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Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Florence Flood

81bb47f3-da61-42bd-ad7b-10fdabf7bb4fAnnouncing Special Event:  November 4, 8:00 p.m. – Candlelight Procession Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Florence Flood!  This historic candlelight procession on Friday, November 4 will commemorate the Mud Angels – the young volunteers, many of whom were Americans – who flocked to Florence to help save the city’s precious artworks in the wake of the Flood of 1966.  The city of Florence wants to engage as many members of the local community as possible (students, too!) in the candlelight procession.  Please come out and join us for this extraordinary anniversary event!

8:00 p.m.             Meet at the Church of San Minato a Monte (near Piazzale Michelangelo) – candles will be distributed to participants
8:30 p.m.             Candlelight procession on foot, walking through the city
9:30 p.m.             Arrive at Piazza Santa Croce

*For those in need of public transport to Piazza San Miniato:  Take the ATAF Bus # 12 from Porta Romana or the Bus # 13 from Lungarno Pecori Giraldi.

For more information:  http://toscana.firenze2016.it/dal-fango-gli-angeli-nella-luce-del-futuro/

 

Free violin lessons for kids in Florence

violino-marianaFree Violin lessons for kids (elementary school age) at the Nidiaci garden in Oltrarno (via d’Ardiglione 30) will be starting this Thursday at 6 p.m.

The teacher is Mariana Pinto, whose extensive curriculum you can read here (in Italian) http://www.nidiaci.com/2016/04/03/mariana-rodrigues-pinto-la-nostra-maestra-di-violino/

The course is entirely free of charge, but for insurance purposes, an accompanying adult must become a member of our Association (annual fee 10 euros).

The Nidiaci garden – created in 1920 thanks to the generosity of the American Red Cross – is kept open by community volunteers and is right behind the historic Carmine church.

Violins for the course have been donated by members of the Association.

For information
Associazione Amici del Nidiaci in Oltrarno Onlus
tel. 349-1575238
http://www.nidiaci.com

Children’s library at the British Institute

Storytime 1The British institute in Florence has inaugurated in September of last year a new space for children to use and enjoy together with their parents. Librarian Chiara Barontini, who joined the British Institute in 2015, wanted to give life to the children’s library, improving their collection through donations and making the space a comfortable and cosy place for parents and children to come play and read their favorite books.

Although rather small, the room designed for children is filled with books, games and toys meant to tickle any child’s imagination. Since last September, the Institute began to organize monthly events for children. The events usually take place on the first Thursday of the month at 5 pm and children are greeted with homemade sweats while parents can relax and relish a piece of cake with a cup of tea. Each month a guest reader is invited and the readings are sometimes themed according to the period of the year. The reading is preceded by activities such as finger puppets, or decoration workshops, after which the children are taken upstairs where they can watch a projected cartoon.

“My goal is to attract more bilingual children providing them with the resources to keep reading and to interact in their native language, but also to attract children from Florentine families who are really keen to improve their English by exposing them to stories, cartoons and activities in the English language.” shares Chiara Barontini.

 Storytime 2On June 9th, the British Institute hosted the last children’s event before the summer holidays and will begin organizing them again starting September. “I would love to welcome any mothers who would be interested to become more involved in our activities. For example, from September on I would like to introduce a new theme such as ‘Favorite Book’ where everyone can bring their favorite book to read and talk about it.” Chiara Barontini says while talking about her future plans for the space.    

Aside from the organized events, the children’s library can also be used for mothers to organize playgroups, to meet and enjoy the company of other children and parents or just to come and spend some time with their little one. “I really want this beautiful space to be used. I want it to be filled with children who read books, borrow books and enjoy a place that is specially designed for them.” states Chiara Barontini.

The children’s library at the British Institute relies solely on donations. They are always on a quest for books, toys or soft, children’s furniture that families no longer use. It is an on-going project meant to gather families together and create a pleasant environment for children to be entertained in. To use the space, the British Institute requires a 5 euro donation for a day pass. You can also opt for the 15 euro Junior Membership for a year which you can also use to borrow books from the children’s collection or a yearly Family Membership of 100 euros which includes two family members.

For more information go to the British Institute website at http://www.britishinstitute.it/ or write at library@britishinstitute.it.

 

Arriva il Carnevale!

Soon enough the streets of Florence will be invaded by masks, costumes, confetti, colors and lights that will build a very exciting and unique atmosphere in our city! The Carnival is coming, one of the most beloved traditions in Italy, enjoyed both by children and parents.

Florence will host a lot of special events for children and parents to celebrate the Carnival. In Piazza Ognissanti the 9th edition of “Il Carnevale di Firenze dei bambini” returns on the 6h of February starting 2 pm until 6 pm, bringing a lot of fun games, cotton candy, projected animations and a beautiful parade for all to enjoy. Like every year the party will end with the burning of Stenterello’s mask. In case of rain the show will be cancelled.

At Sesto Fiorentino the celebrations begin on January 30th and 31st, and will continue on February 6th, 7th and 9th with the party of a thousand colors and jokes. An exhibition and a photo contest will be hosted as well as animations and many street events. The theme of the carnival is Pinocchio, the famous story of Carlo Lorenzini.

Teatro del Borgo has a special event planned, starting January 31st from 3,30 pm, presenting
“MASCHERE AL GRAN BALLO”, followed by a party for children with snacks and games. The ticket is 8 euros and 5 euros for children under 4 years old. Reservations are necessary by calling 338 124 1514 or by sending an email infopoderaccio@gmail.com.

Disney Store also organized a special contest from January 14th that will close on February 2nd. A card needs to be fill out in one of the stores for a chance to win a 200 euros voucher to be spent exclusively in one of the stores from Italy. You can also participate at the contest online to win a 60 euros voucher that can be used for online purchases. The store also organizes activities for children to decorate their own masks and participate at the mask parade. For more information you can follow the link http://www.disneystore.it/carnevale.

For the little and big rockers, Hard Rock Cafe Firenze has planned a party for children on February 6th starting 9, 15 am. The masquerade will be accompanied by a sweet or salty breakfast and the magic tricks of Martina Carras. Tickets are 10 euros for children and 16 euros for adults.
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Like every year, Fosso Bandito is also organizing great events for children and parents that will take place starting January 30 until February 14. Every weekend will be dedicated to family activities including mask parades, clowns, games, cooking classes, readings, carousels and so much more.

By Ela Vasilescu

Writer/Journalist

Mom Bloggers you might be interested in this

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Join us next weekend for the first annual digital marketing and blogger conference in the city

#FirenzeDigital   June 20-21, 2015

Tuscany’s most interesting tastemakers and influencers come together to discuss success factors and their  insight into creating engaging content online.

The conference will serve as a professional development and networking opportunity for the mothers of the group who are content creators, social media managers, and entrepreneurs looking to enhance their digital footprint.

Sessions include Social Media Power, Video Storytelling, Blogging for Brands, Facebook Groups, Turning your Blog into a Dream Job, Stunning Video and Visuals and much more.

SRISA Via San Gallo 53R, Firenze

June 20-21 from 9:30 to 17:00

 

If you are ready to take your online presence to the next level, then don’t miss this event.

Log on to http://www.influencerblogger.com/conference-2015/


€10 discount off two-day admission (€34) until June 19 by putting in code DIGITALFLO or clicking: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/firenzedigital-blogger-conference-tickets-17078875376?discount=DIGITALFLO

Festival dei Bambini. Nuovi Mondi – UN’IDEA LUMINOSA

Firenze 17 | 19 Aprile 2015  

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Festival dei Bambini. Nuovi Mondi – UN’IDEA LUMINOSA: Seconda edizione

<span title=”Dal 17 al 19 aprile, Firenze ospiterà eventi gratuiti a misura di bambino con un occhio di riguardo al loro mondo, alle loro aspettative ed espressioni.

“>From April 17 to 19, Florence will host free events suitable for children with special attention to their world, their expectations and expressions.

A big party to which you are all invited and this year, for the second edition, took inspiration from the themes of the International Year of Light decreed by the United Nations, to turn on – it is appropriate to say! <span title=”– la fantasia, la curiosità, il divertimento, il gioco, la voglia di imparare e di stare insieme…

“>- Imagination, curiosity, fun, the game, the desire to learn and to be together …

Check out the program in the appropriate section!

http://www.festivalbambini.it/

How to document the lives of our kids through photography – without stress!

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Today I would like to share some thoughts about the way we use photography today. In particular, photographing and documenting the lives of our children.

Years back – before the digital era – we ”saved” the use of our cameras for special occasions such as birthday parties and holidays. We did not post our lunch to Instagram, and everyday life with our kids would usually remain undocumented because each single photo had a cost so we couldn’t just shoot away as we can today.

I think it’s safe to say that things have changed. Never before has photography been so available to everyone. Thanks to digital cameras, smartphones, ipads etc. most people have the possibility of taking photos constantly.

There is however a negative side effect to all this. I believe that a lot of us (myself included) have become a little too obsessed with documenting and capturing everything. We have become so scared of missing even just one little Kodak moment. No matter what we do or where we go with our kids we always have our cameras or smartphones with us and as soon as they do something special, cute or funny the first thing we can think of is this: Photo opportunity!

Birgitte_Br_ndsted_16How many times have you stressed yourself because you felt that you should be taking photos of your kid doing one thing or another? Have you ever watched him/her dance/sing/do school plays/blow the candles etc. through the display on your smartphone? I know I have.

When we decide that a certain moment or a certain event is so important to us and our kids that we have to capture it in order to be able to relive it over and over again ironically enough we actually loose a part of the original ”live” moment. We can never be 100% present and attentive in a situation if at the same time we have to concentrate on taking photos or filming it. And I think that our kids notice. They would rather have us concentrate on them and their performance. I have been asked more than once by my daughter to put away the iPhone or the camera. And I can see why. They ask for our attention and we pull out the camera or the smartphone…

All this is of course natural. We want to save every little detail in our kids’ lives, we don’t want to miss a thing. I’m not saying we are bad parents because of this.

However the thing is this: We do actually miss out on something. We miss a part of the present and the funny thing: How many of these photos or films do we actually really use/enjoy/look at afterwards? I mean except for right after the event, where we have to look at them in order to see what was actually going on, because we were too busy filming or photographing it 🙂

I shall be the first one to say that photos are important. Even lots of them. But how many of your photos do you actually print either as a photo book or to hang on the wall? And how many of your photos turn out well? Do you tend to just shoot away, until you get the right photo thus ending up with a lot of useless stuff on your memory card?

I think we need to slow down a bit and start to focus on the quality instead of the quantity. Both in terms of the actual photos but – more importantly – in terms of when we pull out the camera.

Below are a few changes I have applied within my own photography – both on a personal and professional level. I like to refer to them as my ”Slow photography behaviour” 🙂

Take less photos
It’s actually very simple. I know you can take as many photos as you like with your digital camera without spending a penny but I suggest you stop doing that right away. Try to act a bit more as if you were shooting with an old film camera with only 24 or 36 frames. How would you use them?

When you take a photo give it some time. Concentrate as much as you can. Try to ”see” the photo before you take it, make sure the light is good, wait until your kid stops moving in order to avoid unsharp photos. In short: Do your best and only when you believe you have the right photo do you push the shutter. If you are satisfied with the result then stop. You don’t need 10 more photos that look the same.

Delete bad photos
If on the other hand your photo turns out wrong then delete it immediately. No need to fill up your phone or your computer with bad photos. You won’t be using them again. An idea could be to ask yourself the following question: ”Would I pay to have this photo printed?” If the answer is no then I would let it go.

Reduce the number of situations in which you take photos
Once you start to learn how to reduce the quantity of photos you can begin to reduce the number of times you pull out the camera. Think twice: Is this really something I need to photograph? Do we already have photos from similar situations? I already have tons of photos of my daughter having fun at the playground, so that’s a place where I have more or less stopped bringing my camera.

Birgitte_Br_ndsted_11I have also made a decision to limit photography when we are together with other people. When we go to other kids’ birthday parties or similar events I prefer to just participate, relax and hang out with her and the other guests. Sure I won’t have any memories from the day but I enjoy myself so much more and no one gets stressed.

 

Take your photos – then put the camera away
I am sure we all have some special occasions where we just won’t say no to photos. Our children’s birthdays eg.

What I do is this: I take a few photos in the beginning and then I put the camera away for the rest of the day. Sure I don’t get to document every single minute, but I will still have a few photos from the day and most importantly: I get to live the moment 100%.

Make photography fun
As a photographer I obviously love photos and I do find it very very important to take them on a regular basis. However I prefer to keep things a bit separated. When I take photos I like to be able to concentrate 100% on the photography. Sometimes I will grab my daughter at home and ask if we should do some photos together. She won’t always say yes, but when she does we do these little photo sessions and we have great fun while doing them. Other times I will simply grab my camera and start photographing her while she is drawing or playing or even during breakfast – usually without even interrupting her. This kind of photos often turn out to be the best, they are spontaneous, they are easy to take and they don’t stress any of us.

Print your photos
Ever since my daughter was born I have made an annual photo book with all the best photos from the past year. This is such a great way to actually use the photos. I write a few lines to accompany the photos and I give a copy of the book to her grandparents who obviously love it.

Birgitte_Br_ndsted_12We live in a very digital time but I beg you: Don’t just keep your photos on the computer. Have them printed. That’s what they were meant for. Make photo books or have them framed. There are so many options. A photo is not a real photo until you can feel it between your hands.

So tell me: Do you recognize some of these things from your own life? Or do you already have a balanced relationship with your camera? How do you actually use the photos you take? Do you print them? I would love to hear your experiences and opinions!

Birgitte Brøndsted is a Danish photographer specialized in kids, family and maternity portraits. She lives in Florence with her daughter who is 4 years old. You can see her work on http://birgittebrondsted.com

THE MINI SESSIONS ARE BACK!

Change of location from Giardino dell’Orticoltura and moving it to Villa Fabbricotti

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Just like last year they will take place in Giardino dell’Orticoltura. As something new it will also be possible to use them for maternity sessions or couples sessions (besides of course children and family sessions). Another new thing regards the children sessions which are no longer limited to one child only, so families with more than one child will be able to have individual portraits of each child during the same session. Book your session now! Spots are limited. info@birgittebrondsted.com    http://birgittebrondsted.com 
Birgitte Brøndsted is a Danish photographer specialized in kids, family and maternity portraits. She lives in Florence with her daughter who is 4 years old.

Final Enrollment: FESTAKids

Final Enrollment!

FESTAKids will begin its fall Performance Workshop for for a full length production of Dicken’s OLIVER TWIST which will culminate in a final performance at Florence’s Teatro Goldoni!

When: First rehearsal October 25th
2:00 – 6:00 Big Kids / 2:00 – 5:00 Little Kids

Where: P.le di Porta al Prato 37,
Scuderie di Palazzo Corsini
Ages: 6 – 19
Enrollment: Donation 300 Euro for Big Kids / 250 Little Kids

**Please Note: We have adjusted our performance date to later in the Winter, so kids will not be called during the Christmas break. 

More Info: info@festatheatre.com or
halifesta@gmail.com
Website: Festatheatre.com
FESTA on Facebook
Phone: +39-347-404-1503

Free Violin Lessons for Children

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On Tuesday, October 14, at 5 in the afternoon, Colorado-born violist Wendy Yates will start holding free violin lessons for kids in the Oltrarno.

If the weather is ok, the lessons will be held at the Bartlett-Nidiaci garden in Via d’Ardiglione, nestling behind the Carmine church; in case of rain, at the Ludoteca in Via Maffia 25 (ring the bell to have the gate opened).

The lessons will be held every Tuesday.

These lessons are some of the many initiatives the parents of the Oltrarno district are organizing around the garden, donated in 1920 together with its neighboring buildings to the people of the district by Edward Otis Bartlett, commissioner of the American Red Cross.

The garden is kept open for children on a volunteer base by our Association – membership cards for 2015 are already available and cost 10 Euros!

We are also looking for volunteer English teachers for the children, Kirsten who did a great job this spring has some difficulty coming now.

It’s a good way of getting into the real life of this city!

Miguel Martinez

Associazione Amici del Nidiaci in Oltrarno Onlus
tel. 349.1575238
http://www.nidiaci.com

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