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A midwinter night's dream
Written by Mariachiara Marzari   

il_ridotto193-_pietro_longhi.jpgVenice, now looking forward to a springtime that will bring in a new blossoming of expositions all throughout the city, is rediscovering her own intimate Carnival links with history, art and tradition. She is inventing something delightful and unusual: Carnival Culture Night. Indeed, on the 20th of February, the penultimate day of Carnival, there will be the Sleepless Night, which, as ususal, will be characterized by a full programme of events dedicated to art, music, theatre, recital, reading, representation, performance, secret visit journeys, all of which will involve the city itself and its cultural institutions, both public and private.

 

The recipe remains strictly Venetian: Carnival Culture Night must be experienced rigourously in masks. Who would wish to miss the opportunity to attend a theatre performance dressed in 18th century clothing in the halls of Ca’ Rezzonico, where it is easy to meet personages such as Lady Macbeth, Ophelia, Juliette, Titania, and Elizabeth in Le donne poco fragili di Shakespeare (Shakespeare's not very fragile ladies), an affectionate, highly enjoyable tribute to women, real and imaginary.

Or, if you prefer, you may stroll in the Monumental Halls of the National Marciana Library, clad in typical Commedia dell'Arte garments, in order to enjoy the recital called Goldoni's Armenians, excerpts from Goldonian texts with a counterpoint of a program of Armenian music.
Or you might like to dress up as a Geisha at Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti during the evening dedicated to the "Noh" theatre, which originated in Japan in the 14th century. Another choice would be to put on your bauta and to enjoy the Venetian Curiousities of the highly renowned Donna Leon at the Istituto Veneto, or the secret itineraries of the masterpieces at the Querini Stampalia Foundation; or you can pretend to be Casanova among the extremely lengthy shelves of the State Archives, where you can find thousands of narrations, events and personages.


There is so much more that you can do during Carnival... A final suggestion is to imagine that you yourself are Goldoni, seeking 10 motives for leaving Venice in a theatrical visit to Casa Goldoni. Let the night begin!

 
«Carnival Culture Night»
20 February around town
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