In November and December the City of Torino has been deeply committed in the field of European Projects. As a matter of fact the European project B-TEAM - Brownfield Policy Improvement Task Force, financed by the European Territorial Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, got to the heart of the activities involving Torino.
From November 8th to 11th in Torino took place some workshops - "From brownfield to greenfield", dedicated to the urban transformations in Backbone 3 and "From still-life to life", dedicated to the former Fiat Avio area - in which participated also the Deputy Mayor in charge of Demographic, Electoral, Statistical services, Cooperation and International Affairs of the City of Torino, Giovanni Maria Ferraris, and The Deputy Mayor in charge of City Planning, Private Building and Public Property, Mario Viano.
Then, on December 13th, Torino presented in Dresden the conclusions of the huge work and of the field visits that, the month before during the Brownfield Days, had kept up for four days professionals coming from the whole Europe in analyzing the urban transformation process in Torino and in inspiring new suggestions in the fields of sustainable remediation techniques and urban design.
The new edition of the international exhibition of contemporary arts TORINOver, on the bill of Contemporary Art Torino Piemonte and taken care of by Elle Contemporaryprojects, grow richer in suggestions and boosts and confirms its feeling with the local administration and its international vocation, involving a growing number of foreign cities twinned with Torino. After having reached Glasgow and Rotterdam in 2009, the 2010 edition, inaugurated on November 21st and dedicated to environmental issues, spreads to Nagoya and Salt Lake City with the itinerant video-art session 1year message!.
On Monday September 27th 2010 at the Municipal Council Hall of Torino an agreement has been signed, between the Urban Community of Fès and the City of Torino, by the two Mayors Hamid Chabat and Sergio Chiamparino, in the presence of the Ambassador of the Moroccan Kingdom in Italy Hassan Abouyoub.
The cooperation, based on the relations built during the last five years, will focus on: heritage protection, e-government, computerization of the Public Administration and culture with special attention to the exchanges between the Festival des Musiques Sacrées du Monde of Fès and MI.TO. Settembre Musica. To seal the signature, the two Cities reciprocally tributed each other with typical elements of the respective street furniture: a fountain in traditional hand-painted ceramic installed at the District House of San Salvario and a traditional "toret" which will be placed in Fès.
The Deputy Mayor in charge of Demographic, Electoral, Statistical services, Cooperation and International Affairs of the City of Torino, Giovanni Maria Ferraris, met a delegation coming from Krakow, in Torino for presenting the initiative 'Museum products from selected sites around the world - promotion of museum routes in Europe', through which the Polish City intends to support its own tourist offer and promote its own image in several European cities included, besides Torino, Paris, London, Berlin, Prague and Cordoba.
On the occasion of the fifth anniversari of the twinning between Nagoya and Torino, within the leisure park of Mejio Park in Nagoya, among the most prestigious of the city as it's the site of the well-known Castle, a playground coming from Torino has been installed. The kids of Nagoya will then be able to play ideally closer to the kids of the same age in Torino.
On May 22nd the City of Chambéry, on the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the Annexation of Savoy to France, organized an official meeting at the City Hall, attended by the Deputy Mayor in charge of Demographic, Electoral, Statistical services, Cooperation and International Affairs of the City of Torino, Giovanni Maria Ferraris, and the Mayor of Chambéry, Bernadette Laclais. It followed an official lunch attended by the local authorities of Chambéry, diplomats and cultural institutions’ representatives, as well as members of the Piemontese community in Savoy. The occasion was fruitfully exploited to discuss about eventual forthcoming cultural joint initiatives as far as it concerns the upcoming celebrations for the 150th Anniversary of Italy’s Unification in 2011 in Torino and for the tricentenary of the birth of Jean-Jacques Rousseau in 2012. Finally, the delegation visited the Charmettes Museum, historical residence of Rousseau, nowadays turned into a museum.
The City of Torino, on that occasion, managed to organize some promotional events.
The square in front of the City Hall of Chambéry hosted a market of Piemontese products, which attracted a large public and satisfied the expectations of the involved producers. A special focus was dedicated to chocolate and vermouth, products symbolizing the link between Torino and Chambéry.
Besides, within the market, an institutional stand of the City of Torino provided information to the citizens regarding the initiatives for the 150th Anniversary of Italy’s Unification and tourist material and details concerning the city itself.
Throughout the day a group of cyclists, formed by members of the Municipal Employees’ Recreational Association, amateurs of the Monviso Team and young athletes of the Polisportiva Borgonuovo, came to Chambéry, welcomed by a group of French amateur cyclists.
Last but not list, 18 historical vehicles paraded, thanks to the collaboration of A.S.I., Italian Historical Automotoclub.
The organization of the Friendship Days was coordinated by the International Affairs Department of the City of Torino in collaboration with the City of Chambéry and Chambéry Promotion.
The City of Chambéry offered the lunch to everyone who actively contributed to the liveliness of the initiative.
The Deputy Mayor in charge of Commerce, Tourism, Productive Activities and Urban Marketing of the City of Torino, Alessandro Altamura took part in the International Seminar “In the heart of the city - reinforcing the link between local markets and urban development”, on June 11th at the Museo d’Arte Orientale, within the framework of the European project Med-Emporion, of which the City of Torino is partner through the coordination of the International Affairs Department.
The project, financed by the European Territorial Cooperation MED Program aims to enhance the importance of local markets from an economic, cultural, social and tourist point of view as well as their impact on the development of the territory. For Torino in particular, the Food Market Festival has a crucial role for the Porta Palazzo area.
On the occasion of the first Argentinian Tango European Championship in Torino, The Mayor of the City of Torino Sergio Chiamparino, signed at the City Hall a cultural cooperation agreement between the City of Torino and the City of Buenos Aires in the presence of the Ambassador of Argentina in Italy Italia Norma Nascimbene de Dumont, of the Consul General of Argentina in Milan Gustavo Moreno and of the Head of the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires Alejandro Capato.
On Sunday April 25th, at the Concert Hall of the National Academy of Music “Giuseppe Verdi” of Torino, concert of the Golden Dolphins Mandolin Orchestra of Nagoya with the “S.Salvetti”Quartet and Amelia Saracco & Ensemble a plettro Piemontese. Master Hirokazu Nan’ya leads. The concert is promoted by the City of Nagoya, twinned with Torino since 2005. The initiative, open to the public and completely free, strengthens an already significant tradition of events, connections and exchanges which, during the last years, the City of Torino has been able to develop wit the Japanese City.
Plectrum Orchestra “Golden Dolphins” - Conductor Hirokazu Nan’ya
1 Reggimento Radiotelegrafisti del GENIO (Marcia Militare) - Giuseppe Manente Op.428
Onde Marine (Serenata-Barcarola) - Carlo Graziani-Walter Op.148
Odoru Boufura - Jiro Nakano Op.15
Il Canto della Spiaggia - Tamezo Marita, adapted by Jiro Nakano
Divertimento - Naohiro Nakata
Poesia Alpestre (Ouverture Fantasia) - Simone Salvetti
Quartet “S. Salvetti” e Amelia Saracco & Ensemble a plettro Piemontese
Plectrum Orchestra “Golden Dolphins” - Conductor Hirokazu Nan’ya
Fiorellino Gentile (Scottish) - Carlo Munier Op.234
Inno Mandolinistico “Flora” - Arrigo Cappelletti
Italia (Marcia eroica) - Amedeo Amadei Op.326
Conductor Mitsutama Okamura
Mandoline Solo Hirokazu Nan’ya
Accompaniment Plectrum Golden Dolphins
Tarantella - Giovanni Battista La Scala, adapted by Jiro Nakano
Il Pastore Svizzero - Pietro Morlacchi, adapted by Attilio Campanini
Furthermore, the program scheduled the delivery of an official letter of the Mayor of Nagoya, Takashi Kawamura, to the Mayor of Torino Chiamparino.
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