August City Events in Venice
Venice is bursting to the gills with culture and art this month! With the Manet exhibition at the Doge’s Palace and contemporary art at Punta Della Dogana, you are spoilt for choice. Make sure you don’t miss out on this sumptious selection of Venice’s history and one of a kind drama:
1. Palio di Feltre, city wide – 2nd – 4th August
A big dose of history and culture to start with this August; the Palio di Feltre is an historic re-enactment of the dedication of the town of Feltre to the Republic of Venice in 1404. Located a couple of hours drive north of Venice in the foothills of the Dolomites you will get stunning views of the area from everywhere. The tradition says that the Mayor hands over 15 ducats to renew their protection by and loyalty to Venice. The medieval themed festival transforms this normally sleepy mountain town into one huge, lively party. As well as a parade and mock battles there are competitive sports like the shooting of the rings, a tug of war and horse races. If you are a lover of a bit of historic pomp and circumstance then it is well worth making the trip out to this little town.
2. Mostra del Cinema di Venezia at Palazzo del Cinema 28th August – 7th September
Let’s bring things right up to date with the 70th Venice Film Festival. This is the oldest international film festival in the world and is set on the lovely Lido at the historic Palazzo del Cinema. If you are a bit of a film buff and love to seek out new and contemporary work then this is ideal for you. As well as showing loads of top films, the festival aims to raise awareness and promote the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms as art, entertainment and as an industry. You are likely to spot some big Hollywood names with the likes of Robert Redford, Kate Hudson, Ray Liotta and Pierce Brosnan having graced the red carpet. Last year’s opening film Mira Nair’s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” shows the quality of the entries and this year’s promises to be no less thought provoking.
3. Art at Punta Della Dogana – All Month
One of the most distinctive buildings in Venice is the home to some of the greatest contemporary art in the world. The Punta Della Dogana is right at the entrance to the Grand Canal with dramatic views across the water. This month showcases work that highlights the evolution of styles from the 1960s onwards, a fusion of contemporary art that will certainly not fail to amaze you. So if you like your art modern, abstract and totally with a message then why not check out this exhibition Prima Materia at Punta Della Dogana?
4. David Guetta at Stadio Comunale G. Teghil, Lignano – 3rd August
That’s enough high culture for now – how about a gig from enigmatic, French, DJ Guru David Guetta? As part of the Lignano Sound Festival, at the Lignano Stadium, Guetta’s set will be one to remember. He will be playing all your favourite tunes including his latest collaboration with Ne-Yo and Akon “Play Hard” already a club classic. This one is for clubbers who love to party all night at their favourite rave.
5. Manet, Return to Venice at Doge’s Palace – Until 18th August
If you are visiting Venice then a trip to the Doge’s Palace was probably already on your itinerary but now you have another good reason to go with the Manet exhibition there. You are likely to be familiar with some his most famous paintings like “The Luncheon on the Grass (Le déjeuner sur l’herbe)” and “Olympia” and “The grand canal of Venice (Blue Venice)”. Manet was part of the revolution in art at the time from realism to impressionism, so to see some of his greatest work up close will be amazing. We will be taking time out to appreciate some pivotal art.
6. Free Concert at Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta – 15th August
What could be better than some free music in the Venice summer sun ? Not much! 15th August is a public holiday in Venice and so you are likely to find that many of the local residents take the opportunity to head out of the city for a break at the beach. Don’t let this put you off though as there is still plenty to do. The nearby island of Torcello, the oldest continuously populated region of Venice, is only a short boat trip away and a great place to spend a warm summer’s day. One of the most striking sights is the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta on the north end of the island and usually there is a free concert on the 15th August.
7. Venice Biennale – All Month
Playing host to La Biennale year after year is no mean feat, but if one city would pull it off, it had to be Venice. What could be a more fitting place for an event of this magnitude than a city which itself is like walking through one giant gallery of beautiful architecture. Having started in the late 1900′s, The Venice Biennale is a veteran of the floating city. It incorporates not only art but music, architecture and dance. With Venice as a backdrop, it’s something truly special and with venues such as The Giardini being used for art exhibitions and films being shown at Palazzo Del Cinema, you just can’t go wrong! Our tip would be the Rudolf Stingel exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi. For the first time ever an artist has been allowed to take over the whole museum. Swing by and you’ll get to find out why.