Italian Government Tourist Board - North America

ITALY NEWS # 63 - September 23rd, 2008

   European Heritage Days 2008

27/28 September, 2008

In 2008, we are celebrating the 17th anniversary of the European Heritage Days. Since its origin, this joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Commission has steadily spread across all the signatory states to the European Cultural Convention. Once a year, in 49 countries with a total population of more than 800 million, the EHDs offer a chance to celebrate the unity and diversity of a shared cultural heritage which is one of Europe’s most distinctive features. In Italy, this year, following the theme "The great culture routes: a travel among Italian treasures", will be held on  27th and 28th September. During these days over 1,000 public state cultural sites will be freely available with a great variety of initiatives.


  Terra Madre 2008

   GEORGE BARBIER (1882-1932) The birth of Art Déco

 Venezia - Through January 5th, 2009

This is the very first exhibition dedicated to George Barbier (1882-1932), artist and fashion illustrator, theatre designer and protagonist of the Art deco movement. The exhibition is a remarkable and fitting opportunity to revive both the memory and knowledge of a considerable renown artist while alive but quickly forgotten after his death. For the first time, it makes it possible to study and understand the diverse aspects of his vast production. It is arranged according to themes. It begins with his early works, then continuing with a section dedicated to theatre and cinema with his drawings for costumes and theatre design. As a whole, this surprising, exhaustive exhibition makes it possible to both document the progress of the artist's work and to highlight the link between these greatly differing works, and the editions they had been created for, recreating where possible, rare volumes that had been taken apart after his death.

International Film Festival

                                                                     Roma - 22/31 October, 2008


All world premieres for the films that will open and close the Rome International Film Festival, which runs from October 22nd to 31st. Inaugurating the third edition of the festival will be L’uomo che ama directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi, starring Monica Bellucci, Pierfrancesco Favino, Kseniya Rappoport, and Piera Degli Esposti; and Huit/Eight, the international film inspired to the 8 Millenium Development Goals decided by the members of the United Nations as part of its campaign to end global poverty, directed by eight world-famous filmmakers: Jane Campion, Gael Garcia Bernal, Jan Kounen, Mira Nair, Gaspar Noé, Abderrahmane Sissako, Gus Van Sant, and Wim Wenders.

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