On October 14, at 10.00 a.m., the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (Farnesina) will host the opening event of the 21st edition of the Week of the Italian Language in the World. The festival, put under the High patronage of the President of the Republic, is a yearly worldwide celebration of the Italian language and creativity.
This initiative was born in 2001 in cooperation with the Accademia della Crusca. It is organised during the third week of October by the Embassies, Consulates, and Italian Cultural Institutes, with the support of the Ministry of Culture (MiC), the Ministry of University and Research (MUR), the Government of Switzerland and all of the main partners for the promotion of the Italian language.
The title of the 21st edition, which takes place from 18 to 24 October, is ‘Dante, l’italiano‘. On the occasion of the 700th anniversary of Dante’s passing, the Week of the Italian Language in the World is the conclusion of the ‘Dante 700 nel mondo‘ program, in which the offices of the Italian republic worldwide have celebrated Dante. At the same time, it is also the prelude to the Stati Generali della Lingua e della Creatività Italiane, which will take place on November 29.
The event will be moderated by the journalist Serena Bortone and will take place in the presence of the Vice Minister Marina Sereni, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ettore Francesco Sequi, and the Vice Director General for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation, Cecilia Piccioni. In line with the Farnesina’s renewed strategy of integrated promotion, there will be contributions from important figures of Italy’s creativity and entrepreneurship: ENI, Fondazione Alda Fendi – Esperimenti, FIGC Divisione Calcio Femminile, and Giunti Editore – Divisione Disney. They will illustrate how Dante’s work has inspired them and how they have made it live again in today’s world.
The event will be live-streamed via the official channels of the Farnesina.