What’s on in Rome this Fall 2020: events to mark on your calendar
As temperatures cool and leaves begin to fall, don’t be fooled into thinking that La Città Eterna is about to snuggle up into hibernation. Whilst summer might be the height of the tourism season in Rome, the autumn calendar is just as jam-packed. Even though they’ve had to adapt to the new anti-covid safety measures, museums and galleries have been busy curating and installing exhibitions of some true greats, and many of the city’s best-loved festivals are set to make their autumnal return.
Here we round up all you need to know for the biggest and best events that this season has to offer:
Village Celimontana Jazz Festival
Cancelled due to new governmental decree
Villa Celimontana – Via della Navicella, 12 (Celio Hill)
Village Celimontana is back with its fourth edition. Get ready to dive deep into music, culture and elegance every day. A festival with more than 100 live concerts which will see some of the greatest jazz musicians, swing and manouche formations on stage, alternating with Italian big bands and some serious rock’n’roll. The perfect setting awaits you: Villa Celimontana, an elegant and evocative location that recalls the charm of old Rome. This year the festival celebrates 100 years since the 1920s and the birth of Dixieland, a period of great hope, artistic and musical creativity. Get front-row seats with a bottle of wine included by clicking the Book Now button below!
Cancelled due to new governmental decree
This year, the jam-packed line-up of the 35th edition of the Romaeuropa Festival is set to delight, inspire and entertain all ages in full compliance with the anti-covid measures. A dazzling array of theatre, dance, circus, art, technology and music will be showcased at 14 different venues throughout the city. Part of the program is going to be hosted en plein air, with 62 events and 141 days of exhibitions, installations, conferences and courses. The program will be enriched with the new activities of EXTRACT, the unprecedented online section with 40 events in national or absolute premiere specifically designed for the web.
October 10 – 11
Prati Bus District – Viale Angelico, 52
Discover the excellences of Made in Italy from October 10th to October 11th at the Wave Market Fair – the first craft and design fair in Rome. Each edition promotes companies, brands and young designers, triggering a network of collaborations between different realities linked to the world of innovation and creativity. This unique event is all about the promotion of craftsmanship and design in their various forms. Over the two days of the fair, 7000 visitors are expected, with access to a 5000sqm industrial location, where they’ll have the opportunity to see more than 1000 products created by 120 brands coming from more than 15 Italian regions.
October 16 – 18
Virtual Reality Experience – VRE is an international festival created to explore the vast world of immersive technologies and their impact on our near future. A real observatory that will allow the public to take part in a selection of works filmed at 360°, live Virtual experiences, attend live performances, and listen to some of the most authoritative voices in the VR / AR field. International experts will confront each other on the revolutionary and strategic role that immersive technologies are acquiring in different business areas. There’s also a space dedicated to Gaming, which, in addition to being a form of entertainment, is thought as a refined tool for enhancing cultural heritage.
Festa del Cinema di Roma
October 15 – 25
Auditorium Parco della Musica – Viale Pietro de Coubertin, 30
For 10 days this autumn, the Eternal City will see the return of its Festa del Cinema for its 15th edition. Taking place in the Auditorium Parco della Musica and other great locations throughout the city, this annual festival offers a whole host of events including screenings, master classes, tributes, exhibits, panels and many other special events. The Rome Film Fest’s lineup will feature the film Mi chiamo Francesco Totti by the award-winning director Alex Infascelli and Stardust by Gabriel Range: the movie is about English singer-musician-songwriter David Bowie played by Johnny Flynn. Rome Film Fest will also host some films from Cannes Film Festival’s 2020 Official Selection and Satyajit Ray, one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of film, will be the protagonist of a retrospective at fifteenth Rome Film Fest which will be curated by Mario Sesti.
Roma Jazz Festival (behind closed doors)
November 10 – November 20
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Monk, Casa del Jazz
Rome’s Jazz festival returns for its 44th edition with 8 concerts behind closed doors. Due to the decree issued on October 25th, this year’s edition will only be available online. The artists will perform live at Auditorium Parco della Musica and you’ll be able to tune in and see the concerts from your device using the international platform LIVE NOW. The festival was originally scheduled to kick off on October 29th and has now been postponed to November 10th. Eight of the originally planned 14 concerts will still take place, behind closed doors in the halls of the Auditorium. Parco della Musica will broadcast each concert live in HD streaming using the platform LIVE NOW. The live streaming of the festival’s concerts can be purchased either individually or with a subscription plan.
Banksy A Visual Protest
Till April 11, 2021
Chiostro del Bramante – Via Arco della Pace, 5
Dive into the world of Banksy from September 8th. Inside the 16th century Chiostro del Bramante, you’ll find 90 of the anonymous artist’s works filled with irony, denunciation, politics, intelligence and protest. Banksy tackles the themes of the world: war, wealth and poverty, animals, globalization, consumerism, politics, power and ecology. From “Love is in the Air” and “Girl with Balloon”; from “Queen Vic” to “Napalm”, from “Toxic Mary” to “HMV”, and even prints made for Barely Legal. The exhibition itinerary also includes more than 20 projects for album and book covers, in a time span that ranges from 2001 to 2017. All the works come from private collections.
Giovanni Gastel. The People I Like
Till November 22
MAXXI, Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo – Via Guido Reni, 4/a
Admire Giovanni Gastel’s superb photography, ‘The People I Like’ a portrait exhibition on display at the MAXXI from September 15 to November 22, 2020. Gastel has captured over 200 figures in elegant shots and displayed the essence of human emotions and identity in just a few camera clicks, in a few fleeting moments. ‘…hundreds of people, men and women of different social backgrounds and professional roles, well-known or otherwise-’ Giovanna Melandri president of the MAXXI foundation comments. Melandri highlights the ‘magical synthesis’ that occurs in Gastel’s work, emanating ‘seduction, empathy and mutual discovery.’ We can connect with the tenderness that these portraits embody – as we are witness to a vulnerability rarely seen (especially from some of the incredibly famous figures in the frames.) These “celebrities” are captured as transient and as natural as strangers on the metro. All sense of career or status is lost, instead we are immersed in their emotions.
Back to Nature: Contemporary art at Villa Borghese
Till December 13
From September 15th till December 13th, get ready for Villa Borghese’s outdoor exhibition entitled “Back to Nature”, curated by Costantino D’Orazio, which will take place in certain areas of the park: Parco dei Daini, Piazza di Siena, the area in front of the Casino della Meridiana, the Bilotti Museum and the Museo Canonica. One of Rome’s most historic and beloved parks will welcome a series of outdoor installations, designed or specially reinvented for the occasion by internationally renowned artists such as Andreco, Mario Merz, Mimmo Paladino, Benedetto Pietromarchi, Davide Rivalta, Grazia Toderi, Edoardo Tresoldi, Nico Vascellari. Alongside these great artistic works immersed harmoniously in the gardens of Villa Borghese there will also be musical performances and interventions by street artists.
Rome Art Week
October 26 – 31
Only available online
The Eternal City is hosting its fifth edition of “RAW – Rome Art Week” – an artistic initiative dedicated entirely to contemporary art – where more than 263 artists, 43 curators, 101 galleries and institutions will be participating. For one week, all participants will organise events including openings, guided tours, lectures, conferences, performances and more, to present and promote their “vision” of contemporary art. Artists will open the doors of their ateliers and work spaces to showcase their research. Rome Art Week has also invited critics and authoritative operators from the contemporary art industry to give their vision of the state of contemporary art in Rome. Due to the recent governmental decree Rome Art Week will only take place online.
Viaggio nei Fori
suspended due to the governmental decree
Fori Imperiali – Via Alessandrina, Largo Corrado Ricci side
The marble blocks still visible in the Forum of Augustus are the starting point for a fascinating tour in discovery of magnificent archaeological sites and a temple that was at the heart of events in Ancient Rome. A tour created by Piero Angela and Paco Lanciano. Visitors will have the chance to see an exciting portrayal of life in Ancient Rome, reconstructed within the Imperial Fora using light, images, film and animation. The Forum of Augustus is composed of newly reconstructed pathways that tells the story of Augustus’ reign during Rome’s period of imperial expansion; a thrilling representation which combines historical and scientific rigor with entertainment. Visitors will stand on a flight of Roman stairs to watch a multimedia show portraying the history of the Forum and temple dedicated to Mars Ultor, commissioned by Augustus in memory of Julius Caesar. The Viaggio Nei Fori show is available in 8 languages (Italian, English, French, Russian, Spanish, German, Chinese and Japanese) will feature three 40-minute shows every evening.
Quadriennale di Arte 2020
Till January 17, 2021
Palazzo delle Esposizioni – Via Nazionale, 194
The Art Quadriennale, established in 1927, the exhibition devoted to contemporary Italian art, is back in Rome from October 29th. Designed to restore a new image of Italian contemporary art at an international level, the exhibition will see the participation of 43 artists selected by Sarah Cosulich and Stefano Collicelli Cagol with the aim of connecting the imaginaries of young and mid-career artists with the experiments of pioneers who have not always found a place in the canonical narration of Italian art: Alessandro Agudio, Micol Assaël, Irma Blank, Monica Bonvicini, Benni Bosetto, Sylvano Bussotti, Chiara Camoni, Lisetta Carmi, Guglielmo Castelli, Giuseppe Chiari, Isabella Costabile, Giulia Crispiani , Cuoghi Corsello, DAAR – Alessandro Petti – Sandi Hilal, Tomaso De Luca, Caterina De Nicola, Bruna Esposito, Simone Forti, Anna Franceschini, Giuseppe Gabellone, Francesco Gennari, Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi, Diego Gualandris, Petrit Halilaj and Alvaro Urbano , Norma Jeane, Luisa Lambri, Lorenza Longhi, Diego Marcon, Raffaela Naldi Rossano, Valerio Nicolai, Alessandro Pessoli, Amedeo Polazzo, Cloti Ricciardi, Michele Rizzo, Cinzia Ruggeri, Salvo, Lydia Silvestri, Romeo Castellucci – Socìetas, Davide Stucchi, TOMBOYS DON’T CRY, Maurizio Vetrugno, Nanda Vigo, Zapruder.