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The Institute


The Institute

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The 90 Institutes currently operating in major cities throughout the five continents are an ideal meeting place for the exchange of ideas between intellectuals, artists, and other cultural operators, and also for Italian and overseas citizens who wish to establish and maintain ties with Italy.

The Italian Institute of Culture is not only a showcase for Italy and a source of up-to-date information on the Sistema Paese. It is also a centre generating initiatives and activities concerning cultural cooperation. As such it has become an indispensable point of reference for Italian communities overseas and for the increasing demand for Italian culture being felt throughout the world.

Supporting the activities of embassies and consular offices, Italian Institutes of Culture identify the most appropriate means to promote the image of Italy as a centre of cultural production, preservation and communication spanning the classical age to the contemporary world.

In addition to the organisation of cultural events in various sectors (art, music, film, theatre, dance, fashion, design, photography), Italian Institutes of Culture:

  • offer the opportunity to become familiar with the language and culture of Italy through courses, libraries and didactic and cultural material; 
  • create contacts and the necessary conditions to facilitate the integration of Italian operators in the processes of cultural exchange and production at an international level; 
  • supply information and logistic support to Italian and international public and private cultural operators; 
  • support initiatives that foster intercultural dialogue based on the principles of democracy and international solidarity.

Italian Cultural Institutes worldwide