Showcasing Flowers

Flowers on Display   Mercato Primaverile ed Autunnale di Piante e Fiori   The Florence Botanical garden is hosting the exhibit Mercato Primaverile ed Autunnale di Piante e Fiori from April 23 to May 1. The exhibit is organized by the  Società Toscana di Orticultura, opening hours are 9 a.m. – 7.30 p.m., entrance is …

Jan Fabre. Spiritual Guards

  Exhibit on display at Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio and Forte Belvedere until Oct. 2   The exhibition Jan Fabre. Spiritual Guards will be on display at Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio from April 15 to Oct. 2, and at the Forte Belvedere from May 14 to Oct. 2.   With three such …

Creativity Festival Returns

    Creativity never ends, especially at the spring edition of the Florence Creativity Festival taking place at the Fortezza da Basso May 5-7.   The fair, now in its fifth year, includes events, courses and expositors presenting new ideas, techniques and materials, and is a not-to-miss event for all of those who feel passion …

The Beatles Return to Nof

  Local cover band to perform on Tuesday nights   Thomas Ricciotti   Everything is the same, since 1994. The night, Tuesday. The sound, because the instruments are the same, all ‘60s originals. The amplifiers, also original. The clothes, bought in England. Original, of course. But the most striking “same” is the hand: the left, …

Fashion, Design, and Photography

  Accademia Italiana’s exhibit from April 9 o 24   Students of the Accademia Italiana will exhibit their works this month at the Bellini Palace in Lungarno Soderini and at the Obihall arena in Via Fabrizio De Andrè. While the Obihall will once again host the year-end fashion show on April 21, students of Interior, …

Florence in the Blogosphere

Lee Foust While Milan has recently been named “City of the Book and of Reading 2015” to coincide with the Expo 2015 world’s fair, over the course of the last year Florence’s artists and literati have rather carved a niche for themselves on the internet. Expatriate visual artists and writers have exploded into the blogosphere …

Spring Literary events

Highlight of the season will be the visit of esteemed novelist Jonathan Coe to Florence who will appear in conversation with our own Baret Magarian at Le Murate Literary Café on March. 17th at 6:30 pm. Birmingham born, London resident, Coe is the author of eleven novels, including the three prize-winners What a Carve Up!, …

Uri Caine

Recently presented at the IBS bookshop in Florence, Uri Caine, musica in tempo reale is the first essay ever published about one of the most influential musicians of our time, American pianist and composer Uri Caine. Written by Florentine journalist Enzo Boddi, a regular contributor to Musica Jazz and Jazz Hot magazines, and published in …

Spring Flowers and Social Change

As you stroll the streets of Florence this Saturday, March 8, you will no doubt notice the presence of fluffy yellow mimosa flowers everywhere – pinned to lapels, carried in bouquets and decorating table-tops. The mimosa flower has become the symbolic gift to offer to Italian women on this day, International Women’s Day, known to …

Easter Fires

Not 1000 years but almost. Precisely, 919. Yes, because the Explosion of the Cart, the folk tradition of Florence when on Easter Sunday a cart packed full of fireworks is lit providing a 20-minute pyrotechnical spectacle that symbolizes the distribution to the whole city of the benedict fire, has its origins in the First Crusade, …