ECB celebrates Italian culture

European central bank announces 2011 cultural days will focus on Italian culture; events include classical and jazz music concerts, film screenings, literary and art events
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Organised in cooperation with the Bank of Italy, the European Central Bank (ECB) has revealed its 2011 cultural days will have an Italian theme.

After focusing on the Netherlands in 2010, the variety of cultural events being held at well-known locations in Frankfurt am Main between October 19 and November 17, 2011, will this year centre on Italy.

The programme of events include classical music and jazz concerts, film screenings, literary and art events, dance performances and events for children.

"This year's cultural days will be held under the joint patronage of Jean-Claude Trichet, president of the ECB, and Mario Draghi, governor of the Banca d'Italia," the ECB said in a statement announcing the theme. Draghi will take over as president of the ECB following Trichet's retirement this month.

Musical highlights of the event include a performance by the Orchestra Mozart from Bologna, conducted by Claudio Abbado, which will open the Cultural Days with a concert at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt on October 19 at 8pm.

Literary events start with a session with well-known Italian writer, Claudio Magris, at the Literaturhaus Frankfurt on October 20. Other writers taking part in the events are Dacia Maraini and Gianrico Carofiglio.

A series of Italian films focusing on the theme of Questioni di famiglia (family affairs) will showcase six recent Italian productions at the CineStar Metropolis cinema in Frankfurt am Main. The first will be shown on October 24.

"We look forward to this year's Cultural Days, which reflect our ongoing commitment to helping to further Europeans' understanding of one another and to raising awareness of the cultural wealth of Europe and its common cultural roots," said the ECB.

The complete programme for the cultural days of the ECB – Italy 2011 is available on the ECB's website.

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