Palazzo Borghese, “maximalist” events in Florence

Palazzo Borghese, “maximalist” events in Florence

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Do you wish to get married with style in Florence? The Palazzo Borghese will make your dreams come true. “More is more” is a dictum for this over elaborated palace with abundant ornamental details. Palazzo Borghese Aldobrandini history begins in the mid-15th century when the Salviati brothers decided to combine various buildings into a single one. But the mansion reached its peak of splendour at the end of the 16th century, when it was restored for the last time.

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Lyric Dance Company presents the new version of “Caravaggio. Amor Vincit Omnia” at Teatro Puccini

Lyric Dance Company presents the new version of “Caravaggio. Amor Vincit Omnia” at Teatro Puccini

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Following in the footsteps of Callas success, Lyric Dance Company presents a renewed version of Caravaggio. Amor Vincit Omnia by choreographer and artistic director Alberto Canestro on January 25 at Puccini Theatre. Canestro has created an immersive experience connecting the audience with the dancers in a single space. The dancers will be surrounded by Caravaggio paintings, the 17th century master of chiaroscuro. Thus, the most representative works of the painter will be projected on the premises of Teatro Puccini. The choreographer has codified through dance the paintings’ emotional power and strength, bringing three-dimensionality to the pictorial compositions. The music has been composed by Enrico Fabio Cortese, whose style combines symphonic scores with electronic beats.
Caravaggio. Amor Vincit Omnia (Lyric Dance Company) – January 25, 2019, 9p.m. – Teatro Puccini – Via delle Cascine 41 – 50144 Florence

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F-light, Florence Festival of Lights 2018

F-light, Florence Festival of Lights 2018

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Florence has a special ability to surprise. Until January 6, 2019, the capital of Tuscany hosts the F-light, the yearly festival of lights that animates the Florentine Christmas illuminating more than fifteen monuments and places across the city through light projections, video mapping, artistic installations or complex colorful light games. “F-light your mind” is the motto of the festival and this year pays homage to Leonardo Da Vinci advanced thinking in the 500 anniversary of his dead. Here the light is a metaphor for the triad intelligence-culture-enlightenment of which Leonardo was standard bearer as an artist and a man of science. Ponte Vecchio, which works as a central axis of the festival, Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Basilica di San Lorenzo, Novecento Museum, Piazza Santo Spirito, gates and towers of the city are the scenarios of this event that also includes cultural and educative encounters.

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Firenze Winter Park, ice-skating in Florence

Firenze Winter Park, ice-skating in Florence

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One of the experiences indisputably linked to Christmas is ice-skating. The Firenze Winter Park is not the New York Rockefeller Center, but it has its own charm. I have never skated over ice and I do not think I am going to do it on this occasion, but I love to go there and observe the enthusiastic faces of people, filled with curiosity and happiness. I love to guess who are the scared ones, the clumsy ones, the agile ones, the vanity ones, and even those who show their expertise — they take it as seriously as if they were in a world championship. All in all, this mixture is just great.…

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Firenze Jazz Fringe Festival 2018: where Florence’s streets become a jazz club

Firenze Jazz Fringe Festival 2018: where Florence’s streets become a jazz club

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Jazz bassist Furio Di Castri founded the Firenze Jazz Fringe Festival (FJFF) with the aim to bring jazz to the general public, converting churches, squares, and other Oltrarno premises in the stage for the concerts. Past editions already counted around 25,000 participants. During five days, from September 5 to 9, the FJFF returns to the city offering 70 hours of music grouped in 50 live acts, where 150 artists will perform in 12 different locations. The program stands out for the coexistence of new productions and renown international artists concerts. FJFF is an innovative and sustainable event pursuing a cultural alternative in which the participation of the public is crucial. FJFF is, above all, an event by and for the public, which is involved in the street performances, concerts, improvisation and DJ sessions. The current edition highlights the expressive strength of its participating musicians such as Enrico Rava, Francesco Bearzatti, Peppe Servillo, Javier Girotto, Natalio Magalavite, Fabio Morgera, Nico Gori, John De Leo, Rita Marcotulli, Simone Graziano, Mauro Ottolini, Alessandro Lanzoni, Peter Tonolo, Stefano Cocco Cantini, Alessandro Galati, Francis Maccianti and many other prestigious artists from the Italian jazz scene. FJFF opens its doors on September 5 at 9 p.m. at the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte with trumpeter Enrico Rava.…

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“Noble Earth:” a movie set in Florence criticizing Florentine high society

“Noble Earth:” a movie set in Florence criticizing Florentine high society

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Emma meets Tancredi in Florence, embarking on a love affair with the intoxicating cosmos he represents: endless days in the gauzy Florentine hills or the sun-blanched beaches in Maremma. They become engaged. Soon, however, Emma becomes caught in family politics, learning what is expected of a woman in Florentine high society. The same beauty that overwhelmed Emma reveals itself as superficial and suffocates her. Noble Earth is a study of ennui and female repression within a world rarely seen onscreen — Italy’s hermetic nobility. On the occasion of the screening of Noble Earth at the Berlin Visionär Film Festival 2018 past spring, I had the opportunity to briefly interview Ursula Grisham, director of the film, which was shot mostly in Florence.

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Florence Biennale, in the supermarket of art

Florence Biennale, in the supermarket of art

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The XIth Florence Biennale, a cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary event themed eART – Creativity & Sustainability, hosts more than 400 artists (mainly pictorial works  – 90%) from over 70 countries around the world. Dialogue among civilizations through art, and also values such as peace, diversity and respect for life have always been the principles inspiring the Florence Biennale, which is committed to fostering awareness of the importance of art and the role of artists in societies by reviewing history while looking at the present for a sustainable future of creativity. A programme of collateral events such as conferences, lectures, workshops, performances and video screenings will enliven the exhibit.
Florence Biennale at Fortezza da Basso, from 6 to 15 October 2017

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“A Room with a View”: James Ivory, Helena Bonham Carter and Julian Sands celebrate the film´s 30th anniversary in Florence

“A Room with a View”: James Ivory, Helena Bonham Carter and Julian Sands celebrate the film´s 30th anniversary in Florence

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The film A Room with a View, based on the mythical novel (1908) by Morgan Forster, was mostly shot in Florence. On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, James Ivory — appearing undisturbed, gentle and leisurely — Helena Bonham Carter — visibly altered — and Julian Sands — so cheerful despite calming Helena — attended the screening of the film at the Cinema Odeon in Florence on the night of October 5. Ivory was earlier at the Palazzo Vecchio to receive by the city’s mayor, Dario Nardella, the “Fiorino d’oro”. On September 7, Ivory will be at La Compagnia cinema during the screening of three of his films: Return to Howards End, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge and Heat & Dust. On October 7 at 5:00 p. m. the cast of the film will attend the meeting “Tea with a View” at the Harold Acton Library.…

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His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama in Florence: “This must be the century of dialogue”

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama in Florence: “This must be the century of dialogue”

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His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama has inaugurated on September 19th the Festival of Religions of Florence 2017 at the Forum Nelson Mandela. In his speech, the Dalai Lama praised the European Union as a great contributor to making peace, and pointed on the need for Russia and all the countries in the continent to focus also on this task. He wished for a similar alliance between Asian countries, among Africans and Americans, achieving a great union of humanity through which conflicts would be eradicated. “Man should use intelligence to cultivate values ​​like love, instead of putting it at the service of anger to generate conflicts and wars (…). This century must be the century of dialogue.” He also criticized the Western educational system in which studies focus more on the material, rather than on promoting the inner values ​​of the human beings, among whom love prevails. The intervention ended with a round of public questions.…

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