lThe American Academy in Rome starts the new academic year with a contemporary art exhibition entitled 3500cm2: Art by way of a poster, 20 Oct-2 Nov.

The 3500cm2 of the title refers to the surface area of a 50x70cm poster and around 50 international artists including Italian Carla Accardi and American Dennis Oppenheim exhibit work in this size and format. The posters will be shown against a backdrop of electronic music and videos.

The exhibition includes a poster by current Rome prize holder for the visual arts Yun-Fei Ji. The work, inspired by the Three Gorges Dam in the Chinese province of Hu Bei, pays tribute to the exodus of nearly two million people and the destruction of three big cities and numerous villages when the area was submerged by water. Born in Beijing in 1963, Sino-American artist Ji has recently exhibited his series of landscapes of the dam, entitled The Empty City, in New York.

Oct and Nov also see musical offerings by the American Academy. On 26 Oct at 21.00 there is a concert entitled Duo Alterno and Madeleine Shapiro organised by the association Nuovi Spazi Muscali with music by Schumann, Bortolotti and Gentile. Then on 5 Nov there is the six-hour Festa dAutunno marathon with concerts, poetry readings and video installations. 17.00-23.00. Both events take place at Villa Aurelia, Largo di Porta di S. Pancrazio 1.

American Academy in Rome, Via Angelo Masina 5, tel. 065846459, Mon-Fri 10.00-16.00 or by appointment.

lThe documentary Un autunno rovente nella guerra fredda will be shown at the Hungarian Academy on 25 Oct at 20.30.

The film recounts the history of the 1956 Hungarian revolution using newly-discovered footage from English, Russian, French, German and American archives. Documentary-makers Judit Kothy and Judit Topits portray the revolution in the world context, highlighting international reactions as well as the repercussions, and taking into account such issues as the resulting migration and the stories of the victims of the subsequent reprisals.

Hungarian Academy, Palazzo Falconieri, Via Giulia 1, tel. 066889671,

lThe event Mozart e i giovani will take place at the Austrian Institute on 8 Nov at 20.30 and at the Swiss Cultural Institute in Rome on 23 Nov at 20.30. The evenings include music by Mozart as well as performances of work by young composers from Italy, Austria, Japan and Switzerland. The project aims to reflect the relationship between contemporary music and that of the past, with a special focus on the inspiration provided by Mozart.

Austrian Institute, Viale Giulio Cesare 47, tel. 063213483,

Swiss Cultural Institute, Villa Maraini, Via Ludovisi 48, tel. 064814234,

lA total of 93 black and white works by Italian photojournalist Luciano DAlessandro will be on show 8 Nov-19 Dec in the first in a cycle of exhibitions organised by Incontri Internazionali dArte at the French Academy in Rome.

The exhibition spans DAlessandros career from the early 1950s until his death in 2002. In addition to photographs, it also includes a 50-minute documentary on the photographer and his work made by Italian state television Rai. Born in Naples in 1933, DAlessandro worked for many of the worlds most famous newspapers and magazines such as Time, Life, Die Zeit and Le Monde.

French Academy, Villa Medici, Viale Trinit dei Monti 1, tel. 0667611, Tues-Sun 11.00-19.00. Mon closed.

lThe exhibition Neo-con: Contemporary returns to conceptual art is on at the British School at Rome 10 Oct-10 Nov.

Participating artists have been asked to come up with a personal remake of famous works by some of the most important artists from the 1960s and 1970s, including Acconci, Baldessari, Beuys, Boetti, Nayman and Ruscha. The exhibition includes work by Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard, Jonathan Monk, Yoshua Okon, Joao Onofre, Mario Garcia Torres and Francesco Vezzoli.

British School at Rome, Via Gramsci 61, tel. 0632649381, Mon-Sat 16.00-19.30.

lEvan Parker, one of the most prominent voices of experimental jazz, will perform with his trio Alex von Schlippenbach (piano) and Paul Lovens (percussion) in Rome on 14 Nov, 20.30, at the Aula Magna of Universit La Sapienza in collaboration with the British Council. For more information tel. 063610051.

The British Council also presents the event The Box Office at the RomaEuropa festival 17-18 Nov at 12.00. The former Rambert Dance Company dancer, Colin Poole, who is now an independent artist, offers a provocative performance based on the theme of social integration in a multi-ethnic society, confronting the negative images and stereotypes often associated with black people in an urban environment, such as violence, prostitution and drugs. Brancaleone, Via Levanna 11.

For more information contact The British Council, Via delle Quattro Fontane, tel. 06478141,

There will be a clarinet and piano concert at the Belgian Academy in Rome on 7 Nov at 19.00. Japanese musicians Hiroko Mizobe (clarinet) and Kibo Kataoka (piano) will perform music by Poulenc and Saint-Saens among others.

Belgian Academy, Via Omero 8, Valle Giulia, tel. 063201989,