Tuesday 29 September 2020 - 7:02:55 pm

Italy out to harness culture for the restart at Expo Dubai

ROME, 10th September, 2020 (WAM) -- Culture is an essential tool for the restart after the coronavirus and the Dubai Expo in 2021, the first global event after the pandemic broke out, will be the ideal occasion to reconstruct relations between countries and for Italy to re-launch itself on a multilateral platform.

This was the message that emerged during an ANSA Forum dedicated to cultural diplomacy that Italy's Commissioner for Expo Dubai Paolo Glisenti and the Culture Undersecretary with the portfolio for Expo Lorenza Bonaccorsi took part in.

Ida Zilio Grandi, the Director of the Italian Culture Institute in Abu Dhabi, took part via video link as did cinema association ANICA President and former Culture Minister Francesco Rutelli from Venice.

"Italy will be a major player of the culture that will take shape at Expo Dubai," said Glisenti during the debate moderated by ANSA Deputy Editor-in-Chief Stefano Polli.

The over 150 events that Italy will take to the UAE include a show by ballet star Roberto Bolle and international dancers, the orchestra of the Accademia della Scala, the Piazza Vittorio orchestra and Giovanni Sollima's 100 Cellos.

"Being in Dubai to present Italian cinema craftsmanship, audiovisual innovation and Italy's great traditions will be an extraordinary way to promote cultural diplomacy and Italian interests in a global, multilateral context," said Rutelli.

Bonaccorsi explained that "It is no coincidence that Expo is called 'Connecting Minds': putting relations back into circulation is a fundamental issue for the global recovery and the recovery of tourism".

The director of the Italian Culture Institute in Abu Dhabi explained that "the expectations of Italian culture are extremely high.

In a video-message, Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said that culture "aids dialogue, reciprocal knowledge. It helps to overcome diversity".

Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, UAE Minister of Culture and Youth sent a video message in which she hailed relations between the countries. "The UAE and Italy enjoy strong collaboration in the culture sector," she said.

"Italy has been crucial in supporting our vision of openness, tolerance, creativity and social change.

"Ten years have passed since the UAE first took part in the Venice Biennale.

"In that time our young nation has presented expositions that represent our rich contemporary art and our architecture.

"Our mission continues to be the promotion of tolerance and social cohesion via dynamic projects such as our pavilion in Venice and via the Italy pavilion at the Dubai Expo."


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