The Advisory Working Group for the promotion of Italian culture and language abroad has approved the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' proposal to award prizes and grants for the translation of Italian works into foreign languages.
The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been supporting the publishing of Italian editorial and cinematographic works abroad for years. Incentives for the translation, dubbing and subtitling of Italian works into foreign languages is an essential promotional tool and they are awarded according to important research carried out by Italian embassies and Institutes of Italian Culture all across the world.
When approving the proposal, the Working Group - composed of representatives from the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, the Dante Alighieri Society, the Accademia della Crusca and editorial trade associations - expressed its appreciation for the selection process carried out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, praising the quality of the titles and the hard work carried out by the Italian and foreign publishing houses involved.
At the end of the meeting, the Group approved 99 grant requests from 47 countries and decided upon the awarding of two prizes. The total amount of funding is over €200,000, which will support publishing of Italian literature, poetry and audiovisual content abroad. The grants are part of a wider support plan from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote Italian literature and authors abroad. The plan also includes support for participation in international fairs and the presentation of literary works on behalf of authors at Italian Institutes of Culture, as well as in the context of Italian Language Week which will next take place this coming 21-27 October.