Parma mia! is a blog for ex-pats and English-language speakers in Parma as well as for tourists who want to learn more. We've got lots of tips and tidbits to share: where to buy your foreign foods, favorite restaurants, what's on for kids during the weekends, local agricultural fairs, where you can find a babysitter or chiropractor and hints on how to make it through the bureaucratic maze that is Italy (see tabs below). This forum is for you: please share your ideas/events with us at or on FB at Parma Mia.

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April 28, 2014

May 2014 in Parma

Don't forget to visit our facebook page "Parma Mia" for additional updates and last minute information! Also, check out the new and improved English version of the Parma Tourism Website (ENG) as well as Nonsoloeventi (ITA) for a detailed list of local events. For events at the Parma & Piacenza castles, click here. They have many great initiatives!

In other news, congratulations to the Parma Panthers for their continued success and to Roberta Mell for her prize at Colorno this weekend for her "Antiche Varietà di Pomodoro" (take a look)!

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

Special events:
Activities on the farm for kids aged 2-5 organized by the city of Parma. Booking necessary, click on link.
-May 1, Live music around Italy
-May 3-4, Parma Vintage, Sala Baganza
-May 5- 8 Cibus 2014 at the Fiere di Parma (Food Fair)
-May 8-15, Festa del Cinema, movies cost Eur 3 (Eur 5 for 3D films). 
-May 9, Medel Run in the evening, Cittadella
-May 11, Bicincittà (9.15 am) 130 cities in Italy celebrate biking!
-May 10-11, StraBologna - Run or walk through Bologna  (3,5 to 10,5 k)
-May 11, Festa della Mamma
-May 15-17, Day of the Family & Against Homophobia
-May 17, Notte dei Musei (museums open till late).
-May 18, 25  Fattorie aperte: local farms open their doors to the public.
-May 24 - 25,  Cantine Aperte, vineyards open their doors... and their cellars.
-June 6-8, Parma Ethical Living Festival
-Fondazione Magnani Rocca Beautiful Campigli exhibition, beautiful grounds;
-Reggio di Colorno March 29 - June 2 From Giuseppe Verdi to Andy Warhol photography exhibit;
-Palazzo del Governatore until June 15: The imaginary food. Italy at the table 1950-1970;

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

Cinema in original language:
-Aprile 29 - The original ones at Cinema D'Azeglio, Still Life (check listings for updates)
-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

-Every Tuesday evening at the Barilla Center until mid-June, a non-commercial film will be screened (in Italian)

Courses & Volunteer Work
-Interested in learning where you can volunteer in Parma? You can find out here with the Forum Soliderieta' (Assisting immigrants, elderly, children et al.).

English & Other Language Connections
-German Reading Group on May 13
-English Reading Club on May 21
-Stendhal Lecture Group (French) Not yet posted
-Spanish Group Lectures on May 22
-Window on Japan Series of 6 lectures at Ilaria Alpi International Library
-Modern Veggie "Go Green" Party in English (in Modena, I believe), May 1 20:00 Via Taglio, 12 - for info contact Kami at 334-84-61-513 (or go to International Happy Hour Parma Modena Meetup on FB).

"Like" the following pages on Facebook for more info on international events in Parma:
-Parma Internazionale
-Cours de français Happy Hour Parma

-ENGLISH EVENTS Inglese PARMA MODENA (weekly drinks and games in English)
-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
-De Gustibus, May 9 -11;
-Inauguration of the Museo della Pasta, May 10;
-Inauguration of the cantina of the Food Museum, May 17-18;
-Whodunit "Mystery" Dinner at Bardi Castle, May 17
-Suggestioni Sensorialia, Rocca del Fontanellato, May 10 -13;

There's a good list of local sagre on Nonsoloeventi as well as in "4. Fiere e Sagre2014.pdf" found on this page.

-For a comprehensive list of restaurants and trattorie 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:

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: Parma Danza in May

Sports & Outdoors:
Panthers' Home Schedule (American Football Team);
UISP Parma - Bicincitta et al.
CUS Parma - Enroll now for the CariParma Run, September 2014
Slow Spring 2014: explore the Po Delta from March to June 22;
Sports in the Appenine
Oasis Ghirardi WWF

Please check out the Nature section on our website

Summer Camps - It's Time to Enroll!
-Sporty Club Summer Camp;
-Parma City Camp!;
-Soccer Camps;
-English language summer camp at an agriturismo;
-English language summer camp at an agriturismo;
-We've also heard that the Tennis Club of Mariano will be offering a summer program but there is not info currently listed on their site;
-Schools such as Pink Panther (day-care and nursery) and Mary Poppins (also elementary) offer programs in July and for part of August.

Art and Classes for Children
-Summer at the Library: 4 "international" weeks at the Ilaria Alpi International Library
-Moms' Club: Date TBA
-Courses on local farms (agriturismi) for children. Please book in advance.
-Libri & Formiche: Moving! Thanks to the support of the community, they'll be more courses to come!
-Laboratorio Famiglia al Portico: Aprile-May-June program

Film & Theater for Children
-Il Regio (Opera) Per I Piu' Piccoli, May 20
-Beatles for Children in Salsomaggiore, May 4


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, flower shows, 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.
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;
Torino in English: This month in addition to the wonderful Cinema Museum, Eataly, and Egyptian Museum there is a special pre-Raphaelite exhibition going on with paintings by Waterhouse et al. as well as the Torino Jazz Festival.

And being that it's almost summer, check out Events in Ligura

Buon divertimento!