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Milano: renovated neighborhoods and 2018 events calendar

With the Expo’s clamour over, new energies have emerged in Milano among visionary workshops, spaces for art, culture, work, and ever-wider green areas. Here are the renewed neighborhoods and 2018 events calendar 

View of Milano from the Duomo_1 Bosco Verticale tower in Isola district in Milano_2

In recent years the biggest change involved the soul itself of Milan and its cultural identity, deconstructing its habits and clichés. Today, who visits Milan, even just between meetings, must be prepared to discover a totally renovated city: not anymore just the Italian capital of fashion and business, but a dynamic and stimulating European and global cultural centre, an old and modern art city, which hosts and promotes internationally relevant events and exhibitions all year.

Milan neighborhoods

For once, all the transformation operators (private, public, the fashion world) have moved in the same direction. So, before the Universal Exhibition Porta Nuova was finished, and then the Darsena, the Pietà Rondanini museum, the Mudec, the Armani Museum, and the Prada Foundation. The great stimulus given by the new architectural projects, in particular those realized from 2015 to today, has in fact produced a profound, cultural, tourist, and identity renovation.

Fashion – Tortona district: For some years now, fashion has chosen the Tortona area as its headquarters, but since 2015 the neighbourhood outside the Navigli (canals) ring has seen the birth of pearls such as the Mudec, Silos Armani, and Officine Creative Ansaldo.

Design District – Lambrate, Piola and Stazione Centrale: Lambrate, Piola, and most recently the abandoned warehouses under the railroad tracks of the Central Station have been redefined as the Milanese Design District.

Luxury - CityLife: The neighbourhood of the former Fiera Campionaria, certainly not peripheral, has found its luxury vocation in the CityLife project and in the excellence of the three towers designed by starchitect Arata Isozaki (2015), Zaha Hadid (October 2017), and Daniel Libeskind (2019-2020).

Glam – Isola: And then there is Isola, the neighbourhood that more than any other has changed its identity, from stronghold of the working-class Milan to one of the most glamorous areas of the moment, along with the close Porta Nuova and Garibaldi, exactly where the two towers of the Bosco Verticale stand today

2018 events calendar

MUSEOCITY – 2-4 March 2018
The city transforms into a large, widespread museum with extraordinary openings, exhibitions, children’s workshops, and special initiatives, networked into a single program.

ART WEEK – 9-15 April 2018
The week dedicated to contemporary art lovers. A rich program of events, inaugurations, and special openings, which revolves around Miart, the fair dedicated to contemporary art.

DESIGN WEEK – 17-22 April 2018
Fuorisalone is the world’s most important design event.

PIANOCITY –18-20 May 2018
Over 400 concerts spread all over the city, from large spaces to courtyards, to homes and gardens unknown until recently.

FOODCITY – 7-13 May 2018
Milan becomes the Italian capital of taste with events, meetings, tastings, workshops, exhibitions, and show cooking dedicated to the culture of good food, good nutrition, and sustainability.

ARCH WEEK – 22-27 May 2018
The week of meetings totally open to the city, dedicated to architecture and the urban future.

PHOTO WEEK – 4-10 June 2018
A week with exhibitions, meetings, guided tours, workshops, editorial projects, openings, finissage, and projections, dedicated to photography.

MOVIE WEEK – 17-29 September 2018
Widespread projections in collaboration with the Milanese film festivals, exhibitions, and special events in cinemas follow one another in an extensive program alongside meetings with actors and directors and studies on the vast audio-visual theme.

MUSIC WEEK – 12-18 November 2018
Seven days of concerts, live DJs, showcases, presentations, themed evenings, surprise events, parties throughout the city of Milan with the involvement of national and international guests.

BOOKCITY – 8-11 November 2018
Meetings with authors, shows, readings, workshops, exhibitions, and a reading marathon make up a calendar with over 1000 appointments.

The great exhibitions of 2018 in Milan

Frida Kahlo
- from 1 February to 3 June 2018

Albrecht Dürer
and the Renaissance between Germany and Italy – from 21 February to 24 June 2018
Dalí and Fashion - from February to June 2018
Carlo Carrà - from 4 October 2018 to 9 February 2019
Picasso e l’antico - from November 2018 to March 2019

Lucian Freud. Artworks from the Ubs collections – Spring 2018

De Chirico in Paris. From Apollinaire to Surrealists. – Autumn 2018



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