Spreading Italian love

Spreading Italian love


To mark the centennial of Italian writer Gianni Rodari's birth, the Italian embassy and Bangkok International Artists Guild present "Ciao", a project of child performances, readings and live music, at KBank Siam Pic-Ganesha Theatre, 7th floor of Siam Square One, Rama I Road, on Dec 17-18 at 4pm.

Aiming to send messages of peace and love to all around us, the project is inspired by Twenty Stories Plus One (Venti Storie Più Una), an amazing collection of stories full of lovely kings, smiling princesses and wizards. It's a book of love first, a hymn to life, a continuous dream to be in a better world.

The evening will open with remarks by HE Italian Ambassador Lorenzo Galanti, followed by a speech by Prof Sandro Calvani, former director of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).

Two short novels will be performed by children from the Rodari workshop. Other stories will be read by actors Maurizio Seu and Maurizio Mistretta. Performing live music will be maestro Alberto Firrincieli.

Rodari was famous for his children's books which have been translated into many different languages. He was born in northern Italy and received his teacher's diploma at the age of 17.

Kids will perform two short novels. (Photos courtesy of Italian Embassy)

He worked as a journalist in 1948 and began writing books for children. He published his first books, Il Libro Delle Filastrocche and Il Romanzo Di Cipollino, in 1951.

In 1970, he received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for children's literature, which gained him a wide international reputation as the best modern children's writer in Italian.

There is no admission fee but seats are limited. For reservations, email ufficioculturale.bangkok@esteri.it.

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