Italian Festival kicks off in Bucharest

The seventh edition of the Italian Festival in Bucharest has begun and will take place until 23 June. During this period, the organisers – ICE – The Italian Agency for Foreign Trade in Bucharest – under the patronage of the Embassy of Italy in Bucharest, in cooperation with the Italian Institute of Culture, will be bringing Italy closer to Romanians.

The festival that includes a range of events dedicated to the promotion of Made in Italy goods, special deals on food products, fashion, furniture, promotional offers from partner Italian restaurants, cultural events and many other things, is usually held around 2 June, when the Italian Republic celebrates its National Day around the world.

In the festival programme, from 15 May to 15 June, there will be the Weeks of Italian Authors promoting Italian authors and their books at the main bookstores, in cooperation with local publishers.

On 16 and 17 May two seminars will take place – ‘Helping parents help their children – issues and solutions’ and ‘Where there is a problem there is also a solution: strategic problem solving’, offered by the professor and therapist Giorgio Nardone.

Between 19 and 21 May there will be the Jeunesses International Music Competition Dinu Lipatti – violin, a music contest organised in the framework of the EuropaFest 2015 International Festival, the 21st edition.

On 21 May, the Tandarica Theatre will present ‘Pinocchio in Goldoni’s Dream’, directed by Franco Palmieri, an academic year end work of the ‘Aldo Moro’ Italian School.

On 2 May there will be an event called ‘Starters with music’, a recital of the accordionist Pietro Roffi, a young Italian musician playing classical music.

On 2 and 23 May, there will be the internationals seminar ‘Expression of imprecision in Romance languages’, organised by the Compared and Cognitive Linguistics Centre and by the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures of the Bucharest University.

The 28th of May will be the ‘Italian Wine & Food Day’. The event will consist of a Made in Italy wine and food presentation and tasting.

The night of 29 May will be dedicated to the Italian-Romanian Cultural Centre in Milan and, from 29 to 31 May there will be the first ‘Made in Italy’ edition with the objective to promote in Romania and in the Balkans the most important and unique brand in the world – ‘Made in Italy’.

Until 3 June, there will be the ‘Taste of Italy’, a campaign dedicated to Italian foods including promotional offers and gastronomic demonstrations in all Metro Cash&Carry hypermarkets in Romania and, from 29 May to 3 June there will be ‘At the table in Italian restaurants’, a week dedicated to Italian cuisine in the main restaurants in Bucharest that will serve a promotional menu.

From 28 May to 4 June there will be the Italian Fashion Week, a period when several Italian stores in Bucharest will have special offers.

From 29 May to 4 June there will also be the Week of Made in Italy Furniture, when Bucharest furniture stores will offer special prices. During the same period, a number of Bucharest book stores will offer discounts on books written by Italian authors.

On 3 June there will be a concert offered by Alexandru Tomescu (violin) and Andrea Coen (clavecin) at the Romanian Athenaeum, celebrating the National Day of the Italian Republic, on 2 June.

On the same day there will be the opening of the ‘Roman Perspectives’ photo exhibition, also dedicated to the National Day of Italy.

On 4 June, Professor Giulio Angelucci will give a conference on Constantin Brancusi and Osvaldo Licini.

The following day, 5 June, there will be the Kekko Fornarelli Jazz Trio concert (Kekko Fornarelli – piano & synth), Giorgio Vendola (contrabass), Dario Congedo (drums), at the Green Hours Jazz Fest, the 5th edition

The series of cultural events will continue with the opening of the ‘St. Francisc Forest’ photo exhibition of the artist of Italian origin Elisabetta Stoppani on 6 June. The event will be followed by the concert of the pianist Alessandro Draghi.

On 7 June there will be an awareness raising march for the prevention of breast cancer – ‘Race for the Cure’, organised by the Renasterea Association.

The next day, the Italian Festival proposes the screening of the film ‘Romance in black (Kidnapped in Romania)’, directed by Carlo Fusco, with the participation of actresses Maia Morgenstern and Ieva Likos.

On the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Cesare Paciotti in Bucharest, in Calea Victoriei 118, Mr. Cesare Paciotti, Mr. Marco Calcinaro (Cesare grandson), the representatives of the Commercial Division of the House and Mrs. Maria Antonietta Pietrafesa (owner of the shop and exclusive representative of Paciotti in Romania) will come together on Wednesday, 10 June, for a magical night hosted by the Italian Embassy in Bucharest, to celebrate with top clients, key opinion leaders and local celebrities.

Next in the programme is the presentation of the volume written by  Dova Cahan, ‘An Ashkenazi between Romania and Eritrea’, on 11 June, a ‘Verdi in Naples’ convert offered by I solisti del San Carlo, at the Romanian Athenaeum, on 17 June, and ‘The White Night of Institutes of Culture’, on 19 June, and the screening of the ‘Midnight with the chef’ film.

The Italian Festival will come to en end on 22 and 23 June, with the ‘Parade’ show presented by the Italian Faber Theater from Turin.


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