This month, Venice will celebrate its world-famous glassmaking heritage with a new international festival titled The Venice Glass Week. Taking place from 10th-17th September, the festival will include more than 150 events at over 100 different venues across Venice and Murano, ranging from museums and galleries to private palaces, specialist shops, gardens, churches, glass furnaces and even an historic Venetian sailing boat.
As well as spectacular exhibitions such as “Gold” at La Fenice Theatre and “Dew Fire: Giorgio Vigna for Venini” at the Accademia Galleries, the festival will feature a wide range of other events including behind-the-scenes tours of Murano’s secret glass furnaces, and private visits to the ateliers of some of the city’s most celebrated glass artists including Livio Seguso and Laura de Santillana. Conferences will debate ways of ensuring a sustainable future for the Murano glass industry, while practical demonstrations and workshops will give visitors the chance to experience glass-making first hand.
Special highlights include a concert at Palazzo Bru Zane with operatic arias and melodies on the theme of glass, a glass-themed menu designed by Chef Loris Indri at Hotel Londra Palace, and a 5 km night-time run through the candlelit streets and furnaces of Murano.
The Venice Glass Week runs from 10th – 17th September. For more information, visit www.theveniceglassweek.com
Whether you are looking to find the perfect home in Venice, or to furnish your home elsewhere, the Venice Glass Week provides an opportunity to be inspired by the many great talents who call this island city their home.