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Procida. An island off the Naples Coast to be Italian Capital of Culture 2022

Saturday, 02 October 2021 18:09

Procida, which is one of the Fleagrean Islands in the province of Naples, and has just over ten thousand inhabitants, will be the Italian Capital of Culture 2022. This is the first time the recognition goes to an island rather than a provincial or regional capital. 

“The island’s landscape and heritage are extraordinary”

The motivation: “The cultural project presents excellent elements of attractiveness and quality. There is well-structured local and regional public and private support. The heritage and landscape are extraordinary. While the laboratory dimension with social aspects of technological diffusion is dedicated to the Tyrrhenian islands, it is also relevant for the smaller Mediterranean islands. Thanks to this the project could break the mould and become a model for sustainable development based on island and coastal areas. The project can also transmit a poetic message and is a vision of culture that extends from a small island as a wish for everyone in the months ahead.”

The Procida project endorses the island as an example of relational dynamics

Procida, Non-island culture is the title of the candidacy dossier that highlights how "island land is a place of exploration, experimentation and knowledge, a model of cultures and a metaphor for contemporary man. The power of imagination and concreteness of vision show us Procida as an example of relational dynamics and of practices of inclusion, as well as of care for the cultural and natural heritage.”  The procida2022.com website lists 44 cultural projects, 330 days of programming, 240 artists, 40 original works and 8 regenerated cultural spaces that are scheduled for next year.  

The programme for the Cultural Capital year focuses on five elements

- Procida invents. Projects for artistic processes and events: exhibitions, cinema, performances and site-specific works

- Procida inspires. Projects promoting the island as a source of inspiration, both as a real place and as an imaginary space

- Procida includes. Social inclusion projects that use the languages ​​of art as tools for the expression of the individual in relation to the community

- Procida innovates. Projects promoting the relationship between culture and innovation, fostering moments of confrontation between the national community of innovators and the local community, and a strategic rethinking of their cultural heritage

- Procida learns. Projects promoting the strengthening of an educating community, through the creation of open alliances aimed at involving all public and private parties

“In 2022 culture and tourism will be as important and strong as they once were”

"This is a complicated year for everyone,” said Minister for Cultural Heritage and Tourism Dario Franceschini at the proclamation ceremony.  “We are doing our best to support cultural and tourist activities in every possible way, and today’s designation as the Italian Capital of Culture for 2022 is a signal for recovery. In 2022 we will be back to normal and culture and tourism will be as important and strong as they were before the pandemic.”

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