A giant of culture like the maestro Riccardo Muti who has dedicated most of his 80 years, just magnificently completed, not only to music but also to teaching young people.
And then the person in charge of one of the spearheads of the Italian museum network, namely Christian Greco, director of the Egyptology museum in Turin.
Together with the Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini and Prime Minister Mario Draghi, they will be the hosts of the great appointment of the G20 of Culture which brings together the ministers of the twenty largest world economies and almost 40 delegations in Rome and will open on 29 July in the late afternoon in the Colosseum arena.
With them also the general director of Unesco Audrey Azoloulay, Unesco who has just awarded 4 other awards to Padua and the painting of the '300, to the Porticoes of Bologna, San Miniato and Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence and to Montecatini European spa city that make the total of Italy over 70. "An extraordinary result", admits Franceschini satisfied, and "good news on the eve of the G20 Culture that Italy is preparing to host for the first time".
The event will be sealed in the evening by the concert of the Luigi Cherubini youth orchestra conducted by Muti at the Quirinale and broadcast live on Rai1. "A great gift" the one given by the teacher, explains the Minister of Culture, who announces the evening "in what the Head of State likes to call the home of the Italians" will also be the occasion to celebrate Muti's birthday who turns 80 today. years.
The works will come alive the next day in a long day of exchanges and debates at Palazzo Barberini on some of the most "burning" themes of culture all over the world: from protection and restoration policies to the illicit traffic of works of art, from training of young people to restart museums after the pandemic.
The goal of the G20, explained Franceschini, is to sign a joint declaration by the G20 ministers and organizations dealing in various capacities with culture "which includes a series of commitments on many issues" and also "the stabilization of the G20 Culture as one of the preparatory meetings for the summit of heads of states and government. "Even in moments when everything divides and distances, a window of dialogue on culture can always remain open to countries" added the minister, explaining that culture is a formidable means of dialogue between peoples and noting that Italy can exercise undisputed leadership in this field.
Together with the ministers of the member and invited countries, the leaders of the main international organizations active in the field meet in Rome, including: Unesco, the OECD, the Council of Europe, the Union for the Mediterranean, international organizations of the cultural sector such as Iccrom, Icom, Icomos, the protagonists of the fight against crimes against cultural heritage such as the United Nations agency for the fight against crime Unodc, Interpol and the customs organization Wco. For Italy, the Carabinieri of the Protection of Cultural Heritage, the Central Institute for Restoration and the School of Cultural Heritage and Activities will also intervene.