GEORGINA BENISON –
In celebration of the Italian National Week, the Italian Embassy in collaboration with Bait Al Zubair Foundation will be hosting a series of activities to exhibit Italian heritage and culture at Bait Al Nahdha at Bait Al Zubair from May 21 to 25, 2017.
The celebration kicked off with a photography exhibition held on May 21 with Italian photographer Nilo Domanico demonstrating “Oman in the Eyes of an Italian”. It was held under the auspices of Her Highness Susan al Said.
Domanico’s photos chronicled his journey through the Sultanate over the last few years. On his exhibit, he showcased different aspects of life and people in Oman, shooting the breathtaking landscapes, the historical architecture of villages and forts, and the “pearls” of Muscat — The Sultan Qaboos Mosque and The Royal Opera House Muscat. Most of his photos have been exhibited in Italy and were awarded internationally.
Italy takes pride of its historical contribution to music. More than the other elements in the Italian culture, music is generally eclectic, but has its own unique qualities despite influences from other countries.
A chamber music concert entitled, “Magic of the Italian Baroque Music”, featuring brilliant Italian musicians such as Daniela Pisano, Luca Blasio, Matteo Andreini and Laura Chapple, showcased the beauty of Italian classical music on May 22.
Later today, May 24 at 11 am, a conference discussing Oman’s trade routes during the Roman Empire will be held with Archaeologist Allesandra Avanzini and Professor Mohammed al Muqadam speaking as guests of honour.
The week-long event will also see the recognition ceremony for students who completed the Italian language course from Italian professor, Giulia Cappelari, at the Omani-Spanish Friendship Association on May 25. Shortly after, a famous Italian movie, “La vita è Bella” (Life is Beautiful) will be shown on screen to present the cinematic brilliance of the Italians at 7:30 pm.
The celebration was supported by Valvitalia Group, Inso, Khimji Ramdas, Oman Cable Industry, FATA, Maire Tecnimont Group, Al Nahdha, Alfred Strolla, Tricolore International, F&M Middle East and Alkoor Tourism.