Elba’s autumn events are in the name of culture: a wide range of proposals including literature, music, cinema, history and contemporary art, with a strong focus on the Bicentenary of Napoleon’s death.
MUSIC | Elba Isola Musicale d’Europa – Elba Musical Island of
Europe 2021 from 26th August to 12th September
The festival, this year in its 25th edition, brings together musicians from all over the world to recreate musical masterpieces of all times in a unique setting. Here, they are inspired by the extraordinarily luxuriant and welcoming island, a magical place steeped in history, where the enchantment of the landscape naturally blends in with the art and a simple way of life, in harmony with nature.
Under the artistic direction of George Edelman, creator and co- founder of the festival, in 2021 the event confirms a broad artistic vision, and presents a variety of repertoires, distant in time and styles, especially classical music and jazz. A special session will be dedicated to Napoleon, a great admirer of Haydn, whose Quartets will be played in three Napoleonic sites by different interpreters.
BOOKS | Premio Letterario Internazionale Isola d’Elba – Raffaele
Brignetti – International Book Prize Island of Elba – Raffaele Brignetti
Saturday – 4th September 2021
The book prize of Elba, directed by Prof. Alberto Brandani, is one of the best known and most prestigious in Italy. Over the years, it has awarded authors the calibre of Heinrich Böll, Eugenio Montale, Mario Luzi, Michel Tournier, Alberto Bevilacqua and Margarete Buber-Neumann.
The contenders for victory of the 49th edition will be the novels Italiana by Giuseppe Catozzella (Mondadori), Il gioco delle ultime volte by Margherita Oggero (Einaudi) and Quel Maledetto Vronskij by Claudio Piersanti (Rizzoli). The works, selected by the prize jury, are now submitted to a popular vote. The winner will be announced on 4th September and awarded the same day in Portoferraio at the Linguella Archaeological Museum.
CINEMA | EFF – Elba Film Festival from 14th to 18th September
An ever-growing success accompanies the third edition of the EFF – Elba Film Festival, the event dedicated to independent cinema, one of the most dynamic sectors of the movie business.
Many films will be presented (in 2020, there were more than 500 applicants) from all over the world. Born from an idea by director and screenwriter Nora Jaenicke and curated by actor and director of programming Beniamino Brogi, the EFF confirms the island of Elba as a favourite location for independent productions, which
choose to film on the island thanks to the optimal logistical conditions and the presence of a great variety of sets in a small area.
HISTORY | Nel segno di Napoleone: gli Uffizi diffusi all’Isola d’Elba
(Portoferraio) – In the sign of Napoleon: the dissemination of the
Uffizi in the island of Elba (Portoferraio) until 10th October 2021.
The exhibition, which marks the beginning of the relationship between Elba and the Uffizi, highlights the strong bond between the French emperor and the island of Elba, where he was exiled from May 1814 to February 1815, through a selection of works from the Uffizi and the enhancement of the treasures of the Pinacoteca Foresiana of Portoferraio. Among the works on display, the iconic portrait of Napoleon painted on porcelain by the Sèvres Manufactury in 1810 by the decorator Jean Georget, which depicts
the Emperor at the moment of his maximum splendour. Also on display is the Penitent Magdalene by Giuseppe Bezzuoli, to which the Uffizi Gallery will dedicate an exhibition next year; the work is part of the collection of the Pinacoteca Foresiana in Portoferraio.
CONTEMPORARY ART | Luigi Ontani: ElbAlbAmena (Marciana)
until 31st October 2021
Luigi Ontani, world-renowned eclectic artist (painter, sculptor and photographer), celebrates his love for the island, his tribute to the myth of Napoleon and his close connection with the Etruscan heritage, of which the Archeological Museum of Marciana preserves testimony.
Three works are on display, the NapoleonCentaurOntano sculpture that combines a complex symbolic system of signs and visions with the myth of Napoleon on the island of Elba, reaffirming its relevance and creative value.
SPECIAL | The Bicentenary of Napoleon’s death
The initiatives for the Bicentenary of Napoleon’s death continue. Elba is celebrating its most illustrious guest with activities that involve the island at 360°: trekking routes, conferences, book presentations, exhibitions, food and wine tastings, commemorations.