundings.
Giunti Odeon continues its cultural calendar with Paolo Genovese’s Perfect Strangers (original language with English subtitles) on January 15, attended by the director. It will also screen Disney classics from 9.30am on January 13 and from 10.30 on January 14, to relive your childhood in the comfortable cultural centre.
Sacred artworks and artefacts from churches and museums in the Diocese of Florence are on display in Palazzo Vecchio’s Sala delle Udienze. Three sculptures from the 15th to 18th centuries will be on show, curated by Sergio Risaliti, coming from the Santa Maria Novella complex, the Museum of Sacred Art and Beato Angelico in Vicchio and the Santa Maria in Settignano parish church.
Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Acquario della Memoria association, a new cycle of cinema walking tours spans stories from Etruscan and Roman times up to the 1970s. Remembrance Day on January 27 sees a tour marking the 80th anniversary of the bombings of Pisa, with projections, stories, private diaries and videos taking participants through the destruction on August 31, 1943, up until liberation in September 1944.
Works by Nancy Lupo come to the creative space as everyday materials are turned into profound installations, challenging conventional perceptions. Natural light is used by the artist with artificial illumination avoided so that the art and the environment can interplay, aligning with the artist’s focus on blurring the line between natural and the human-made.
The British Institute of Florence (lungarno Guicciardini 9) start off the 2024 Wednesday Lectures Series at 6pm on January 10 with Anthony Cummings exploring ‘The Importance of Florence in Music History’, followed by Jason Arkles on January 17 who will speak about Lorenzo Bartolini. On January 24, Alexandra Lawrence will look at Petrarch and Livia Frescobaldi finishes off the month with a talk on Ginori porcelain. The Music al British series sees pianist Filip Michalak playing Chopin on January 25 and a Basilica Cafaggio wine tasting takes place on January 16. Bridge for beginners and intermediates kicks off from January 9, with ten weekly sessions conducted in English, while social bridge will be held every Tuesday. Afternoon tea is served from 4 to 5pm weekly on Wednesdays from January 10, open to all, with a suggested contribution of 5 euro, which supports the library.
SOTTO al British (lungarno Guicciardini 9) recommence life drawing session on January 8, taking place every Monday from 7 to 9pm, led by Tom J. Byrne. Brainstorming for writers with Lori Hetherington will be at 7pm on January 16.
From January 14, The Social Hub (viale Spartaco Lavagnini 70/72) hosts an all-you-can-eat brunch with live music and entertainment from 11.30am to 3pm, kicking off with a Drag brunch with The Shade, followed by Sinedades live music on January 21, and Bioritmo on January 28.
Il Conventino Caffè Letterario reopens after the holidays on January 16, hosting photographs by Lucilla Saccà until January 25 that explore the history of the site from the late 1990s to today. Chess school is held on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, led by Firenze Scacchi. At 7.30pm on January 20, Phelan Burgoyne gives a live jazz performance and an exhibition by Vittorio Tolu commences on January 26, on show until February 11, displaying works created in the artist’s studio at Il Conventino. A listening desk (in Italian) can be visited every Monday from 10am to 2pm by appointment (+39 335 5434451), with professional counselor Carlotta Cecchi, with listening and psychological support with Dr. Livia Bruscaglioni from 3 to 7pm (by appointment by sending a WhatsApp to +39 339 7279450).
St. James Episcopal Church hold a thrift shop sale on the last Wednesday of the month from 9.30 to 11.30am, with tickets available on the morning of the event. The Children’s Lending Library (in English) onsite will be open from 4.30-6.30pm on Thursdays, and 10.30am to 12.30pm on Sundays.
A Generative Writing group will meet from 6-7.30pm on January 9 at L’Ornitorinco Caffe to write to a series of prompts and share works. In February, the Florence Writing Community will launch FloNoWriMo, its own version of National Novel Writing Month, meeting at 7pm on January 31 in St. Mark’s English Church to discuss aims and create community. Email email@example.com to find out more on how to get involved.
Lìlà Toy Store on via Maggio 78R hosts free activities with limited places; adult accompaniment required. ‘Guarda, inventa, racconta’ for those aged two years and over will be held at 6pm on January 10, 17 and 24. T: 055 8896746.
The Women’s International Network meets at Palazzo San Niccolò at 7.30pm on January 17, with the 10th annual members fair planned for February 21.
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