It’s fair to say that the lead up to Expo 2015 has had its hiccups. But, as the big event opens the host city Milan, in true Italian style, is pulling out all the stops. With openings, launches and events popping up all over the city there’s an unbelievable amount to discover this May in Milan. Here are our highlights so far...
Expo Milan 2015
The big event kicks off on the evening of 30 April, with a concert featuring Andrea Bocelli who will perform the Expo 2015 anthem, La forza del sorriso (The power of the smile) as well as other Italian opera classics. He will be accompanied by the world renowned Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang in what promises to be a moving event in the square in front of the city’s grand Duomo cathedral.
On 1 May the giant exhibition space in Rho-Fiera, just to the north-west of the Milan will open its doors for the first time. Visitors will be able to see the pavilions in all their glory as well as inaugural events including a speech by Matteo Renzi and involvement (via live feed) of Pope St Francis from the Vatican. On 2 May a large party will take place at Castello Sforzesco with live music and art lasting all afternoon and late into the evening.
Many more events are planned for Expo in May including European food day on 8 May, Family day on 15 May, Women for Expo on 18 May and World Biodiversity day on 22 May.
Turandot at La Scala
To coincide with the start of Expo La Scala plays host to Turandot, Puccini’s last and unfinished work. The opera was premiered at La Scala in 1926 without a finale and now returns with a version completed by Luciano Berio.
Armani Silos Museum
Special ambassador and Italian icon, Giorgio Armani will be celebrating Milan Expo 2015 by opening the long-awaited Armani ‘Silos’ museum in Tortona. In true Armani style the party will be fabulously star-studded affair. The museum will be available to the public from 1 May onwards.
From 1 May, Via Bergognone, 40, 20144, Milan www.armanisilos.com
Continuing on the fashion-meets-art-space concept Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli will be opening their much anticipated Fondazione Prada on 9 May. A sister site to their Fondazione Prada in Venice this space designed by Rem Koolhaas will feature Roman Polanski as well as classical art show with twist in its opening programme of exhibitions.
9 May, Largo Isarco, 2, 20139, Milan, www.fondazioneprada.org
Arts and Food at the Triennale
Milan’s prestigious contemporary art and design museum plays host to the one Milan Expo pavilion that is not on the main Expo site. The Triennale’s Arts and Food pavilion will focus on the visual, sculptural, object-based and environmental forms that have since 1851 (the year of the first Expo in London) revolved around the world of food nutrition and dining together.
9 April-1 November, Triennale, Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6, 20121, Milan, www.triennale.org
Arts and Food at the Triennale
Navigli and the Mercato Metropolitano
The alternative and ever popular Navigli area of Milan has recieved a facelift recently with the reopening of the Darsena and Piazza XXIV Maggio as well as the cleaning up of both canals. Adding to the rejuvenation of this former industrial area is the opening of the new Mercato Metropolitano. This permanent semi-covered farmer's market plus street food and cultural space has been built in old railway buildings near Porta Genova. Open from 11am until midnight this promises to provide a lively outdoor and evening venue with bars, concerts and outdoor cinema.
The ultra cool creative events organisation Elita has teamed up with EXPO in Città to turn a disused space under Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II into the EXPOINCITTA lounge. In the daytime the lounge will host cultural events and in the evening the space will turn into a club with live music and DJs.
Spazio Ex Cobianchi, Piazza Duomo 19, EXPOINCITTA lounge on facebook
Read about other events happening in the city at en.expoincitta.com