Venice, Italy

Europe Asia Conference

Thursday 16 - Thursday 23 January 2020


Venice, Italy

Europe Asia Conference

Thursday 16 - Thursday 23 January 2020

A personal note from Lorenzo Boccabella: Winter is one of the best times to visit Venice. Its magic is on display with added clarity. Take in the city’s music and opera. On Saturday 18 January 2020 we go to Verdi’s iconic La Traviata at La Gran Teatro La Fenice, one of the world’s best opera venues. The premiere of La Traviata was at La Fenice itself on 6 March 1853 in the presence of the great master himself.

We visit the magnificent Doge’s apartments which will be transformed into veritable ‘constkamers’, rooms filled with exquisite art demonstrating the riches of Flemish collections, with masterpieces by artists including Titian, Rubens, van Dyck and Sweerts.

We take in some of Venice’s great music including the Interpreti Veneziani at La Chiesa di San Vidal. Of course, we’ll hear Vivaldi’s Four Seasons plus other masterpieces of the Baroque.

Our conference hotel is the historic Al Ponte Mocenigo, located in Santa Stae on one of the minor canals and a short stroll to the Rialto.

Trudy and I have visited Venice many, many times; we’ll take you to some of our wonderful little bars and restaurants where we’ll experience Venice like locals. We’ll take you on our personal ‘cichetti’ tour (‘cichetti’ are those wonderful freshly made bite sized eats Venetian bars serve to clients).

We go to the museum on the construction of the gondolas, visit local artisans and do a walking tour of the historic Jewish quarter, such a beautiful place even though it is the setting for the first Jewish Ghetto of Europe.

San Marco’s cathedral and square will be accessible without the crowds.

And of course, we’ll go to some of the wonderful islands of Venice, the glass blowing of Murano and the lace of Burano.

Here’s what Vogue wrote of Venice in the winter:

“In the colder months as tourists depart, Venetians in fur coats and hats reclaim their piazzas, their churches, and the good tables at trattorias. Fog rolls over the islands, and shoppers—carrying bags of chestnuts or pears with stems in red wax—pause to watch the gondoliers guide their narrow boats out of the mist. The city is at ease. The twilit walkways, now the province of unhurried locals, are a world apart from the bright roar of July.”

John Ruskin’s Venice becomes alive again in winter, (worth re-visiting his three-volume work ‘The Stones of Venice’) Venice’s history is present everywhere it being the birthplace of Marco Polo, Tintoretto, Monteverdi, Albonini & Casanova. The work of the architect, Palladio is central to Venice. Peggy Guggenheim’s contribution is her museum of modern art.

A piece of information to consider – if you’re coming from Paris, consider the Thello Paris -Venice night train. Leave Paris in the evening, wake up in Venice.

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Conference Registration Fees

Per conference, per delegate (AUD)

$1,495  Single conference registration
$1,295  Multiple conferences/delegates registration
$1,095 Emeritus registration (delegates retired from all forms of practice)
$1,095 Speaker registration (approved speakers only)

Conference registration is non-refundable but transferable to another conference within 12 months of the original conference dates. Accompanying persons not requiring CPD points or certificate of attendance are welcome to attend all academic and networking events free of the registration charge.

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Venice: Epic Grandeur, Venetian Feasts, Defying Convention.