A video to celebrate Italy’s relations with the Continent through art.
According to tradition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is celebrating “Africa Day”, to mark the anniversary of the establishment, on 25 May 1963, in Addis Ababa, of the Organisation of African Unity, which changed its name to African Union in 2002.
This year, due to the pandemic situation, the Ministry has created a “virtual exhibition” aimed at showing to the general public some of the main works of art from Africa displayed both in international museums and in Italy. The event, sponsored by the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), is streamed on 25 May.
The artists involved in this project celebrating “Africa Day”, and the partnership between Italy and Africa, represent different modes of expression but are in some way connected to the topics that will be addressed at this year’s G20 meetings, of which Italy holds the Presidency: environmental sustainability, peaceful conflict resolution, migration, respect for women, harmony and balance in community living.
“Africa Day” is part of a 2021 calendar of considerable importance for Italy’s relations with the continent, which will culminate in the Ministerial event “Meetings with Africa” (7-8 October).