A Swedish culinary odyssey: genuine flavours, language and culture

On Sunday 8th May from 11.30 a.m. to 2 p.m., an appointment with flavour and multiculturalism. As a matter of fact, at Palazzo Vecchio it will be held the event Un’odissea culinaria svedese: sapori autentici, lingua e cultura (A Swedish culinary odyssey: genuine flavours, language and culture), a tasting of Swedish specialties from sea and land, which will be attended by the Commissioner for European Culture and Multilingualism, Androulla Vassilou.
Organized by the Swedish Embassy, this event will be divided into two parts: “A tavola con i vichinghi e con i contadini - la cucina tradizionale svedese” (At table with Vikings and farmers: the traditional Swedish gastronomy) and “Il viaggio dei sapori – degustazione del migliore della Svezia attraverso le foreste e laghi profondi” (The journey of flavours: tasting the best of Sweden through forests and deep lakes).
The first meeting, organized by the Lectureship of the Swedish Language, the University of Milan and the University of Florence, the students and their teachers of Swedish language, Anna Brännström and Yrja Haglund, is a journey through the traditional Swedish cooking which is made up of ginger biscuits, marinated salmon, herring and wild berry jams.
On the other hand, In the “Il viaggio dei Sapori”, the Swedish haute cuisine chefs Karl-Christer Wallberg (Gubbhyllan Restaurant, Skansen, Stockholm) and Görgen Tidèn (Görgen på höjden Restaurant, Rättvik, Dalacarlia) will describe and cook the best Swedish raw materials and the tastes coming from the various Swedish regions.
The event is by invitation only and results from cooperation between the Swedish Embassy, VisitSweden, Swedish Trade, Ikea and Gambero Rosso.


“Le origini della cultura europea” in Giovanni Semerano’s work at the Festival d’Europa

On Sunday 8th May, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Salone de’ Dugento in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, it will be held a round-table meeting aimed at bringing again to the attention of the public the revealing work of Giovanni Semerano, «Le origini della cultura europea», published by Olschki in two volumes – consisting of 4 tomes in total – between 1984 and 1994. The research carried out by Semerano offers a wide documentation on the rise and development of our languages and of our European civilization, clarifying the mystery which enfolded the origins of many words, including those directed to the common language, and providing a fundamental collection through etymological dictionaries, from Semitic bases to Indo-European languages, to Greek, Latin, to the modern words.


Voci di Anime by Shady Hamadi at the Festival d’Europa

On 6th May, at 7 p.m. appointment at the Festival d’Europa with the presentation of the book “Voci di Anime” by Shady Hamadi at the Casa della Creatività in Florence, in Vicolo S.Maria Maggio, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Published by Marietti, the book highlights the importance of the mediation among different cultures and religions.
A man recollects his past through the encounters with the people who changed his life: the Bedouin, the merchant, the host, the children’s mother, the prostitute, the condemned man. “Voci di Anime” is a tale halfway between Gibran’s poetry and Paulo Coelho’s narrative. Shady Hamadi is 22, Italian from Syrian father and lives in Milan. The presentation will be attended by some important representatives of the Florentine cultural world, as well as the author.


On the occasion of the Festival d’Europa Piazza Signoria turns into Piazza Europa

Piazza della Signoria will be tinged with the blue colour of Europe from 6th to 10th May 2011 thanks to the Padiglione delle Nazioni which will house the exhibition stands of the ten European countries that accepted the invitation to participate in the first edition of the Festival d’Europa.

Among the participant countries, there will be Turkey which is a candidate country for EU membership and strongly committed to this path aimed at getting closer to community institutions. The Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Romania, Spain and Sweden will be among the other participants, each of them presenting their initiatives and particular views on the Union.

In its stand, France will propose some projects promoting French culture and language, thus opening a window on contemporary France for the visitors of the Villaggio, while Luxembourg provides for the distribution of material and the projection of a DVD on its peculiarities.

The Romanian information point will focus on a photographic exhibition showing the features of this country, together with the projection of videos and the distribution of promotional materials.

The participation of Hungary, on the one hand, will focus on the Hungarian presidency of the European Union and, on the other hand, will be characterized by a prestigious event: the concert of the Hungarian pianist Balázs Fulei on Sunday 8th May 2011 at Palazzo Vecchio in the Salone de’ Cinquecento. The young Hungarian talent will play music by the composer Ferenc Liszt on the occasion of the bicentenary of his birth.

The local gastronomic traditions will be given a space also thanks to the participation of Sweden, which on 8th May at Palazzo Vecchio organizes a meeting dedicated to the linguistic and culinary traditions whose title is Un’odissea culinaria svedese: sapori autentici, lingua e cultura (A Swedish culinary odyssey: genuine flavours, language and culture).

Germany will celebrate the 125th anniversary of automobile.

The Czech Republic will display a photographic exhibition on the history of the mass exodus which involved Bohemia, together with an exhibition of the works of the young Czech artist Ladislav Sýkora.

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