Cultural Programme in the Library
Please note that the new Italian Government Decree (DPCM) of 4th November 2020 makes it impossible for us to hold live events in the Library until further notice. The Wednesday Lectures and Firenze NOW! programmes will continue in online only format, accessible by Zoom. Details can be found in the Events section
We present a new season of our flagship programme. Wednesday evening at 6pm in our beautiful Library with a View, you want to be there for an eclectic mix of entertaining and erudite lectures. Currently it is necessary to follow strict COVID safety guideline: patrons are required to wear masks, and it is not possible to serve refreshment. Seating is limited to 35, and must be booked in advance. See Events for further details. All sessions will also be broadcast by Zoom, to ensure that everyone can participate.
Firenze NOW! is a new programme of debates about contemporary issues in Florence. The first Firenze NOW! season, running through Autumn 2020, will be The Future of Florence - a series of panel discussions which will bring together the experience, creativity and insight of Florence’s international community and Florentine leaders to examine key opportunities and challenges in rebuilding a smarter, greener, better Florence from the economic devastation of the COVID-19 crisis. Seating is limited to 35, and must be booked in advance. See Events for further details. All sessions will also be broadcast by Zoom, to ensure that everyone can participate.
Music al British
The Sala Ferragamo overlooking the Arno is a beautiful room – and it also has fabulous acoustics. Our fine Bechstein grand piano sounds great in this well-proportioned room, and the books of the Harold Acton library provide a natural warmth to strings and voices. All up, a great venue for piano and chamber music concerts. Because of COVID restrictions, Music al British is currently suspended. We hope to resume in the New Year .
The Afternoon Tea at the Harold Acton Library is held every Thursday from 16:30 to 18:00 in the Ferragamo room. Our tea parties are the perfect opportunity to meet new people surrounded by a lovely book collection and with a stunning view over the river Arno. . Because of COVID restrictions, Afternoon Tea is currently suspended. We hope to resume in the New Year
Children aged three to eight enjoy stories, craft activities, workshops, animated films, songs and rhymes. All activities take place in Acton room under the supervision of our team on Thursday afternoons, whilst the parents can relax with a cup of tea in the nearby Ferragamo room. Because of COVID restrictions, Storytime is currently suspended. We hope to resume in the New Year
At these informal meetings, we each talk briefly about a book we have enjoyed. This is an excellent way to hear about books that other people have been reading and that might appeal to you. Anyone looking at the list of books we have talked about over the years will see not only the broad range of books discussed, but will also see that some books appear more than once. No meeting is the same, people come and go, and many books return to the discussion table. We hope this list will act as a reference for readers looking for ideas of what to read next, and encourage more people to come along to these very enjoyable meetings.
Because of COVID restrictions, Reading Exchange is currently suspended. We hope to resume in the New Year