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2003: Europalia Italia

During EUROPALIA ITALIA, 415 events—33 exhibitions, 139 concerts, and 243 literary conferences, dance and theatre performances, and film screenings—were attended by 1,077,906 people.

The programme covered the most crucial periods in Italy’s art history, from ancient to contemporary times. The festival's 3 main exhibitions were A Singular Renaissance: The Court of Este in Ferrara, Venus Revealed: The Venus of Urbino by Titian, and Da Pompei a Roma.

Other exhibitions included Il Futurismo, The Fifties in Rome: From the Neo-Realism to the Dolce Vita, and Maestro: Design Italiano Collezione Permanente Triennale di Milano.

Music-wise, the highlights were the orchestra of the Scala of Milan, directed by Riccardo Muti, the Orchestra Filarmonica Giuseppe Verdi, Riccardo Chailly, the mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, and the Cappella della Pietà de’ Turchini. In addition, the festival offered a large variety of contemporary performances.

Seven theatre companies performed both traditional and contemporary pieces during EUROPALIA ITALIA. The presence of high-profile artists such as author Umberto Eco and actress Claudia Cardinale contributed to the festival's widespread media coverage.

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