EASTER / Candle lighting in piazza Duomo
The traditional exploding of the cart won’t be taking place on Easter Sunday this year in Florence, for obvious reasons. Instead, at 9.30am on April 12, the Archbishop of Florence, accompanied by the Mayor of Florence and the city’s standard, will carry a candle out in front of the cathedral from the high altar before lighting it. This symbolic gesture will take place in the empty piazza on Easter Sunday morning and can be watched live on TV Prato.
ART / Easter at the Uffizi
Rubens’s Resurrection of Christ (1616), Palazzo Pitti, Florence
Five artworks by leading artists will feature in videos that the Uffizi Galleries are posting daily on their Facebook page from Maundy Thursday to Easter Monday. Each painting will be explained by one of the museum’s experts. Antonio Ciseri’s Ecce Homo is the first work to be displayed via video on April 9, followed by Shaped cross with scenes of the Passion of Christ, by a thirteenth-century artist known as “Maestro della Croce 432” on April 10. Saturday, April 11 brings Fra Bartolomeo’s Lamentation over the Dead Christ, while Easter Sunday focuses on Rubens’s famous Resurrection of Christ. The Easter art tour of the Uffizi’s collections ends on April 13 with Supper at Emmaus by Pontormo. Continue your cultural Easter weekend by “visiting” The Easter Story exhibition on the Uffizi’s website with 42 high-definition images of paintings displayed in the gallery, including works by Titian, Perugino, Giottino and Rubens, and accompanying text.
CINEMA/ Odeon presents CinemAmbiente
New film every 3 days
The Odeon Cinema collaborates with the Department for the Environment and the CinemAmbiente Festival to bring a selection of green-themed films to your home. From April 3, a new title will be released every three days for free on the CinemAmbiente website. With topics including climate change, eco-sustainability and also how we can develop greener ways for the future, use this time in quarantine to study up on how we can create a better world.
ART/ Palazzo Strozzi activity kits
Tomás Saraceno’s Aria exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi is the inspiration for a number of creative activities for children, teenagers and families. Educational and creative materials based on the exhibition are available online. The themes reflect on the future and coexistence, concepts that are more important now than ever.
PERFORMANCE/ Placehold Open Mic
9pm, April 10
Tune into Placehold’s Open Mic night as they take an online look at the homes and artworks of different artists. You’re invited to use your home as inspiration and host a virtual tour with your art, poetry, songs, and other creations. Founder Marisa Garreffa will lead proceedings on Zoom. Click here for the link to join. Meeting ID: 466 700 270.
CHILDREN/ Activities from the Fondazione CR Firenze
Keep kids learning with a cultural offering from the Fondazione CR Firenze with videos, games and activities inspired by their art collection. The educational activities are dedicated to little ones so they have a fun and engaging way to spend their time at home. Discover the Portrait of Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici or the Autumn Fields of Ardengo Soffici with an expert guide on hand. For children who download and complete the worksheets available on the Fondazione CR Firenze website, a special colouring kit will be sent for free to their homes. Parents can request the kit by completing the activities and sending an email to email@example.com.
TALK/ The British Institute of Florence’s Virtual Cultural Event
6pm, April 8
Mark Roberts will deliver a talk via Zoom titled “Early Anglo-Florentines, and some 18th-century visitors to Florence”. The survey will last 30 minutes and will be followed by a discussion. A donation is requested to support The British Institute of Florence, with 50% donated to Il Cuore di Firenze Foundation. Info here.
Monday to Friday
Labsitters are providing much needed entertainment and activities for children at home. A wide range of free activities and classes are available via their Facebook page. From Monday to Friday they will host live sessions in English, from crafts to quizzes, arts and crafts to dance, for all age groups. There will also be Group English classes for free.