Professor Francesca revealed significant traces of Islamic civilization in the Sicilian culture through anthropology, ceramic artifacts and poetry by Hamdis that fascinated attending guests and students.
The evening was followed by a film screening of “Benvenuti al Nord” a comical Italian film by Luca Miniero at the VOX Cinema, Mall of The Emirates, Dubai. Film producer and director Mr Luca Miniero opened the screening along with Professor Alessandra Priante, the Italian Cultural Attaché’ for the Gulf region to the audience.
On Monday another lecture session took place at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi in conjunction with Zayed University Abu Dhabi by Professor Maria Concetta Di Natale who discussed “Intercultural dialogue between Western and Islamic Art”. The lecture was supported by a special guest, Ms Azza Al Qubaisi, a Local Emirati Artist and Dr Maria Maria Loretta De Toni, Jewellery Stylist from Vicenza, Italy, who also brought her major pieces to show the embedding of Islamic symbolism in Italian jewels.
The “Italian Cultural Days” officially started on Thursday 22nd November 2012. Prime Minister Mario Monti paid his first visit to the UAE on Tuesday and blessed the signing of the official Cultural Cooperation Agreement between Italy and The UAE. The agreement outlined key areas of cooperation in culture, arts, heritage, related training and supporting initiatives between both countries.
The Italian Cultural Days were opened with a performance by world famous Opera “Rigoletto” by Giuseppe Verdi and executed by Singers Monica De Rosa and Giuseppe De Ligia, accompanied by the Bel Canto Ensemble and other great musicians from Italy. The schedule included a variety of workshops and film screenings that took place in Dubai and Abu Dhabi until Tuesday 27th November 2012. The initiative was headed up by Professor Alessandra Priante, a senior official from the Italian Ministry of Culture and Heritage who is now serving as Cultural Attache’ for the Gulf region for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Professor Alessandra Priante, the Italian Cultural Attache’ for the Gulf region
“The Italian Cultural Days is a yearly appointment that takes place in the UAE and joins the Italian focus also being drawn by the Italian Chamber of Commerce with its Italian Culture Weeks”. We are very excited that our Prime Minister Mario Monti visited the UAE and that he was present at the signing of the Cultural Cooperation Agreement with H.E. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. We believe it is important to educate the multicultural society about the Italian Culture and how there are similarities through, culture, music, arts and literature especially in combination with the Arabic Culture. We flew artists in from Italy like Professor Maria Concetta Di Natale who gave a great lecture on “Intercultural dialogue between Western and Islamic Art”. I was very impressed by the dynamism, curiosity and talent of the Emirati youth. From engineers to artists, this Country offers so much in terms of encouragement, understanding and opportunities to the new generations…. I am amazed to see that the local youth will be the leaders of tomorrow.”
Italian Cultural days took place both in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Special guest appearance by Ms Azza Al Qubaisi, Local Emirati Artist and Jeweler, Dr Maria Loretta De Toni, Jewellery Stylist from Vicenza, Italy, Dr Michele Bambling and Dr Marco Sasa from Zayed University Abu Dhabi and a special appearance by film producer/director Luca Miniero.
The event will be closed this evening at the Emirates Palace hotel. The event has been themed as Mezzaluna in Musica that consists of live Italian dinner and Music with Soprano Teresa Nicoletti and other musicians.
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