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Cultural cooperation


Cultural cooperation

Promotion of Italian culture in Iraq.

The Italian Embassy plays in Iraq an important activity in the cultural field, conducted on the basis of the following objectives:

1. support the protection and enhancement of the local archaeological heritage;

2. let Iraqi public to acquaint and appreciate Italy and Italian culture through exhibitions and artistic events;

3. provide tools to contribute to the development of Iraqi society with particular reference to young Iraqi people.

1. Protection and enhancement of the archaeological heritage of Iraq.

As part of its development cooperation program promoted by the Ministry each year are funded archaeological missions in Iraq under Italian leadership and major renovation projects, as well as training courses and workshops to archaeologists and restorers.

Since the sixties, with the opening of the Italian-Iraqi of Archaeological Sciences and the Italian-Iraqi Centre for the Restoration of Monuments, many archaeologists and Italian researchers have provided support to Iraq in the protection of cultural heritage.

Since 2003, despite the closure of the two Institutes, Italy has continued to play a leading role in the search for goods stolen or lost during the war, contributing to the gathering of 2,450 pieces, and participated in the reconstruction with important interventions recovery and restoration of the main museums in the country.

The next reopening of an Italian-Iraqi training Center in the field of archeology and restoration is one of the priority objectives of the ongoing collaboration between Italy and Iraq.

2. Promotion of Italian Culture and Language

Despite the difficult security conditions, the Italian Embassy in Iraq plays an important activity of promotion of the Italian language, through the support to the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Baghdad, and culture.

2013 marks Baghdad Cultural Capital Year in the Arab World: as part of the many events planned to celebrate the anniversary, Italy is ready to contribute both with its own calendar of events and with its adhesion to the international events included in the program, with the aim of promoting and disseminating the Italian artistic traditions to the Iraqi public and to let him discover and appreciate Italian national excellences.

Italian Cultural events will take place in October. The program of events, being defined, will be dedicated to the varieties of Italian regional traditions and to the exploitation of the results obtained in the scientific and archaeological cooperation fields; it will include music and theater live performances too.

3. Opportunity for study and training

In the awareness of the fundamental role that culture can play in the growth of a country, the Embassy of Italy in Iraq is committed in promoting the development of Iraq by focusing on the education of young people, through the selection of candidates for the scholarships offered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Cooperation and the Italian universities to foreigners, the support to Iraqi university system, its internationalization and vocational training projects (as well as in the field of archeology and restoration, six areas of agriculture, agro-industry, electricity, oil, water and transportation).