PALERMO ITALIAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2018
On 31/01/2017, Palermo was declared by the Commission of selection: Italian Capital of Culture 2018. To announce this decision was the Minister Dario Franceschini, at the Salone of the National Council of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism.
This great event confirms the rebirth of the city, capital of dialogue and enrichment between cultures, tool for comparison, knowledge of the other, overcoming differences as an obstacle to peaceful coexistence, that generates awareness of oneself and one's social role and impose the recognition of individual and collective rights.
A vision of the contemporary that looking to the future, strengthened by the mixtures and the international comparison outside and inside the city.
"MANIFESTA 12" PALERMO, EUROPEAN NOMADIC BIENNALE
Palermo is the host city of Manifesta 12 in 2018.
From 16th June to 4th November 2018, Palermo, will host Manifesta, the European Nomadic Biennale, born in the early 1990s in response to the political, economic and cultural change initiated at the end of the Cold War and the subsequent steps towards European integration. It is a cultural project that reinterprets the relationship between culture and society through a continuous dialogue with the social sphere.The City of Palermo, being occupied by almost every European civilization and having long-term connections with Northern Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean over the last 2000 years, was selected by the Manifesta board for its representation of two important themes that identify contemporary Europe: migration and climate changes.
Manifesta 12, main ambition is to work in a truly interdisciplinary way with local communities in order to rethink the basic architectural, urban, economic, social and cultural structures of the city: this will help citizens to recognize their responsibilities and their rights.
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WHY PALERMO IS THE ITALIAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2018
The city of Palermo considers the candidacy as Italian Capital of Culture, as a further opportunity to transform its complexities and contradictions into regenerative elements, in order to carry out a process of urban, social and cultural transformation based on respect for rights and legality.
Palermo is a mosaic city, of which each tesserae is an expression of different worlds.
To testify it is its landscape, its language, its monuments, its cuisine and its urban fabric.
The symbol of this condition is the Tombstone, housed in the Palazzo della Zisa: a funerary stele dated 1149, in Jewish, Latin, Greek and Arabic, which integrates the different dating systems of the world and demonstrates the multi-ethnicity of the court of Roger II- for example, respect for all religions and all the peoples who inhabited Sicily, and so is the coexistence of the cult of Santa Rosalia, patron saint of the city, with that of the Holy Black Benedict the Moor. The cultural project, in which the candidature for the Italian Capital of Culture 2018 is inserted, forms a formal foundation in acts of address and deliberations of the Government Council and assumes as the main attractors and drivers of social and economic cultural development the realization of Manifesta XII and the enhancement of the Norman Arab itinerary recognized in the UNESCO WHL.
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