In Korea, the Italian Cultural Institute of Seoul has organized a rich programme of events dedicated to the language of ‘yes’ and to Dante Alighieri, for the 700th anniversary of the death of the Poet and the XXI Week of the Italian Language in the World.
On 19 October, the Sojeonsorim Gallery in Seoul will inaugurate the public exhibition ‘Dante and the Divine Comedy’, with artist’s books inspired by the poem, open until 31 January 2022. The same gallery will also screen, ‘Inferno’, a masterpiece of silent film directed in 1911 by Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan and Giuseppe De Liguoro. The film will be broadcast online at Busan University of Foreign Studies.
On 20 October, the Institute’s online channels will broadcast a seminar by Professor Il Sang Yeop from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies on ‘Dante and Italian’, while on 21 October the Rossignol Company will perform ‘Trecento in Musica’, a concert dedicated to the songs of medieval pilgrims.
The scheduled events also include a series of initiatives in collaboration with the Busan University of Foreign Studies. These include the video competition ‘Viaggio nel tempo tra Italia e Corea: le celebrità del passato si incontrano e si raccontano’ (Journey through time in Italy and Korea: famous figures from the past meet and tell their stories), with the participation of Korean students from the Italian Studies faculty at the local University and Italian exchange students from the University for Foreigners of Siena and the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
More information at iicseoul.esteri.it.