ROME-- A cultural melting-pot of the east, Izmir has been the inspiration for poets, the desire of conquering empires and the final settlement for some of history’s most iconic figures. Called “Beautiful Izmir”, it is considered the pearl of the Aegean and is currently a strong contender for the 2020 world expo.
TARANTO-- The National Archaeological Museum of Taranto is extending its opening hours during the Night of the Museums: from 20.00 to 24.00 (last admission at 23.30) of 18 May, entrance to the permanent collections accessible in MARTAS will be free, alongside a musical accompaniment.
HELSINKI -- The Helsinki Festival brings big international names from all fields of art to the Finnish capital in August and September. The largest arts festival in Finland and all of the Nordic countries will be treating audiences to the world’s top symphony orchestra, most influential contemporary composer, a circus mega star, a theatrical legend and Yoko Ono herself.
ROME-- The English Theatre in Rome was at full capacity this week for Gaby Ford’s performance of ‘A Broad Abroad’. Directed by Dyanne White and written by Ford, the performance is a montage of her real-life experiences: ‘in the pursuit of sanity, four continents are travelled’.
ROME--‘Slow Food Story’, a film by director Stefano Sardo previewed in Italy this week at the Cinema delle Quattro Fontane. Telling the story of a cultural and gastronomical revolution, the film is a documentary charting the biography of the Slow Food movement’s founder Carlo Petrini as he sets out to fight against consumerist globalisation.