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EU Open House 2013


EU Open House 2013

EU Open House

-- click image above to see 2013 Flickr photo gallery --


On Saturday, May 11, the local community and visitors to Washington, D.C. alike will have the opportunity to enjoy the unique experience of a typical Saturday in an Italian piazza without leaving the United States. From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the beautiful Embassy of Italy in Washington. Just like the other EU Embassies, Italy will open its doors to the public with the seventh edition of Shortcut to Europe: European Union Embassies’ Open House.

The Embassy, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington is offering a full schedule of activities dedicated to history, art, food, design, music and science, and the program of events will be especially festive because 2013 is the Year of Italian Culture in the United States.

Every hour, the Nazionale Italiana Sbandieratori, will give proof of their extraordinary skills with a performance of gioco della bandiera, the medieval and renaissance art of signaling with flags during military maneuvers to convey information on weapons and troop movements from a distance.

On the 50th anniversary of space cooperation between the U.S. and Italy, Italian astronaut Roberto Vittori will talk with adults and children about the profession and Italy’s milestones in space research.

Ample space will be dedicated to appreciating Made in Italy: the outside gardens will have automobiles and motorcycles from Maserati, Lamborghini, Fiat-Chrysler, and Ducati while inside the building there will be products from Gucci, Bulgari, Dolce e Gabbana, Boffi-Maxalto, and Porte Italia, to name just a few.

The building, designed by architect Piero Sartogo and officially opened on June 21, 2000, will host several exhibits, including A Tour around Italy, hundreds of photographs from the ANSA News Agency archives; Star Wigs, a collection of wigs and costumes worn by famous actors in legendary Italian and U.S. films; and a photographic commemoration of Judge Giovanni Falcone.

An orchestra from the Bates Middle School in Annapolis will perform classical Italian music. Children and tiny tots will be regaled by Fata Italiana, and videos on Italy will be broadcast in the auditorium.

The younger visitors will enjoy workshops in ceramics, fashion, pasta, and the sciences under the direction of Casa Italiana, Smatch, Italian Cultural Society, and Italians in DC, which will also have its own station.

There will be an exhibition area dedicated to Connect for Climate, and an interactive station where guests will be able to tweet (#EUOpenHouse) in real time with the Embassy and the European Union Delegation in Washington.

Of course, Italian culinary delights will not be lacking: from real Neapolitan pizza made by professional pizza masters, to gelato, espresso coffee from Lavazza, and pleasures for the sweet tooth from Ferrero.

“This day - noted Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero - opens the doors of the Embassy to the public and makes it possible to focus attention on Made in Italy and Italian culture. This objective is especially significant this year as 2013 is the Year of Italian Culture in the United States.”

ABOUT 2013 YEAR OF ITALIAN CULTURE: Held under the auspices of the President of the Italian Republic and organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Italy in Washington, the initiative boasts over 200 cultural events in more than 50 U.S. cities. Over 80 U.S. institutions and organizations are actively involved with a genuine spirit of partnership and cooperation.

For more information:

On the EU Open House: and /Ambasciata_Washington/Menu/Ambasciata/News/EUday.htm
On the Embassy’s magnificent building: /Ambasciata_Washington/Menu/Ambasciata/La_sede/

Year of Italian Culture in the US:
On Facebook:
On Twitter: #2013ItalianYear