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November 4, 2015

November 2015 in Parma

Welcome back to our monthly Parma events recap!

As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts about living in Parma and any event listings for both Facebook postings and our website. Please feel free to email us at: Also, remember to like us on Facebook for extra updates - Parma Mia!

Special Events: 
November Porc (Let's hope there's fog!): lots of things to do & places to eat around Parma
Events at the Castles of Parma and Piacenza
18 Oct - 15 Nov - National Tartufo Fair in Fragno (Calestano, PR)
6 - 8 Nov: Colorno Photo Life Photography Show
7 November: Oasi WWF Photography (Riserva Ghirardi)

7 - 8 November:Fiera di S Martino a Palanzano
8 November: Terre Alte Market at TorreChiara
8 November: Autumn Market, Berceto
8 November: Malika Ayane at the Teatro Regio
13-14 November: Billy Elliot (the play, in Italian) at Teatro Regio
22 November: Parma Rodix (Small animals market)

For more event listings: parma today
For children, please check out the fantastic website for updated events
-Fondazione Magnani Rocca Giacomo Balla exhibition, beautiful grounds:
-Palazzo del Governatore
-Palazzo Bossi Bocchi  Food, Art and History in the Cariparma collection
-Museo Bocchi (Monte di Parma)
-Labirinto della Masone (Fontanellato) Ligabue and Ghizzardi, plus a Spigaroli restaurant!
-Art listings
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 Original language films until mid-December
Cinema Astra also offers some interesting films but most are in Italian - this month the Parma Film Festival continues
Cinema Edison Panorama;
There is also an original language movie theatre in Reggio and several in Milan

For athletic courses see "Sports"
Look for courses offered by the various communities here under "In Programma"

English & Other International Language Connections
German Reading Group on Nov 10
English Reading Club on October 28
Stendhal Lecture Group (French) on Nov 19
Spanish Group Lectures on Nov 18

Like on Facebook:
-Reggio Emilia, Modena and Parma English Meetup (English language dinners in Parma and Reggio-it's an active group)
-Cours de français Happy Hour Parma
-ENGLISH EVENTS Inglese PARMA MODENA (drinks and games in English once a week)

-Register on Internations (the Parma sub-section) for info about monthly aperitivos and more

Gastronomic Adventures

-For a comprehensive list of restaurants and trattoria in the area, click here;
-Check out this lovely service "foodie" guide service (and more), run by an American friend in Parma:

-Teatro Regio and the Festival Verdi October and November
-Barezzi Live Jazz Festival: November
-Traettorie: Sept - Nov (Modern and Contemporary Music)
-Music at the Glauco Lombardo Museum until mid December
-Bertinelli The Club: winter season starts Nov 4 and continues on Wednesdays
-OggiParma lists some other musical events this month (DJs, Dire Straits Tribute Band and more)

Sports & Outdoors:
UISP Parma - Sports, Hikes and Courses for 2015
CUS Parma - Sport and Courses on/off Campus for 2015
CAI Parma - Hiking, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Family trips and more
You can also check out Parma Football games as well as rugby Parma Zebre

Please check out the Nature section on our website

-Europa Teatri
-Festival Vietato ai Maggiori dei 12 anni in Fidenza. Theatre and courses dedicated to children 3 to 12 years old. 2015/2016 events now posted.
--Fondazione Teatro Due, season opens in November. The first performance will be in Greek.
-Teatro del Cerchio, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 21:00.
-Teatro Pezzani: New season listings
-Teatro del Tempo: November listings

Please check out Parmakids on FB or online for an updated children's agenda
Art and Classes for Children
-Moms' Club: Check for date in early December
-Biblioteca Alice: Art and Narration workshops
-Libri & Formiche: Events here
-Laboratorio Famiglia al Portico
-Orso Ludo: Toy store in the Center of Parma which offers projects & events
-Il Club dell'Orsetto Lavoratore: Baby parking and much more

For older children, there are many courses and sports classes offered around Parma. Polisport, The "circoli" (Mariano, Castellazzo), SportsCenter, Palazzetto dello Sport.
If you need assistance, please email us.

Film & Theater for Children
-Europa Teatri: Adult workshops
-Casa della Musica: not yet available
-Il Regio (Opera): RegioYoung for Families
-Teatro delle Briciole: Currently available program of performances for the schools
-Teatro del Cerchio: Sunday afternoons at 17:00, 2015 Theater courses also available for children aged 6+.

Christmas is just around the corner: remember to plan your trip to Alto Adige to see all the Christmas Markets (mercatini) in early December
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, concerts, flower shows, et al. Many museum exhibits offer "children's tours" for which you need to reserve in advance. Check out the aquarium, 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 and the new Fondazione Prada.
In Palazzo Reale this month, great exhibits including Giotto and Grande Madre
Milano for Kids (pdf file)
In Florence this month: Movies in English, concerts and more
In Bologna this month: Concerts, exhibitions and more
In Bologna this month: Find your way around Bologna in English
Modena in English;
Torino in English: Lots to visit here - Eataly, The Cinema Museum, the Egyptian Museum...
Events in Ligura;

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