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Here’s our round-up for September 29-October 6.
Piazza Santa Croce in Florence fills with the carefully crafted creations by skilled artisans for two fairs this season. The International Ceramics Fair will be held from October 1-2, followed by the Textile Arts Market from November 5-6, bringing both the passionate and the curious to the central square.
A video installation brings life to the 16th century home of the Roberto Casamonti Collection, with the artistic project created in collaboration with the Uffizi Galleries. The newly inaugurated biennial project selects an international artist who’s commissioned to create a site-specific work for the four niches of the façade’s first floor, which formerly homed statues representing the four seasons. This first installation is by Fabrizio Plessi, whose works represent water, fire, gold and lightning, with more works by the artist on display at Tornabuoni Arte on Lungarno Benvenuto Cellini 3 until November 18.
Sergio Risaliti curates this prestigious selection of works by 20th century masters from private Florentine and Tuscan collections, taking viewers on a journey through the history of the city and how they have been intertwined over the centuries. Admire works by Paul Klee, Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Lucio Fontana, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichenstein, Tracey Emin and more.
Get moving for a good cause with the charity run raising funds for those affected by breast cancer requesting a minimum donation of 10 euro, resulting in one of the coveted t-shirts by Salvatore Ferragamo that will grant free access to many cultural venues on the day. For those looking to support rather than participate, the t-shirt will be delivered free of charge throughout Italy thanks to BRT.
After two years of closure to the public, the In Collezione programme returns with guided tours for adults and children, and workshops for children and families. Admire works by Giotto, Filippino Lippi, Vasari, Giovanni Fattori and others at the foundation’s headquarters in via Bufalini. Activities are free, with reservation required.
The cinema, art and culture of the Middle East is celebrated with a dedicated festival held at Cinema La Compagnia and Cinema Stensen from October 4-9, opened by Hany Abu-Assad’s Huda’s Salon in the presence of the actor Jalal Masarwa.
From September 29 to October 2, Cinema La Compagnia hosts the fifth edition of the film fest, while the Grotta Multisala in Sesto Fiorentino takes over from October 5-6. Fostering dialogue between Latin-America and the Italian world, a bridge is formed through cinema and culture, with screenings, exhibitions and special events. The renowned Brazilian director, Barbara Paz, presents the docu-film Babenko at the 25Hours Hotel at 8.30pm on September 30 (in Portuguese with Italian subtitles), in a free entrance screening.
Our community events continue with a Scandinavian breakfast drop-in at newly opened Wild Buns Bakery on September 30, 9.30-11am. Readers can pick up a freshly baked copy of this issue while savouring a Nordic bun and saying hej hej to our team. Let us know you’re coming: firstname.lastname@example.org
At 6pm on October 5, the Gynaikos all-female string quartet will perform in collaboration with the Fiesole Music School in a magical musical experience in the famed Italian gardens with the melodies of Mozart and Haydn, followed by an aperitivo. The cost is 40 euro per person. Join calligrapher and designer Betty Soldi to develop self-expression through handwritten words spritzed with some fragrant notes. Discover L’Iris, the first eau de parfum from the 800 year old Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, and delve into the scent to create your own handwritten piece. A refreshing aperitivo with views over Florence will follow, at the luxurious venue of Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel. Cost 60 euro per person (materials included). Places are limited. Contact to book: T +39 055 5678200, or email email@example.com.
Around 1000 researchers gather in 10 cities in Tuscany to host over 200 events, with workshops, demonstrations, experiments, guided tours and scientific walks involving main institutions. Piazza Santissima Annunziata will see stands, a children’s area and a meeting area, with the full programme detailed on the website.