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Cooperazione culturale


Cooperazione culturale

Cultural Cooperation

Italian-Yemeni cultural relations benefit from the framework of the bilateral Agreement on Cultural and Scientific Cooperation, which has entered into force in 2004.

Historically, cultural relations have been founded especially on cooperation in the sectors of archeology, restoration and museums. Yemen offers an extraordinary heritage of the numerous civilizations which have flourished on its territory over the centuries, a constant attraction for researchers and for tourists.  Let’s recall for instance the famous documentary “Le mura di Sana’a” (“The walls of Sana’a”), produced by Pier Paolo Pasolini in 1970-71, which paved the way for the campaign to recognize Sana’a as part of UNESCO’s World Heritage, which eventually took place in 1986.

The Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs has supported over the years many initiatives, among which: the cooperation project with the National Museum of Sana’a: the restoration of the Madrasa Amiriya Mosque in Rada’a; the research works in Tamna (Shabwa Governatorate) and Baraqish (Al Jawf). At present a research study is under way for the exploration of Ghayman, near Sana’a.

The results of Italian research projects and, in particular, the extensive work accomplished over the decades by prof. Alessandro De Maigret have been presented at the conference “The activities of the Italian archeological mission in Yemen, 1980-2010”, organized by prof. Sabina Antonini in Rome (11-12 June 2012), at the presence of Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, De Mistura, and of the Yemeni Minister for Culture, Abdullah Manduq Saleh. An exposition on the subject will be held also at the Museo d’Arte Orientale in Rome, starting on the 10th October 2012.              

Furthermore, the XVI edition of the annual conference on panarab studies “Rencontres Sabéennes” was held in Pisa (6-9 June 2012), organized by prof. Alessandra Avanzini and witnessing the participation of 40 international experts of pre-islamic arab history and culture.

An important role in deepening bilateral relations is guaranteed also by the annual scholarship program of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which offers the possibility for Yemeni students to follow higher education courses at Universities in Italy.

After the "Arab Spring" by the progressive deterioration of security in the country, the cultural cooperation activities have gradually attenuated. There is a negotiating about a new agreement on cultural cooperation and in addition, the Faculty of Sana'a University, Department of Foreign Languages​​, has repeatedly requested to the Embassy to send a “Lector” to teach Italian language.