Milano Summer Guide 2018

The Italian centre of fashion and finance, Milan is alive with possibility during the summer months. The city is playing host to all manner of world-class events, from innovative art exhibitions to virtual reality experiences, film festivals to Photo Week. Don’t miss a minute of the excitement with our guide to the best summer events in Milan.

10th May 2017 – 29th June 2018

Colore

Encouraging learning through play, the interactive exhibition, Colore, aims to teach children to properly understand and use colour through four different installations. Each takes a unique approach, prompting children to engage in simple tasks like hide-and-seek in a surreal landscape in order to reveal mimesis. Stimulating and beautiful, it’s an unmissable opportunity for families with young children.

 

10th May 2017 – 29th June 2018

MUBA, Via Enrico Besana 12, 20122 Milano

www.muba.it

May – August 2018

In Full Light

A collaborative endeavour between Milan’s Department of Culture, the Palazzo Reale and Vatican Museums, In Full Light grants visitors a unique look at the Vatican Museums. Nine international photographers have been granted access to the museums in order to capture works which best interpret them, from the interiors to the architecture, the visitors to the archives.

 

May – August 2018

Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo 12, 20122 Milano

www.palazzorealemilano.it

Palazzo Reale, Milano
29th March – 31st July 2018

Beyond the Castle: Time to Make History

A 15th century castle built atop 14th century fortifications, Castello Sforzesco has deep historical roots. Thanks to a new education initiative, visitors to the castle this summer can catch a glimpse of what it might have been like during the Renaissance through virtual reality. This playful, interactive experience includes a tour as well as the chance to watch an archer defending the fortress and admire the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci.

 

29th March – 31st July 2018

Castello Sforzesco, Piazza Castello, 20121 Milano

www.milanocastello.it

5th April – 20th August 2018

Torbjørn Rødland: The Touch That Made You

Exploring the everyday in his work, the Los Angeles-based Norwegian artist, Torbjørn Rødland, takes the ordinary and elevates, explores and even fetishizes it. Organised by the Serpentine Galleries in London, this new exhibition encompasses over 40 of his photographic artworks and three videos, including many of the portraits, still-life and landscapes for which he is known.

 

5th April – 20th August 2018

Fondazione Prada

www.fondazioneprada.org

21st May – 13th June 2018

2018 Milan International Film Festival

Nicknamed the “Milanese Sundance”, the Milan International Film Festival, or MIFF, kicks off in May. Having accepted films from independent, international filmmakers all over the world, MIFF chooses the best to screen during the run of its annual festival. This year’s programme, which runs the cinematic gamut from documentaries and shorts to features, continues MIFF’s stellar track record of picking exceptional films.

 

21st May – 13th June 2018

Various locations in Milan

www.miffawards.com

4th – 10th June 2018

Milan Photo Week

The calendar for this year’s Milan Photo Week is packed with workshops, film screenings, guided tours, exhibitions and more. Taking place all over the city, the event lasts a week and aims to encourage, tempt and teach visitors to look at the world with more intention and see photography for what it is—a creative, artistic medium that has the potential to both interpret and tell reality.

 

4th – 10th June 2018

Various locations in Milan

www.photoweekmilano.it

5th June, 3rd July, 11th September 2018

Art & Mixology

Art and aperitivo mix to marvellous effect at Art & Mixology, a late-night event hosted by Galleria Campari on select nights over the summer. The Galleria has an impressive collection of historical documents and vintage mixology objects, which visitors can experience through a guided tour and top off the evening with an expertly-mixed, creatively concocted aperitivo. Salute!

 

5th June, 3rd July, 11th September 2018

Galleria Campari, Viale A. Gramsci 161, Sesto San Giovanni, Milano

www.campari.com

15th – 18th June 2018

Men's Fashion Week

The international fashion elite, the press, and the designers themselves all descend on the stylish streets of Milan for Men’s Fashion Week in June. Spread over four days, the city’s sartorially-minded denizens enjoy catwalk shows and events aimed at celebrating and showcasing the next season’s must-have looks.

 

15th – 18th June 2018

Various locations in Milan

18th June – 7th July 2018

Fidelio

This summer, La Scala is putting on Deborah Warner’s much-lauded staging of Fidelio, created for Daniel Barenboim’s last season opening in 2014. Conducted by Myung-whun Chung, with famed tenor Stuart Skelton singing the role of Florestan, and Simone Schneider the role of Leonore, this production promises to more than do justice to Beethoven’s extraordinary ode to love and freedom.

 

18th June – 7th July 2018

Teatro alla Scala, Via Filodrammatici 2, 20121 Milano

www.teatroallascala.org