The digital project will be funded with € 10 million from the Italian ministry of culture.
An ambitious project to create what is hailed as the “Netflix of Italian Culture” has taken a further step towards becoming a reality, reports the online art newspaper. Artribune.
That plan, first announced by the Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini in Italy covid-19 lockdown in the spring, recently allocated € 10 million as part of the so-called state Recovery Fund.
Now the ministry is negotiating with Chile, a Milan-based company that has distributed films and television series in Italy via the internet since 2012, reports. Artribune.
Plans to provide an online platform that provides paid access to Italian culture will see a collaboration between Italian investment bank Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) and Chile, with the culture ministry acting as project director.
The Ministry of Culture stated that the initiative had “enormous potential” and that digital platforms could offer access to virtual music, opera, theater, cinema and museum visits.
Under Franceschini’s plan, files Netflix Italian culture will allow customers to participate virtually, from anywhere in the world, in Italy’s biggest arts and cultural events, from theater premieres to concerts and major exhibition visits.
In addition, this platform will be an online resource for Italy’s enormous artistic heritage, spreading and promoting knowledge of Italian culture around the world.
Image: Angel playing the lute (1521) by Rosso Fiorentino (1494-1540). Uffizi Collection, Florence.
US company Delta Air Lines announced yesterday that it will test “quarantine-free” flights from Atlanta, USA, to Rome, Italy. A series of pre-departure checks allowed passengers from the US to be exempted from a 14-day isolation period upon arrival in Italy. The move was hailed as the future of Covid’s journey, but residents in Italy remain wary.
Transatlantic test flights from Atlanta to Rome will launch on 19 December. Passengers will be required to undergo three different tests, starting with a PCR test within 72 hours of departure, then a rapid test before boarding in Atlanta, and a second rapid test upon arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino airport.
Delta Air Lines president Steve Sear said Covid-screened flights were “the best route to continue international travel safely and without quarantine until vaccinations are widely enforced.”
Reaction in Italy has been mixed. National newspaper Republic call it “innovative agreement” but Corriere della Sera quickly shows a number of warnings. “Have Italian-US flights restarted?” read one article. “So can we go and visit the most famous places abroad and Americans can do the same? Not exactly. In fact, technically nothing has changed for Italians, contrary to what some newspapers have written lately. “
The article pointed out that the current “travel corridor” is only one-way. While the Italian government will rule out a mandatory quarantine period for arrivals from America, Italy is still on the list of prohibited arrivals for the U.S. In addition, those who wish to travel from the US to Italy can only do so for important reasons such as health, work or studies.
While this means there is no resurgence in tourism, for many Italians a vacation is the last thing they think about. Italian hospitals are struggling again as a second wave of coronavirus begins to overwhelm intensive care units. Dr. Luca Cabrini, head of the intensive care ward at Circolo Varese Hospital, said, “We are very close not to follow. I can’t say when we’ll reach our limit, but that day isn’t long. “
Therefore, a number of citizens in Italy are reluctant to praise the scheme. Cecelia Pierotti, an American expat living in Venice, said, “I am delaying the risk of people coming from such high levels of the virus to Italy, harming us too!”
While quarantine-free flights can mean family members reuniting after months of separation, people are cautious. “I really want my daughter here,” added Pierotti, “I feel it is too early and too risky!”
Delta Air Lines said they would block middle seats on flights and wearing masks would remain mandatory. The risk assessment suggests that this means the chance of Covid infection in a full 60% flight is around one in a million. Even so, some health experts still urge caution. Epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding described the trial as “courageous” Indonesia and added “Requires careful search if safe”.
(ANSA) – ROME, 25 NOV – The European Central Bank (ECB) said in a report on Wednesday that abruptly ending support measures brought in due to the COVID-19 pandemic could cause a cliff edge effect on household and corporate incomes , with a direct impact on economic activity in 2021, added that Italy and the Netherlands are the EU countries most exposed to this risk. “Countries that rely more on moratoriums, direct support and tax breaks appear to be more affected by the bluff in policy support for 2021,” the ECB said in its Financial Stability Review. “In the largest euro area countries, simulations show that such an effect will be most pronounced in the Netherlands, mainly due to the withdrawal of most direct support coupled with the end of tax breaks and short-term employment schemes. “Likewise in Italy, the simultaneous end of a large part of the loan moratorium, exit from short-term work schemes and the end of direct support would indicate a substantial decline in support for recovery by 2021”. (ANSA).
(ANSA) – ROME, 23 NOV – Italy on Monday surpassed the 50,000 COVID-10 toll mark with the latest death toll of 50,453, up 630 since Sunday, the health ministry said. The previous daily increase was 562. There were 22,930 new COVID-19 cases in Italy in the past 24 hours, the ministry said, about 5,400 fewer than Sunday. The total of those infected since the start of the emergency is now 1,431,795. For the first time since the start of the second wave, the current positive numbers have fallen, by 9,098, from 805,947 Sunday to 796,849 MOnday. (ANSA).
An ambitious person COVID-19 A mass testing program has started in the northeastern Italian region of Alto Adige.
Authorities there aim to deliver antibody tests to 80 percent of the more than one million strong population within two days.
At a broader national level, the country’s health ministries are assessing the status of the virus situation in Lombardy, Piedmont and Calabria as the government considers easing lockdown measures ahead of the year-end festive season.
The infection rate across Italy is showing signs of abating.
But students in Rome say they don’t want to stay home. Instead, they protested school closings and distance learning by holding sit-ins outside their school gates.
One student, Aleria Cigliana, said the government is not doing enough to protect schools:
“The reason why we are not inside our school and, conversely, sitting on the ground outside doing distance learning is because there is not enough space. The classrooms are too small and there is no way to return to school safely.
“It’s a big problem because avoiding investing in schools and not making them a priority means having a long-term vision and not understanding the future because we represent the future of this country.”