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Italy-Slovenia friendship message at Buchmesse

Gorizia and Nova Gorica in Frankfurt ahead of GO2025!

22 October, 20:12

by Francesco De Filippo (ANSA) - TRIESTE, 22 OTT - Toasts, hugs and smiles. Behaviors unthinkable until a few years ago between the Italian and Slovenian communities. Laws for the protection of minorities on both sides of the border and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 had not been enough: the two citizenships had continued to look at each other in a tangible, silent, mutual distrust. Then time, but more importantly men and women learned to overcome suspicion and suture the deep wounds left by World War II. This is the miracle of Gorizia and Nova Gorica: the only European city with Berlin to be divided by a wall during the years of the Iron Curtain, Italy on this side, Yugoslavia on that side. And today, as borders are being raised again between the two countries for security reasons by suspending the Schengen Treaty, friendship between the two peoples is being celebrated in Frankfurt in view of a common project: GO2025!, the European Capital of Culture.
    At Buchmesse this afternoon there was the passing of the baton: in 2023 the guest of honor was Slovenia, in 2024 it will be Italy, and in 2025, precisely, Gorizia and Nova Gorica will be a single cultural capital.
    The commissioner appointed by the Italian government, former Rai executive Mauro Mazza, dedicated a "focus" to the European Capital of Culture 2025, in the presence of the mayors of Gorizia, Rodolfo Ziberna, and Nova Gorica, Samo Turel, and the deputy governor of Fvg and regional councillor for culture, Mario Anzil. "Media and stakeholders from around the world have had the opportunity to learn about a special history, which has become a testimony in Europe and the world, we intend to increase this knowledge throughout the year and on the occasion of the 2024 edition of the Book Fair," Ziberna said referring to the history of past relations between Italy and Slovenia.Relations that if, indeed, until a few years ago were contrasting, today, in the words of Nova Gorica Mayor Samo Turel, are "a great glue between two countries: two territories that want and can grow together for the benefit of the whole area.
    Pulling the strings was Anzil, who called the event scheduled for two years from now "an extraordinary tool to promote not only Italian history and culture but also that of our border region. GO!2025 will be a protagonist within the pavilion dedicated to Italy." In this sense, "culture and our history have shown that they can break down the border by making it an opportunity for development. Unfortunately, the theme of divisions at this moment in history is proving to be sadly topical, and I believe that the testimony of Friuli Venezia Giulia and in particular Gorizia will be able to help with reflection." The Buchmesse is the world's largest book fair with more than 300,000 visitors, 7,500 exhibitors from over 100 countries.

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