The all-night entertainment and shopping programme that took place on Saturday 21 July 2007 was a huge success. Thousands of Livornese took to the streets after dinner to wander through the city and the surrounding areas to eat, shop, and watch one or more of the many concerts and cabaret shows held in the city squares.
The last night of the Effetto Venezia on Sunday 12th August drew in huge crowds, partly perhaps because the event had been cancelled on Saturday night because of a tragic accident near Livorno on Friday (see News). The streets of the Venezia district were teeming with people of all ages, restaurant tables were full, and the atmosphere was relaxed and friendly.
The evening of music in Livorno's Fortezza Vecchia on Thursday 2 August 2007 kicked off with the immensely popular and widely followed Springtime choir directed by the entrepreneurial Cristiano Grasso. The choir performed a number of rhythmic pieces ranging from jazz to popular music, all in their usual enthusiastic and highly polished style. Excellent accompaniment by Massimiliano Fantolini on the piano and Gabriele on percussion (sorry Gabriele but I don't have your surname!)
9th February 2009 I went along to the recently opened GISH eco-design shop and contemporary art space in Via della Posta yesterday afternoon, intrigued by the event that was taking place - a concert of Hawaiian music and dance performed by Japanese performer Maki Inouye and Livornese guitarist Antonio Ghezzani.
Saturday 7th July 2007
In a way, this event summed up what Livorno is all about. The setting, for a start, was Piazza Cavallotti, by day the city’s brilliantly colourful and lively fruit and vegetable market and a focus of daily life for local people. And in 1863, in a building on the square, now replaced with an ugly modern construction that houses a bank, the famous Livornese composer, Pietro Mascagni, was born. Mascagni is known to everyone in Livorno, and his name is immortalised in the city’s handsome terrace overlooking the sea (Terrazza Mascagni) and in the music school, ‘La Mascagni’.
Ingredients for a perfect Sunday afternoon: bright sunshine, a medieval Tuscan village, abundant samples of new Tuscan olive oil and corpulent local wine, and a brilliant street orchestra!