2011

Beyond Painting, beyond the Macchiaioli

Bottini dell'Olio - ideal exhibition space, too infrequently used Bottini dell'Olio - ideal exhibition space, too infrequently used 11th January 2011 Talk to any of Livorno's many talented contemporary artists and they will probably complain about how the city's artistic scene is too strongly tied to its Macchiaioli background. Livorno's galleries heave with works from this artistic period as though nothing else worth showing existed. It is difficult for contemporary Livornese artists to find space to show their works locally, and many are forced to turn to other cities and regions.


Here then, is an exhibition that appears to want to break away from Livorno's traditional artistic  heritage and to present some refreshing new works that go beyond the conventional.

Bobo - from Prokoviev to politics

15th July 2011
Bobo Rondelli narrates Peter and the Wolf with ORT Bobo Rondelli narrates Peter and the Wolf with ORT Just last week Livorno's popular singer-songwriter Bobo Rondelli joined the Florence-based Orchestra della Toscana as narrator in Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. 

This rather unusual role for Bobo - known for his caustic humour and laid back style - may have been cause for some doubts on the other side of the Livornese border, but judging by the audiences' (and the musicians') reaction during the two performances (in San Marcello Pistoiese and Poggio a Caiano), Bobo more than proved his talent as an all-round, and very funny entertainer.

Cage Rage over Livorno Council Music Permit Mix-up

[img_assist|nid=6806|title=The Cage Theatre, Livorno|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=300|height=200]No more music at The Cage Theatre?

1 July 2011
Just a few weeks ago the newly restored The Cage Theatre in Livorno’s Villa Corridi park announced an exciting programme of events for the coming summer, having already hosted a string of quality bands and music since the opening of the venue earlier in the year (Meat Puppets, Melissa auf der Maur, Verdena, to name just a few).

Countdown to the Giro d'Italia 2011 - 4th stage ends in Livorno

[img_assist|nid=6717|title=Flag-decked Montenero awaits the Giro d'Italia,|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=300|height=200]Giro d'Italia comes to Livorno on 10th May 2011

On the occasion of Livorno's role as finishing line on the 4th Tappa of this year's international cycling race, the Giro d'Italia, a variety of events have been organised for the days leading up to the event and, of course, for the day itself.

Dance Champion Mirko Gozzoli in Livorno to coach Dancers from America



Mirko Gozzoli with Dave and Oksana at the Spazio Danza studio, Livorno Mirko Gozzoli with Dave and Oksana at the Spazio Danza studio, Livorno 23 November 2011 

Four times world ballroom dance champion Mirko Gozzoli was here in Livorno last week to follow a small group of dancers who had come all the way from New Jersey, USA, especially to be coached by him. Professional dance instructors Arturas Misurenkovas and Oksana Zaver, and their students Mike Brown and Debra Cottone arrived in Pisa airport, where I met them.