Open-air exhibits, top-class concerts and spectacular summer serate await you this week in Florence.
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Here’s our round-up for July 27-August 3, 2023.
From July 26 to August 27, free-entry cinema returns to Manifattura Tabacchi every evening at 9.15pm with a fascinating film series curated by Fondazione Stensen. From blockbusters to the marble of the Apuan Alps taking in surreal comedies and dramatic documentaries in between, the packed programme is a must for all film fans. There’s even the option of wearing headphones for a more immersive experience.
Take part in a magical midsummer evening in the courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi. From 6-10pm, visitors will have access to the Yan Pei-Ming exhibition at the special price of 5 euro, granting you access to the 30 large-scale works by the contemporary painter. The occasion is made all the more memorable with a tropical DJ set and drinks under the stars. Pull up a deck chair among the Renaissance columns, with a 20% discount on all drinks at the Strozzi Bistro by presenting your coupon.
Forming part of the Estate Fiesolana programme, the Lyric Dance Company performs a dance story inspired by the famous French artist. Taking place at 9.15pm in the ancient Roman theatre, the choreography and artistic direction is by Alberto Canestro, with sequins and feathers bewitching audiences with Bohemia.
Brass bands get their big moment as the international festival sees trombones, trumpets and tubas take to the streets and surroundings. The international festival under the artistic direction of Luca Benucci, first horn of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, brings together brass musicians for unmissable musical moments.
Talented classical musicians combine with cultural events for the top-class concert series. Under the artistic direction of Alessio Bax, the 35th edition of Incontri in Terra di Siena aims to spread music and art appreciation through concerts, exhibitions and events throughout Siena.
Artists Luisa Badino, Elena Della Corna, Célia Housset and Manuela Kokanovic display their works at C.F. Contemporary in Cerreto Guidi, curated by Caterina Fondelli and with text by Zoë Marni Robertson. The inauguration includes a buffet cooked by the curator and the artists to share all together. The exhibition will remain open by appointment until September 11.
For the first time in Italy, a retrospective look at the work of the Australian photographer is on show. Hicks’ photographs explore the complexity of women’s identity and the spiritual nature of her relationship with animals. Mythical narratives are rewritten, with Medusa and Adam and Eve shown symbolically alongside animals related to them. Viewable from 11am to 8pm, Tuesday to Saturday, with free entry.
At 6pm on July 20, take part in a guided tour of the Exhibiting exhibition at Manifattura Tabacchi. On display until September 3, the free admission display explores the connection between the site and the production of contemporary art, with a showcase of works built in dialogue with the architecture.
Sixteen free-entry screenings in the suburbs bring film-lovers together for the minivan that drives cinema around the city. Districts 2, 3, 4 and 5 each get their own dates in the ‘pocket cinema’ series.
Cinema under the stars, contemporary dance, literature and children’s workshops in an urban farm colour the Estate Fiorentina calendar. Blending culture and agriculture, the greenery is dotted with hay bales where you can enjoy the varied programme, all while dining on healthy food and taking part in outdoor activities.