25 September – 4 October 2020
Festival of performative arts, installations and performances.

Conceived and curated by Letizia Renzini.

Produced by NAM – Not A Museum.



Humanity, nature, perception, culture, relationships, the essential factors in the reopening of this society based on the individual are ones that are collective, and not vice versa.

Happening! looks into the relationship between the performing arts and performance by giving them new creative scenarios, following a flexible and osmotic production concept that merges and combines artistic disciplines, forming bonds between the artists and between the artists and the public, in a continuous dialogue with its surroundings.

Installations, performances, concerts, artworks, exhibitions, and all of their possible crossovers will bring life to Manifattura Tabacchi, creating a vibrant and lively environment in continual movement, a workshop for the arts involving the viewer in a process of creative participation, a meta-composition using the spaces, the various artistic disciplines, the creators, and the viewers as its palette.

Access will be in full compliance with the measures that the Italian government is taking to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The events programme, marked out by its hybridisation of video, dance, music and performance, has ben designed in a way that allows the viewer to plot their own course through its various elements, thanks to the repetition of some of these performances.

The festival will bring together artists from all over the world in the spaces at Manifattura Tabacchi, such as artist and composer Jessie Marino from New York, American trumpet player, visual artist and performer Rob Mazurek, visual and sound artist and performer Letizia Renzini, Marina Giovannini with an original, expansive and participatory version of the performance Meditation on Beauty, as well as Italian-Eritrean artist, performer and director Muna Mussie.

In addition, Happening! will also involve many different local organisations in the project, including the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Tempo Reale, The New Generation Festival, the CAB008 association, Attivisti della danza e Fondazione Studio Marangoni. Luisa Zuffo – a collaborator of artistic director Letizia Renzini, and NAM – Not a Museum have been working together with the creative community at Manifattura Tabacchi to put on the festival, in particular with the architects of q-bic studio and some of the makers from B9 such as mòno, Canificio and Duccio Maria Gambi, participating in the conception and construction of design elements and site-specific scenery.

Happening! will be the place where you can find elements such as the mixing of different artistic disciplines, striking and memorable installations and performances against the backdrop of Manifattura Tabacchi, the public sharing in the artistic processes, the creation of a temporary community through art, and interaction with the natural environment. Happening! will not just be the first event for NAM – Not a Museum, it will form part of its manifesto.



Director, musician, DJ, she works as stage director and creator in new music theatre, performing arts, installations and electronic music/visual. A sound and video artist, a performer, Letizia Renzini works with mixing media focusing her exploration on composition towards different languages. She had been working many years for the 3°channel of National Italian Radio as dj and speaker dor the show “Battiti”. She’s been teaching Multimedia Arts and Cinema Studies at the Marangoni Insitute for Fashion, Arts and Design. Her works of new music theatre and her music and visuals performance have been seen and listen in many international festival for contemporary and performing arts such as Biennale di Venezia, Festival Romaeuropa (I) Operadagen Rotterdam (NL), National Theatre Amsterdam, Mozarteum Salzburg (A), Radialsystem Berlin (D), Fabbrica Europa Florence (I), Parco della Musica Rome (I), Centro Cultural de Belem (P), State Theatre Pretoria (SA), Macro Roma, The Place London (GB), Opéra de Lille (FR), Tanzeshus Stockholm (S), Royal Opera House London (GB), CCS Strozzina Florence (I), Walpurgis Antwerp (B), Bimhuis Amsterdam (NL), Concertgebouw Brugge (B): Hamburg Elbphilarmonie, Opéra de Lille, Cité de La Musique Paris, and many more. She premièred with her last show “Decameron 2.0” ar Spoleto Festival Dei due Mondi 61 in 2018. She premièred her next show “Love, You son of a bitch – a Scarlatti project” in October 2019 at Staatsoper Berlin.



NAM – Not A Museum – is Manifattura Tabacchi’s contemporary art platform. NAM is based on the principle of the interdisciplinary nature of the arts, community involvement, and an investigation of the relationship between art, nature, and science.

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