Join The Florentine for a spring lunch in the recently renewed piazza at 25hours Hotel Piazza San Paolino from 12.30 on May 4, 15 euro per person. Book your spot to enjoy a community get-together in a unique corner of the city. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Oltrarno Gaze events series sees the Bridges: Book Art exhibition at La Colonica del Palmerino (via il Palmerino 6) from Thursdays to Sundays 3-6.30pm (or by appointment) May 5 to June 5, with a spoken-word performance by Marisa Garreffa titled Stitching Artists into History, based on the call for writers’ submissions, on the opening and closing dates. Free admission; reserve by emailing email@example.com. At 3pm on May 8, an afternoon trek called ‘From the Heart to the Hills’ led by Freya’s Florence begins at SOTTO al British with a viewing of works from Vernon Lee’s library at The British Institute of Florence, before departing for Il Palmerino, Vernon Lee’s hillside home (see page 4). Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St Mark’s English Church (via Maggio 16 / www.stmarksitaly.com) hosts its first documentary film screening as part of the cultural events programme. Creator of the award-winning film Life in Stills, Tamar Tal Anati presents her latest documentary, Shalom Italia, telling the story of three Italian-Jewish brothers who set off on a journey through Tuscany in search of the cave where they hid as children during the war. The documentary will be screened at St Mark’s at 8.30pm on May 5, followed by a Q&A with the director. An opera concert and masterclass takes place at 8pm on May 12, and the Armchair Drama Club meets at 7pm on May 12. The concert series continues on Wednesdays and Saturdays; among the concerts programmed is Choral Evensong by the Bonn English Singers conducted by Stephen Harrap with organist James Short at 6pm on May 6. You can also catch the choir at the Chiesa Badia Fiorentina, via del Proconsolo at 8pm on May 7 in a separate event.
The Women’s International Network (www.womensinternationalnetworkflorence.it) meet at 7.30pm on May 11 at the Mascarade Opera School in Palazzo Corsini (via il Prato 56) for an interview with opera coach Dr. Ralph Strehle. Topics include resilience, motivation and techniques for high-pressure performance environments. An apericena starts the evening, followed by the speaker from 8.30-9.30pm. The event is open to all, 20 euro for WIN members, 27 for guests. Deadline for sign-ups is May 9.
The British Institute of Florence hold their Wednesday Lecture Series at 6pm at the Harold Acton Library (lungarno Guicciardini 9) both in person and online with Deirdre Pirro on May 4 discussing her recently published Royals in Florence book. Luke Syson gives a lecture titled ‘Leonardo da Vinci’s Workshops in Florence and Milan’ on May 11, and Kate Bolton-Porciatti talks about ‘Multi-Media Spectacle in Renaissance Florence’ on May followed by Alan Pascuzzi on May 25 discussing ‘Dirty-Walk: Painting Large Frescoes in the Renaissance’. As part of the Music al British series, a chamber music concert for voice and piano in collaboration with the Mascarade Opera Studio titled ‘From Far, From Eve and Morning’ will be held at 6.30pm on May 19. See www.britishinstitute.it for more details.
Sotto al British (lungarno Guicciardini 15) continue the life drawing sessions at 5.30pm on May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, led by artist Tom Byrne. Songwriters in the Round hosted by Patti DeRosa will be held on the first Monday of each month from 8.30-10.30pm, with singer-songwriters sharing their original music. Talk Tuesdays sees The Florentine’s very own Helen Farrell speak about ‘Covering Florence’ at 6pm on May 3 with Anna Rose and Sara Amrhein of Creative People in Florence in conversation with Marisa Garreffa on May 10. Writer Jamie Mackay is next in the Talk Tuesdays series on May 17 and Speakeasy Multilingual’s Miriam Hurley and Lexie Cimko speak on May 24. Artworks by Joshua Cosimo are launched at 7.30pm on May 4, and brainstorming for writers organized by Lori Hetherington takes place at 8pm on May 9. PLACEHOLD Open Mic Night hosted by Marisa Garreffa and Lauren Mouat sees stories come to the stage from 8.30-10.30pm on May 18. A solo exhibition by Natalyia Antonenko called знову i знову – Again and Again curated and produced by ON.irica comes to the space at 7.30pm on May 21, with an experimental live sound performance. Author Baret Magarian presents a workshop for writers How to Build a Writing Career and Getting Published at 8.30pm on May 23, and a book presentation with live interview will be held at 7.30pm on May 25. SOTTO al British also hosts events that form part of the Oltrarno Gaze programming (see above). Entrance prices and info can be found in the events section of www.britishinstitute.it or contact email@example.com.
Female Arts in Florence (borgo San Frediano 131) inaugurate the porcelain installation titled Fūrin suono del vento with a Japanese dance and tea ceremony on May 5, a creative embroidery workshop takes place on May 7 with a Japanese tea ceremony workshop on the same day. Floral watercolours and freedom is on May 14, and Herbarium et Alimentum on May 17. Finally, Print your T-shirt is on May 21. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or see the @fafcraftwomen Facebook page and @femaleartsinflorence on Instagram.
Readers of The Florentine can enjoy a 90-minute guided tour of Garden with a View (see page 17) for the special rate of 25 euro, which includes admission and tour in English with the official garden guide Elena Fulceri at 10am on May 18 and 3pm on May 24, with a maximum of 15 people per tour. email@example.com, www.edvgarden.com.
NYU Florence at Villa La Pietra (via Bolognese 120, www.lapietra.nyu.edu) launches its 2022 events series on May 24 with a concert and talk titled Ariadne’s Echo: An exploration of musical hauntings. Starting at 8.30pm, the concert will be preceded by a conversation on the project between the scholar Prof. Eugenio Refini, Department of Italian Studies at New York University, and Larry Wolff, Co-Director, NYU Florence. Reservation required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Etra Studio Tommasi (via della Pergola 57, www.etrastudiotommasi.it) open the doors of their historical gallery on May 6 for an evening of art, music and wine tasting. The first in the series features Parisian DJ and record collector Vidal Benjamin in a vinyl-only selection, with a wine corner curated by Vino al Vino, with the natural wines on offer chosen by winemaker Filippo Gamba.
Enograstronomica from May 13-15 sees three days of chefs and producers with a mix of tastings in the workshops of artisans, blending craftsmanship with gourmet across the 19 events in 15 locations. Find the full programme at www.enogastronomica.org.