An exclusive piano concert dedicated to Pier Paolo Pasolini: this is how the Italian Embassy in Tehran decided to open the celebrations for the centennial of the birth of the great Italian writer, poet, and film director. 

The concert dedicated to Pier Paolo Pasolini in Iran
The concert dedicated to Pier Paolo Pasolini in Iran

The acoustic piano performance, entitled “100 lettere d’amore (100 love letters)” was composed by Giovanni Guidi specifically for the occasion to commemorate the renowned Italian intellectual and the extraordinary mark he left in Italian culture and society. 

The concert took place on February 15 in the residence of the Italian Ambassador, Giuseppe Perrone. Giovanni Guidi explained that his composition represents “one hundred love meetings. One hundred prayers to Pier Paolo Pasolini. One hundred prayers a hundred years after his birth because we all wish he had never died“. 

Pasolini was always appreciated and loved in Iran, the country he chose as a location for two of his films, including his famous 1974 movie Arabian Nights (“The flower of a thousand and one nights” in Italian). The concert, therefore, celebrated the bond the Italian poet had with Iran. 

Musician Giovanni Guidi at the Italian Embassy in Teheran
Musician Giovanni Guidi at the Italian Embassy in Teheran

As Italian Ambassador Giuseppe Perrone said, “Giovanni Guidi’s presence in Tehran and his exclusive concert dedicated to Pasolini clearly show how solid the historical relations between Italy and Iran are. The Italian Embassy in Teheran is working hard to deepen cultural relations between our two countries.” 

In the coming months, the celebrations for Pasolini’s centennial will continue to animate the city of Tehran. Many events will commemorate the work of Pasolini, including, as anticipated by the Ambassador, an exhibition dedicated to the films he shot in Iran. 

Pasolini on the set of Arabian Nights
Pasolini on the set of Arabian Nights

The musical performance by Giovanni Guidi is available on the Instagram and YouTube channels of the Embassy. 

The Italian Embassy in Tehran is particularly active in terms of cultural diplomacy: in recent months, it organized several initiatives on design and architecture, cuisine, art, and literature. Two events were dedicated to great poet Dante Alighieri and Sicilian writer Leonardo Sciascia. 

In this article, we wrote about the public reading of an issue of Italian magazine “Internazionale” dedicated to contemporary Iranian literature. The concert for Pasolini once again demonstrates the strength of the friendship that unites Italy and Iran.