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International Week of the Italian Language. XX Edition - October 19-24 2020


International Week of the Italian Language. XX Edition - October 19-24 2020

XX Week of Italian language in the world- Settimana della lingua italiana nel mondo
"Italian between word and image: graffiti, illustrations, comics"

October 19-24 2020

 Under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic of Italy



During the week, the NY Public Library will dedicate a Blogpost to authors and themes of Italian literature, in collaboration with the Consulate General, IIC and Rizzoli Bookstore.

The Rizzoli Bookstore of NY dedicates a page of its website to the authors of Italian literature.


Events of the Italian Cultural Institute of New York

The "Daily Decameron" is a collection of ten short stories from the Decameron, Giovanni Boccaccio's masterpiece. Readings will be both in English and Italian. Written during the time of a plague, these stories still have the power of lifting the spirit and consoling souls. The ten episodes, preceded by an introductory episode, will be available weekly starting October 20 on our website. The "Daily Decameron" is a production of the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francsico and was written, translated and presented by Steve Siegelman and edited by Enrica Cavalli,  with music interpreted by Jon Sayles.


Conversation with Marco Bertozzi (University IUAV of Venice), Andrea Minuz (University of Rome "La Sapienza"), and Laura Nuti (journalist and scholar). In Italian. On the occasion of the celebrations of Fellini, 100 years since the birth of the great filmmaker Federico Fellini.

Registration required


Conversation with Paolo Bacilieri - Cartoonist, Luca Baldazzi - Editor and Press Office, James M. Bradburne - Director of the Brera Piancoteca. In Italian.

"Comics in the Museum" is a project created by the Press and Communication Office of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, in collaboration with Coconino Press - Fandango, designed specifically for children and young people who participate in museum workshops. The project has been included by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, among the initiatives of Italian cultural promotion of the XX edition of the Week of the Italian language in the world, whose theme is:  "Italian between word and image: graffiti, illustrations, comics ".

Registration required


  • Gianni Rodari's Telephone Tales -- A read-aloud video series for kids

Telephone Tales, a series of 12 short, sweet stories for kids by beloved Italian children’s author, Gianni Rodari, in a new English translation by Antony Shugaar, with Illustrations by Valerio Vidali. A co-production of the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC; the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, DC and Enchanted Lion Books.

Part of KidsEuroFestival and the XX Week of Italian Language in the World, the series is available on the YouTube Channel ouTube Channel of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Washington.


Italian and American Playwrights Project featured on Italian Theatre Podcast "L'Ultimo Nastro di Krapp", by Simone Giustinelli and Stefano Patti. A special conversation about the opening of the third edition of the Project with Valeria Orani and Frank Hentschker, curators, Patricia Gaborik, professional translator, Patrizia Acerra, Director of the International Voices Project Festival in Chicago, and Daniel Leisawitz Director of the Italian Studies Program of Muhlenberg College (Allentown - PA)


MAECI Initiatives

  • "Italian Between Word and Image: Graffiti, Illustrations, Comics"

As every year, the Accademia della Crusca, in collaboration with the goWare publishing house, has released a volume, edited by Claudio Ciociola and Paolo d'Achille, dedicated to the theme of the Settimana della Lingua.

The pubblication is available as:

PDF: immagine.pdf

And, from October 19 to 25, free of charge to the public in  e-book format



Special Event
Film at Lincoln Center presents a Pietro Marcello Retrospective
October 16-22

Celebrating the release of Italian master Pietro Marcello’s Locarno and Toronto prizewinner Martin Eden.

One of world cinema’s most exciting working directors, Pietro Marcello has spent the last 15 years crafting a filmography that straddles past and present, documentary and fiction, folklore and political intervention. His idiosyncratic use of archival materials paired with his penchant for capturing, enlarging, and exalting the sensuous details of the physical world yields films that have distinguished themselves within today’s Italian cinema, or indeed, world cinema at large.


Special ICI offer: save 20% on the films of Pietro Marcello in the Film at Lincoln Center Virtual Cinema!

Instructions: Create your account and explore the Pietro Marcello retrospective lineup HERE. Once you have selected your film(s), hover over the thumbnail, click “Rent,” and enter promo code FRIEND1.