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Francesca 2021
Dal 8 March al 19 January
Tribute to Dante and Francesca da Rimini on the seventh centenary of the poet's death

In the year of Dante's celebrations, Rimini dedicates a rich program of initiatives to Francesca da Rimini, the most famous and beloved literary character of the Divine Comedy who has become a universal myth. After the success of the event “Baci dal mondo | WorldWide Kisses " on 8 March, on the occasion of International Women's Day, and which saw students and professors from twenty-five universities on five continents connected in streaming, cultural events continued throughout the summer in the Malatesta lands between Romagna and Marche with concerts, seminars, study conferences, exhibitions, educational activities for schools, guided tours and much more, all initiatives aimed at recovering attention to history, the arts, memory and, above all, for the positive values that Francesca represents.
Eight locations between Romagna and Marche are the scene of the appointments dedicated to Francesca, starting with Rimini, the city of Francesca, and Gradara, the castle of the myth, up to Santarcangelo, San Leo, Montefiore, Pesaro, Mombaroccio, Mercatello sul Metauro.
Among the top appointments in Rimini in autumn the ballet 'Francesca da Rimini' by Tciakowsky with Svetlana Zacharova, étoile of Bol'šoj, at the Galli Theater in Rimini on 25 September, the 'Dannunziana Dinner' with music and performed on 12 November at the Istituto Alberghiero Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, theconvention on The Divine Comedies of the Malatesta family at the City Museum on November 19th and the exhibition 'The Imagined Comedy' with precious 19th century engravings (City Museum November 13, 2021 - February 27, 2022).
The event, conceived by Ferruccio Farina, a scholar passionate about the subject and organized by the Francesca da Rimini International Study Center, the prestigious scientific committee with international danteans, is part of the "Francesca 2021" 
Find out here the whole PROGRAMME 
To participate in the events, which are free-of-charge (except the dinner) and limited to the availability of seats, it is necessary to book on the website: www.ticketlandia.com 



Period of development: From 8 March 2021 to 19 January 2022

Additional notes:

WORLDWIDE KISSES | BACI DAL MONDO: the ecumenical Flash mob, Tribute to Dante and Francesca da Rimini, which took place on 8 March, involving 5 continents, 21 universities, 30 teachers and 100 young people of every ethnicity and 18 languages, who connected live streaming from the Galli Theater in Rimini to celebrate Francesca da Rimini, Dante and the Divine Comedy of which Francesca is the most beloved and celebrated character.
A 10-hour marathon with the most famous kisses of love and passion in literature of all time, those of Francesca, enveloping the world in a choral embrace built on the reading of the verses about Francesca from the V Canto of the 'Inferno' that were interpreted freely by each university. On 8 March 20,651 people were reached by the FB page and 17,090 by the event, for a total of 37,741 contacts in 4 weeks. And 4,851 visits to the website in one day.
The entire video of the day, celebrating this original event for Dante's 7th death centenary, is available at this link www.bacidalmondo.com 
21 were the extraordinary performances made by the students who fascinated and moved the whole world, overcoming every barrier and the many difficulties created by the pandemic.
The connections were made from: Adelaide, Amsterdam, Barcelona, ​​Bologna, Buenos Aires, Ekaterinburg, Friborg, Gottingen, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Madison, Madrid, Mariupol, Msida, New York, Paris, Pesaro, Quito, Ravenna, San Marino , San Paolo, Santiniketan, Shanghai, Siena, Toronto. A documentary and a printed publication will be produced and distributed for educational and didactic purposes.

After the appointment of 8 March, on the occasion of the RIMINIDANTEday (March,25th), the planetary poetic marathon moved right into the center of the city of Francesca: Rimini, in Piazza Cavour, paradoxically empty due to the pandemic. The performances were screened on the facades of the Municipal buildings in a reduced version from 7.30pm on Wednesday 24th to 6.30am on Thursday 25th March. Live streaming on www.bacidalmondo.com/dantedi
 

Why did the project start on March 8th? The myth of Francesca da Rimini, who appears with Dante, explodes with the Enlightenment and Romanticism to affirm a woman who is no longer a sinner but an innocent victim of deceptions and violence, an emblem of beauty, freedom and courage: faithful beyond life to the man whom they had made her believe her husband. A warrior Francesca, whose mission, even today, with over fifty thousand women killed every year by close companions or family members and with twelve million young people forced to marry at a minor age, cannot be said to be over.

The project, promoted by the Municipalities of Rimini and Gradara, is part of the official calendar of the National Committee for Dante's Celebrations 2021.