For the first time, March 25 will be celebrated on Tuesday. Many initiatives from MiBACT and RAI

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Dantedì, a day entirely dedicated to Dante Alighieri and his Divine Comedy, will be celebrated for the first time.

Wednesday, March 25 will be celebrated for the first time on Dantedì, the day dedicated to Dante Alighieri recently established by the government, as scholars have identified this date as the beginning of the Divine Comedy’s otherworldly journey.

To mark the occasion, MiBACT invites everyone at 12 noon to read Dante and rediscover the verses of the Comedy; teachers and students in particular are invited to do so during distance learning classes. However, the celebrations will not be limited to just 12 noon; rather, the whole day will continue on social media with pills, streaming readings, and performances dedicated to Dante, all accompanied by the official hashtags #Dantedì and #IoleggoDante.

“This first edition takes place at a particularly difficult time. The many initiatives already planned are moving to the web. This is why I am making an appeal to artists: on March 25, read Dante and post your content. Dante is the Italian language, it is the very idea of Italy. And it is precisely at this time that it is even more important to remember it in order to remain united,” said MiBACT Minister Dario Franceschini.

“Citizens and schools,” added Education Minister Lucia Azzolina, “next March 25, can unite in a high moment of sharing. Rediscovering Dante, all together, will be a way to stay united, at such a complex time, through the common thread of poetry. I know that teachers are already making important efforts to carry on distance learning, to stay in touch with our children. Dantedì can be a wonderful opportunity to reaffirm that the school is there, to share, on social or online lesson platforms, the passion for one of the most important texts of our literature.”

The MiBACT and Miur together with schools, museums, archaeological parks, libraries, archives and places of culture will also offer on their social profiles images, videos, works of art, rare editions of the Divine Comedy to tell how much the figure of the Supreme Poet, over the centuries, has deeply marked all cultural and artistic expressions of Italian identity.

Rai Teche will also actively participate in the Dantedì: Rai Teche has selected lecturae Dantis interpreted by the greatest artists of our time, programmed in short pills on Rai’s three generalist networks and on Rai Play, and there will be numerous broadcasts in the dedicated schedules, curated by Rai Cultura.

The MiBACT YouTube channel and the Corriere della sera website will also feature a film made especially for this first edition of #Dantedì with valuable contributions from Paolo Di Stefano, a Corriere della Sera journalist and promoter of the day dedicated to Dante, Alberto Casadei of theAssociation of Italianists, Claudio Marazzini president of the Accademia della Crusca, Carlo Ossola president of the Committee for the celebrations of the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death, linguist and philologist Luca Serianni of the Dante Alighieri Society, Natascia Tonelli of the University of Siena and Sebastiana Nobili of the University of Ravenna.

For the first time, March 25 will be celebrated on Tuesday. Many initiatives from MiBACT and RAI
For the first time, March 25 will be celebrated on Tuesday. Many initiatives from MiBACT and RAI

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