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Hamish Moore: The Barga vanga paintings

Hamish Moore: The Barga vanga paintings

Hamish Moore plays in Palazzo Pancrazi as the exhibition closes

  The latest exhibition by Keane, 10 paintings in lacquered oil mounted back-to-back in the lobby of Palazzo Pancrazi, is an eloquent study in the suggestive complexity of simple objects. Their immediate subject is the “vanga,” the traditional spade used by Tuscan peasants since time immemorial to turn their soil. Viewed from a variety of […]

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Barga, San Rocco and the Black Death

Barga, San Rocco and the Black Death

article by Frank Viviano

Ironically, as Barga celebrates its annual mid-August festa di San Rocco with dining and dancing under the stars and a lively outdoor market, it is also marking the inconceivable carnage of the Black Death – in which the Serchio Valley almost certainly played a critical role. In the lengthy annals of European trauma, ranging from […]

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Keane: The Barga vanga paintings

Keane: The Barga vanga paintings

article by Frank Viviano

The latest exhibition by Keane, 10 paintings in lacquered oil mounted back-to-back in the lobby of Palazzo Pancrazi, is an eloquent study in the suggestive complexity of simple objects. Their immediate subject is the “vanga,” the traditional spade used by Tuscan peasants since time immemorial to turn their soil. Viewed from a variety of perspectives, […]

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Scampoli: an exhibition of works by Giorgia Madiai

Scampoli: an exhibition of works by Giorgia Madiai

exhibition open in Barga Vecchia at her studio at Porta Reale for just one day - 14th May 2017

“Scampoli,” an exhibition of works by the remarkable painter Giorgia Madiai now underway in Barga Vecchia, is a mesmerizing inquiry into the most volatile realm of human interaction: speech itself. To walk into Madiai’s studio in Via Pretorio, the mostra’s setting, is to be carried along on a silent yet deafening tsunami of shouts and […]

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The Wine Glasses of Barga

The Wine Glasses of Barga

Works by Keane and Tiziana Fontana - article by Frank Viviano

A unframed collage of simple bistro glasses stands in the lobby of Palazzo Pancrazi, Barga’s municipal hall. Tinted with red wine, they look unprepossessing at first glance. But their nuances chronicle a moving history of the town — and beyond that, of the larger peasant world that is its evocative setting. “This is where Barga […]

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Keane: Pop Tarot in Palazzo Pancrazi

Keane: Pop Tarot in Palazzo Pancrazi

The mysteries of Tarot explored in mysterious Barga - an exhibition by Keane in Barga Vecchia

Setting, subject and artist are the three interlocked components of a compelling art exhibition. It would be difficult to find a more perfect example than the trio of Barga, Tarot and Keane. This is the chemistry that animates “The Barga Pop Tarot Paintings,” now open for viewing at the Palazzo Pancrazi in Barga Vecchia. The “Pop” […]

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Bus and train connections, Barga – Pisa

Bus and train connections, Barga – Pisa

Once again thanks to Frank Viviano - Below are the schedules for bus connections to and from Barga-Gallicano rail station, with corresponding departure times for onward travel to Pisa.

TO AND FROM THE TRAIN STATION AND PISA CENTRALE: SUMMER 2016 Double-Check train departures and arrivals on the trenitalia site BUSES Bus from Mologno FS (Barga-Gallicano) to Barga (15 minutes) 07:10 07:29 08:52 10:12 14:12 15:06 16:12 17:44 18:12 20:17  22:15* Sunday:  12:39 15:34 20:09 Bus from Barga to Mologno FS (15 minutes) 06:25 07:30 08:45 […]

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The mysteries of Tarot explored in mysterious Barga

The mysteries of Tarot explored in mysterious Barga

An Exhibition by Keane at Locanda di Mezzo

Setting, subject and artist are the three interlocked components of a compelling art exhibition. It would be difficult to find a more perfect example than the trio of Barga, Tarot and Keane. This is the chemistry that animates “The Barga Pop Tarot Paintings,” now open for viewing at the Locanda di Mezzo in Piazza dell’Annunziata. […]

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La Traviata: Bel Canto brings down the house

La Traviata: Bel Canto brings down the house

Driven by the inexhaustible energy that Barga has come to expect of her, Sally He Li promised a memorable evening at the Teatro dei Differenti on Saturday, following up on the Bel Canto Opera Festival’s highly successful maiden season in 2014. She more than delivered. From the curtain-rise ballroom scene to the final breath of Giuseppe Verdi’s greatest heroine, Violetta Valery, the Bel Canto “La Traviata” was extraordinary.

The voices of the three principal artists — Sally in the soprano role of Violetta, tenor Alberto Sousa as her lover, Alfredo Germont, and baritone Bruno Caproni as Giorgio Germont, his father — could not have been more compelling. Singing the most venerated composition in Italian opera, they would have brought down the house anywhere, […]

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Marika and the Angels

Marika and the Angels

The Remarkable Stories Behind Barga Bel Canto's "La Traviata" 

What distinction does the Barga Bel Canto Festival share with New York’s Metropolitan Opera? A brilliant soprano in the lead role of Verdi’s “La Traviata” — and the spectacular period costumes she and her fellow cast members will wear when they perform at the Teatro dei Differenti on September 5 and 12. The soprano is […]

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Andrea Guzzoletti opens Barga Jazz Festival 2015 with “Invisible Cities”

Andrea Guzzoletti opens Barga Jazz Festival 2015 with “Invisible Cities”

A milestone in the Festival’s three-decade story

Andrea Guzzoletti is a key member of his generation’s musical brain trust, along with Barga Jazz Festival director Alessandro Rizzardi and former Barga Jazz club president Simone Venturi. All of them are principal figures in a remarkable array of bands and combos. Each is an acknowledged master of his preferred instruments, Rizzardi on the sax […]

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Barga, San Rocco and the Black Death

Barga, San Rocco and the Black Death

As Barga celebrates its annual mid-August festa di San Rocco with dining and dancing under the stars and a lively outdoor market, it is also marking the inconceivable carnage of the Black Death – in which the Serchio Valley almost certainly played a critical role. In the lengthy annals of European trauma, ranging from the […]

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