g7 firenzeFor the first time the Ministers of Culture of the G7 countries get together in an international summit that is taking place today and tomorrow in Florence.
During the summit priority will be given to the issues of cultural heritage protection, illicit traffic and culture as a tool for dialogue.

Dario Franceschini, Italian Minister of Culture Heritage and Activities and Tourism highlighted the “continuing effort of the Italian government to bring to the attention of the whole world culture as a tool for integration, growth, and sustainable development” and expressed his hope for the draft of a “common document” in which the G7 countries agree on the important issues that are the focus of the summit.

The theme will be approached from different points of view in three sessions – “Limitations and opportunities of international law”, “Protection practices: weaknesses and strengths” and “Training: What models?” – with the contribution of all the major international organizations that focus their work on culture. Franceschini also said that in a world where there is so much fear, closure and nationalism it is ever more important for the international community to work on culture as a tool for dialogue.

Many related events are taking place in Florence, like the installation of a reconstruction of Palmyra’s Triumphal Arch in Piazza della Signoria and the concert of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino directed by maestro Riccardo Muti in Palazzo Vecchio (the concert on March 31 will be open to the public).

Also, in honor of the summit a card has been issued which, for a cost of €30, allows the holder to enter, within a time frame of six months, in 18 major museums and contemporary and modern art centers all over Italy.

Ilona Catani Scarlett

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