Nextech starts its 2018 edition with the greatest Italian music talent of these last years – among the most loved deejays worldwide, Ilario Alicante will be back in Florence on Saturday, 26th May 2018 for a special edition at the Fortezza da Basso. The event will be opened by a live deejay set by Voiski, rising star of techno music.

Recalling his early days, Ilario will be back on the Nextech Special stage to honour his 10-year career, during one of the most highly anticipated springtime events in Italy. Though Ilario is Italian – a real Tuscan! – he boasts an international profile. Born in Livorno, he grew up listening to any kind of music and mixing it. He fell in love with minimal techno, Latin house music and became known in Tuscany for his deejay sets. In 2008, he released the hit “Vacaciones en Chile” with Tenax Recordings, which made him famous in the world electronic music. His subsequent productions, such as the EP “Living Near Africa”, helped strengthen his artistic credibility and his tracks were included in sets by artists such as Richie Hawtin and Ricardo Villalobos.

To enhance his music experience, he decided to move to Berlin, where Sven Väth recruited him as spearhead of his Cocoon Recordings. From Awakenings to Time Warp, and from Watergate and Egg to events organised by Cocoon, Alicante played in the most prestigious festivals and clubs worldwide and today he is one of the most important figures of global clubbing. Although he started as a clubber and still considers himself as such, eager to maintain his close link with the dancefloor, Alicante is also an innovative producer. After founding Deep Moves, a “classical” underground label in Berlin, he has been developing the new Virgo project for two years, a real techno IDM transmission platform, through which Ilario spreads his podcasts along with his crew, and also released powerful vinyl creations (among which “Virgo Storm”), being praised by his colleagues all over the world.

French producer Voiski will open this event. Involved in many projects, among which Tropical Agitation, Kartei, Silicate Musique and Polar Inertia, his endless loops combined with edgy rhythms take you to a futuristic and sentimental sound environment, creating a real experimental techno. He took part into festivals such as Dekmantel and he is the resident deejay of Boiler Room Paris. Voiski was also included in the “Fabric 98” compilation signed by Maceo Plex and released in April 2018.



An international event devoted to the preservation and development of cultural heritage, to restoration, museums, education and technology, and to cultural and environmental tourism. The 6th edition of the Florence Art & Restoration Fair will take place at Palazzo dei Congressi from 16th to 18th May 2018. Since 2009, this fair has been representing the main event devoted to all professionals dealing with the development of the world cultural heritage. Continue reading The Art & Restoration Fair – Palazzo dei Congressi, May 16-18, 2018


The annual ECVO (European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists) Congress is going to be held at Palazzo dei Congressi from 10th to 13th May 2018. During these three days, the most renowned specialists in veterinary ophthalmology – coming from all over Europe – will meet and discuss. Over 350 participants are expected to attend this event. Continue reading The European Congress of Veterinary Ophthalmologists – Palazzo dei Congressi, May 10-13, 2018


A magical atmosphere envelops Florence, involving all the creativity lovers. For three days, the Fortezza da Basso becomes an ideal location for all those who love to create, observe, learn, and spend some pleasant time surrounded by colours and materials, perfumes and toys and thousands of ideas for unique and special presents.

Selected exhibitors will show their best creativity research and will offer their experience through their advice, demonstrations and classes, letting your imagination and creativity inspire your hands.

Indulge in patchwork and quilting, textiles and yarns to be worked with fantasy, and in the enchanting art of découpage and shabby style to personalize your home with details coming directly from your emotions.

Bijoux to be made exclusively with quality components and suggestions designed to enhance and give more value to your appearance. Fabrics and buttons, paintings and brushes, needle and thread, weavings, glue and paper – tools to be used during this event to learn how to convey your own passion to your hands, to obtain creations which were probably trapped inside their idea stage and which are now ready to become reality.

This unmissable experience will surely make you aware of your creative and decorative potential and will envelop you in the magical atmosphere of Florence Creativity.

The Florence Creativity is the perfect event for all creativity lovers and stays in touch with its audience throughout the year, like friends sharing the same passion and creating while having fun.