Italian Culture Institute proposes series of exceptional events to mark Italy’s National Day

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The Italian Culture Institute wants to contribute to the festive events marking Italy’s National Day and proposes numerous interesting cultural events that will start at the end of May and last the entire month of June.

On May 30, at 7 p.m., as part of the ‘Fare cinema’ project promoted by the Italian Foreign Ministry, the Italian Culture Institute hosts a lesson-concert presented by Leandro Piccioni, who will share with the audience his experiences as composer, director, and pianist, with musical examples and auditions of audio-video recordings of his soundtracks. Pianist and composer, author of film music, Leandro Piccioni has orchestrated and directed soundtracks. Since 2001 he is collaborating with Ennio Morricone, with whom he gave concerts in renowned halls throughout the world, alongside important orchestras, surpassing 70 concerts in the last three years, concerts that attracted more than 500,000 spectators.

On May 31, at 7.30 p.m., we have invited the famous organist Domenico Severin, who will take part in the first edition of the International Organ Festival at the St. Joseph Cathedral in Bucharest. The programme includes music by Bach, Cesar Franck, Franz Liszt, Charles Tournemire, Olivier Messiaen. Domenico Severin has a diploma for organ and organ composition from the B. Marcellor Conservatory in Venice, and a musical analysis diploma from the C.N.R. of Boulogne-Meaux. He has an intense concert activity and participates in numerous organ festivals. His repertoire includes some of the most important contemporary authors, but also the first works written for this instrument, also referring to the Italian organ school of the early 20th Century.

On June 3, at 1 p.m., the stands of the Corint Publishing House at Bookfest (Romexpo) will host the presentation of the Romanian-language version of “North Korea: the country we love to hate,” a book written by Loretta Napoleoni. The writer will be present at the event. The volume will be presented later that evening at the Pavesiana Bookstore too. Writer and journalist Loretta Napoleoni has studied the financial and economic systems used to finance terrorist networks. She was born and raised in Rome but moved to London several years ago. Many of her publications focus on terrorism. She published “Maonomics” at the Rizzoli Publishing House in 2010, a critique of the Western economic system starting off from the Chinese success. The book won the Singapore Critics Choice Best Nonfiction on Economic award and the Award of the Association for Economic Progress. In 2014, the Feltrinelli Publishing House published Napoleoni’s “ISIS. Lo stato del terrore.” Loretta Napoleoni’s participation at Bookfest is the result of collaboration between the Corint Publishing House and the Italian Culture Institute.

On June 5, at 7 p.m., the Italian Culture Institute will host the opening of Rodica Marinescu’s ‘A walk amidst Rome’s fountains” photo exhibition. Guest artists: Madalina Papastere and Venus Mateescu. The exhibition will be open until June 21 and represents the homage paid by artists to Italy’s National Day. Rodica Flesariu Marinescu was born in Brasov and works at the Romanian Peasants’ National Museum in Bucharest. In 2004 she published “Rome – between journal and photography” at the Paideia Publishing House. In 2016, she published the bilingual Italian-Romanian book “Roma inedita” (“Novel Rome”) at the Martor Publishing House. She has dedicated to Italy, and to Rome in particular, several photo exhibitions, including “Feelings,” “The fascination of Rome,” “Feelings in dialogue,” “The landscapes of faith.”

On June 6, the Institute will host two events: at noon, the second issue of ‘Ion Neculce’ Bilingual High School’s newspaper will be presented, newspaper coordinated by Prof. Federico Collesei, teacher at the said high school; at 6.30 p.m. a musical evening featuring the pupils of the ‘Dinu Lipatti’ National College in Bucharest, piano class, event coordinated by Prof. Maria Ionescu.

A special event will take place on June 13, at the National Art Museum – the ‘Works from the Galleria d’Italia, Intesa Sanpaolo Bank’ exhibition. Works of great artistic and historical value will be displayed: Michele Marieschi (Venice 1710-1744) – “Veduta del Canal Grande con le Rive del Vin e del Carbon”, 1730-1735; Hendrik Frans van Lint (Anvers 1684 – Rome 1763) – “Veduta della Chiesa della Salute con la Punta della Dogana,” 1750; Francesco Guardi (Venice 1712-1793) – “Piazza San Marco verso San Geminiamo”, 1775-1780 ca.; Canaletto (Venice 1697-1768) – “Capriccio con chiesa gotica e laguna”, 1720-1721 ca. The exhibition is organised by Intesa Sanpaolo Bank.

The last event is the already traditional White Night of the Italian Culture Institute, full of events and emotions. It will start on June 22, at 10 p.m., with the opening of Virgilio Forni’s “Un Caravaggio de tara” exhibition, with works from the Sartirana Arte Foundation from Pavia. We are talking about a collection of oil on canvas and cardboard paintings depicting still life, fruits and vegetables, venison etc. The works, made from the 1930s to the 1970s, are the fruits of the passion for painting shown by Virgilio Forni, an original artist, friend of the best-known artists of the time and very respected by them.

At 8.30 p.m., the Aranira band will give a concert that recreates the typical atmosphere of traditional music in central and southern Italy, using the most characteristic instruments of this language (accordion and tambourine). The band’s repertoire includes the most interesting folk songs from the whole of central and southern Italy, including pizzica, tarantella, tammurriata, etc. At 10 p.m., a film – commedia all’italiana – will be screened in the Institute’s garden. The evening will end with the “Midnight Chef,” namely with a spaghettata for everyone.

We wish our fellow nationals but also the friends of Italy a Happy National Day, and we invite them to take part in the Institute’s cultural events.