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Cooperazione culturale

 

Cooperazione culturale

AGREEMENT ON CULTURAL CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF ITALY

AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE ITALIAN REPUBLIC ON FILM CO-PRODUCTIONS

  • The Italian Cultural Institutes in Canada
  • Italian Language in the World
  • Italian in Canada and in Canadian Universities
  • L'Universita' in Canada
  • Scholarships
  • Useful links



    CULTURAL COOPERATION BETWEEN ITALY AND CANADA

    Cultural relations between Italy and Canada are constantly growing and developing.  Major Canadian cities often host entire series of cultural activities centred on Italian traditions and customs, that attract not only the Italian community, but also a general public which is increasingly curious and keen to discover new facets of Italy’s great historical and cultural heritage.
    Among the more significant are the various “Italian Week” celebrations that take place in many of Canada’s cities.  Through their combination of art, music, religion, sports, food, and popular entertainment, they highlight Italy’s image as a dynamic and modern country, and at the same time they allow the participants to immerse themselves in the unique traditions with which Italy is commonly associated.   There are also the annual Opera Lyra recital that takes place in the gardens of the Ambassador’s residence, the many film festivals dedicated to the masters and emerging talent of Italian cinema, among them the European Union Film Festival, this year celebrating its 30th anniversary.  In addition, there are art exhibits and the yearly edition of La Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo, which reconfirms and celebrates the presence and place of Italian throughout the world.

    The Cultural Office of the Embassy of Italy in Ottawa plays a central role in promoting cultural relations between the two countries, through activities and initiatives in the areas of language promotion, the protection of cultural heritage, cinema, audiovisual, literature, music, and the arts in general.  In fact it:

    coordinates the activities of the Italian Cultural Institutes in Canada, and with them decides on an overall cultural policy for the year and plans a program of cultural events;

    promotes, together with the Italian Consular network in Canada, Italian language instruction in schools and universities;

    facilitates, in cooperation with the Office of the Science Attaché, connections between the different public cultural institutions active in the two countries, with particular attention to the Ministry of Culture, Education, and Scientific Research;

    maintains and develops collaborative and exchange relations with other Italian cultural institutions in Canada, major Canadian universities, public schools, and Italian cultural associations and centres, as well as Italian departments or sections at Canadian educational institutions;

    ensures the continuity of bilateral relations between cultural and educational institutions, both public and private, in Canada and Italy, which have intensified in recent years in the film sector (with the signature in 1997 of a bilateral agreement on film co-production);

    finally, it manages the Scholarship Program by centralizing the application collection and organizing the joint Canada-Italy evaluating committee.


    Bilateral Agreements


    Bilateral agreements between Italy and Canada in the area of cultural affairs include: the Agreement on Cultural Cooperation of 17 May, 1984; the Agreement on Film Co-production of November 13, 1997, in effect since 1999; the Program for Cooperation in Culture, Science and Technology of  November 29, 2000.  To this list must be added the Cultural Cooperation Program and the Program for Science and Technology Cooperation with Québec, signed December 7, 2000.  On the basis of the Bilateral Cultural Program, signed in  Rome in 2000, the Italian Government offers Canadian citizens and Italian citizens who are a permanent residents in Canada, scholarships in Italy for Italian language and culture courses at Italian universities (short-term scholarships) or for individual research projects (long-term scholarships.)




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