The New Generation Festival partners with LARA in 2019

2019 marked the third year of the New Generation Festival, held in the Palazzo Corsini al Prato (still home to the Corsini family today) in Florence. Inspired by the first ever Corsini Festival of 1680, it provides an international platform for young musical and theatrical talent through an array of productions. The four day extravaganza took place between 28th and 31st August this year and once again LARA was thrilled to partner with the festival to showcase some of our own up-and-coming talent in the form of LARA graduate Lydia Cecil.

LARA Graduate Lydia Cecil chatting to visitors at the New Generation Festival 2019
LARA graduate Lydia Cecil chatting to visitors.

Lydia spent her time at the festival sketching and painting, and taking in the many sights and sounds. “NGF was an unforgettable opportunity to paint in the stunning gardens of the Palazzo Corsini, surrounded by historic Italian influences and, more importantly, incredibly talented musicians and the whole NGF team – truly inspirational.”

LARA Graduate Lydia Cecil painting at the New Generation Festival 2019

LARA Graduate Lydia Cecil painting by night at the New Generation Festival 2019
Lydia painting by night at the NGF 2019.

Since graduating from LARA, Lydia was accepted as Artist in Residence at Tiapapata Art Centre, Samoa for two and a half months. Her body of work completed during this residency was exhibited at the Tiapapata Art Gallery in November 2019. Follow Lydia on Instagram to see more of her work.

The New Generation Festival was co-founded in 2017 by three British producers – Maximilian Fane, Roger Granville and Frankie Parham – and is a global movement designed to bring artists and audiences together from different cultures and generations.

A birds eye view of the gardens at the new generation festival 2019
The stunning gardens of the Palazzo.

Opening night at the new generation festival 2019
Crowds at the event’s opening night.


All images credit: © Guy Bell,

Read about our partnership with NGF 2018.

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