Movie nights, standup comedy enliven Italian language week


Saudi Gazette

— The Italian consulate here celebrated the Italian language week by conducting a cinematic event and a stand-up comedy show aimed at promoting Italian language and strengthening Saudi-Italian bilateral ties.

The Italian language week has been celebrated by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2001 in all the Italian embassies and consulates around the globe.

This week the Italians celebrated the 17th edition, and this year’s theme was “Cinema, and how cinema has influenced the language”.

The Italian consulate celebrated this occasion by organizing a series of events including a stand-up comedy show by Savirio Raimondo. The show was conducted on Monday.

The consulate also showcased two special Italian language authentic cultural movies on Tuesday, and Thursday.

Also debates and seminars were held by Mondadori Education company about Italian language. These various events were held at the Italian Cultural Center, Italian School, and three private universities: UBT, Dar Al-Hekma and Effat.

Consul General Elisabetta Martini noted: “The Italian language week is a celebration that we have been conducting every year for the last 17 years. Spreading and promoting Italian language throughout the world is one of our priorities. Now Italian language is the fourth most studied foreign languages in the world. People love speaking Italian because they love the beauty of the country, and the beauty of the culture”.

Martini also added: “I think the bilateral Saudi-Italian relations are improving a lot, and we are working at making these ties even closer.”

Saudis and expatriates visited and enjoyed the movie night. A French visitor, Sevim Guvenc, was happy to participate in the Italian cultural event and said: “This is the first time I joined the Italian language week, and it was inspiring. It also highlights the importance of language in developing a culture. I thank the Italian consulate for inviting us, and I hope to join more cultural events again.”