The Chinese Embassy in Italy held a press conference on October 1 in Rome announcing “Chinese Culture Year” in Italy. The coordinator on the Italian side suggested that the project will “present today’s China.” Italy had an “Italian Culture Year” campaign in 1996, and this Chinese announcement marked the start of a similar initiative. The “Year” begins in October 2010 and ends in September 2011. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is expected to attend the opening ceremony scheduled for October 7. Multiple activities are planned to take place in 10 cities including Rome, Florence and Milan.
Source: Xinhua, October 1, 2010