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Youth, university and sustainability are the key concepts for this year’s Italian Language Week, starting off today in Latvia with a series of events and lectures organised by the Italian Embassy in Riga. The initiative is promoted from October 10 to 16, 2022 in collaboration with the Riga Technical University on the occasion of its 160th anniversary.

“Italian is the language of creativity and nobody is more creative than young people. On Italian Language Week – which we have chosen to move forward so to celebrate it together with the 160th anniversary of the Riga Technical University – we focus on how our language is changing thanks to the energy of new generations and how this reflects the dynamism of today’s Italy” commented Alessandro Monti, Ambassador of Italy in Latvia.

Among the events, a masterclass on youth and climate change, a lecture on the role of new generations in Italian cinema and a “lectio magistralis” by Prof. Remo Morzenti Pellegrini (former rector of the University of Bergamo and current Vice President of the National School of Public Administration of Italy) on youth in the knowledge society. On October 15 the spotlight moves on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pier Paolo Pasolini with a presentation of the first Latvian translation of “Ragazzi di vita”, in collaboration with the Riga Film Festival.

The Italian Language Week in the World turns 22 this year: it is an initiative of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of University and Research, as well as with the main partners in the promotion of the Italian language abroad such as Accademia della Crusca, Treccani and the Dante Alighieri Society. During the week, Embassies, Consulates and Italian Cultural Institutes around the world organise events aimed at promoting Italian language and culture. The topic of this year’s Italian Language Week – “L’italiano e i giovani. Come scusa? Non ti followo” – has been selected through a competition open to pupils and students of the Italian schools abroad.