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February 24, 2015

March 2015

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Hello! bringing you some more news and just some of the events that are happening in March.

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Don't forget 1st Sunday of every month, free entry to all Museums in Italy: 

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

Farmers Market
Sunday, March 1st 10am onwards

Piazza Torrechiara - Langhirano 

Food products from the countryside and Mountains.

An event, which aims to contribute to the
local economy.
At the opening there will also be The Gruppo Storico del Leone Rampante, in Medieval Dress.

Further information regarding regular Weekly Markets:

click here for information on markets in the Province of Parma.

Saturday March 7

'Surprise event '(Masters of Magic)

Sunday March 15th





(Via Bixio, 



'Our idea is bring the families 

out to have fun on the streets, 

sharing good food, good 

wine, and loud music in order to pass 

moments in serenity, carefree and fun'. 

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March

Circus and street performances in the centre of Parma: a weekend dedicated to the art of illusion.

From morning to night,
‘Street magic’.
5 artists will perform in 25 shows

Casa della Musica 10.30am
The art of creating the impossible
conference/show about the unusual theme of the illusion thought employed in economy, with Walter Rolfo and Matteo Rampin, psychiatrist and psychotherapist, international expert of problem solving and illusion.

The preview of the 26th International championship of Magic FISM (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques) scheduled in July in Italy. At the Paganini Auditorium, 18 Italian magicians representing the most important Italian magic associations, will be selected to be participating in the national team. 

         Events for Children 


Moms Club of the International Library - March 2015

MOMS' CLUB is back and is proud to present the reading of a funny book followed by a "crafty" time for the kids!!! New readers are always welcome: bring along your book and read us your favorite story! The event is reserved for an audience aged 0 to 6.


(7 March - 28 March 2015)

Entry prohibited to adults unaccompanied by children.

Children € 2.50
Accompanying adults € 6.00

  • Saturday 7th  15:30 
Un Gatto a Parigi.

  • Saturday14th 15:30
Minuscule - La valle delle Formiche Perdute.

  • Saturday 21st15:30 
Asterix e il Regno degli Dei.

  • Saturday 28th 15:30 
Shuan - Vita da Pecora

Music and Theatre

1st March


 continues until 8th March
             Click here for more information  

      dedicated to modern and contemporary 
             for more information click here.


Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd March

click here for more information

8th March -26th June


An Art exhibition representative of Motherhood throughout the centuries.

Fondazione Magnani Rocca

reopens March 21, 2015 with the exhibition "Novecento romano".

A lovely place to visit, not only for the Art Gallery, but also for The 'Romantic Park'. Great for families, 12 hectares of parkland with wildlife and trees.

There is also a restaurant in the grounds.


The original ones at Cinema D'Azeglio,

(in original version (mostly English):

Tuesday, March 3 (at 18:00 to 21:00) 
Selma Ava DuVernay 

Language: English with subtitles 

Tuesday, March 10 (at 18:00 to 21:00) 
The Inherent Vice
 by Paul Anderson Thomeas

 Language: English with subtitles ENG

The Space Extra 
also showing:
click here for information

 3rd March 
Barilla 21.30
Campus 20.30

Of Mice and Men
by John Stienbeck
Golden Globe® winner and Academy Award® nominee James Franco(127 Hours, Milk) and Tony Award® nominee Chris O’Dowd(Bridesmaids, Girls) star in the hit Broadway production Of Mice And Men, filmed on stage by National Theatre Live. This landmark revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck's play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship.

Of Mice and Men is directed by Tony Award®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circles award winner Anna D. Shapiro (Broadway’s August: Osage County) and features Leighton Meester (Country Strong, Gossip Girl) and Tony Award® winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer). The production was nominated for two Tony Awards®, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Chris O'Dowd.

11th March

Barilla 20.30
Campus 20.30
London’s National Gallery, one of the world’s foremost art

institutions, is itself portrayed as a brilliant work of art in this, Frederick Wiseman’s 39th documentary and counting. Wiseman listens raptly as a panoply of docents decode the great canvases of Da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Turner; he visits with the museum’s restorers as they use magnifying glasses, tiny eye-droppers, scalpels, and Q-tips to repair an infinitesimal chip; he attends administrative meetings in which senior executives do (polite) battle with younger ones who want the museum to become less stodgy and more welcoming to a larger cross-section of the public. But most of all, we experience the joy of spending time with the aforementioned masters as well as Vermeer and Caravaggio, Titian and Velázquez, Pissarro and Rubens, and listen to the connoisseurs who discourse upon the aesthetic, historical, religious and psychological underpinnings of these masterpieces.

16th,17th and 18th March

Barilla 16th 19.00 21.30
            17th 19.00
            18th19.00 21.30

Campus 16th 19.30                              21.50
            17th 19.00
            18th19.30 21.50



LIVE PRODUCTION                        

Barilla 17th 20.15
Campus 17th  20.15

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


Teatro Regio di Parma , 

from Sunday, March 22, 2015 to Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Jessica Nuccio, Celso Albelo, Roberto de Candia, directed by Francesco Cilluffo

For Theatres in Parma click on the name below for the programmes.



English & Other Language Connections

Liest du Deutsch? La Biblioteca internazionale Ilaria Alpi vi invita al prossimo incontro del suo gruppo di lettura e conversazione in lingua tedesca.


Groupe de Lecture Stendhal - Mars 2015


Le livre de Mars du groupe de lecture Stendhal sera le roman de Jean-Louis Fournier "Où on va, papa?" (2008).

El libro de este mes es "Olvidado rey Gudú" (1996) de Ana María Matute y vamos a hablar de la segunda parte (pag. 513).
This month's book of choice is "The Grass Harp" (1951) by Truman Capote.


Sunday March 22, at 8.30pm
Verdi theatre Busseto
Joey De Francesco
Orchestra seats and stalls euros 20,00 plus pre sale rights
Gallery euros 10,00 plus pre sale rights


Friday 13 and Saturday 14 March 
R. Schumann, Concerto for piano and orchestra in la minore op. 54
L. van Beethoven, Sinfonia n. 3 in mi bemolle maggiore op. 55 Eroica
with Kazushi Ono director, Saleem Abboud Ashkar piano, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini

Friday 20 and Saturday 21 March 
B. Smetana, La Moldava poema sinfonico da La mia patria (Mà Vlast)
B. Martinů, Concert for two violins and orchestra in re maggiore H329
A. Dvořák, Danze slave op. 46
with Lawrence Foster director, Sarah Nemtanu and Deborah Nemtanu violins, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini

Friday 27 March 
C. Orff, Carmina Burana per soli, chors and orchestra
with John Axelrod director, Giuliana Gianfaldoni soprano, Mark Milhofer tenore, Roberto De Candia baritono, Coro voci bianche Ars Canto of Parma, Gabriella Corsaro maestro del coro, Coro Teatro Municipale di Piacenza, Corrado Casati maestro del coro, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini


Sunday 8 March
The flaut of the Filarmonia Arturo Toscanini 
Donatella Toni, Sandu Nagy, Andrea Oman, Alice Sabbadin
Dedicato and Giuseppe Brugnoli of Parma: the flaute of  Toscanini
Music by Telemann, Mozart, Verdi, Bizet, Reicha, Čerepnin

Sunday 15 March
Ensemble of the Filarmonia Arturo Toscanini 
Quartetto Saxofollia 
Carlo Gelmini director
Armonie classiche e Suggestioni jazz 
Gershwin Porgy and Bess (selection) 
Evans Tribute to Bill Evans
Ellington Elling-Tones 
Mintzer Concertino per sax tenore, fiati e archi 

Sunday 22 March
Ensemble Il teatro delle note
Mario Mauro violin, Franco Tomasi guitar and song
La Canzone tra Belle Époque e Grande Guerra

Please let us know if you have any events to add.