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Italy’s Estates-General of Culture to revolve around “Investing for a new culture”

On Thursday, October 29, the 4th edition of “The Estates-General of Culture” held by Il Sole 24 Ore will take place at the Conciliation Auditorium in Rome.

This year's theme is “Investing for a new culture.” Discussions will focus on the Art Bonus, the reform of museums, education reform, eBooks and coding.

The session on the link between Art and Fashion in large Made in Italy companies dedicated to art will conclude the day.

In 2012 Il Sole24Ore launched a “Manifesto” for cultural development in five points.
1) A Cultural Constitutional Assembly
Culture and research are the cornerstones of our fundamental law. Article 9 of the Constitution “promotes the development of culture and scientific and technical research. It safeguards the landscape and the historic and artistic heritage of the Nation.” These are themes that are interwoven. For that to be clear, the discussion must be an economic one. No culture, no development. “Culture” means education, research, knowledge; “development” even the safeguarding of the landscape.

2) Long-term strategies
If we want the country to grow once again, if we want to start again to construct an idea of culture over the rubble that resembles that on which the reawakening of Italy was born after the war, we must have a medium-long-term vision in which development occurs through the promotion of culture, focusing on the ability to drive the change. Culture and research trigger innovation and create jobs, produce progress and development.

3) Cooperation between the Ministries
Today a radical shift in gears is required. To place the real function of cultural development at the heart of the government's choices means that the strategy and operational decisions must be shared by the Ministry of Culture with that of Development, of Welfare, of Education and Research, of Foreign Affairs and with the Prime Minister. The Minister of Culture must act in collaboration with the Ministers of the Environment and Tourism.

4) Art and Scientific Culture at school
The public action contributes to giving a firm foundation at all educational levels, from elementary school to university, to the study of art and its history to make young people the guardians of our heritage, and in a way to ensure that they derive nourishment for the future. To study art means the acquisition of creative practices and not only the study of art history, with movements and protagonists. This does not mean giving up the scientific culture, but also satisfying creativity.

5) Credit, breaks and tax equality
A culture of merit accompany students throughout their education, forming citizens who accept the rules for the evaluation of researchers and study projects. The complementarity between public and private, which implies the involvement of private management in public assets, must become widespread culture. Legislative measures in favor of the private sector must be supported with adequate tax breaks: these measures are also a form of tax equality.