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Culture: center of relations between Italy and Cuba

Published: 2016.11.21 - 15:58:21   /  /  Alicia Soto Smith  /  translated by  Luis E. Amador Dominguez  /

A variety of offerings are part of the broad program of the 19th Italian Culture Week, from November 21-27, which is dedicated to the great filmmaker Ettore Scola, who died last January.

At a press conference held at the Dante Alighieri Society, His Excellency Andrea Ferrari, Ambassador of Italy to Havana, stressed that "culture is the center of bilateral relations between his country and Cuba." The diplomat pointed out the close relations between the two nations, as well as the historical ties and friendship.

Ferrari explained that this new edition of the Week, there will be music, films, visual arts, literature and a seminar on emigration and Italian presence in the largest Antillean archipelago.

For his part, Tancredi Francese, Counselor of the Embassy, referred to the program, which will have its opening with the photographic exhibition "Mantua. Cuba", by Paolo Simonazzi, at the Casa Carmen Montilla, and later there will be a concert by the famous clarinetist Maurizio D'Alessandro accompanied by the renowned pianist Massimiliano Caporale, together with the Camerata Romeu. The recital, with works by Vivaldi, will mix classical music and jazz.

The Italian Culture Week will reach the University of Arts and the National Art School, where Maestro D 'Alessandro will teach master classes and share his experiences with students and teachers from both schools.

"Amamos tanto a Ettore Scola" is the title of a broad film cycle, from November 17 to 27 at the Multicine Infanta, which will open with the film "¡Qué extraño llamarse Federico!", which pays homage to Federico Fellini, and combines file tapes and scenes shot in Cinecittà. Other films will be «Nos amábamos tanto», «Macarrones», «La familia», «Un día muy particular», «La terraza» and «Pasión de amor». The 'Fresa y Chocolate' Cultural Center will screen the film "La cena." The retrospective will be joined by the exhibition «Carteles a la italiana», by artists from Cuba and the European country.

The visual arts will have the exhibitions "Mi Cuba, la mia Italia: revivir el pasado, vivir el presente", "Nido sin árbol", "He is making beautiful dreams", as well as a sample on the work of the Antonelli; by Anish Kapoor from India and Jannis Kounellis from Greece, and Michelangelo Pistoletto's performance "Escultura de paseo", who will present his exhibition at the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Third Rebirth Geography of Transformations Forum.

These days of celebration of Italian culture will bring to the Cuban capital a concert for violin and piano; the recital "L'Orlando melodioso", the presentation of the photographic book "Mantua, Cuba" by Paolo Simonazzy and Davide Barilli, and the title «Las Escuelas Nacionales de Arte de La Habana. Pasado, presente y futuro» by Michelle Paradiso. During these days, there will also be an award ceremony of the Visual Arts Contest «El derecho al agua y su importancia como fuente de vida», a conference on Neapolitan painting and a discussion on Umberto Eco, which will have the participation of Dr. Graziella Pogolotti.

In addition, the programming includes a conference entitled «Etimología y traducción del mundo verde: aportes de Eva Mameli Calvino», by Professor María Cristina Secci, from the University of Cagliari; the important panels of the seminar on emigration and Italian presence in Cuba, which will end with the performance of the young soprano Mónica Marziota, a graduate of the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, and the opening of a sample of images of Cuban families of Italian origin in Cuba. (Foto Lolita González)

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