Le Corsaire at La Scala

20 April-17 May. A much awaited production of this classic with choreography by the Canadian Anna-Marie Holmes (based on the Petipa and Sergeyev versions). Holmes first created for this choreograph...

Francesca da Rimini at La Scala

15 April-13 May. This is the first time Francesca da Rimini, inspired by D' Annunzio's novel of the same name written in 1901, returns to La Scala in six decades. Zandonai's opera, his most success...

Flowers and gardening in Milan’s St Ambrose

13-15 April. Milan basilica hosts display, workshops, tours. One of the most ancient churches in Milan will host the sixth edition of Flora et Decora this weekend, 13 to 15 April, with expert nurse...

Don Pasquale at La Scala

3 April-4 May. Riccardo Chailly conducts another Italian favourite in a new production by Davide Livermore. The comic opera, Don Pasquale, was Donizetti's first work and was performed in Paris in 1843...

Easter concert in Milan’s Duomo

28 Mar. Bach in a splendid setting. Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion is offered in Milan’s central cathedral on Holy Wednesday 28 March as the city prepares to celebrate Easter. First per...

Milan’s castle hosts major graphics exhibition

23 Mar – 1 July. Masters of the 20th century. An exhibition in Milan’s Sforza Castle is displaying over 300 drawings, etchings and art books by the most celebrated artists of the last century. The w...

FAI spring weekend offers many events across Lombardy

24-25 March. Italy’s environmental foundation opens many doors. The 26th edition of the traditional “Spring days” of FAI, Italy’s environmental foundation, the equivalent of Britain’s National Trus...

Lombardia Beer Fest back for 3rd edition

22-25 Mar. Craft beer and street food festival in Milan. Four days dedicated to craft beer made in Lombardy, with 15 local breweries vying for prizes in Milan’s Piazza Città di Lombardia. Enthus...

Milan goes green for St Pat’s

16-18 Mar. Irish and Milanese celebrate together. St. Patrick Street Food Beer Fest is the name of the party which starts already on Friday evening 16 March, and will continue through until Sunday....

Impressionists and avant-garde in Milan’s royal palace

6 Mar-2 Sept. Milan shows 50 masterpieces.In a unique opportunity to admire works by some of the greatest painters from the turn of the 19th to the 20th century, the Palazzo Reale in central Milan is...

Milan’s Triennale by night

9 Mar. Spending the night in Milan’s design and art museum. For the first time La Triennale di Milano will remain open to the public all night, from 21.00 in the evening to 06.09 in the morning....

Time for books in Milan

8-12 March. Five-day celebration of publishing in Milan’s Fiera. On 8 March Milan participates for the first time in the international Tempo di Libri fair in its new role as a UNESCO capital of boo...

Mahler 10, Petite Mort, Bolero at La Scala

10 March-7 April. La Scala's ballet company performs three works; the international premier of Mahler 10 (to the Adagio of Marler's unfinished 10th symphony) by the Canadian choreographer Aszure Barto...

Upcoming architecture and design shows in Milan

By Rebecca Simonov Milan is known for its place as a center for design, a role that transcends Fashion Week and quite literally seeps into the foundation of the city. With such innovative buildings...

Performing arts festival at Milan’s PAC

1-3 Mar. In the Milan Pavilion of Contemporary Art. Three days of meetings, flash-backs, screenings and performances, all open free to the public with artists, curators, critics and academics at th...

Dürer and the Renaissance in Milan’s Royal Palace

21 Feb-21 June. Works loaned to Milan from 40 collections. Milan’s Palazzo Reale is hosting an exhibit on Dürer and the Renaissance between Germany and Italy, recording the high period of the Germa...

Milan exhibition explores fascist-era art

18 Feb-25 June. Post Zang Tumb Tuum. Art, life and politics in Italy 1918-1943. The mysteriously-titled exhibition Post Zang Tumb Tuum at Milan’s Fondazione Prada offers a fascinating review of the...

Milan celebrates Chinese New Year

17-18 Feb. Milan’s Chinatown’s most important holiday. The highlight of the Chinese calendar, the New Year – this time the year of the dog – will bring Milan’s Chinese community onto the streets at...

Clowns invade Milan for carnival week

14-17 Feb. 13th Milan Clown Festival. Carnival week in Milan will see 80 artists from nine nations mount 142 free street events in 21 locations around the city for the 13th Milan Clown Festival....

Milan’s MIC schedules Stephen Frears retrospective

13 Feb – 01 Mar. 17 classical movies from 1985 to 2017. Milan’s MIC – Interactive Museum of Cinema – will screen 17 masterpieces by British director Stephen Frears, named among the 100 most influen...

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