Best events in Florence this week March 21-28, 2024

Here’s our round-up for March 21-28, 2024.

It’s Florentine New Year on March 25 and the wheels are set in motion for the Tour de France with events to mark 100 days to go.

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23 March 2024 - 24 March 2024
CULTURE

FAI Open Days

Spectacular cultural venues open their days to the public for a weekend dedicated to stunning spaces such as Palazzo Buontalenti at the European University Institute. 750 places in 400 cities will be open to visitors for free, thanks to the volunteers of 350 FAI delegations and groups active in all regions.

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24 March 2024
THEATRE

Irlanda in Fabula and Danze Irlandesi

The recently launched Magma Theatre in Le Cure hosts two Irish inspired performances in honour of the just passed St Patrick’s Day. At 4.45 on March 24, there will be a performance for children by Enrica Pecchioli titled ‘Irlanda in Fabula’, while at 8.45pm on the same day there will be ‘Danze Irlandesi’, a live concert of traditional music by the Clover Irish Dance studio.

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21 March 2024
SPORT

100 days to the Tour de France

It’s 100 days until the Tour de France leaves from Florence, for the first time in the history of the event. To mark the start of the countdown, a rich programme takes place across the city, including flag-wavers, musicians and a procession of cyclists departing from Palazzo Vecchio, which will be lit up in yellow.

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23 March 2024 - 14 July 2024
PHOTOGRAPHY

Mimmo Jodice - Senza Tempo

Eighty photographs taken between 1964 and 2011 trace key features of Italian photography during this period, with subjects such as modern cities and culture, and reflections on the interweaving of the ancient and the contemporary. Jodice’s work, which will be on display in Florence for the first time, focuses on personal memories and experiences, particularly in his native city of Naples, and its rapport with ancient art and civilizations.

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Easter religious services in English

Santi Apostoli Catholic Church holds the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in English at 6pm on March 28, with the Celebration of the Passion in English at 6pm on Good Friday, and the Stations of the Cross in Italian at 8pm. The Easter Vigil Mass on March 30 is held at 10pm in both Italian and English. On Easter Sunday, mass in English is at 10.15am and in Italian at 11.45am and 7pm.

St Mark’s English Church holds morning prayer during Lent at 9am on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, both in person and via Zoom. Holy Thursday is marked at 7pm on March 28, with the church open from midday to 3pm on Good Friday, and a service at 2pm. Easter Choral Eucharist is at 10.30am on March 31.

St James Episcopal Church holds a Festival of Cakes on March 10, the middle-most Sunday in Lent, to observe Laetare. The Palm Sunday service at 11am on March 24, Tenebrae in the Chancel is at 7pm on Holy Wednesday (March 24), Maundy Thursday is marked at 7pm on March 28, and services on Good Friday are at midday and 7pm. Easter Sunday on March 31 will involve a service at 11am, followed by a brindisi in the portico, and an Easter egg hunt.

Until May 4
DANCE

La Democrazia del Corpo

The dance project by Virgilio Sieni brings both dancers and audiences into closer awareness of their bodies and their capabilities. Francesco Giomi brings Foosball to the stage on March 24.

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23 March 2024
FESTIVITIES

Easter Egg Hunts

An Easter Egg Hunt will be held on March 23, at 10.30am for 2-4 year olds and 4.30pm for 5-7 year olds, held by @american_party_toscana, @lilatoys.firenze and @jackies_bakery_florence. Costing 20 euro, the hunt is followed by creative activities and an American-style snack. Call +39 339 8294922 to book.

 

The Children’s Lending Library hold their annual Easter party from 4-6pm on March 23, with crafts, activities, raffle tickets, books and refreshments.

 

Mosaico Church host an Easter Egg Hunt at Giardino Orto Dipinti from 10am to midday, costing 5 euro per child, or 10 euro per family, with face painting, games, prizes and more!

 

16 March 2024 - 25 March 2024
CULTURE

Florentine New Year: Settimana del fiorentino

The third edition of Florentine Week sees cultural events, guided tours, fairs and markets, with tributes to Eleonora da Toledo and the Electress Palatine. Over 150 events celebrate the Florentine New Year on March 25, including a Fiorentino Quiz to test your ‘Florentineness’. The historic gates of the city will receive red lighting while activities include the ‘I am Florentine too’ photographic exhibition at the Oblate Library and arts and crafts in piazza Santa Maria Novella. The Cassettai Fiorentini award Pinocchio gadgets and a free ticket to the Toy Museum of Florence upon saying ‘Florentine New Year’, and there’ll even be a carriage ride through Casine Park.

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Entertainment, drinks + dining at The Social Hub

Enjoy a brunch buffet with an all you can eat sweet and savoury selection from 11am and 4pm on March 24, with a DJ set by Rhythm of Florence perform a repertoire of international pop covers. The Spring Rooftop events calendar includes an 80s and 90s DJ set by Rhythm of Florence on March 28.

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23 March 2024 - 21 April 2024
SCULPTURE

The Crucifix Collection

17th- and 18th-century Italian crucifixes are crafted into sculptures by Irish artist Jean O’Reilly Barlow. Rare minerals and gems dramatically alter the artifacts, representing messages of redemption and transformation.

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21 March 2024 - 30 March 2024
CINEMA

Florence Korea Film Festival

The 22nd edition of the much-loved film fest, on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the relationship between Italy and Korea, sees special guests such as Kang-ho Song (of Parasite fame) and renowned director Kim Jee-woon, with the programme packing the best of South Korean cinema. Launched with the Italian premiere of Concrete Utopia, a disaster-thriller by Um Tae-hwa, the festival also features cultural events and masterclasses in a full immersion in Korean culture, with a concert at Teatro Verdi on March 30 by Parasite, Squid Game and Okja composer, Jung Jae-Il. A webtoon exhibition will be on display at the Sala Ginori in Palazzo Medici Riccardi, exploring the comics made for phones.

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Until April 6
EXHIBITION

daß die Göttin nicht himmelwärts, sondern herab nach ihren Freunden blickt

The collective exhibition brings together 32 international artists of various generations, backgrounds and continents, taking its title from the Goethe’s ‘Italian Journey’ who, while admiring a painting by Titian, realized the unique relationship between the spiritual and human realms: “that the goddess does not gaze up, but down towards her friends”.

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20 March 2024 - 8 September 2024
MYTHOLOGY

L’incanto di Orfeo

Orpheus, the Greek mythological figure, is explored in his past and contemporary interpretations, curated by Sergio Risaliti and Valentina Zucchi. 80 works from noted Italian and international museums, including the Louvre in Paris and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, commence with Baccio Bandinelli’s sculpture of Orpheus in the main courtyard. The tragic myths linked to Eurydice, Hades and the Bacchae are also explored through printed volumes and musical works.

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15 March 2024 - 9 June 2024
EXHIBITIONS

Jannis Kounellis – La Stanza Vede. Disegni 1973-1990

On March 15, an exhibition featuring over 100 drawings by Jannis Kounellis opens at Museo Novecento. Kounellis, a central figure of the ‘Arte Povera’ movement, is widely known for his large structural works, which have previously been exhibited in Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi, while this exhibition sheds light on the design process behind them. The sketches come from the 1970s and 1980s, when Kounellis was the height of his career, and reveal the thought processes of the artist at work.

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Every Friday until May, and every Thursday and Friday in May and June
SHOW

Daisy’s Dining

The weekly dinner show at House of Nine sees entertainment by Arachel Dolphie and the Daisy’s Cuban Band. Featuring special guest shows once a month, the dinner and show is open to all culinary and music lovers from 8pm every Friday until May, and every Thursday and Friday in May and June.

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