The Week of the Italian Language in the World is an event that has been held since 2001 and that over time has become one of the most important initiatives dedicated to the celebration of the Italian language internationally. Since its establishment, the initiative has been awarded each year High Patronage by the Presidency of the Republic.
Each Week is dedicated to a different theme, which serves as a common thread for a rich programme of conferences, exhibitions and meetings. The previous editions of the Week had focused on ties with creativity, in particular the cultural industries such as music (2015), design and fashion (2016) and film (2017). The 2018 edition explored the relationship between language and the web, in both its physical and digital sense. The 2019 edition, titled “L’Italiano sul palcoscenico” (Italian on the stage), involved around 900 events in more than 100 countries, dedicated to music, popular song, theatre, drama and melodrama.
The 2020 edition was dedicated to “L’italiano tra parole e immagine: graffiti, illustrazioni, fumetti” (Italian in words and images: graffiti, illustrations, comics). The 2021 edition, on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death, was dedicated to “Dante, l’italiano”, while the 2022 edizion (17-23 October) focuses on “Italian and youth today”.