The year of Parma as “Italian Capital of Culture” has officially begun a few days ago.

To open the year in which Parma will be Italian cultural excellence, there were lots of events in the first days of January, including the parade in the streets of the historic city center with the authorities and citizens and, subsequently, the conference at the Teatro Regio, with the institutional intervention by the President of the Republic Sergio Matterella and the minister Dario Franceschini as well as the city mayor Federico Pizzarotti and the president of regione Emilia Romagna, Stefano Bonaccini.

The Emilian city – former UNESCO Creative City for Gastronomy – has been awarded thank to its rich historical and cultural heritage: from Battistero Antelami’s pink marble to Palazzo della Pilotta, which has been retrained the last year, with the wooden Farnese theater. From Piazza Duomo with the Correggio dome to the Basilica della Steccata with the works of Parmigianino, from the Teatro Regio to the Monastery and Convent of San Giovanni Battista from the 10th century, and to the Pinacoteca in which you can find Leonardo Da Vinci’s “La Scapigliata”, now on display in the Louvre.

“Culture beats time” is the slogan of the candidacy, created from a reflection on the different “times” of the city, and focusing on inclusion and sustainability concepts.

But what does it mean to be the capital of culture?

The Italian capital of culture is a city designated each year by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism and chosen by a commission of experts elected by the same ministry which, for a period of one year, has the opportunity to showcase his life and cultural development.

Parma is a city of art and gastronomy, and during this particular year will host many events dedicated to the main times of this Emilian city.

Many associations and important historical places will organize special events, dedicated to the concept of time, culture and arts: it will be an opportunity to promote the city traditions and for the citizens to show their essence also opening up to other cultural languages, without limiting itself to those of its tradition.


Unfortunately, due to the delicate health situation that has affected the whole world, tourism has suffered a stop as well as all the cultural initiatives planned in Parma for this year.

But all is not lost! The year of Parma as Italian capital of culture has certainly not been canceled but only postponed: in our new article you will find all the useful information on Parma 2020 + 21.

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