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90 Italian Cultural Institutes are presently in operation in the main cities of the five continents. They are an ideal meeting place for dialogue among intellectuals, artists and other cultural operators, but also for private citizens, both Italian and foreign, who wish to establish relations or maintain existing ones with our country.

The Italian Cultural Institute becomes an essential point of reference to the Italian communities abroad and to the ever-growing demand for Italian culture all over the world by acting not only as a showcase for Italy and as a source of updated information, but also as a propelling centre of initiatives and cultural cooperation activities.

The Italian Cultural Institutes support the activities of Embassies and Consulates and identify the most suitable tools to promote Italy’s image as a centre for cultural production, preservation and propagation, from the classical period to the present day.

Besides organizing cultural events in the various sector (arts, music, cinema, theatre, dance, fashion, design and photography) the Italian Cultural Institutes:

• offer the opportunity, to whoever may be interested, to learn the Italian language and culture through the organization of courses, the running of libraries and the distribution of didactic and editorial material;
• they build contacts in order to facilitate the integration of Italian operators in exchange processes and cultural production at the international level;
• they provide information and logistic support to public and private cultural operators, both Italian and foreign;
• they support initiatives which favour intercultural dialogue based on principles of democracy and international solidarity. 


The Italian Cultural Institutes network