Category Archives: Culture

Surprise winner for song competition

Think of a famous Italian song from the past and even non-Italians would come with O Sole Mio, Volare, or even the Pavarotti favourite Nessun Dorma. Not so for viewers of Italian satellite TV programme “Buongiorno Cielo”, who launched a … Continue reading

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Internazionale snapshots

This year’s Internazionale a Ferrara had the usual high quality in speakers and guests and subject matter, with overall satisfaction from the 63,000 people who attended. The only criticism I heard on quality was referred to the films being shown,  … Continue reading

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An “Internazionale” weekend

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday sees the annual news, current affairs and cultural festival “Internazionale a Ferrara” take place in the north-eastern Italian city. Internazionale is an Italian news weekly which, as its name suggests, collects features, articles and reviews … Continue reading

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Florence celebrates Dante

The newly restored statue of the best known Italian poet Dante Alighieri in front of Florence’s Santa Croce basilica was unveiled to the public yesterday, as part of Italy’s 150th anniversay celebrations. Local and national government representatives took part in … Continue reading

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Shakespeare in Love – theatre review

Teatro Nuovo, Ferrara, 16/02/11 It’s a well-known fact that Shakespeare has been translated into many different languages, and of course Italian is no exception. It is always rather odd to watch or listen to the Bard’s work in another language, … Continue reading

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National holiday cause for controversy

You would have thought that with Easter coming so late this year (the last weekend of April) Italians, or any other population, would be more than glad of an extra day off in March to celebrate the 150th anniversary of … Continue reading

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150th anniversary begins

The inauguration of official celebrations for Italy’s 150 years as a unified nation took place today in the city of Reggio Emilia. President Giorgio Napolitano began proceedings with an inaugural speech and opening of two exhibitions dedicated to the Italian … Continue reading

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