Best events in Florence this week July 28-August 4, 2022

Here’s our round-up for July 28-August 4

From Celtic celebrations to the largest fantasy festival in Italy, have a look at the films, exhibitions and festivals taking place this week, July 28-August 4

29 July 2022 - 31 July 2022

Arezzo Celtic Festival

50 initiatives across 3 days make up the 8th edition of the Arezzo Celtic Festival. The free-entry programme features shows, dance, markets, workshops for all ages, book presentations, talks and food and wine, allowing participants to travel back to the time of the Celts to discover their traditions and customs.

Until August 3

Interi: The Florence Fragment Collection

Jean O’Reilly Barlow takes lost church artifacts saved from the 1966 flood of Florence and transforms them into sculptural works of art. On display until August 3, the exhibition titled Interi: The Florence Fragment Collection can be visited at the Corridoio Fiorentino Gallery, where elements such as minerals, precious gems, baroque pearls, fossil agate coral, and fossil shells are carefully added to the pieces, creating a seamless unity with the artifacts.

29 July 2022 - 31 July 2022

Festa dell'Unicorno

Elves, hobbits and fantastical creatures come to Vinci for the largest fantasy event in Italy, following a two-year pandemic-induced absence. The 16th edition sees 100 daily events in 9 thematic areas within the historic centre, with guests enthralled by the citadel of the knights, the enchanted fortress, the village of gnomes, the city of nightmares, pirate bay, and the newly added Steampunk area. Extraordinary shows, special guests, challenges and cosplay competitions form the line-up, with the parade planned for July 29 bound to be a highlight. Events and spaces dedicated to children see dinosaurs, pirates, mermaids, creative workshops, fairy tales, magic shows and a dedicated Lego area, with refreshment points all over, where you can dine while on a pirate ship, within a medieval encampment, or in front of Jabba the Hutt while watching a laser battle.

28 July 2022 - 31 July 2022

Saturnia Film Festival

Four villages in the Tuscan Maremma screen films for the fifth edition of the festival, with sections dedicated to short and feature films in the competition that showcases works by filmmakers from all over the world, including Brazil, the United States, France, the UK and Italy. Screenings will be held in Manciano, Sorana, Montemerano and Saturnia, with special guests such as actor, screenwriter, director and producer Rickey Tognazzi, who will participate in an event to remember his father Ugo, the iconic star of Italian comedy.

Until October 8

Culto del Bello: Canova, two hundred years after his death

Accademia di Belle Arti celebrates the genius of Antonio Canova two hundred years after his death with a free entry exhibition on display until October 8. Curated by Sandro Bellesi, 100 works by the great sculptor from Treviso form the show, with sculptures, bas-reliefs, prints and archival documents from many notable museums and private collection set up in the Ghiberti and Minerva rooms.

23 July 2022 - 31 July 2022

Italian Brass Week

The 23rd edition of the international festival sets up in Florence, Rome and Arezzo for the big brass affair directed by maestro Luca Benucci, first horn player of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. This year’s edition is titled The Secret Craft of the Musical Artwork: from Body and Mind to Heart, and is in tribute to Antonio Canova on the 200th anniversary of his death. Masterclasses, concerts and an international competition make up the programme, with top class musicians bringing the best of brass.

21 July 2022 - 29 July 2022

Incontri in Terra di Siena

The 34th edition of the remarkable music fest commences in Florence’s Teatro Verdi at 7pm on July 21. Orchestra della Toscana, conducted by Paul Watkins, will perform with pianists Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung, violinist James Ehnes, and flautist Emmanuel Pahud. The programme includes works by Mozart, Francis Poulenc and Tchaikovsky, with tickets costing 15 euro (purchasable up until one hour prior to the concert). The rest of the encounters take place in and around Siena with concerts on July 23, 25, 27, 28 and 29. The festival was formed by cellist Antonio Lysy and his mother Benedetta Origo in memory of Antonio Origo and his wife Iris, the well-known Anglo-American writer.

23 July 2022 - 19 September 2022

Dino Ignani - Dark Portraits. Florence/Rome 1982-1985

More than 400 shots from the 80s cover music, style, fashion, rebellion and identity through two series of images collected together for the first time. The black and white series was started in Rome in 1982, with those in colour taken in Florence three years later at the Luisa Via Roma boutique that have never before been exhibited. The show at the Marino Marini Museum is curated by Matteo Di Castro and Bruno Casini, with 10 euro entry, 6 euro reduced. Free entry on the first Sunday of the month.

28 July 2022

Fischi per Fiaschi: Express yourself, Coffee as a Geographical Matter

Jessica Sartiani, the first researcher in residence with the Black Archive Alliance (BAA) as part of The Recovery Plan at the Murate Art District, has focused on the history of coffee as linked to its colonial past, and its ability to challenge perceptions of work and its link with Italian colonial history that extends through to today’s unconscious consumption. The event forms the closure of Sartiani’s research, taking the form of a workshop in collaboration with the artist Francis Offman, who uses salvaged elements in order to reflect on material origins and culturally prescribed meanings.