Bologna Events: the complete Studentsville event list calendar

Bologna is the capital of the region of Emilia-Romagna, one of the most lively places in all of Italy, full of culture and art. So, it’s not so easy to keep up with everything going on in the city – the so-called “bologna event calendar”: bologna events, bologna concerts, bologna art exhibitions, bologna festivals.

We took care of that: StudentsVille staff has drawn up a detailed bologna events calendar of all Bologna events. You’ve never missed anything.

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  • Thanks to Mibact’s initiative “Io vado al Museo” Bologna State museums open free on first Sunday of month
  • The beating heart of Bologna are its theaters, cinemas. The best one is Cineteca di Bologna which is one the most important European film libraries, preserves more than 46,000 films, mainly in 35 mm and 16 mm. However, the list of cinemas, theaters is much longer. We will keep you informed about bologna teatro comunale events, upcoming performances in Teatro Duse, Teatro delle Celebrazioni or film screenings at Cinema Odeon, Cinema Tivoli, Cinema Fossolo.

Bologna Art Lucio Dalla

Art Exhibitions, Photography, Comics

  • “Figurabilità. Pittura a Roma negli anni Sessanta”, MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, January 22nd – June 30th 2020

The exhibition documents the emergence of a young generation of painters in the Rome of the Sixties, in dialogue with the artistic research and political positions of Renato Guttuso, considered the most authoritative Italian figurative painter of the time. More info: here.

  • URS LÜTHI “Aus der Serie der grossen Gefühle”, Otto Gallery, June 18th – April 10th 2020

“Aus der Serie der grossen Gefühle” presents Urs Lüthi’s pictorial production of the 1980s. Born in Kriens (Lucerne, Switzerland) in 1947, Urs Lüthi lives and works in Munich. His works have been exhibited in institutions such as Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne (Switzerland), Kunsthalle Göppingen (Germany), Viafarini DOCVA in Milan, Fondazione Brodbeck in Catania and MACRO in Rome, to name a few. In 2001 he represented Switzerland at the Venice Biennale.Y

You can read more about the exhibition, here.

Cinema Bologna Films Movies

Cinema Festivals

  • Cinema Ritrovato Festival, Piazza Maggiore, 20-28 June 2020

Cinema Ritrovato, an essential event that the Cineteca di Bologna has been organising for over 30 years, for thousands of spectators who find themselves under the Towers in search of the golden age of Cinema.
9 days, 6 cinemas with continuous programming, and the unique show of evening screenings in Piazza Maggiore: now one of the most beautiful and iconic images of our city. You can read more about it, here.

  • Biografilm Festival, 5-15 June 2020

The sixteenth edition of the film festival investigates the new trends of films and documentaries, including screenings, meetings and awards, as well as collateral activities, including music, gastronomy and more. Info: here.

  • Visioni Italiane – Festival degli esordi, Cinema Lumière, 3-8 March 2020

26th edition of the festival, which gives space to new authors and new releases and beginnings. The festival includes meetings with authors, producers and film critics. Info: here.

Bologna music concert

Music Festivals, Concerts

  • Bologna Sonic Park, Arena Parco Nord, 27th June – 19th July 2020

Bologna Sonic Park is a rock festival within the Area Parco Nord Bologna, historical location of many of the most important Italian festivals. Deep Purple and Iron Maiden already announced. Read more about it and buy the tickets, here.


Fico food

Food, Artisan


  • International Hemp Fair, Unipol Arena, 17-19 April 2020

The event aims to make known to the general public the varied world of hemp and its many uses.

Historic Torre Asinelli

Festivals, Commemorations

  • Discesa della Madonna di San Luca in May

Every year we celebrate the ancient tradition of the “descent of the Madonna di San Luca”, which takes place on May 12th through a procession from the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca to the city center.