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Italian Embassy in the UAE announces the opening of ‘Italian Cultural Days’

United Arab Emirates: Thursday, November 22 - 2012 @ 10:18

The Italian Cultural Days kick-start this Thursday 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 includes a variety of workshops and film screenings that will be taking place in Dubai and Abu Dhabi until Tuesday 27th November 2012. The initiative is 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 have flown in artists from Italy and I am particularly looking forward to seeing the response to Professor Maria Concetta Di Natale’s lecture on “Intercultural dialogue between Western and Islamic Art”. I am so encouraged 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.”

Events during the course of the Italian Cultural Days will be taking place both in Dubai and Abu Dhabi with similar schedules. There will be a 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.

Schedule for Italian Cultural Days

Thursday 22nd November 2012 at 8.00pm DUCTAC, Dubai
Opera Concert “Rigoletto” by Giuseppe Verdi in Forma di Concerto. For booking information call 04 341 4777

Saturday 24th November 2012 at 8.00pm Emirates Palace Auditorium, Abu Dhabi
Opera Concert “Rigoletto” by Giuseppe Verdi. For booking information call 04 341 4777

Sunday 25th November 2012 at 3pm American University in Dubai
World Culture Classes Topic “Linguistic and cultural similarities between Italian and Arabic through the Sicilian Language”. For invitations please email: [email protected]

Sunday 25th November 2012 at 7.30pm VOX Cinema Screen 12 – Mall of The Emirates, Dubai
Film Screening “Benvenuti al Nord” by Luca Miniero. Complimentary tickets available at VOX Cinema box office

Monday 26th November 2012 at 4pm Emirates Palace, Meeting room M001, Abu Dhabi
Academic Lectures “Intercultural dialogue between Western and Islamic Art”. For invitations please email: [email protected]

Monday 26th November 2012 at 7.30pm VOX Cinema Screen 5 – Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi
Film Screening “Benvenuti al Nord” by Luca Miniero. Complimentary tickets available at VOX Cinema box office

Tuesday 27th November 2012 at 8.00pm Emirates Palace, Mezzaluna Restaurant, Abu Dhabi
Mezzaluna in Musica Live Italian Dinner and Music with soprano Teresa Nicoletti and other musicians.

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