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Florence turned orange

Florence will be more Dutch than never from April to October. Last Wednesday 26th March was presented in Palazzo Vecchio the Festival Olandiamo? This important cultural activity is organised by Istituto Universitario Olandese di Storia dell’ Arte (NIKI).
Olandiamo? is been made up of works of most important artists from Florence made about Dutch culture. For this seven months of the Festival all the fiorentini will can enjoy of “dutch touch” with workshop, performances, concerts and art exhibitions, that show the creativity and cultural exchanges from the past and present. Eugenio Giani, adviser of International Relationship of the Florence’s Townhall, has spoken about this during the press conference: “This festival is an example of the good relationships between Florence and Netherlands. I’m very grateful for the high level of each proposal. Olandiamo? contributes so much to Florence’s culture and it has to be a point of reference”. The fiorentino adviser joked also when he said that a previous appointment for the Festival will be on 3rd April when will be played the match between Fiorentina and PSV Eindhoven.

Olandiamo? will start on 4th April with Sonar International Short Film Festival. This festival shows a nice attempt to the short films in Netherlands. The directors Marco van Geffen and Debbie Kleijn will be present to launch their movies and to take part in a meeting to comment their experiences. (3 th April, Istituto Francese).
For further information: (www.sonarfilmfestival.it).

The festival will continue in May with Fabbrica Europa, that encourage the circulation of ideas and works in the context of international exchange. The XV edition, from 3rd to 24th, will emphasise about Netherlands. For the dance, it there will be the Mirage show, of the famous company Galili Dance, considered one of the most representative in Netherlands and around the world (Teatro Danza, Stazione Leopolda 3rd and 4th May). For the music, the exceptional duet Pete Philly & Perquisite who combines jazz sounds, latin, funk and hip-hop (18th May – Stazione Leopolda). The showing will be finished with the interesting project City Mix, a travel around the creativity in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, capitals of the electronics contemporary music. For further information: (www.fabbricaeuropa.net; www.ffeac.org)

Other activity in Olandiamo? is the exhibition "Firenze e gli antichi Paesi Bassi 1430-1530. Dialoghi artistici", that will be inaugurated 19 th June in Palazzo Pitti and will be open till 26th October. This exhibition shows masterpieces of sacred painting and Jan Vay Eyck and Luca di Leida’s paintings. Another exhibition is "Disegni Fiamminghi e olandesi" that will be open 25 th July till 2nd September in Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi. This exhibition presents a nice selection of best pages of gabinetto’s collection. There will be masterpiece of artist of highest level like Pieter Breguel the old, Pietro Paolo Rubens or Anthonie Van Dyck.
From 16 th May to 30 th June take in Triple X from the multimedia Dutch artist Marnix de Nijs: a technology installation, conceived for Firenze.
From 5 th June to 31 st July St Gallery hosted by the first time in Italy a personal exhibition of the young digital artist Esther Janssen.
Olandiamo? will be closed with Intercity Festival, that is dedicated entirely to Amsterdam and Dutch theatre. From 26th September to 26th October, the 21° edition of this festival will offer to the Italian public the possibility to know the exciting comtemporary Dutch theatre. One of the plays, it will be performed by the company Koning Carlos and directed by Joris Van Midde (26th, 27th , 28th September – Teatro della Limonaia). The second one, directed by Alexandra Koch, will bring to the stage the text Door Jou di Esther Gerritsen (17th, 18th, 19th October – Teatro della Limonaia). For further information: (www.teatrodellalimonaia.it)

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