Firenze dei Bambini, a return to sociability

No human is an island, complete in itself, ”John Donne wrote five centuries ago. The term has become famous, and in the last two years where we have been isolated for a long time, we have certainly noticed it. Therefore, the new edition of Children’s Florenceorganized by Municipality of Florence and from MUSE and planned different places on 13, 14 and 15 Maycan only be dedicated to what everyone – and especially the little ones – missed: sociability, relationships, living and present confrontation. Give me your hand is therefore the title of the festival this year plays on how much the hands in recent times have been risk factors rather than tools to meet and exchange. Here on a weekend, in complete safety, the hands of young and old will return to shake, cooperate, move, play, create to restore the sense of plurality that makes us human. The main sponsor of the festival is Highways to Italy; sponsors and partners are Tuscany energy, Pharmaceutical perfume workshop for Santa Maria Novella, Menarini, Aquila Energy, Mukki, Unicoop Firenze, Aboca with the precious contribution of CR Florence Foundation.

“The city is ready and can not wait to host Firenze dei Bambini – said the councilor for education Sara Funaro – that for three days they will be the main characters in many beautiful and fun initiatives, made possible by an important teamwork that involved the city’s institutions and sponsors, thanks to which it was again possible to carry out the exhibition ”. “The name of the 2022 edition ‘Qua la mano’ represents well the heart of the festival – explained Funaro – and the spirit that animates the activities on the calendar, which for the first time sees the involvement of the elderly in Montedomini, who want contact with children in a a mix of generations and an exchange of experiences based on fun and sociability, because it is precisely the need to socialize that is increasingly needed, especially after the pandemic that has changed our lives on a personal and social level, is the basis for the events that make up Florence for children. “

“This edition of Firenze dei Bambini, entitled Qua la mano, is particularly important for its high symbolic value, a true anthem for sociability explains Valentina Zucchiresponsible for the cultural dissemination of MUS.E e curator of the initiative – in fact, the program aims in a playful, original and sometimes surprising way to highlight the importance of relationships and bonds between individuals, strengthening the dimensions of encounter and comparison, pluralism, being collective and community “.

There three day free events (some of which by reservation) depart in the morning Friday, May 13thwith a series of events aimed at schools, strongly intertwined with the educational projects Le Keys of the city, to then open the festival for families in the afternoon: the agreement for all is at. Armory in Palazzo Vecchiowhere after a video message about road safety addressed to the children present from part of the athlete Amber Sabatinia spectacular enveloping artistic story will be staged – thanks to the video projection on the walls of the room – thanks to the famous illustrator Arianna Papini, who will draw live, followed by a memorable collective theater performance in Piazza Signoria, where all participants will be protagonists, curated by I The Nuovi Company.

Between Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 then they can be used hundreds of free initiatives throughout the city, paying particular attention to some venues – which will be real “poles” of the festival – but also to the many Florentine institutions that have joined the event by opening their doors to children this weekend.

In it Hall of the sixteenth century Palazzo Vecchio will host the show The Happy Prince of the Aida Foundation in Verona while he is in The armory will be set up on The tree of utopiasinstallation of Ludosophic from Milan. The incredible is left behind by popular demand Night at the Museum (very limited spaces, reservations required), allowing children and adults to close their eyes among the paintings in the Salone dei Cinquecento.

There Oblate Library will be animated by a whirlwind of readings, concerts and shows of all kindsall centered on the value of exchange and comparison, and throughout the weekend the children will be able to make their contribution to the city of the future thanks to an activity in the municipal administration; MAD Murate Art District it will be the scene of a rich program of activities organized by the Portal Ragazzi – CR Florence Foundation, which will be accompanied by theatrical actions, musical performances, workshops in the other rooms of the complex and the timeless board games offered by Lisciani.

All ‘The Institute for the Innocenta place for kids par excellence, shows are back, cooking show and activities in Uga la Tartaruga, along with the always highly sought after craft workshops artistic at Bottega dei Ragazzi curated by Artex, where hands meet in the name of know-how, while the theater finds its place in the elegant Cortile degli Uomo thanks to Anouk show by TPO Company and in the laboratories of Icarus’ parachute. So the deals offered byDepartment of Military Geography, which also in 2022 wanted to offer families with children a wide range of initiatives related to cartography. Absolute news is so the headquarters for Montedominiwhich on weekends opens extraordinarily to the public by hosting its garden circus facilities and workshops, intended to charm not only children but also the elderly guests in the structure. The latter will also be protagonists, in the quality of expert storytellerswhile in the historic premises, a meadow of emotions will flourish thanks to the Kiki Association.

Again, the huge complex of Santa Maria Novella will host, in addition to laboratories proposed by the Custody Center in the municipality of Florence et al road safety games presented by Autostrade per l’Italia and the State Police, engaging theater workshops (social and community theater and Inquanto theater) and dance (Dance Floor Kids), as well as the very poetic Tangram show of the Testoni Ragazzi Theater in Bologna in the Old Hospital e the artistic installation of Collective Paper Aestheticsarrived in Florence from the Netherlands in collaboration with Mudam, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Luxembourg: Participants will be involved in building a real work, which over the two days will grow gradually thanks to each individual creative and technical contribution.

Sunday afternoon finally, at 17.30, appointment for it children’s Florence grand final 2022 arranged in collaboration with Teatro del Maggio Foundation and dedicated to young and old. A big party open to the whole city in Cavea del Teatro, where the audience can attend the concert of Musicians from Florentine historical football, by the young artists of the Accademia del Maggio Musicale he was born in Choir of the White Voices from Maggio Musicale. Maggio will also offer families a series of guided tours to discover the theatre’s “secret” spaces.

It’s not over: the libraries and nurseries of the municipality of Florence has extraordinarily activated several activities in the various places and beyond (the green thumb for the little ones is in the city gardens) and in addition Florentine Citizens’ Museums (which for the occasion will also be free for event participants), there are many museums, libraries and institutions – from the monumental complex Santa Croce to the Boboli Gardens, from the Zeffirelli Museum to the Santa Maria Nuova Museum, from the Museo dell ‘Opera del Duomo from the San Marco Museum to the Horne Museum, the Natural History Museum, the National Archaeological Museum, the Stibbert Museum and the State Archives, the Arcetri Observatory and the National Central Library – which enrich the festival with original proposals, all in the name of a sense of sociability and community.

All activities are free (some only when booking) and are aimed at children and teenagers from 0 to 12 years.

The program may be subject to variations and modifications: it is advisable to check for updates on the page. The organization is in no way responsible for the custody of minors: parents are therefore encouraged never to take part in the activities in which their children participate.

The participants in the activities accept and approve any current and future use of audio, photo and video recordings.
In particular, as the event is dedicated to minors, parents consent to and approve any current and future use, including via the Internet, of any audio, photo and video recording that may be made for children and young people as participants in the activities.

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Source: Florence Municipality – Press Office

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