In 2015 we celebrate the 750th anniversary of the birth of Dante Alighieri, the Italian poet famous for his Comedy. The epic poem, written in the early 14th century, was the first important work written in Italian language. The Comedy is about an imaginative trip in the afterlife, where the poet himself is the protagonist, and is split in three parts: Inferno (Hell), Purgatorio (Purgatory) and Paradiso (Paradise). The anniversary will be celebrated with 187 events throughout Italy and 173 abroad.
Events for Dante Alighieri birth anniversary
Exhibitions, readings, conferences, concerts and dance performances, video installations and even a summer school: these are the ingredients that will make up the celebrations for the 750th anniversary of the birth of Dante Alighieri. And Florence, along with Verona, Ravenna and Rome, will be the focus of all the events. The program was developed to commemorate the great poet, recognized as an “event of national interest”, on which the ministries of Culture, Education and Foreign all participated. In fact, 187 initiatives will be proposed throughout Italy (plus other 173 abroad) which will feature the protagonists of the national and international cultural scene, challenged to read Dante’s poem.
Celebrations started on May 4th 2015 in the Chamber of the Legislative Senate where, at 11, Nicola Piovani and Rosa Feola presented a musical tribute to Dante, to follow, then, a Lectura Dantis (a reading of Dantes Comedy) by Roberto Benigni. From May 5th to 19th, in Florence, in the Baptistery of San Giovanni, Michele Placido, Roberto Herlitzka and Joel Dix will read some passages of Hell, Purgatory and Paradise. But the most striking event is scheduled for May 14th (the day of the birth of Dante), with the historical parade in Florence; while Virgilio Sieni, director of the dance of the Venice Biennale will stage a production novel, Dance 1265, which consists of 33 songs in dance form. The show will debut in the Hall of the 500 in Palazzo Vecchio on December 28th.
“The idea was to organize something exciting – the minister of culture Dario Franceschini said in presenting the initiatives – Our formidable network of cultural institutes in the world, by providing a series of events, showed that Dante is our identity card, our symbol. “