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Italian Culture & Language

Week of Italian Language in the World

The Week of Italian Language in the World is an annual initiative, established in 2001, which takes place in the third week of October. It is organised by the Italia diplomatic network, the Italian Cultural Institutes; the Ministry of Culture; the Ministry of Universities and Research; bodies dedicated to promoting the language, including the Accademia della Crusca, the Institute of the Treccani Italian Encyclopaedia, and the Dante Alighieri Society; and the government of the Swiss Confederation. The Week has become one of the most important initiatives dedicated to the celebration of the Italian language around the world and the President of the Italian Republic is its patron.

Every year the Week of Italian Language in the World has a theme that provides a backdrop for talks, exhibitions and events. The theme of the 26th Week of Italian Language, which will take place from 14 to 20 October 2024, is “Italian and books: the world between the lines”. Its aim is to explore the intersection of language, literature and the modern world, in particular topics of current relevance such as the relationship between artificial intelligence and translation, while also looking at books as a vehicle for Italian culture and identity.

2024 is an important year for Italian publishing. Italy will be the guest of honour at the International Book Fairs of Tunis (19-28 April) and Warsaw (23-26 May) and at the prestigious Frankfort Buchmesse (16-20 October).