This is Italy’s year to shine in the United States with over 180 events planned nationwide. These events will showcase Italy’s rich cultural contributions to the world from the past, and also bring to the world the “Brand Italia” of the present age. This Year of Culture was the idea of the Italian Foreign Minister, Giulio Terzi, with the blessings from the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano. The events will involve science and technology, art, music and theater, film and photography, promotion of the Italian language and literature, and showcase Italian design brands, tastes and flavors of Italy. Among some of the great works travelling to museums, symphony halls, and other venues will be Michelangelo’s David-Apollo, works by Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi, operas by Verdi and readings from Dante and Giacomo Leopardi. There will also be “lighter” themed exhibits featuring Italian yachts, fashion, wine and food! The younger generation will be priviliged to receive awards, scholarships and university programs.
The Year of Culture will portray an Italy proud of its tradition of art history and its unique past, but who is also looking to the future, relying on 2013 to create and strengthen lasting partnerships between institutions, universities, research centers, museums, schools, theaters and production companies of our two countries.
“The Year of Italian culture in the United States will be an act of commitment to the further strengthening of the old and solid friendship between our two countries,” said President Napolitano in his message of congratulations. “In 2011, the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy, held successfully in the United States, have spurred a significant reflection on our common roots and cultural ideals. 2013 will allow us to look at the present and the future.”
Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, during her last meeting in Washington with Minister Terzi stated: “The best of Italy, which is very much, will be on display for the American public. I’m glad that this will strengthen our close relationship through art, music, and good food, We are very excited for the year to begin. “
So….let the games begin!! Let us experience all that is Italy! A bit of La Bella Italia will be there for all of us to partake and enjoy!
Attached is an event calendar so that you can find a little bit of Italy in your neighborhood:
2013 Italian Cultural Events.
Many thanks to the Italian Embassy in Washington DC and the Consulates and Italian Cultural Institutes scattered throughout the country for bringing this very monumental task to life.