Eight protagonists of culture and show and a famous anchor-man tell the history of the Country through references to film, television, music and literature.

San Donato Milanese, April 27 2011 – Four events will symbolically represent Eni’s long standing aim to couple its industrial and economic role with initiatives aimed at stimulating cultural debate across Italy.

Every Thursday from April 28 to May 19 at the Torino Incontra congress centre (via Nino Costa, 8 - Turin) beginning at 6 pm, eight protagonists of culture and show will discuss elements unifying Italy: television, humour, identity and language. The events will be hosted by an anchor-man and selected famous writers, actors or entertainers highlighting historical connections, stylistic crossings and intercultural suggestions in Italy.

Italian showman Neri Marcorè will host the four meetings with contributions by La Repubblica’s columnist Sergio Toffetti examining commentaries and the history of Italy through cinema, TV, music and literature.

Tomorrow, April 28 Renzo Arbore and Marino Bartoletti will talk about television. The famous singer and compositor Arbore, who distinguished himself also as actor, screenplay writer and director will, along with sport journalist Bartoletti,  discuss the most  powerful communication medium ever, TV, focusing on costumes and sports.

Humour will be the second topic discussed on May 5. Movie director Paolo Virzì and writer Francesco Piccolo will discuss the ability to laugh at oneself. Mr Virzì is a director, screen-player and movie producer acknowledged amongst the main heirs of Italy’s traditional comedy. Mr Piccolo has written many romances and stories, among them “Moments of unimportant happiness‘, anecdotes on happiness lying in small things.

Radio showman Massimo Cirri and philosopher-psychoanalyst  Umberto Galimberti will talk on May 12 about identity and the meaning of being Italians in the world, inspired by Luigi Pirandello’s famous novel “One, none and a hundred thousand‘.

Last but not least, the May 19 meeting will focus on the Italian language, as actress Lella Costa and writer Marco Lodoli analyze the complexity of Italian in the news, general communication and school.

The events of Torino Incontra  will continue on the web, through special pages on the Eni website including the live streaming of all the events. Furthermore, both attendance of the events and web followers will be invited to post their comments through Twitter (#incontraTO). Most used words will appear in a tag cloud which will be screened in the event room giving Neri Marcorè the possibility of taking cue from the web to stimulate debate.

At the end of every meeting a fine food proposal developed by Eataly will suggest participants a fifth, unifying element in the Italian landscape: food. Every Thursday, tasting of cold cuts, cheeses and wines coming from all across Italy will be offered to participants. The entry is free while seats last. For reservations please call toll-free number 800.589.680 (from Italy).

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