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EVENTS

Public Holidays

26 Dec - Festa di Santo Stefano (St Stephen's/Boxing Day)
25 Dec - Natale (Christmas Day)
15 Aug - Assunzione (Feast of the Assumtion)
1 May - Giorno del Lavoro (Labour Day)
25 Apr - Giorno Della Liberazione (Liberation Day)
Mar/Apr - Venerdi Santo (Good Friday) & Pasquetta/Giorno dopo Pasqua (Easter Monday)
1 Jan - Anno Nuovo (New Year's Day)
6 Jan - Befana (Epiphany)
1 Nov - Ognissanti (All Saints' Day)
8 Dec - Concezione Immaculata (Feast of the Immaculate Conception)

Biennale Internazionale d'Arte Contemporanea di Florence: December
The Florence Biennale for contemporary art is a recent event on the Florence scene, but it has already become enormously successful: in the 2002 edition, there were 600 artists, including painters, sculptors, digital artists and video art creators from all over the world.

Mostra Internazionale dell'artigianato: April-May
This international crafts show, organized each year, is set in the beautiful surroundings of Fortezza da Basso. The event wishes to increase the value of the craftwork heritage from an economic and cultural point of view.

Maggio Fiorentino: From April to June
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is an international festival entirely dedicated to music that is held in the Municipal Theater in Florence. It was organized for the first time in 1937 and is one of the oldest festivals in Europe.

Fochi di San Giovanni: 24 June
For centuries, Florence has celebrated the birth of St John the Baptist, the city’s patron saint, with celebrations and amazing fireworks displays.

Pitti Immagine
For fifty years, Pitti Immagine has been an international window for Italian fashion, a reference point for the development of the Made in Italy industry in the world, thanks to the creation of the several annual events that take place. Here are just a few:
Pitti uomo: November and June
Pitti casa: January-February
Pitti Moda pelle: September and February

Florence Gift Mart. Fortezza da Basso
http://www.florencemart.it
The Fortezza di San Giovanni or da Basso (1533 - 1535) was designed by Antonio da Sangallo with inventive features in order to make an attack on the city extremely difficult. During those times, it protected the city from invasion, but nowadays it is home to conferences and exhibitions. One of these is the Florence Gift Mart, which occurs twice a year and lasts for 3 - 4 days. The initiative behind it is to present to the community original objects suitable as gift items. It is an opportunity not to be missed for some very original presents for friends and loved ones. The exhibition prides itself on attracting the most refined designers and creative experts in the field.

ART - International Handicrafts Fair. Fortezza da Basso
http://www.firenze-expo.it/eng-site/le-nostre-mostre/mostra-
artigianato/presentazione.html
The International Handicrafts Fair (Mostra Mercato Internazionale dell'Artigianato) is the craft show in Florence. Visitors can enjoy Florence at its best during springtime and take advantage of the many facilities and exhibits from discounts on the admission ticket and meals to the play area for children. ART exhibits many handmade products, including silverware and jewellery, clothing and accessories, furniture, beauty and health products, as well as food and wine. There is also an area dedicated to gastronomic delights, where you can choose from the most delicious authentic specialities. These nine days are not to be missed and you will most likely want to come back next year.

Festival Dei Popoli
http://www.festivaldeipopoli.org/festival_eng.htm
The Festival dei Popoli is Florence's main film festival which has both an Italian category, as well as an international one; the festival remains an important part of the Florentine cultural calendar. When it was founded, its leitmotif was to transport its visitors to places far away in terms of both time and distance, i.e. to actually bring the world to Florence. The arrival of the new Millennium has brought many changes and now the world is on Florence's doorstep, due to migration and globalisation.

Florence Biennale
http://www.artestudio.net/
Biannually since 1997, the Fortezza da Basso hosts the International Arts Biennale in Florence which was founded by the Celona bothers, Pasquale and Piero. It was felt that there was a need for an important international venue, which would make it possible for talented career artists to exhibit their contemporary works in a panoramic survey of contemporary art. The Florence Biennale is uniquely open to expansion and diversity, as participants are chosen without prejudice to style, theme or school. If you are in Florence in December, then you should not miss this chance to experience this fresh new art in a unique ambience.

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