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Italian Language Week – From 14 to 20 October diplomatic missions host 1200 events

The 2013 edition of Italian Language week will take place from 14 to 20 October in 94 countries around the world. The annual initiative aimed at the promotion of our language and culture, is organised by the cultural and diplomatic networks of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic and in collaboration with the Academia della Crusca.

1200 events around the world

Italian Cultural Institutes, Embassies and Consulates around the world will be hosting 1200 events for this 13th edition – entitled “Research, Discovery and Innovation: the Italy of Knowledge – of an initiative that started back in 2001 and has increased interest in the Italian language over the years, to the extent that it now ranks the 4th most studied language in the world.

Under-Secretary Giro: Italian language always in demand

As Under-Secretary Mario Giro stated in an interview on 14 October for Il Sole 24 Ore, “this is an opportunity to reflect on the value of our language as appoint of access to Italian culture, and as a generator of friendship, bonds and multiple interests in our country”. Indeed, the demand for Italian “has remained constant even throughout the crisis and is in expansion in many areas of the emerging world”, bearing witness to Italy’s reputation in the fields of culture, science and art, as well as our international appeal in business and economic spheres.

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