Photo by Emiliano Mancuso, at Palazzo Medici Riccardi Sept 6-12

A short list of what’s on in September 2011 here in Florence.


Sept 6-11, Emergency, incontro nazionale. Talks every evening and all weekend on diverse themes related to world issues, from doctors to journalists, plus some awesome free concerts.

Sept 10: Open studios at Villa Romana, the german think tank for contemporary art. This appears to be a very cool opportunity to see what they’re up to, as well as participate in some special activities and talks.

Sept 11: Mukki Day is a fun day for kids and adults to explore the new Mukki milk plant, with kids’ games, milk product tasting and who knows what else!

September 15-17, Nextech Festival at Stazione Leopolda, purported to be an electronic music extravanganza of european proportions. Explore

FREE state museum access on September 24 and 25 (for the Giornate Europee del Patrimonio 2011) and Tuesday September 27 (for Martedi in arte – last tuesday of each month, museums are open late too)

Sept 24-25 is Wine Town Firenze, an event that provides an opportunity to taste numerous wines in some interesting places in Florence, some of which are usually closed to the public, others created for the occasion with temporary stands, etc. (Last year I critiqued the promotion of this event as a drinking fest; I cannot say what the quality will be this year, though invite comments – such as the one by “Rif” below – to let me and you readers know if it’s a good time or not.)


Sept 6-12, exhibit “Stato d’Italia” at Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Photos by Emiliano Mancuso tell the story of the last three years in Italy, from economic crisis to the Lampedusa immigration camps (see photo above)

Opening September 6th (until Nov 8 ) at the small OTTO art gallery is Oh! Nirica (beds and tools for dreaming) with the whimsical sail bed designed by Mauro Lovi, and other design objects of interest.

Mauro Lovi, letto a barca

Opening Sept 17 at Palazzo Strozzi is Money and Beauty. Bankers, Botticelli and the Bonfire of the Vanities, the much anticipated Renaissance themed exhibit of the year.

Opening September 23 at the Strozzina is the contemporary exhibit Declining Democracy. Rethinking democracy between utopia and participation


Thursday September 8: The Big Chill (1983) is being projected in English for free at Le Murate (see here)

Sundays from Sept 4-25, animated art films at EX3. This line-up was on in the summer, but the gallery was closed for August. Now for Sundays in September you can see short animated art films by international artists, free. Full details here.

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