October in Venice

A triple-mullioned window in flamboyant Gothic, a sinuous stone bridge, an old garden overhanging its walled enclosure… details that silently tell us about the styles, the history and the life of the city. Venice also charms in this manner, by strolling through its streets, by simply gazing down at one’s paces.

However, something is still added to its timeless appeal, and that of its extraordinary monumental and museum masterpieces. They are the events that the city offers to its guest practically throughout the year, thereby expanding its offer with an almost infinite range of suggestions. For forty years, our vocation has been to collect and present them and make them accessible through essential information. Let’s start from the Venice Biennale, the most well known of the Venetian

cultural institutions.

Its International Architecture Exhibition, spectacular in its spaces and installations (as well as its undeniable specific values) is undoubtedly an important opportunity to delve into the main issues addressed by contemporary architecture. This maxi-exhibition (also spread throughout city venues with various side-events) is accompanied by the Contemporary Music Festival, reaching its prestigious milestone of sixty editions this year.

On the calendar from October 7 to 16, it will present chamber music, large ensembles, jam sessions, live sets, videos and concert films, which will offer a multi-faceted view of the contemporary genre, from electronics to jazz to folk.

Also in the field of music, of course in addition to the programme at La Fenice, two major events stand out: the Galuppi Festival and the Camille Saint Saëns Festival (1835–1921) between Romanticism and Modernity at Palazzetto Bru-Zane.

The first, also known as Baldassarre’s places and focusing on the figure of the famous Eighteenth century Venetian composer, will address a part its programme to four important composers from different periods, remembered this year by as many anniversaries. While the second one will continue the thorough research by the French Romantic Music Centre, based in Paris and Venice, dedicated to the rediscovery of French musical heritage in the “grand Nineteenth century”.

Art exhibitions cannot really go missing as part of the cultural agenda of the city, among these, all listed in the following pages, there is the one on Nineteenth-century vedutist painter Ippolito Caffi at the Correr; on 500 years of the first Jewish Ghetto, at the Doge’s Palace; on Sigmar Polke at Palazzo Grassi; on Coco Chanel at Ca’ Pesaro; on photography by René Burri and Ferdinando Scianna at the Casa dei Tre Oci.

Sport also experiences two spectacular moments this month, both along the basin of St. Mark: Veleziana, the festive end-of-season regatta and the Venice Marathon, a competition at the highest level, also because of its charitable commitment background.

Finally, we are listing three additional opportunities for experiencing the city through its events: Venice Design Week, a week open to the public and to lovers of the design world, focusing on fabrics this year; Venice Fashion Night, a journey to discover the art of creating fashion and, finally, what we consider the actual real event of the month: the opening of T Fondaco, the new hub for fashion and luxury, in the glamour of an ancient palace on the Grand Canal from October 1, which will unfailingly draw the attention of the whole city.

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