A Touch of Italy
April in Maribor, the European Capital of Culture 2012, belongs to Italy. The Italian Embassy is organising numerous cultural events devoted to Italy and its thousands of years of artistic and innovative creativity at all levels.
The rich programme under the patronage of the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, reflects a comprehensive and articulate approach to culture. Its main coordinator, the Italian Embassy, will present canonical visual and performing arts and also a wide range of other events, such as an exhibition of premium manufactured products representing a distinctive form of Italian culture. The Italian participation in the international programme of Maribor 2012 is the starting point of a wider project of integrated cultural and commercial promotion. They wish to engage Slovenians with innovative forms of cultural collaboration so as to catch up with the ongoing enhancement of the political relationship between the two countries.
Focus: Celebrating Bilateral Ties
Ten cultural events will take place in Maribor, starting with the opening of the exhibition, “Ottavio Missoni: The Genius of Colour” on 4 April in Vetrinjski dvor in Maribor which will be attended by the renowned artist himself. The exhibition explores the deep cultural roots of a world-class, Italian fashion brand. The tripartite exhibition presents the richness of the Italian soul and the impressive life journey of an emblematic entrepreneur with profound ties to the eastern shore of the Adriatic. The history of the upper arch of the Adriatic Sea will be explored in a variety of forms, the “Copies of Mosaics of the Early Christian Basilicas of Ravenna” exhibition, a photographic exhibition “Imago Trieste” which will include a striking reconstruction of the historic railway between Trieste and Vienna and “Aquileia, Crossroads of the Empire” an exhibition which will also be displayed in Ljubljana. There will also be a multimedia portrait of Istria, “Istria Through Time”, presenting an objective reconstruction of the key events that shaped the history of the Istrian peninsula.
Digital art will be represented by a digital experimentation of Fabio Fonda, an artist specialising in unique digital textile, print and quilt techniques who will showcase “DigiArtNoveau”, an example of how digital photography can be used to restore Art Nouveau buildings.
Poetry enthusiasts will be able to enjoy a presentation of the anthology “Versi diversi/Drugačni verzi” (Different verses), a cross-section of contemporary poetic productions of the Italian minority in Slovenia and the Slovenian minority in Italy.
There will also be three music events starting with an Italian musical selection gala concert featuring some of the most renowned musicians of the Italian National Community in Slovenia and Croatia. There will be a piano recital by Martina Frezzotti performing a Romantic repertoire with a very personal touch. A major event, the finale of Italian cultural month, will be a performance by FolkHistria. Their modern musical approach to traditional Istrian-Venetian music enables a multi ethnic dialogue involving many acclaimed Slovenian and Croatian performers.
There will also be additional events in Ljubljana including a mask exhibition, an exhibition of Slovenian authors of the 19th century, a presentation of the project for the restoration of the Drava riverbank, an architectural conference on the construction of the space and “Antica Contea”, a tourist presentation of Gorizia, Cormons and Gradasca from many different aspects.
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