Best events in Florence this week August 4-11, 2022

Here’s our round-up for August 4-11

Free museums this Sunday are a must for your diaries, with summer festivals of all sorts taking us into Tuscany. From international paper festivals to a ‘Game of the Goose’ inspired itinerary in Livorno, here’s your best events of the week line-up for August 4-11.

3 August 2022 - 7 August 2022

Il gioco della natura

The 37th edition of Effetto Venezia shows Il gioco della natura, (The Game of Nature) curated by Gaia Bindi, bringing theatre, music and art to the city. 16 artworks consisting of installations and videos created by 21 emerging artists are on display, developed as a walking itinerary through the streets of the popular Venice district in Livorno, inspired by the ‘Game of the Goose’. The works focus on nature, with various stages intended to raise awareness of the environment.

Estate in Manifattura Tabacchi

Manifattura Tabacchi features films, music, books, theatre and talks for those spending summer in the city, including a new skate park and a photographic project by Filippo Maffei curated by Switch Shop on display in B9 until September 3. Cinema screenings in the open-air arena in piazza dell’Orologio offer a fascinating line-up organized by the Stensen Cultural Foundation, with food and drink on offer.


Arena Summer Fest

From Danilo Rea’s jazz to film music by Ennio Morricone, John Williams and more performed by the ORT live orchestra, even taking in music by Pink Floyd, the Arena Summer Fest 2022 consists of 14 events at the Arena of Teatro Garibaldi in Figline held until August 30. Tickets cost 5 euro for adults, 3 euro for children, with some free entry events.

4 August 2022 - 5 August 2022

Florence Youth Festival

Loggia dei Lanzi is the location for performances of fairy tales transformed into music by Rossini and Rimskij-Korsakov, and symphonies and ballets from Italian, German and Russian Romanticism as part of the 23rd International Festival of Youth Orchestras. At 8.30pm on August 4, the Jugend Sinfonie Orchester der Musikschule of Bochum will perform the symphony from Rossini’s La Cenerentola followed by Carl Maria von Weber’s romantic Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra op. 26. Liszt and the suite by Lèo Delibes from his ballet Sylvia complete the programme. At 8.30pm on August 5, the Swiss orchestra Quipassparlà Orchestra conducted by Laura Linkola take to the stage, performing Gioachino Rossini’s Concerto da Esperimento for solo bassoon, then Nikolaj Rimskij Korsakov’s  Scheherazade op. 35. Free admission to both concerts.


Until September 25

Lucca Biennale Cartasia

The large-scale event dedicated to paper in art and architecture returns to Lucca, with exhibitions, performances, workshops, talks and more as part of the international paper festival, Lubica. Taking place in the streets and squares of the city and taking in some of the main sites such as Palazzo Ducale and Villa Bottini, with huge installations and sculptures by international artists engaging both art lovers and the curious.