As summer approaches, the streets of Florence fill with visitors from all over the world. Florence is a city where art permeates life and history is around every corner. Fortunately for locals and tourists alike, the city has no shortage of cultural events. Here are some of our top picks for June.
Exhibitions & Events
Jan Fabre – Spiritual Guards
Open now – October 2nd – Forte Belvedere
Jan Fabre is a contemporary Belgian artist. Two of his bronze sculptures, Searching for Utopia and The man who measures the clouds can be viewed in Piazza della Signoria. Palazzo Vecchio also hosts a collection of Fabre’s sculptures, including a large globe coated in one of his signature materials, beetle shells. The exhibition continues at Forte di Belvedere, where the larger portion of Fabre’s bronze and wax sculptures are installed. The sculptures paired with the gorgeous views of Florence from Forte di Belvedere make this exhibition a must see!Information here.
Across Art and Fashion – Museo Salvatore Ferragamo
Open now – April 7th, 2017
Is fashion art? This exhibit explores the complex relationship between art and fashion through the work of Salvatore Ferragamo. Ferragamo was inspired by the 20th century avant-garde art movement and collaborated with many artists of his time. During the Renaissance, the connection between art and fashion was strong; whereas today they are viewed more separately. The exhibition questions if in the modern world these industries remain separate, or if they ultimately play a significant role influencing each other.
The Season – Villa La Pietra
June 5th-August 23rd
Every summer New York University hosts The Season at their Villa La Pietra. The Season consists of various events including concerts, theatrical performances, readings, lectures, and more. Established and emerging artists from all creative genres participate; musicians, writers, actors, etc. The events offer free entry and are followed by an outdoor reception in the beautiful grounds of the villa with incredible views of the city. For more information, visit http://lapietra.nyu.edu.
Movement – Twyla Tharp dance
June 21st 8.45pm – Teatro Verdi, Via Ghibellina 97
Movement is the opening night event of this year’s Florence Dance Festival. The performance is arranged by famous New York choreographer Twyla Tharp, and consists of 3 parts: Country Dances (1976), Brahms Paganini (1980) and the world premiere of Tharp’s choreography set to Beethoven’s Opus 130. Tharp has an impressive resume having choreographed for movies, Broadway, and a multitude productions. Her spectacular work has been recognized with an Emmy and a Tony. For ticket information visit the site or call 055/212320.
June 11th – July 9th – Piazza Santissima Annunziata
This outdoor movie series set in the beautiful ambiance of Piazza Santissima Annunziata, offers free nightly screenings of quality films. Selections include highlights from recent film festivals. Apriti Cinema is organized by film groups Quelli dell’Alfieri and Quelli della Compagnia. The program of films will be released here.
June 11, 12, & 24th – Piazza Santa Croce
Calcio Storico is back! This traditional Florentine sport dates back to the 16th century. The sport is thought to be an early form of football (soccer), where teams representing different quarters of the city would compete against each other. The matches typically last about 50 minutes. On the day of each match this month, a procession leaves Piazza Santa Maria Novella at 3.30pm, and heads to Piazza Santa Croce, where the traditional flag-throwing troupe Bandierai degli Uffizi then performs at 5pm.
All of the Calcio Storico matches begin around 5.30pm. The grand finale match takes place on June 24th, which is also the Feast Day of Florence’s patron saint, San Giovanni Battista (John the Baptist). Calcio Storico matches are a perfect way to experience Florentine tradition and culture.
Join the fun!
Post by Brianna Pohl