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Language and Culture


Language and Culture

Language and Culture

The cultural cooperation between Italy and Israel is regulated by the Cultural Cooperation Agreement signed in 1971, which came into effect in 1972.

Cultural relations are intense. Italy’s foreign cultural policy is integrated within a wider set of activities, directed in particular to the countries of the Mediterranean basin. Within this context, Israel is a favorite destination of such policy, as for the role it plays at a regional level, as for the positive feedback offered by the Israeli public. In Israel, Italy achieved important results as for the spread of its national cultural products, in particular with regards to the publishing industry, cinema and music, thanks to specific initiatives in these fields carried on by the Italian Cultural Institutes in Tel Aviv and Haifa.

The Italian film industry is widely appreciated in Israel, as confirmed by the numerous Italian movies present every year at the most important film festivals: The International Haifa Festival and the Jerusalem Film Festival. Every year, a specific festival of Italian movies – called “Cinema Italia” – is organized as well. Within these and other frameworks, the main Israeli cinematheques as the ones in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Herzlyiah, organize screenings of Italian film d’auteur.

As for binational co-production, in 2013 Italy and Israel signed a Film Co-production Agreement, which entered into effect in 2018.

Israel’s appreciation for Italian style and taste has contributed to the success of initiatives organized by the Embassy in the fields of design and art. Exhibitions and conferences take place in particular during yearly appointments such as the Italian Design Day and the Day of the Contemporary. These initiatives have achieved resounding success in the past few years.

In Israel, Italian literature is highly respected as well. Many Italian books – both of the past and present – have been translated into Hebrew thanks to the financial contributions made available every year by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Least but not last in the cultural panorama, it is worth mentioning the three archeological studies currently active in Israel involving Italian archeologists, respectively from three Italian universities: University of Rome La Sapienza, University Vanvitelli of Campania and the University of Florence.