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February 28, 2013

Let's go 'ciaspoling'!!

Ever tried 'le ciaspole' (snowshoes)? This Sunday in Schia Paola Casali will guide you in English for the first international 'ciaspolata'! Information and booking 339 682 0796. The guide will provide the snowshoes.

February 24, 2013

March in Parma


Theater: Teatro delle Briciole, Teatro del Cerchio, EuropaTeatri, Theatro del Vicolo, Barilla Center, Corte di Giarola (Collecchio).
Biblioteca Internazionale, workshop  on March 2: this month's theme is Saint Patrick. On March 4, meeting of the Moms Club for kids aged 0-6 and their moms.
Children's Corner at Casa della Musica: March 10, 24, April 7, 14. Classical music for children aged 6+.
Reopening of Museo Guatelli on March 3.

Skipass gratis for kids Monday-Friday at Schia. See details on the website.

Cinema in original version (mostly English):
The original ones at Cinema D'Azeglio, Via D'Azeglio, 33.

Special events:
March 23: Earth Hour, WWF's global event on climate change, programme tba.
March 23-24: giornate FAI.

"Motori e Sapori", March 15-17 in Castelfranco Emilia (province of Modena).
SensOf Wine, wine and food festival, March 16-17.

Concerti della Casa della Musica, 31 January-20 April.
Concerti Aperitivo, Sundays at 11 am at the Teatro Regio.
Nuove Atmosfere, a series of concerts until May 2013.

Estri Armonici, Feb 15-Apr 30 at Teatro al Parco.

Upcoming concerts (tickets already on sale):
Malika Ayane, May 15, Teatro Regio.
Giovanni Allevi, April 16, Teatro Regio. 
Raphael Gualazzi, April 20, Teatro Regio.

ParmaDanza festival will take place in May, tickets and subscriptions are on sale.

Opening March 23 at Fondazione Magnani Rocca: "Il Surrealismo di Paul Delvaux".
Guided tour (in Italian)of the Galleria Nazionale, March 1.
"Italian style 1900-1930" in Colorno until June 15


"Storie della prima Parma" at the Archeological Museum (Pilotta), the origins of Parma seen through the latest findings from Etruscan and Roman times.
Costumes and stage sets at Teatro Regio until 31st May.

Until April 1, paintings by Picasso will be visible in Reggio Emilia. These works belong to the Barilla private collection and are usually not visible to the public.
In Milan an exhibition dedicated to the famous French photographer Robert Doisneau opening Feb. 20.
Meanwhile in Bologna an exhibition dedicated to the famous Italian photographer Nino Migliori until April 28.

Trekking and hiking:
Enjoy the last snow of the season ... or the first spring flowers with Ciaspole per Tutti, Terre Emerse, Liberi Spazi, and Ciaspolenta

February 18, 2013

Parma School Applications 2013-2014

For those of you interested and applying, please remember that you must apply for the state-run day-care, nursery and elementary schools by February 28, 2013 for the 2013-2014 school year.,395466&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
Private schools should be contacted directly.