© John Hoenig 2014

3° Festa della Cultura - San Giovanni Battista
Firenze, Italia
sabato 14 - giovedì 26 giugno 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 last 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 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, The Florentine and Rete Toscana Classica.

John Hoenig FRSA
Founder & Artistic Director
Firenze, Italia


The third edition will run for an entire month and include contemporary Florentine painters Antonio Ciccone, Alessandro Vannini, Caroline Jervis, Helen Bayley, Luca Rafanelli, Olivia Santiago and sculptor Jason Arkles.

EXHIBITIONgiovedì 29 maggio - giovedì 26 giugno

il passato è presente III

a cura di John Hoenig & Naomi Muirhead

Jules Maidoff Gallery - SACI
Via Sant'Egidio, 14

CONFERENCE:          venerdì 20 giugno

” Preparing the Way III “
representing  John the Baptist

The British Institute of Florence

Lungarno Guicciardini. 9

to benefit the Cultural Programme

The interdisciplinary conference will include guest speakers Roberta Lapucci PhD, Jeremy Boudreau, MA, Penny Mittler MA, author Lisa Clifford and screenings of works by filmmaker David Battistella and Maestro Federico Maria Sardelli.

CONCERTO 1           sabato 21 giugno

” Lo Scrigno Armonico :
Seicento Musicale Fiorentino “

Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angiolini

Via della Colonna n. 34

to benefit the Conservatorio

This unique musical event will be presented by Maestro Gian Luca Lastraioli in a venue rarely open to the public thanks to the gracious generosity of the Conservatorio di Santa Maria degli Angeli.

GUIDED VISITS:          various dates

in Italian and English

Accademia d’Arte San Giovanni

Via San Giovanni

Bottega dell'Opera del Duomo

Via dello Studio
Alexandra Lawrence, The Florentine
Battistero & Orsanmichele

all visits will benefit the workshops & venues

These visits will be available to small groups by reservation. More details on the Visite page.

domenica 15 giugno

Mass of the Solemnity of the Blessed Trinity

with Fr. Scott Murphy LC
English Speaking Chaplain in Florence

Cappella degli Artisti (San Luca)

Basilica della Santissima Annunziata

to benefit the Basilica


various dates & venues

The festival will soon be announcing some community and charity events which hope to bring together all Florentines to benefit others in a spirit of preparing the way for the celebration of the feast day of the patron saint of our city.

CONCERTO 2          giovedì 26 giugno 19.00

”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. Music by Antonio Artese - Essence by Master Perfumer Sileno Cheloni of Aqua Flor, Florence.

Museo Stefano Bardini

Via dei Renai, 37

con il patrocinio del

PREVIEW LECTURE:          mercoledì 18 giugno 18.00

“Si va avanti ! -  the San Giovanni Festival in Florence”
John Hoenig FRSA

Founder of the San Giovanni festival
previews events for this current year’s programme.

Cultural Programme
The British Institute of Florence

Lungarno Guicciardini. 9