3rd Festa della Cultura – San Giovanni Battista
Firenze, Italia
Mostra – Convegno – Musica – Visite
Spiritualità – Comunità
sabato 14 – giovedì 26 giugno 2014
PRESS RELEASE – updated 15 May 2014

The festival is dedicated to the people of Florence in celebrating the feast day of the city’s patron saint on 24th June.

The first two years’ programmes have offered a wide variety of events including contemporary sacred art exhibitions, interdisciplinary conferences and a symposium, several concerts of early Florentine music plus guided visits to locations venerating John the Baptist in the historic centre. This year’s festival will in addition bring new events to involve and engage the community.

The Festival is a voluntary non-profit initiative designed by artistic director John Hoenig to provide a forum for Florentine artists, musicians and academics – and to benefit in real terms the venues in which the events take place. The primary mission is to bring together Florentines and visitors in celebrating the inspiration of the city’s Patron Saint through communal cultural appreciation.

The festival is presented by the evolving collective i Buontalenti and is grateful for the patrocinio and support of the Comune di Firenze, The British Institute of Florence, Studio Art Centers International and The Florentine.


Once again there will be a sacred art exhibition “il passato è presente III” at the Jules Maidoff Gallery – with thanks to the generous sponsorship of SACI. The third edition will run for an entire month from 29th May to 26th June and includes works by contemporary Florentine painters Antonio Ciccone, Alessandro Vannini, Caroline Jervis, Helen Bayley, Luca Rafanelli, Olivia Santiago and sculptor Jason Arkles.


The annual conference is on 20th June “Preparing the Way III – representing John the Baptist”.  This interdisciplinary event at The British Institute of Florence will include guest speakers restorer Roberta Lapucci PhD,  art historian Jeremy Boudreau, MA, church archivist Penny Mittler MA, author Lisa Clifford and screenings of works by filmmaker David Battistella and Maestro Federico Maria Sardelli.


On Saturday 21st June, there will be a an evening of seicento Florentine music with the Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angiolini directed by Maestro Gian Luca Lastraioli presented in a venue rarely open to the public thanks to the gracious generosity of the Conservatorio di Santa Maria degli Angeli.
The festival closes on Thursday 26th June with “Currents: Music in Flux”. Cellist Judith Glyde and pianist/composer Antonio Artese join forces for a multi-sensorial program of classical gems and a suite of original compositions inspired by the primordial element of water.

This will be presented at the Museo Stefano Bardini with participation of Master Perfumer Sileno Cheloni of Aqua Flor, Florence.


Community events with include guided visits and practical workshop activities at the Accademia d’Arte San Giovanni in San Frediano, private visits with master sculptors to view 700 years of restoration and reproduction at the Bottega dell’Opera del Duomo – and a guided visit to the Battistero & Orsanmichele with Alexandra Lawrence from The Florentine.

The spirituality of the Baptist will be celebrated in a Mass of the Solemnity of the Blessed Trinity with Fr. Scott Murphy LC in the Cappella degli Artisti (San Luca) at Basilica della Santissima Annunziata on Sunday 15th June.

We sincerely hope that you will join us in celebrating the continuing artistic and spiritual heritage of this unique city.

Further information and bookings please visit the new Festival website: www.festacultura.org

John Hoenig FRSA
Fondatore e Direttore Artistico
Festa della Cultura San Giovanni Battista
Firenze, Italia
Email: info@festacultura.org
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