Everything is ready for NEXTECH FESTIVAL no.13, to be held from 19th to 21st September 2019 and organized by Atomic Event & Musicus Concentus, with the help of Estate Fiorentina 2019.

The grand finale will be on Saturday 21 inside the Cavaniglia Pavilion at the Fortezza, featuring Radio Slave, DJ Rush, Raffaele Attanasio and Woden Crate. Thanks to his unique style, Radio Slave is considered one of the best remixers ever, awarded as “Best British Producer” at the British Awards. A successful musician, as well as a major producer, it is no wonder that the magical alchemy of his re-edits influenced productions by Carl Craig, Tiga, Fischerspooner, Justin Timberlake and even Paul Mc Cartney. His brilliant career sees him constantly at the top of his game.

Born in Chicago, DJ Rush, masterfully combines a wide range of music genres (Jazz, Disco, Funk & Soul). What he offers is not simple deejaying, but a real deejay show.  Raffaele Attanasio is now a renowned musician among the biggest contemporary techno artists and during in his career he performed next to big names such as Len Faki, Ben Sims and Oscar Mulero.

This edition will be closed by Wooden Crate, an artistic project by Giuseppe Gonzalez, continuously evolving between techno and house.



Over 400 participants will attend ISDE 11, the 11th International Symposium on Digital Earth to be held at Palazzo dei Congressi from 24th to 27th September 2019.

Digital Earth (a virtual representation of our planet) is a collective multidisciplinary effort involving various types of science – including earth, space and information science – to monitor and predict natural and human phenomena. The objective of this Symposium is to discuss Digital Earth’s contribution to the digital transformation of society and opportunities offered to Digital Earth science by this revolution.

Founded in Beijing in 2006, the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) is a non-profit international organisation mainly promoting academic exchanges, scientific and technological innovation, education and international co-operation in the framework of Digital Earth. The biennial ISDE symposia are the main international events related to scientific and technological progress, as well as to the latest applications for Digital Earth. The main theme of this edition will be “Digital Earth in a Transformed Society”.

During the four days of the symposium the most important scientists in the world will debate on future directions for the coming decades.

This event is also a great opportunity to reach European scientific and industrial communities, increasing their involvement in the vision, development and creation of Digital Earth.


Sono più di 400 i partecipanti all’ISDE 11, l’11° Simposio Internazionale sulla Terra digitale in svolgimento al Palazzo dei Congressi dal 24 al 27 settembre.

La Terra digitale (la rappresentazione virtuale del nostro pianeta) è uno sforzo collaborativo multidisciplinare che coinvolge diverse scienze (ad esempio scienze della Terra, dello spazio, dell’informazione) per monitorare e prevedere i fenomeni naturali e umani. L’obiettivo del Simposio è discutere il contributo di Digital Earth alla trasformazione digitale della società e le opportunità offerte da questa rivoluzione alla scienza della Terra digitale.

L’International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) fondata a Pechino nel 2006 è un’organizzazione internazionale senza fini di lucro che promuove principalmente scambi accademici, innovazione scientifica e tecnologioca, istruzione e collaborazione internazionale verso il digitale Terra. I simposi biennali ISDE sono i principali eventi internazionalui relativi ai progressi della scienza, della tecnologia e delle ultime applicazioni per la Terra digitale. Tema di questa edizione è “Terra digitale in una società trasformata”.

Nella quattro giorni del simposio si confronteranno i più importanti scienziati del mondo che discuteranno insieme le direzioni future per i prossimi decenni.

L’evento è anche una grande opportunità per raggiungere le comunità scientifiche e industriali europee, per aumentare il loro coinvolgimento nella visione, elaborazione e realizzazione della Terra digitale.



On Thursday, 19th September 2019, the third edition of Didacta Italia Fair – to be held from 9th to 11th October 2019 and open from 9.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. – was presented at the MIUR (Ministry of Education, University and Research) headquarters in Rome. This fair is dedicated to school and is aimed at teachers, school officials, educators, instructors, professionals and entrepreneurs in the school and technology field. The Fair will feature 180 events, in addition to 500 training hours for teachers.

This Fair – celebrating the 5th centenary of Leonardo Da Vinci’s death and included by the Ministry of Education among the events set out in the multiannual educational plan for teachers –  was presented by Minister Lorenzo FioramontiCristina Grieco, Education and Training Councillor for the Region of Tuscany, Sara Funaro, Councillor of University and Research for the Florence Municipality, Giovanni Biondi, President of Indire, and Wassilios Emmanuel Fthenakis, Honorary President of Didacta International.

Once again, after the 2018 successful edition (+23% tickets sold compared to the previous edition, with over 23,000 participants in seminars and events, and over 10,000 people connected through social networks)Didacta Italia proves to be the most important annual event in Italy to launch new proposals for the future of school. In 2019, the Fair is going to be set up inside 5 pavilions, with an exhibiting surface of over 31,000 square metres, including also the halls of the Monumental Area of the Medicean fortress. To date, over 80% of the training events is sold out.

This third edition is organised by Firenze Fiera with the scientific coordination of Indire, and with an organizing committee also composed by MIUR, the Region of Tuscany, the Florence Municipality, the Florence Chamber of Commerce, Unioncamere, Didacta International, ITKAM and Destination Florence Convention & Visitors Bureau. Among the participants, many national and international scientific and cultural institutions, universities, schools, associations, companies, foundations and museums. MIUR will participate with an exhibiting space of around 500 square metres, even bigger than last year.

“Innovation, training, future. Three simple words expressing the same idea. The idea of a school in step with the times, looking ahead – said Lorenzo Fioramonti, the Italian Minister of Education, University and Research. Didacta offers a special opportunity to meet, discuss and confront. I believe in permanent training – added the Minister –. Teachers should put the same passion in their training as the one they require from their students. School grows when we get together”.

This year, the Fair, a spin-off of Didacta International – the greatest school and education fair in Europe and among the most important ones in the world – is also part of the German Week in Italy, promoted and organised by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, with a series of events, exhibitions, shows and meetings taking place from 6th to 13th October 2019 all over Italy, to discuss the relationship between Italy and Germany, 30 years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

An absolute new feature of the 2019 edition is the event “SCUOLA=FUTURO: Ex machina. Spazi di apprendimento ed esperienze didattiche per la scuola del futuro” (SCHOOL=FUTURE: Ex-Machina. Learning Spaces and Educational Experiences for the School of Tomorrow), inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. Inside the pavilion “Le Ghiaie”, on a surface of over 1,000 square metres, Indire will set up two spaces: one for secondary school, the other for primary school. These will feature articulated and integrated spaces, furnishing and technology created according to a model developed by Indire in these last years (see Manifesto 1+4). In the school of future, premises, furnishing and technologies are set to be functional to educational activities according to a close combination of teaching and space organisation. The itineraries suggested are: the Pantograph, or Similarities; the Odometer, or World Measurements.

During the three days of Didacta Italia, in addition to training activities, participants will be able to visit the rich exhibition section. Over 200 companies will participate (the main sponsor being Samsung – MR Digital), for a complete offer of all the new school features, with the most sophisticated proposals of technology and robotics, school furnishing, publishing houses, stationery supplies, educational games, training, study trips, language training and musical education.

The 2019 edition will also focus on new exhibiting sections, such as mechatronic technologies (a science studying the combination of mechanics, electronics and computer science) and sustainability.

Special attention will be given not only to startups and innovation, with the contribution of the University of Florence, but also to sustainability, involving innovative companies, actively operating in the field of circular economy, for an increasingly green Italian school, helping new generations grow through teaching and educational tool innovation, and making them conscious protagonists of a sustainable future.

For the first time at Didacta Italia, a GREEN AREA will be set up to try and strengthen the relationship between the school world and entities like companies which already practice sustainability processes, through meetings and presentations of company projects and plans, to start promoting an increasingly green society already since school age.

“The scientific programme offered by Fiera Didacta Italia – explained Giovanni Biondi, President of Indire – will remarkably increase the number of training opportunities for teachers, school officials and all those who gravitate around the concept of school innovation.”

“If we manage to create cutting-edge educational and training sectors, satisfying the needs of teachers and students, involving production companies, we will be able to build a school taking training and educational to a new quality level, focusing on unavoidable needs such as innovation and environment – said Leonardo Bassilichi, President of Firenze Fiera -. The fact that Fiera Didacta has been organized at the Fortezza da Basso already for three years implies that investments have been made in this sector, not only to increase business, but also to help build a better country for our youth”.

 “The success of previous editions confirmed just how necessary this type of event was. This is why, for this forthcoming edition, the Region of Tuscany worked in co-operation with the School Office for Tuscany to offer contents which can help not only teachers and school officials, but also all those working in the field of education, instruction and training within local institutions, since we are well aware that local authorities represent an important junction within the school system – stated Cristina Grieco, Councillor of Education, Training and Labour for the Region of Tuscany -. Being also the President of Tecnostruttura for the Italian Regions, I also warmly invite everyone to visit the “The School of Regions” booth, where Italian regions will bring their own experience, operating modalities and activities carried out on their respective territories”.

“We are proud to host Didacta for the third consecutive year in Florence – said Sara Funaro, Councillor of Education for the Florence Municipality –. This fair, the most important in the world of school, turns our city into the capital of innovation: during the three days of this event, which sees the participation of school officials, teachers and sector professionals, the foundations of the future of Italian school are being laid. A school which will be increasingly digital and technological, just like the new Dino Compagni secondary school which has just been reopened in Florence”.

“Fiera Didacta Italia – added Wassilios Emmanuel Fthenakis, Honorary President of Didacta International – went beyond our expectations. It is a top-quality event. This third edition will focus on the relations between analogic and digital learning models oriented towards the modernization of the school system, while still focusing on quality. Special attention will be given to opportunities offered by digital systems to innovate the educational processes”.

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The 12th European Congress of Chemical Engineering (ECCE12) and the 5th European Congress of Applied Biotechnology (ECAB5) will take place at the Fortezza da Basso from 15th to 19th September 2019. Over 1,300 representatives coming from all over Europe are expected to attend these events, even from the United States, Australia and Africa.

Once again, Firenze Fiera and its congress & exhibition centre located in the heart of the city proves to be an ideal location to organise some of the most prestigious international scientific events.

A rich scientific programme will bring innovative solutions to face the main challenges of society, with an exhaustive update in all the thematic areas of modern chemical engineering and biochemistry.


Maredamare, the Italian beachwear fair, is back for its 12th edition at the Fortezza da Basso from 20th to 22nd July 2019. On show, an exclusive preview of Summer 2020 collections by 250 specialist brands, including 60 new entries, over an exhibiting surface of 12,000 square metres. The event will see the participation of some of the most important international brands, as well as small and innovative research ateliers. An exhaustive and qualified offer which, every year, makes this Fair an unmissable event for sector insiders and for buyers of the whole international fashion world.

On schedule, educational workshops, dedicated presentations and a complete programme of collective and personal fashion shows, 2021 trend previews with MarediModa and a space dedicated to young designers participating in the competition named The Link. Once again, this edition sees the collaboration between Maredamare and Nilit Fibers, with a special fashion show marking the debut of the experimental Sweet Sour collection, designed by Isabella Storani and made with Sensil fabrics. Furthermore, this year Maredamare is also hosting an exhibition of underwater art photographs of great impact, thanks to its partnership with the international publication Image in Progress.

“Among the new most interesting features for me – said Alessandro Legnaioli, President of Maredamare – there is one I particularly care for – the project Fortezza 9/24, an event which will surely attract everyone, even the most inattentive visitors. This project “reveals” the Fortezza da Basso, a place full of charm and which very few people actually know in detail. Its secret rooms, monumental part, private accesses, the watchtowers and the hidden passages. At the end of each working day, these wonderful hidden areas will come alive, lightening up and offering their most ancient intimacy to the public. From 6.30 p.m. on, visitors will be able to discover the most secluded parts of this enchanted place through events, meetings and parties”.



Firenze 3rd July 2019. The “Italian Auschwitz Memorial Study Day: Research and Renovation for the New Layout in Florence” took place today at the Auditorium of the Fondazione CR Firenze, promoted by CR Firenze and the Opificio delle Pietre Dure.

Since 8th May 2019, this work has been open to the public in its new and final collocation, located inside the renovated premises which hosted EX3. It was the final stage of a long and complex story from a political, diplomatic and conservative point of view, which started in the 1990s, when the Polish government and the Camp Museum Management expressed a progressive poor appreciation of an installation which, paradoxically, was considered not pedagogical enough in its shape and contents. In 2011, the memorial was closed and subsequently neglected, until it eventually reached a stage of necessary reappropriation.

This rebirth was possible thanks to the contribution of many institutional and public subjects such as MIBAC, the National Association of Former Deportees in Nazi camps (owner of the work), the Region of Tuscany, the Florence Municipality and Firenze Fiera which, for a whole year, in conjunction with the Florence Municipality, offered for free his spacious halls in via Perfetti Ricasoli to allow the 23 paintings constituting the work to be restored.

“We were honoured to play our part to complete the greatest restoration ever made on a contemporary work of art in the world”, commented Tamara Ermini, Councillor of Firenze Fiera, who also underlined the ethic and social aspects of this operation, which should raise more awareness on the new civil and educational course of history and of personal and collective memory.



Florence, 1st July 2019 – This morning, the 35th World Congress of CIHA (Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art) was presented at Villa Vittoria. After forty years, this event will be back in Italy, in Florence from 1st to 6th September 2019.

“MOTION: Transformation” represents the first part of the World Congress of Art History which, for the first time, will take place in two different countries one year after the other. The second part, named MOTION: Migrations” will be held in São Paulo in September 2020. The key issue of these two events will be Movement, applied to two of the main and most important aspects of the contemporary cultural process: Transformation and Migrations.

The event is organised by CIHA Italia in co-operation with the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck Institut, with the help of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, supported by the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles and sponsored by MiBAC, the Florence Municipality, Metropolitan City of Florence, the University of Florence, the Florence Chamber of Commerce and the Region of Tuscany. Over 500 scholars from all over the world are expected to participate.

The congress will feature nine sessions aiming at deepening the topics of art and its creative process: Art as a Vision – Art and Matter over  Time – Art and Nature – Art and Religions – Art between Sign and Writing – Iconicity and the Production Process in Architecture – Art, Power, Public – Art, Critics and Viewers – Art as a Voyage.

“We decided to host this event at Villa Vittoria because it is a crucial time for discussion on issues which are particularly felt and deeply rooted in Florence, and because its contents help target the activities we are developing as Firenze Fiera, along with our public institutions – events and new formats, dedicated to art and its relationship with the public and the city” said Leonardo Bassilichi, President of Firenze Fiera.  



Everything is ready for Pitti Bimbo no.89taking place at the Fortezza da Basso from 20th to 22nd June 2019. It is the most important fashion & lifestyle event for kids, featuring new projects linked with research, as well as novelties from big brands such as Emporio Armani, making its debut at the Fair this year.

560 collections will be on show, 337 of which coming from abroad (60% of the total). Over 5,350 buyers – 2,450 of them from abroad – are expected to attend this event, along with a total of 10,000 visitors according to figures from the last summer edition. Spotlight on the most famous “griffes” and brands, which will be divided into sections, each one featuring a specific style, such as the sartorial inclination of Apartment, the dynamism of Sport Generation, the urban soul of Superstreet, and last but not least, the increasingly important and extended lifestyle planet originating from the pop design of Francy Room and Editorials, exploring a series of trends completing the wardrobe. An unmissable event for buyers from big department stores, boutiques, concept stores, e-commerce websites, independent stores and all those working for the increasingly transversal world of childrenswear collections.