Luxembourg art community tries to save Italian cultural centre
(CS) Following the announcement that the Italian culture institute in Luxembourg faces closure, members of the Grand Duchy's art scene have teamed up to appeal to Prime Minister Enrico Letta.
Italian ambassador Stefano Maria Cacciaguerra Ranghieri had revealed at the beginning of December that the cultural centre might close its doors due to budget cuts, adding that cultural centres in Washington DC, Ankara and Copenhagen were facing a similar fate.
The ambassador added that no final decision had been made, pointing towards a difficult financial situation in Italy.
However, should the centre close, a cultural attaché at the embassy would be put in charge of cultural activities in the Grand Duchy, he explained.
The cultural institute was founded in 1986 in a bid to promote Italian culture in Luxembourg and the cultural exchange between the two countries. It currently employs four members of staff at its offices in Rue Marie-Adélaïde.
Luxembourg poet Jean Portante, whose parents originate from Italy, has now penned a letter to Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, asking him not to close to the centre. Portante writes about the importance of the Italian community and its culture in the Grand Duchy and the profound ties between the two countries.
The letter has been co-signed by several high-profile members of Luxembourg's cultural community, including outgoing director of the Abbaye de Neumünster Claude Frisoni and Mudam director Enrico Lunghi.
Reporting by Marie-Laure Rolland