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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Cultural Event at the Italian Cultural Institute

On Tuesday December 20, 2011 at 6:00 PM, the Italian Cultural Institute in Zamalek will host the inauguration ceremony of an Italian-Egyptian Committee to foster the Cultural Relations between the two countries.
What follows is the press release of the event:

On Tuesday December 20th at 6 p.m. at the Italian Cultural Institute will be inaugurated a cultural committee established by the Institute to promote the cultural cooperation between the two countries that boast millenary traditions. In the belief that culture, even in extremely heated and exciting moments as the ones we are facing nowadays in Egypt and in the Mediterranean area, can represent a bridge across our cultures and a stimulus for fostering the joint relations not only in the cultural sector but also in other fields.

The committee, headed by the honorary president H. E. the Ambassador of Italy, Claudio Pacifico, under the coordinating authority of the Director of the Italian Cultural Institute, Arnaldo Dante Marianacci, will include a number of sixty persons among the most relevant cultural and financial local representatives as well as prominent literary professors and important personalities in the show business, among all, the famous actor Omar Sharif and the writer Gamal El Ghitani.

The December 20th meeting will be the occasion of announcing the 2012 cultural program of the Italian Cultural Institute as well as to inaugurate the library of the Institute, the second most relevant among the eighty-nine Institutes in the world with 34.000 books, that will be entitled to Giuseppe Ungaretti, the great Italian poet born in Alexandria.

The actor Alessandro Quasimodo, Salvatore Quasimodo’s son, Nobel prize for Literature in 1959, will read poems written by Ungaretti in Italian, while the most famous Egyptian living poet Ahmed Abdel Moaty Hegazy will read in Arabic.

Copies of Ungaretti’s work translated in Arabic by the translator Adel El Siwi, member of the committee as well, will be donated to the guests.

To conclude the evening a musical live session, at the violin, Mahmoud Said, at the piano Regine Bernhauer will play Franz Schubert pieces, a reception will follow.

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