25 September – 4 October 2020

Festival of performative arts, installations and performances.


Conceived and curated by Letizia Renzini.

Produced by NAM – Not A Museum.

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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, Silvia Franco in Opera Lab, as well as Italian-Eritrean artist, performer and director Muna Mussie.

Within the festival, the experimental label OOH-sounds will curate a series of electronic music performances including Shelley Parker / Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome‘s LET THE BODY project, Nicola Ratti in an unprecedented collaboration with Muna Mussie and live sets by Giuseppe Ielasi, Bellows and Holy Similaun.

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.










Meditation on Beauty
by Marina Giovannini


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3-4 October at 19:30

25 September – 1 October 2020, from 18:00-23:00 (last entry 22:15). Sunday 27/09 from 13:00.

29 September-2 October, from 18:00-20:00.

Meditations #1 #2 #3 / SHARING TRAININGS
Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September at 18:00-19:30.

25/09 at 21:00
26/09 at 19:30
27/09 at 21:00.

From 25/09 to 1/10 ore 18:00-23:00 (last entry 22:15).

by Jessie Marino & Pinquins Ensemble


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27 September at 20:00

25 September -1 October 2020, from 18:00-23:00 (last entry 22:15). Sunday 27/09 from 13:00.

by Silvia Franco and New Generation Festival


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Saturday 26/09 at 21:30
Sunday 27/09 at 18:00
Saturday 3/10 at 21:30
Sunday 4/10 at 18:00

by Muna Mussie and Nicola Ratti

25 September at 18:00

25 September – 4 October.

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PRIMATI | Photography exhibition Fondazione Studio Marangoni / Workshop Meditation on Beauty.
curated by Lucia Minunno.

25 September – 4 October

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by Attivisti della Danza

4 October
from 16:00 to 19:00

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25 September at 22:00

26 September at 22:00

2 October at 22:00

3 October at 22:00

by Letizia Renzini


Saturday 26 September at 17:00;
Sunday 27 September at 12:00;
Saturday 3 October at 17:00;
Sunday 4 October at 12:00.

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Il Giardino delle
Mezze Stagioni
by Letizia Renzini with Giovanni Magaglio (Tempo Reale) and Scuola di Musica di Fiesole

25 September-4 October 2020
Monday-Saturday 18:00-23:00 (last entry 22:15); Sunday from 13:00.

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A Wrinkle In Time Sets Concentric Circles Reeling by Rob Mazurek

Live-streamed performance/concert: 2/10 at 21:00, 3/10 at 20:00. Performance/concert in duo
(live and streamed) with special guest Gabriele Mitelli, 4/10 at 20:00.

From 25/09 al 4/10 to 18:00-23:00 (last entry 22:15). Sunday from 13:00.

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Director, musician, DJ, Letizia Renzini works as stage director and creator in new music theatre, performing arts, installations and electronic music/visuals. A sound and video artist and a performer, her practice with mixing media is focussed on the exploration of composition through different languages. She has worked for many years as a dj and presenter of the iconic late night show “Battiti” on Radio 3, third channel of the Italian National Radio. She has curated and directed music series and festivals She has taught Multimedia Arts and Cinema Studies at the Marangoni Insitute for Fashion, Arts and Design and curated several series and festival focussed in sound art and music (Short Theatre Milano 2008, Murate Vive, 2010, Post Elettronica 2012). Her works of new music theatre and her music and visuals performance have been seen and listened to in many international festival for contemporary and performing arts such 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. In 2018 she premièred her last show Decameron 2.0 at the 61th edition of the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi. Her following show Love, You son of a bitch – a Scarlatti project opened at Staatsoper Berlin in October 2019. 



Dancer and choreographer, interested in the body’s expressive potential and interaction
with the various languages of art, she collaborates with dancers, choreographers and
artists and concentrates on her personal research towards a language favouring the
naturalness of gesture. She is interested in the new languages of Italian contemporary
dance, starting her long experience in the Compagnia Virgilio Sieni, where she was
assistant choreographer, main interpreter of all the productions and artistic collaborator
from 1993 to 2006. In 2008 she won the Equilibrio Award by Fondazione Musica per
Roma. In 2003 she started collaborating with Letizia Renzini, discovering more new
multimedia languages. Her work extends through very different artistic contexts, using her
long experience in shows and performances for festivals, theatres, museums, art galleries,
cinema sets and urban spaces.




The work of Muna Mussie investigates the performing arts and the scenic languages to give shape to the tension that flows between different expressive poles, through gesture, vision and word. Among her productions: Più che piccola, media (2007), Con Permesso (2008), Ti ho sognato, ma non eri il protagonista (2010). She is co-author with Flavio Favelli of the collection of clothing FFMM (2007-2009). FFMM (2007-2009). Among the international projects: Monkey See, Monkey Do (Chapter I-II, 2011-2012); followed by the installation and performance Milite Ignoto (2015) and the performance Oasi (2018) investigating minor history and the phantasma. Visual interventions include the project Punteggiatura (2018) based on the practice of sewing, which sees the language as a political-affective space.
Her work has been presented at Art Fall/PAC Ferrara, Raum and Live Arts Week Bologna, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Torino, Museo Marino Marini Firenze, Workspace Brussels, MAMbo Bologna, Màntica Cesena, Santarcangelo Festival, Viafarini Milano, Ipercorpo Festival, Museion Bolzano, Festival Pergine Spettacolo, Sale Docks Venezia, ERT Bologna.
Awards: Riccione TTV-premio Pier Vittorio Tondelli/Nuovi Talenti 2008, Performance day 2008, segnalazione Premio Iceberg 2009, Premio Mondo 2010.




Jessie Marino is a composer, performer, and media artist based in Berlin. Her pieces score out sound, video, gesture, lighting, and staging, treating each of these elements as possible musical material.
In 2018 Marino received the Rome Prize in music composition at the American Academy in Rome. She has recently been commissioned by Pinquins/Ultima Festival (NO), Darmstadt International Summer Course (DE), Borealis Festival (NO), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), and Transit Festival (BE). Her work has made recent appearances at the BAM! Festival for MusikTheater (Berlin), Festival Musica (Strasbourg), Heroines of Sound (Berlin/MX), LA Chamber Orchestra Contemporary Series and her pieces have been performed by formidable new music ensembles such as KNM Ensemble (DE), SCENATET (DK), SoundInitiative (FR), We Spoke Percussion (UK), Decoder Ensemble (DE), Ensemble Adapter (DE), Die Ordnung Der Dinge (DE), and Ensemble Pamplemousse (USA). Marino studied composition at Wesleyan University with Alvin Lucier and Ronald Kuivila and she earned a DMA in musical composition from Stanford University, working with sound artist Paul DeMarinis.


Originally rooted in the tradition of hard bop jazz, trumpeter Rob Mazurek (born in 1965 in Jersey City, New Jersey) developed into one of the most consistently exciting pure improvisers of his time. As a founding member of the multifaceted Chicago Underground collective and the 21st century fusion outfit Isotope 217, his playing redefined musical boundaries through vibrant sonic palettes that defy categorization. A well-known figure on the Chicago jazz scene, Mazurek collaborated with a number of jazz and experimental rock artists, performing on albums by Tortoise, Sam Prekop, Gastr del Sol, Stereolab, and Brokeback.

Mazurek also paints and experiments with multimedia art. In addition to touring extensively worldwide as a musician, he has had works exhibited at art galleries such as Heaven Gallery in Chicago, Naked Duck Gallery in New York, and Gantner Multi-Media Center in France.



Silvia Franco has been a member of the theatre group laLUT, Libera Università del Teatro di Siena, of which she is co-founder, since 1995.
From 2001-2006, Franco collaborated with the Museo d’arte per Bambini in Siena as director and creator of theatre workshops for children during various exhibits.
As of 1997, she teaches theatre in kindergartens, elementary and middle schools in the province of Siena. As of 2013, Franco teaches theatre and mental health courses. She studied classical and contemporary dance with Claudia Semplici at the SpazioVita centre in Siena from 1999 to 2012.
Franco founded the theatre group Zooteatro in 2013. She has worked with Giuliano Lenzi, Maurizio Panici, Chille de la Balanza, Balletto Civile, Alfonso Santagata, and Massimiliano Civica.

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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