The network of European Capitals of Culture will be attending the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai, which provides an opportunity to strengthen the dialogue and cooperation between Europe and the vast area of countries surrounding the Mediterranean, as far as Asia and North Africa. Italy, which will be taking part in Expo 2020 Dubai to showcase the finest examples of its creativity and the talent and skills behind them, intends to facilitate and encourage shared initiatives and projects, to involve the European capitals of culture in a large-scale operation of cultural diplomacy which is in line with the aims of the European Agenda for Culture and which will benefit from moments of representation and communication in the 2020 event. The Universal Exhibition will be an opportunity to bring the best original Italian creations to Dubai as we await the naming of a new Italian capital for 2033.
Meanwhile, on 20th December, on the stage at the grand closing ceremony for Matera 2019, the title of European Capital of Culture will be passed on to Galway and Rijeka. The agreement between the Italian Commissioner’s Office for Expo 2020 Dubai and Matera 2019 focuses on maximising the value of the best original Italian creations that can therefore start out on the path leading to Dubai 2020, reaching outside of national and regional borders towards the world of developing countries and new great powers, their cultures and their know-how.
The partnership between the Commissioner’s Office for Expo 2020 Dubai, Matera 2019 and the network of European capitals of culture is aimed at bringing the initiatives and projects contributing to the creation of innovative national and international new policies to Expo 2020, thereby encouraging greater circulation of original national creations, promoting emerging talent and fostering the creation of new skills, operator mobility, sustainable tourism, digital innovation and visitor experience. These initiatives and projects express the unique value that culture and creative industries bring to the development and innovation processes of towns and cities.
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