Fifth Festa della Cultura festival features two SACI Instructors in art and music


5° Festa della Cultura San Giovanni Battista

Arte – Musica – Visite – Spiritualità – Comunità

Florence, ITALY
June 11-24, 2016

Festa della Cultura San Giovanni Battista, a non-profit initiative, brings together Florentines and visitors in celebration of the Feast of the Patron Saint of Florence through communal cultural appreciation.

In 2016, the two-week program of original events in unique locations includes three exhibitions, five concerts, two Holy Masses, seven tours, four art workshops, and the screening of a new film, as it supports the ongoing work of an ancient Florentine church and two community organizations.

This year, two SACI instructors will be featured: Lisa Nocentini (Ceramics) and Gian Luca Lastraioli (Sound Art).

Dolcezza porge e gran diletto

Ceramic works by Lisa Nocentini inspired by the lyrics of Cosimo Bottegari from the late 1500s.

Opening: Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 6pm

European School of Economics
Borgo SS. Apostoli, 19

Palazzo Rosselli del Turco
Piazza del Limbo – Florence

lisa-nocentiniBorn in Florence, Lisa obtained a Diploma di Arti Applicate from the Istituto d’Arte of Florence in 1978, studying ceramics with Salvatore Cipolla, and later studied ceramics and painting at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Aix-en-Provence and painting with Fernando Farulli at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence.

Between 1978 and 1982 Lisa was apprentice and then assistant in the ceramics studio of Bruno Gambone, allowing her to perfect her technique on the potter’s wheel. At the end of 1981 she set up her own ceramics studio in Florence, starting a production of stoneware functional pieces. She has focused on developing her own clay bodies and glazes. During this period she took part in the founding of the Consorzio Mestieri d’Arte, an association of craftsmen-artists whose aim was to keep alive and expand traditional crafts.

Since 1990 her work has evolved gradually towards the production of one of a kind vessel forms. From 1997-1998 her work started to belong to the realm of sculpture. From that time, her work became exclusively figurative, although materials and processes have remained strictly connected with those of ceramics.

In her current work she combines the use of clay with other materials such as wood, fabric, iron, twine and vegetable elements. As ceramicist and then sculptor she has exhibited extensively in group and solo shows in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Greece and the USA. Her pieces belong to many important private collections in Italy and abroad.

In 2011 her work was selected for the Biennale di Venezia, and Sezione Toscana at Villa Bardini, Florence. In 2012 an important solo show of her work was held at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence with the title Corteo Bizzarro a Palazzo. In this show more than 100 sculptures were exhibited.

SACI logoLisa began teaching ceramics at Studio Art Centers International ( in Florence in 1990, and has been head of the 3D area since 2006.

The exhibition continues through June 24, 2016.


Madrigale di Bottegari

And on June 21 at 9pm, don’t miss the Concert of Renaissance Music benefiting Angeli per un Giorno.

Gian Luca Lastraioli (liuto)
Elena Saló (mezzo-soprano)
With works by Lisa Nocentini inspired by the lyrics of Madrigali di Cosimo Bottegari.

European School of Economics
Borgo SS. Apostoli, 19

Palazzo Rosselli del Turco
Piazza del Limbo – Florence

Gian Luca Lastraioli

Gian Luca Lastraioli

This multimedia event combines an exhibition of sculptures by ceramic artist Lisa Nocentini, with a live performance (in Italian) of a program of Renaissance music performed by lutenist Gian Luca Lastraioli and singer Lucia Sciannimanico. Each song will  be presented beside each inspired piece of artwork.

The music performed is from an original manuscript by Cosimo Bottegari, a brilliant musical entertainer and singer – sometimes ironic and witty, occasionally irresistibly comical, often passionately dramatic – who was one of the outstanding figures  at the Medici court of Florence in the late 16th Century.

The evening will be characterized by variety and brilliance, offering both sophisticated madrigals composed by Bottegari in the then new “recitative style,” and sparkling and humorous villanellas which could be described as examples of “Renaissance cabaret music.”

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About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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