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Six months of music, theatre and film

A multidisciplinary programme lasting six months, for Estate Fiorentina 2016, which began at the last Night-time Festival on 30 April, and will end in late October. This year’s edition will be dedicated to Paolo Poli, great Florentine actor, and will involve all of the city in six months of shows, exhibitions and concerts.

Estate Fiorentina is once again a powerful draw for culture and art, a great festival on a national scale and the largest interdisciplinary festival in Italy. There are 11 areas in the city of Florence, which will be hosting over 750 events. For the first time, these will be taking place in two exceptional locations: the recently inaugurated Piazza dei Tre Re and the newly pedestrianised Piazzale Michelangelo. Other locations for this summer include Cascine Park, with the area of the former Visarno Racetrack and the Amphitheatre that will be hosting large open-air concerts (including Sting, Cat Power and Massive Attack). For the first time ever, the now restored Palazzina Ex Fabbri in the heart of Cascine Park will also be used. As will the Santissima Annunziata Basilica with cinema,  and the Museo Novecento – increasingly orientated towards the performing arts – and Le Murate, which will be hosting a focus on dance and film. One of the most awaited events will be held in the Sala d’Arme, where great pianist, Michael Nyman will be presenting some video installations especially devised and created.

Six special projects are being added to the already rich programme for Estate Fiorentina, including at the Stazione Leopolda the event “Pitti contemporaneo – Secret Florence”, a series of exhibitions involving Tempo Reale, Fabbrica Europa, Lo Schermo dell’arte, the Museo Novecento and Compagnia Virgilio Sieni, during Pitti Immagine, from 11 to 13 June. To celebrate the centenary of the Spoon River Anthology, September will see organised readings from Edgar Lee Masters, accompanied by the music of Fabrizio De Andrè. But Florence is also aiming at beating a record: with “String City” 100 concerts in 100 museums in just 48 hours. The two days of music will include the Music School of Fiesole, the Conservatorio Cherubini, the Tuscany Regional Orchestra, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Dante Alighieri music high school. The last of the six special projects is “Hai paura del buio? Un festival per Sollicciano”, organised by Manuel Agnelli from the group Afterhours.