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March 27, 2014

April 2014 in Parma

Spring Has Sprung and Parma Mia is back! It's the season of flowers, traditional festivals, and the time to rediscover the beauty of the countryside and mountains around Parma.

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Happy Easter, Nawruz, and Passover!

Below: Special Events, Art, Cinema, Courses, English & Other Language Connections, Gastronomic Adventures, Music, Outdoors, Children's Art, Music, Theatre, and Elsewhere

Special events:
March 28 in Fidenza: St. Patrick's Day festival (replete with beer and celtic music);
March 29-30: Orto Botanico of Parma will be open to celebrate the Parma violets and spring;
April 25 -27 in Colorno: "Nel Segno del Giglio" gardening fair the castle park - arrive early;
April 12 weekend in Milan: Salone del Mobile (Design Fair) a chance to see the city at its finest;
Until the end of May: Fly over the Castles of the Duchy in an hot air balloon;
Saturday April 19 - April 21 in the Castles: Easter and Easter Monday events including Easter Egg Hunts;
April 20-21 Fiera dell'Angelo: Traditional Easter festival in Val Tidone;
Aprile 25-27 International Kite Festival in Ferrara;
May Fattorie Aperte 2014 (food, animals, courses)

Fondazione Magnani Rocca Beautiful Campigli exhibition, beautiful grounds;
Reggio di Colorno March 29 - June 2 From Giuseppe Verdi to Andy Warhol photography exhibit;

For a list of the Museums In and Around Parma Click Here

Cinema in original version (mostly English):
The original ones at Cinema D'Azeglio, English dates TBA
French Films (Godard, Truffaut et al.) at Cinema D'Azeglio, Thursdays at 21:00 until the end of May

There is also an original language movie theatre in Reggio and several in Milan

April 5 at the Bia Garden Store: Cake Design for Easter;
April 6 at the Bia Garden Store: BBQ lesson;

Look for courses offered by the various communities here under "In Programma"

English & Other Language Connections
German Reading Group on April 8
English Reading Club on April 16
Stendhal Lecture Group (French) Not yet posted
Spanish Group Lectures on April 16

Also on Facebook remember to "Like" the following pages:
-Cours de français Happy Hour Parma (Next Event April 3)
-Parma Internazionale
-ENGLISH EVENTS Inglese PARMA MODENA (drinks and games in English once a week)
-Reggio Emilia, Modena and Parma English Meetup (English language dinners in Parma)
-Register on Internations (Parma sub-section) for info about monthly aperitivos and more

Gastronomic Adventures
March 27-30 Il Ponte di Sapore, San Secondo: celebrating their spalla cotta with over 100 stands;
April 25 - May 1 Sagra della Fava (Bean) e Pecorino (Cheese), Sarzana (Liguria);
April 25 - May 4 Sagra dell'Asparago (Asparagus), Mesola

-For a comprehensive list of restaurants and trattoria in the area, click here;
-"Like" Bar Teatro Via Bixio 62A on Facebook for weekly invites to "ethnic dinners" in Parma;
-Check out this lovely service "foodie" guide service (and more), run by an American in Parma:

Salsomaggiore Palasport: Ligabue on his Mondovisione Tour April 2
Auditorium Paganini Tutti Per Uno classical music series beginning Dec 13 - May 31;
Nuove Atmosfere, a series of 20 concerts from November to May 2014;
Casa della Musica - Mozart Series April 11 - June 15
Concerti Aperitivi - Fondazione Toscanini to May 2014;
Teatro Regio: Last month of lyrical season
Teatro Regio: Parma Danza in May
MusicEmotion: Cinema Astra

Sports & Outdoors:
Panthers' Home Schedule (American Football Team);
Slow Spring 2014: explore the Po Delta from March to June 22;
Sports in the Appenine

Please check out the Nature section on our website

Art and Classes for Children
-Moms' Club: Date TBA
-Courses on local farms (agriturismi) for children. Please book in advance.
-Rosalimone: Moving into Parma Retail Center
-Libri & Formiche: Moving! Thanks to the support of the community, they'll be more courses to come!
-Laboratorio Famiglia al Portico: celebrates its 5th birthday on April 6

Film & Theater for Children
-Teatro delle Briciole: Last show on April 11
-Teatro del Cerchio: Last show March 30 "Alice in Wonderland (IT)"
-Europa Teatri: April 13 for "ragazzi"
-Il Regio (Opera) Per I Piu' Piccoli May 20
-Casa della Musica Music in Cinema series for the little ones


In Milan this month (Eventful): Tickets for upcoming concerts, festivals, etc.
In Milan this month (CiaoMilano): Find your way around Milan in English. Great exhibitions this month including Kandinsky, Pierre Manzoni, Nude Hero et al. Many exhibits offer "children's tours" for which you need to reserve in advance.
Check out the acquarium, planetarium, and Natural History Museum as well.
For the more design-oriented, there's are often great exhibitions going on at the Triennale as well as installations at Hangar Biccoca.
This month check out the Salone del Mobile (Design Fair) - a great chance to see Milan at its finest.
Buy tickets for June concerts: Ligabue, Linkin Park, Pearl Jam...
In Florence this month: Movies in English, concerts and more
In Bologna this month: Jazz concerts, exhibitions and more
In Bologna this month: Find your way around Bologna in English
Modena in English