Hot Dates September 2023

by Danilo Brunetti

Contemporary dance, multi-arts festivals, pop legends, and your favorite cartoons set to live music are just a few of the exciting events dazzling the city this month.

Romaeuropa FestivalFrom Wednesday 6

Now in its 38th edition, Romaeuropa is an almost three-month-long festival that takes place in venues across the city. The Wall Street Journal hailed it as one of Europe’s most important performance art festivals and it continues to attract international acts to its stages. Theater, dance, and classical and contemporary music performances, and contemporary circus are all on the bill, and this year’s edition kicks off with a work by renowned choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Ukiyo-e draws inspiration from the eponymous Japanese movement that aimed to depict daily life and urban landscapes during the Edo period. Eighteen dancers perform to the compositions of Szymon Brzóska and Alexandre Dai Castaing, as well as traditional Japanese music masterfully performed by the Taiko composer and singer, Shogo Yoshii. Find a full line-up of performances at

Paul WellerFriday 22

The legendary Modfather arrives in Rome for a much-anticipated concert at the Auditorium Parco della Musica’s open-air Cavea in one of the final concerts of the 2023 Rock in Roma summer music festival. In 2021, British singer-songwriter Paul Weller surprised fans with Fat Pop (Volume 1), an album born out of a period of enforced pause. During this time, Weller felt the need to focus on new music, recording a solo album with just his voice, piano, and guitar. Afterward, he shared the demos with his band members—drummer Ben Gordelier, guitarist Steve Cradock, and bassist Andy Crofts—who added their own magic. They eventually came together at Weller’s personal recording studio, Black Barn Studio in Surrey, to bring the project to completion. Recently, Weller also graced us with Will Of The People, a fascinating collection of b-sides and rarities featuring collaborations with Richard Fearless, Young Fathers, Straightface, and Stone Foundation. To catch this unforgettable performance, grab your tickets at

Bugs Bunny at the SymphonySaturday 30

What’s up, Doc? Everybody’s favorite rascally rabbit is the star of a fun new show, perfect for kids—or anyone who ever was a kid. The opening night of the Rome Film Music Festival at Auditorium Conciliazione features a critically acclaimed concert that brings together your favorite Looney Tunes stars—from Daffy Duck to Sylvester, Tweety Bird, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Wile E. Coyote, the Road Runner, Bugs himself, and the whole gang—just in time for the centennial celebration of the Warner Bros studios. The classic cartoons you know and love are projected onto the big screen, set to the iconic original soundtracks by Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn, which were in turn inspired by well-known works of Wagner, Rossini, Johann Strauss, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Donizetti, and more, performed live by the Italian Cinema Orchestra led by Maestro George Daugherty. This delightful show allows the adults in the audience to relive the magic of the cartoons of their youth while introducing young minds to the timeless beauty of classical music.

Contemporary Ballet at the OperaTuesday 19 to Sunday 24

When some of the best loved works of classical music are paired with cutting-edge choreography performed by renowned ballet dancers, it’s sure to be a night of world-class entertainment. The principal dancers of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, including such recognizable names as Alessandra Amato, Rebecca Bianchi, Susanna Salvi, Alessio Rezza, Claudio Cocino, and Michele Satriano, perform three contemporary pieces. Within the Golden Hour is a dreamy work choreographed by Chistopher Wheeldon and set to music by Vivaldi and Ezio Bosso. Chacona, inspired by the baroque Spanish courtly dance of the same name, is set to music by J.S. Bach and choreographed by Goyo Montero. And the final piece of the night, Bolero, likely needs no introduction, as the famous orchestral piece by Ravel is instantly recognizable and universally loved, and the choreography by Krzysztof Pastor is fresh and exciting. For more information and tickets visit

ArteScienza FestivalFrom Wednesday 13 to Friday 15

This exciting festival continues to be faithful to its original creative spirit even into its 30th edition, presenting concerts, performances, author videos, web operas, and improvised dance, theater, and music exploring the most innovative new ideas on the international art scene, where music and art meet science. The highlight of the festival is a performance that presents the complex sound dramaturgy of the Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble, under the direction by Tonino Battista, interpreting music by contemporary Italian composers Clara Iannotta and Giulia Lorusso. Performances take place at Rome’s Goethe Institut and the Auditorium Parco della Musica. More information at