After the Pontignano Conference of last September and British Prime Minister Theresa May visit to Italy on September 22, with the UK-Italy: Partners for Culture 2017, the British Council and the British Embassy to Italy, have launched a cultural season built in the name of a renewed bilateral cooperation in key themes in arts, science, education and the creative industries. 

The season celebrates and nurtures the cultural relationship between the two countries.

UK-Italy: Partners for Culture 2017 is a response to the final statement of last 30 and 31 March First G7 ministerial meeting on culture (Florence, Italy, 30 and 31 March): “We, the Ministers of Culture and the cultural authorities of the G7, and the European Commissioner responsible for culture, on the occasion of our first meeting, held in Florence on March 30-31, 2017 (…) reaffirm our belief that cultural heritage, in all its forms, tangible and intangible, movable and immovable, being an extraordinary link between past, present and future (…); contributes to the preservation of identity and memory of mankind and encourages dialogue and cultural exchanges among nations, thereby fostering tolerance, mutual understanding, recognition and respect for diversity; is an important tool for the growth and sustainable development of our societies, also in terms of economic prosperity; and is both a driver and a subject of the most advanced technologies and a context for measuring the potentials and opportunities generated by the digital era (…)”. See the full text of Summit Final Declaration

UK-Italy: Partners for Culture 2017 follows the invitation of Minister of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Dario Franceschini at the Summit to Secretary of State Karen Bradley and British Council CEO Sir Ciarán Devane to keep the dialogue open on cultural and education in the post-Brexit scenario.

UK-Italy: Partners for Culture 2017 kicked off on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 October 2017 in Anacapri at the CNR Congress Centre with the High Level Research Bilateral Italy- UK. There was the participation of high representatives of the main Italian and English research institutes and universities, as well as some ministerial representation as well as of several scientists and researchers. The High Level Research Bilateral Italy - UK meeting was an opportunity for so called scientific or cultural diplomacy ‘Science is Culture’ (Professor Inguscio, President CNR). The conclusions, which were presented to the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage, included frameworks for a bilateral postgraduate exchange programme, a researcher passport and a researcher mobility task force.