The opening ceremony of the festival, scheduled for Monday 18 October, can be viewed on the Embassy’s digital channels and on the Facebook page of the Department of Italian Studies of the University of Hanoi, partner of the initiative. This will be followed by a virtual tour via the ‘Inferno V’ app, designed and produced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and also available in Vietnamese.
On Tuesday 19 October, the Embassy of Italy in Hanoi will celebrate the conclusion of the educational project ‘Da Dante ai Poeti malesi e vietnamiti: l’idea dell’amore al di là dei confini’ (From Dante to the Malaysian and Vietnamese poets: the idea of love beyond borders), organized by the Italian Studies Departments at the University of Hanoi and the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur.
On Wednesday 20 October, there will be the online presentation of the new Italian class set up at the prestigious Foreign Language Special School in Hanoi. Comprising 15 students and run by Uni-Italia Vietnam, it is the second class set up at the school, and the first in Vietnam to include Italian as a subject on the curriculum. The presentation will be followed by a digital workshop on Dante, in Vietnamese, organized by the Department of Italian Studies at the local University. The day will end with a quiz on Italian culture for students, organised by the university.
On Thursday 21 and Friday 22 October, there will be the Finals of the ‘Il Girolamo’ and ‘Il Cicerone’ Competitions, organized by the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Hanoi, and dedicated respectively to the ‘best interpreter’ and the ‘best tour guide’. On Friday evening, Casa Italia – a centre for the dissemination of Italian culture, language, products and the Italian way of life in Vietnam – will host ‘Dante in 3 minuti’ (Dante in 3 Minutes), with testimonies from Italians and Italian speakers in Hanoi, organized by the Embassy and also available online.
Again at Casa Italia and online, on Saturday 23 October, there will be a presentation of the new Vietnamese-language edition of Inferno, translated by Prof. Nguyen Van Hoan, edited by the publisher ‘Social Sciences’, and the special issue of the Vietnam Literature Review on Dante Alighieri. There will also be the presentation of critical essays on the significance of Dante’s work in the Vietnamese context, the difficulties in the transposition of the original text and Dante’s influence on contemporary pop culture.
For the duration of the festival, the Embassy Facebook page will feature a recording of ‘Voice of Vietnam’, a radio programme that dedicates a special episode to the Divine Comedy, with interviews and readings of verses in Vietnamese. Italian restaurateurs in Vietnam will also take part in Dante Week with the ‘RistoDante’ programme: a selected offering of dishes and recipes inspired by the Divine Comedy.
Immediately before the festival week, from 15 to 17 October, there will be the fair ‘Study in Italy – Italian Days on Higher Education’ to promote the Italian university system to Vietnamese students, organized by Uni-Italia Vietnam (in hybrid format both at Casa Italia and online).
More information at ambhanoi.esteri.it