In Rimini the new year of culture between extraordinary museum openings and videomapping shows

Published on: 28 December 2021

The “Longest New Year’s Eve in the World” adapts to the times whilst offering an extraordinary window on art, culture and celebration with a programme that, from December to January, will lead into the new year. A playbill of events to be experienced safely, all revolving around beauty, dreams and imagination, built on the trajectory that unfurls through an entire city comprised of open spaces, scattered locations, historic buildings and modern locations. Rimini celebrates December 31st in the name of culture with the opening of museums and the projections of mapping and arthouse visual design in the identifying places of Rimini.

With the opening of Palazzo del Fulgor Rimini completes the Fellini Museum, a museum/non-museum bearing unique characteristics unlike anything else in the world and which will form the score set to enrich the evening of 31st December in a fusion of images and notes. A long night divided amongst different spaces within the city centre, with museums open until 3:00 am to visit Castel Sismondo, Palazzo del Fulgor, Part, Teatro Galli, the Domus and the Museo della Città, the square on the water at the bridge of Tiberius.

This party will be illuminated by plays of light and colours to signal this passage towards the new year with special projection mapping shows that travel through space and time to connect the main areas that comprise the new spaces in the city centre with the piazza on the water. Here is WELCOME!, an animated video story that evokes the message of resilience and fraternity at the heart of the “208” light installation, with the concept of hospitality typical of the Rimini “caput viarum” DNA and of the blend of Mediterranean people, to speak precisely of Rimini, a provincial city anchored in roots and tradition but with an open look on the world. In the so-called Square of Dreams will be the visual design show titled ‘Insight!’ and curated by Karmachina, which on 31st December will transform Piazza Malatesta into the fulcrum of an extensive experience that will see the buildings magically come to life and be animated in underscoring the architectural elements that characterise the façades – from the Palazzo del Fulgor to the tower of Castel Sismondo, passing through two of the façades of Teatro Galli, with projections that dialogue with each other, enveloping the spectators in a play of light with a strong emotional impact. A fil rouge that will also animate the buildings surrounding that new urban location that has been symbolically named Piazza dei Sogni – the Square of Dreams. 

The Rimini New Years’ Eve continues under the banner of culture. The Museo della Città offers the sounds of the EoS Quartet that will perform a concert ranging from Bach to Led Zeppelin in the Sala del Giudizio. Aldo Capicchioni and Michela Zanotti will be on violin, Aldo Maria Zangheri on viola and Alessandro Culiani on cello (from 10:30 pm, with details and obligatory reservations at: At the Domus del Chirurgo on 31st December, the jazz notes of Happy New Trio will resound, with  Simone La Maida on sax; Giovanni Baleani on guitar; Mauro Mussoni on double bass (from 10:30 pm, with details and mandatory reservations at:

The new year of culture continues until 3:00 am with extraordinary and free evening openings of the Fellini Museum between Castel Sismondo and Palazzo del Fulgor for a visit to the 18th-century palace where a young Fellini discovered cinema and to the Renaissance rooms of the fortified tower  of Castel Sismondo, the 15th-century fortress with a design attributed to Filippo Brunelleschi and which today hosts real Fellini sets, delving into the more performative and emotional dimension of the FM – Fellini Museum.

The doors will open onto modern and contemporary art at the PART – the Palazzi dell’Arte Rimini – in the historic palaces of the Arengo and the Podestà overlooking the central Piazza Cavour in Rimini, from where you can admire works of contemporary art from the eclectic collection of the San Patrignano Foundation. From 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on 31st December, the PART will host A Midwinter Day’s Dream. In the midst of the beautiful works of art in the museum, time will stop to spark the imagination, where young and old alike will be able to witness a wonderful representation that will immerse participants in a fairy-tale world, seeing the fantastic life of the King and Queen with their elves and forest fairies. Whimsical creatures in incredible garments will dance to etheric music when ACLI Arte e Spettacolo Rimini presents H.O.P.E. for DANCE Amateur Sports Association Rimini in collaboration with the Cartoon Club. 

Also open until 3:00 am will be the Teatro Galli, a truly evocative place, inaugurated by Giuseppe Verdi in 1857 then rendered inaccessible for decades before being restored to its current splendour, along with the Museo della Città and the Domus.

Indeed, on 31st December, all local museums will follow the schedule: 10:00 am–1:00 pm/4:00 pm–7:00 pm/9:00–3:00 am (with free admission only from 9:00 pm–3:00 am).

Even the Visitor Centre at Corso d’Augusto 235 will open its doors to those wanting to discover the city through the multimedia and interactive route that sets out from the Roman era when Ariminum was Caput Viarum (with opening times of: 3:30 pm–7:30 pm and 8:00 pm–10:00 pm, with free admission).

The party continues at Fulgor with San Silvestro al Cinema, offering a selection of films in cinemas for Christmas. The night screening of the cult film “Frankenstein Junior” will then commence in the Sala Federico at 1:30 am (see for details).

To inaugurate the New Year from the stage of the Teatro Galli will be Don Pasquale, an Opera Buffa in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti based on a libretto devised by Michele Accursi but actually written by Donizetti himself along with Giovanni Ruffini, based on the playful drama by Angelo Anelli Ser Marcantonio from 1810. Presented for the first time in Paris in 1843, Don Pasquale is an engaging work that tells of the generational clash in an ever-relatable way, setting to stage a story that takes the characters of Commedia dell’Arte as a reference, true to the tradition of comic opera. It is curated by the Amintore Galli Lyric Choir. Opening times: 1st January as of 5:30 pm – 2nd January as of 5:30 pm – 3rd January as of 8.30 pm. Pre-sales can be made each day from 9th December in Piazza Cavour 31 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, except on 25th and 26th December when the office will be closed. On the days of the performances (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th January 2022), the ticket office will move to the Teatro Galli which, on 1st and 2nd January, will be open from 3:30 pm, then on 3rd January from 5:30 pm (for information:

The backdrop is a city lit up for the festivities amidst luminous decorations, arches of light and starry roofs. 


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