Cultural Cooperation between Italy and Sudan
Within the framework of the cultural cooperation between Italy and Sudan, a ceremony was held, last Thursday, the 21st of March, at the National Museum for the distribution of certificates to the twenty four participants – belonging to the National Corporation of Antiquities and Museums and to the faculties of architecture, engineering and arts of various Sudanese Universities, as well as to other regional institutions – who took part at the seminar on the restoration and conservation of archeological sites that took place from the 10th to the 21st of March. This course was organized – under the patronage of the Italian Embassy in Khartoum – by the National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums (NCAM) together with the Superior Institute for Conservation and Restoration of Rome (ISCR), one of the oldest, most important and prestigious institutes in the World in this field. A memorandum of understanding was signed recently between the NCAM and the ISCR for cooperation in the restoration and conservation of archeological sites. The seminar is just the first concrete step in this cooperation.
H.E. Ambassador Armando Barucco, while addressing the ceremony, underlined the importance of the restoration and preservation of Sudanese National Heritage not only from the archeological and historical point of view, but also as a driving force for tourism in Sudan and for increasing the well-being of the Sudanese people. Italy is the first country in the World in terms of UNESCO World Heritage sites and hosts some of the main institutions dedicated to the conservation and restoration of cultural and historical heritage. Given Italy’s excellence in this field, Ambassador Barucco underlined the huge potentials of the cooperation between Italy and Sudan in this field.
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Moreover, in the sector of restoration and preservation of ancient books and manuscripts, two courses were held, in cooperation with the NCAM, at the National Museum and at the National Archives, by Professor Maurizio Copede’, one of the leading Italian and World experts in the preservation and restoration of ancient manuscripts.
In the field of classical music, two concerts were held on the 7th and 9th of March by Bernadette Tripodi and Michelangelo Massa, two renowned Italian artists graduated from prestigious Italian conservatories. The two concerts were very successful (more than 600 people attended), especially in terms of participation of Sudanese students of music. Furthermore, on the 11th and 14th of April, two more concerts will be held with the renowned Italian Soprano, Silvia Colombini. Sudanese students of music, Sudanese artists and all Sudanese interested in classical music will also be able to take full advantage of these two opera concerts.
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