IN DUEMILA A FESTEGGIARE LA FESTA NAZIONALE A WASHINGTON

Washington DC (3 giugno 2015) – Circa 2mila ospiti hanno affollato ieri l’Ambasciata d’Italia a Washington per celebrare il 2 giugno, 69 anni dopo la nascita della Repubblica. Anniversario che segna “il ritrovamento della libertà e della democrazia” e il primo voto delle italiane, ha sottolineato l’Ambasciatore Claudio Bisogniero, citando il Presidente della Repubblica Mattarella e ricordando come questa fosse la prima festa nazionale presieduta dal nuovo Capo dello Stato.

festa-repubblica-2015_1097L’amicizia con gli Stati Uniti, l’impegno comune per la stabilità internazionale e contro il terrorismo, la straordinaria opportunità di Expo Milano 2015 e l’auspicio per la conclusione del TTIP, area di libero scambio UE-USA, sono stati evidenziati dall’Ambasciatore. Al centro del suo discorso, il ruolo degli italiani in America che hanno appena rinnovato i loro rappresentanti e dei 25 milioni di italo-americani fieri delle loro radici, ma anche ricorrenze quali il centenario della nostra entrata nella Grande Guerra che consentì di completare la riunificazione nazionale e i 70 anni della fine del Secondo Conflitto Mondiale, significativamente commemorati dal Presidente Renzi al cimitero militare americano di Firenze.

Alla realizzazione dell’evento hanno contribuito numerose imprese italiane: Alcantara, B Cube, Beretta, Bracco, Calligaris, ENEL GP, Expert System, FCA, Ferrero, IGT, Lamborghini, Pirelli, Lights of Venice, Banfi, Bauli, Dallara, Prosciutto di Parma, Vini di Lombardia, Zonin. Ad accogliere gli invitati, nel piazzale dell’Ambasciata, moto Ducati, modelli Fiat, Ferrari, Lamborghini e le auto della formula Indy costruite dall’italianissima Dallara.

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Italian Republic Day Message from Ambassador of Italy to the United States of America Claudio Bisogniero

Dear fellow Italians,

Today, June 2nd, 2015 we celebrate the 69th anniversary of the Founding of the Italian Republic. This is also the first time that our new Head of State, Sergio Mattarella, celebrates this special day. We recognize, in particular, the core values at the base of our unity: freedom, democracy, equality, and peaceful coexistence between Peoples. These are the shared values which bind us, in close friendship, with the Country which hosts us: the United States of America.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of Italy’s entry into World War I: a dramatic conflict which we paid heavily for, but which also completed our national unity. A war which, above all, did not only involve Italians in Italy, but also the 115.000 Italians in America who left their adoptive Country to answer the call of their native land.

Amb. Claudio Bisogniero

The anniversary of the Founding of the Republic which we recognize today thus represents a solemn opportunity to celebrate the identity of Italians and Americans of Italian origin, and to strengthen the bonds which join us. It is also a time to underline our pride in our common roots and in the promotion of Italy’s cultural excellence – in its widest significance – throughout the United States.

Upholding our identity goes hand-in-hand with furthering the language of Dante. We are all steadfastly committed to this, and to the final goal of reinstituting Advanced Placement Italian via financial self-sufficiency. The goal is in sight. It is therefore right, and important, to make that final push to give the Italian language the room and role that it deserves in this country, where over 25 million citizens claim Italian ancestry.

Italy and the US also enjoy strong economic ties. The strengthening of these relations, on a European level too, is an objective to strive towards to overcome current circumstances and to create new opportunities for growth and more jobs. In other words: prosperity and wellbeing. Italy therefore supports TTIP, the free trade project, which would unleash important economic benefits for both the United States and European countries – starting with Italy.

EXPO Milan 2015 – the spectacular world fair that opened its doors last month – is equally important, both in terms of economic potential and as a spectacular showcase to raise global awareness on nutrition and sustainability. Milan – and, through it, Italy – is currently the world forum for a decisive debate for humankind, centered on food and health – two areas in which Italy has long excelled.

My friends, let me take this opportunity also to underline once more my sincere appreciation for you, Italians of America: for your support of, and collaboration with, the Embassy and the entire consular network. This determination to be actively involved was reflected once more in the recent elections for the renewal of Comites. The results showed the different aspects of our emigration – traditional and more recent – join hands. They will, I am sure, play a pivotal role in promoting the interests of our collectivities.

Thank you for your work, your commitment, your study, your research and your creativity, and for the example that you set – all hugely contributing factors to the extraordinary, growing prestige of Italy in the United States.

You are our reason for pride.
Viva la Repubblica Italiana, viva gli Stati Uniti, and viva the Italians of America!

Claudio Bisogniero
Ambassador of Italy to the United States of America

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GRAND SUCCESS EXPECTED FOR THE SUMMER WINE TASTING

New York, May 11, 2015 – Great interest is spreading among trade representatives, media and opinion leaders, for the tasting dedicated to the wines of the summer: “Wonderful Italian Wine for Summertime” whose stars—together with white wines, sparkling wines and rosé—are Prosecco and Moscato.

The event, now in its third edition, aims to give further prominence to Italian wines in the press at a time when Italian summer wines are enjoying significant success in the U.S. market.

Numerous wineries of great prestige have already confirmed their participation in “Wonderful Italian Wine for Summertime” and will present an interesting and varied range of wines, such as: Brachetto, Dolcetto, Fragolino, Frascati, Gavi di Gavi, Lacrima Cristi, Malvasia, Pinot Grigio, Roero, Trebbiano, Verdicchio, Vermentino, Vernaccia, as well as Prosecco, Moscato and Brut.

To accompany the wines this year, there will be a wide selection of typical summer dishes prepared by prestigious Italian restaurants in New York and by some of the most important food producers.

The event “Wonderful Italian Wine for Summertime” will take place in New York, between 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23.

For more information, please contact Italian Wine and Food Institute (iwfi@aol.com) or visit its website: www.iwfinews.com.

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THE ITALIANS ARE COMING TO BOOKEXPO AMERICA!

May 2015 – The Italian Trade Agency is pleased to announce Italy’s official participation at BookExpo America 2015 (May 27-29) at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The Italian pavilion in Booths 1631 and 1731 will showcase the latest books, catalogues and multimedia products by 16 Italian exhibitors. See an exciting selection of art and photography books, literature and poetry, young adult and children’s books, cookbooks, health and medical books, foreign language books, and more from leading Italian publishers and printers.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet with Italian representatives from 24 ORE Cultura, Atlantyca, Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Cartiere del Garda, Corraini Edizioni, De Agostini Libri, Edi.Ermes, Giunti Editore, Guerra Edizioni, Logos edizioni, OGM, Pigini Group Printing Division, and Sime Books. The latest offerings by 66thand2nd, Gruppo Albatros Il Filo and Sillabe will also be on display.

Once again, in collaboration with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, ITA will present a selection of the fair’s prestigious Illustrators Exhibition featuring this year’s Italian illustrators. Created by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 1967, the Illustrators Exhibition offers artists from all over the world a unique opportunity to display their talent to key players in the sector who come to Bologna every year for the most important trade show for the exchange of copyrights for children’s literature. Established artists and emerging talents are selected by an authoritative international jury consisting of publishers, artists and museum directors.

Don’t miss the featured talk with Giorgio Fontana, one of the strongest voices in contemporary Italian fiction and winner of the Premio Campiello, on Thursday, May 28 at 2:30pm on the East Side Stage: Death of a Happy Man: Conversation with the author Giorgio Fontana about his literary journey.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce (Bureau of Census), in 2014 Italy ranked sixth among the major foreign suppliers of books, newspapers and other printed matter, exporting $80 million of products, in particular dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibles, newspapers and journals.

The Italian Trade Agency is the government organization that promotes the internationalization of the Italian companies, in line with the strategies of the Ministry of Economic Development, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Italian Trade Agency provides information, support and advice to Italian and foreign companies. The Chicago Office is responsible, among others, for the publishing sector as well as maintaining and regularly updating its publishing website.

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