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Evening for Dante, “From the Dark Wood to the Lights of Berlin “

A tribute evening to Dante Alighieri at the Italian Embassy in Berlin: the event, called “From the Dark Wood to the Lights of Berlin”, was held on 8 September with the aim of celebrating the figure of the Supreme Poet through various artistic expressions and during which the audiobook “From the Dark Wood to Paradise” was presented, produced in 33 languages by the Foreign Ministry, co-sponsored with the Municipality of Ravenna and the Teatro delle Albe.

“This is a way – said Ambassador Armando Varricchio – of remembering and celebrating the man who in Italy is known as the Supreme Poet, the “father of the Italian language”, Italy’s most illustrious citizen”. 


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During the evening, extracts from the audiobook were selected and recited in the auditorium; excerpts were also commented by Giulio Ferroni, in dialogue with German journalist Sandra Gronewald. Ferroni is the author of the book “L’Italia di Dante” (Dante’s Italy), which presents all the places mentioned by the Poet in the journey he narrates in the “Divine Comedy”, published thanks to the support of the Dante Alighieri Society, whose General Secretary Alessandro Masi illustrated the numerous and multiple activities organised in the Dante Year.

During the Dante Evening at the Embassy, the Director of ENIT’s Frankfurt office, Antonella Rossi, presented “Le Vie di Dante”, slow tourism, nature and food and wine routes in the Tuscan-Romagna Apennines. Finally, guests were able to admire the video mapping dedicated to Dante, which currently lights up the facade of the Embassy as part of the Festival of Lights.


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The video-installation also features several precious drawings preserved at the Kupferstichkabinett, in Berlin, which were made available specifically for this project: “an example of high cultural diplomacy, a sign of the spirit of friendship towards Italy and also of the recognition of a shared culture in today’s Europe, which I would like to openly acknowledge”, commented Ambassador Varricchio.