On April 20, the new section of Italian books was inaugurated in the prestigious Guangzhou Public Library, in China, which includes the main volumes of classical and contemporary fiction but also of art, comics and children’s books. An important contribution was also made by the Italian Consulate, which donated, in collaboration with the Farnesina, over 400 volumes.
The opening of a space entirely dedicated to Italy in one of the largest libraries in the world – among its shelves there are over 11 million volumes – is the result of a series of cooperation activities already in place for years between the Library and the Consulate General of Italy and represents an important signal of the spread of Italian culture in the southern provinces of China. The Guangzhou Public Library, strategically located in the heart of the tourist-cultural area of the city, is visited daily by tens of thousands of people and is an important reference center in the cultural landscape of the great Chinese port city: a great showcase for our Country.
The Ambassador of Italy to Beijing, Luca Ferrari, on the occasion of the event, underlined “the role of culture, art and literature also and above all in times of pandemic” and he remarked that “libraries and their books are tangible manifestations of culture, capable of giving a voice to the interior. I see in China a growing desire for Italy in all its manifestations. The spread of Italian literature represents a concrete sign of this interest.”
Also present at the inauguration were the Consul General of Italy in Guangzhuo, Lucia Pasqualini, and the Director of the Library, Fang Jiazhong, as well as some representatives of the Italian business community in China, Chinese and Italian academics and enthusiasts of Italian language and culture, including opera singers active in the city.