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What is a Cultural Institute?


What is a Cultural Institute?

The 83 Italian Cultural Institutes in the (IIC) around the world serve as an ideal meeting place for all Italians abroad, intellectuals, artists and anyone who wishes to establish a relationship with our Country. They promote the image of Italy and its culture abroad.

By acting not only as a showcase and source of current information on Italy, but also as a driving force behind initiatives and projects of cultural cooperation, the Italian Cultural Institute has become a focal point for both the Italian communities abroad and the growing demand for Italian culture throughout the world.

By extending the role of Embassies and Consulates, the Italian Cultural Institutes offer the most effective tools for promoting a worldwide image of Italy as a center of production, preservation, and dissemination of culture. Along with organizing cultural events in a vast array of areas, the Italian Cultural Institutes:

Offer the opportunity to learn Italian language and culture through the organization of courses and the preparation of educational and editorial materials;

Provide the networks and the premises to facilitate the integration of Italian operators in the process of cultural exchange and production at an international level;

Provide information and logistic support to public and private cultural operators, both Italia and foreign;

Continuously support initiatives aimed at promoting an intercultural dialogue based on the principles of democracy and international solidarity.