The Week of the Italian Language in the World
Islamabad: The Week of the Italian Language in the World is an event promoted yearly by the cultural and diplomatic network in the third week of October.
It focuses on a theme that acts as the leitmotif of a vast cultural programme to promote the diffusion of the Italian language.
The initiative was launched in 2001 through the joint action of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Accademia della Crusca, which was subsequently joined by the Swiss Confederation, where Italian is one of the country’s official languages.
During these past eighteen years, the Week of the Italian Language in the World has ended up representing the Foreign Ministry’s privileged Italian promotion channel in terms of the number of activities simultaneously organised all over the world.
This success story is due to the growing engagement of the Italian and Italian-speaking communities abroad, along with local cultural institutions and a host of writers, poets, artists, teachers and academics who have passionately enlivened all the past editions by taking part in hundreds of conferences, meetings, lectures, refresher courses, thus opening a cultural and intercultural dialogue with other writers, artists, intellectuals and representatives of civil society in a large number of Countries.
Since 2013, the theme of the Week has dealt with the world of business and culture, highlighting the link between language and creativity.
On October 19, the 20th Edition of the Week of the Italian Language in the World was launched at the Farnesina, headquarters of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Rome.
During the event, guest speakers discussed the theme of the 2020 edition “Italian Between Word and Image: graffiti, illustrations, comics”; activities pertaining to the instruction of Italian abroad were also presented together with the publishing support established by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and others in response to the Sars-Cov-2 pandemic (including the web portal newitalianbooks.it), the promotional video dedicated to the week and the principal institutional activities organized for the occasion by the network of Embassies, Consulates and Italian Cultural Institutes in the world.
From October 19-25, the diplomatic-consular network of the Italian Cultural Institutes presented events, meetups and performances in more than 110 countries to demonstrate the richness of the beautiful Italian language.
Italy’s Ambassador to Pakistan Andreas Ferrarese greeted all the Italian speakers and lovers on the event.