The Czech Republic protagonist in Florence

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Address: Piazzale del Poggio Imperiale , Florence

Date: Saturday 14 May 2022

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Saturday 14 May from 5.30 pm at the Villa di Poggio Imperiale in Florence (Ss Annunziata State Boarding School), on the occasion of the " 20 years of Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic for Tuscany "

The Czech Republic is the protagonist in Florence with a day of events, including art, music and tourism

The initiative is organized by the Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic , in collaboration with ARCA - Friends of the Czech Republic Associates, Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco Movimento Life Beyond Tourism - Travel to Dialogue, which has always been linked to the Czech Republic, and Czech tourism in Milan.

There will be consuls and the communities with which the Honorary Consulate has worked the most in these twenty years, with a view to knowledge and dialogue between cultures. Among the speeches, that of the consul of the Czech Republic Giovanna Dani and the president of the Tuscany Region Eugenio Giani

During the event, the plaques of the "Talking Places", a sustainable tourism project promoted by the Life Beyond Tourism Movement, will be delivered to Prague and to the 13 districts of the Central European state.

This is followed by a tasting of typical products accompanied by Moravian folk music

On the occasion of the 20 years since the establishment of the Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic for Tuscany , on Saturday 14 May in Florence at the Villa di Poggio Imperiale (State Boarding School Ss. Annunziata) there will be a day of events including exhibitions, meetings, concerts and tastings. dedicated to Prague and the 13 districts in each region of the Central European State.

The initiative is organized by the Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic , in collaboration with Czech Tourism , Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, Movimento Life Beyond Tourism - Travel to Dialogue , ARCA - Friends of the Czech Republic Associates .

The institutional representatives of the communities with which the consulate has worked the most in terms of knowledge and dialogue between cultures, coming from Poland, Slovakia and Hungary, will be present.

The main places are Prague, South Bohemia, South Moravia, Karlovy Vary Region, Hradec Králové Region, Liberec Region, Moravia Silesia, Olomouc Region, Eastern Bohemia (Pardubice), Pilsen Region, Central Bohemia, Ústí Region nad Labem, Vysočina, East Moravia (Zlín).

The event will begin in the Salone delle Feste (white room) with institutional greetings. In the lineup, the honors of the house of professor Giorgio Fiorenza and doctor Milena Mazzoli , president and vice-president of the boarding school; followed by the speech by Giovanna Dani , honorary consul of the Czech Republic, by Eugenio Giani , president of the Tuscany Region, by the ambassadors Hana Hubackova and Hana Sevcikova , by Carlotta del Bianco , president of the Life Beyond Tourism-Travel to Dialogue Movement.

The two national anthems, the Czech Republic and Italy, will be performed live by a group of musicians from Moravia, as well as some traditional local songs. Some short videos will also be screened to make known the beauties of the area.

During the event, the plaques of the Talking Places® will be delivered to Prague and to the 13 Czech districts, the latest project by Life Beyond Tourism, a new way of exploring the territory, halfway between innovation and word of mouth, which is already being developed on national network with over 20 active territories, from Trieste to Florence, from Fiumicino to Naples, to the 9 municipalities of Mugello and the Terre Canavesane. Starting from an interactive plate, equipped with NFC / QR code technology , you will have the opportunity to access information, historical notes, suggestions to complete your tour of the territories by interacting with the locals through the only truly essential accessory for the contemporary traveler : the smartphone.

Modernity and digital technology thus become a vehicle for knowledge and exploration of the treasures of the past and of a historical-cultural heritage to be rediscovered in its entirety. With the ability to interact and share photos, suggestions, experiences, your favorite place, and upload them to the appropriate digital platform, visible on www.luoghiparlanti.com .

Inside the villa, the LBT-TTD Movement, in collaboration with Czech Tourism and ARCA - Friends of the Czech Republic Associates, organizes the interactive exhibition dedicated to the Czech Republic and its districts through the display of 14 panels equipped with NFC technology, connected to the digital platform, to get to know the traditional beauties, culture and territory of each Czech place.

At 6.30 pm , the participants will be accompanied to the Historical Refectory where it will be possible to taste the typical dishes.

The Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Florence , Giovanna Dani declares: “At the Poggio Imperiale, a UNESCO heritage site, we will remember the twenty years of the Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic. We believe it is strategic to present this country today, a nation that has shown great maturity in peacefully dividing its territory into two peers: the Czech Republic and Slovakia, always very close both for economic relations and for the closeness between the two peoples. A relationship that has grown stronger and stronger. The occasion of the twenty-year anniversary of the opening of the Honorary Consulate in Tuscany, allows us to present, in a particularly difficult moment, a reality of success, in continuous evolution ".

Adds Paolo Del Bianco, president emeritus of the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation : "I can only retrace, with satisfaction and gratitude, the participatory contribution that since its inception the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation has received from university professors and students, public administrators locals, women and men of culture from numerous cities and institutions in the Czech Republic. All of them were an active and creative part of building the first solid foundation on which the Life Beyond Tourism - Travel to Dialogue Movement aimed at promoting 'meeting, mutual knowledge, respect and therefore the creation of cultural bridges for education in dialogue and friendship. Our heartfelt appreciation goes to them for this creative and fertile collaboration strongly oriented towards bringing human beings ever closer to each other, for peace in the world ”.

Carlotta Del Bianco, president of the Life Beyond Tourism-Travel to Dialogue Movement concludes: “We are particularly pleased that the Czech Republic, which has always been an important partner of our movement, is the first foreign country of the Speaking Places® project . The 14 territories will in fact be enhanced thanks to an innovative method, linked to NFC technology . The pandemic has prompted us to rethink the ways and objectives of the journey. In this difficult period made up of uncertainties, fears and deprivation of one's freedoms, travel can really become a strong reaction aimed at rediscovering the sense of one's individuality, an intimate way to savor what we lived before the pandemic. Traveling consciously, in fact, is the most beautiful image of the sense of freedom in contrast to all that is routine and conformity. Our true individual values are rediscovered and then come into contact with those of others, also expressions of different places, cultures and traditions, not only national but also international ".

The Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation was born in the 90s in Florence to encourage meeting opportunities between young people from different cultures and countries. The motto is For peace in the world, between young people from different countries, with Culture, meet, get to know each other, understand each other in order to develop friendship between peoples. The Foundation promotes the exercise of respect for the diversity of cultural expressions, helping to develop friendly relations between peoples through the organization of international meetings preferably in cultural sites or cultural heritage sites, promoting and carrying out initiatives, research, publications, awards and scholarships under the banner of “Heritage for the Dialogue between Cultures”. The Foundation promoted the birth of the Life Beyond Tourism Travel to Dialogue Movement , involving its international network of partnerships to engage in the interpretation, communication and promotion of the territories of the world. In doing so, cultural sites become centers of awareness and training for meeting, respect, and dialogue between local communities and travelers.

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