Tha plan, launched in 2017, involved - inter alia- the following sectors: design / fashion (e.g. The Italian Design Day); archeology / heritage protection; visual arts; cinema; language, literature, publishing; promotion of the Italian university system; tourism and territories; performing arts (music, theater, dance); science, research, innovation.
As part of the multi-year activity plan provided for by the Prime Minister's Decree of 6 July 2017 concerning "Identification of interventions to be financed with the Fund for the enhancement of Italian culture and language abroad" and the Ministerial Decree of the Minister for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism of 4 December 2017, n. 525, the Directorate General Entertainment in agreement with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) and in collaboration and with the co-financing of the Italian Cultural Institutes abroad, the Italian Embassies and / or foreign professional bodies has created an articulated program of interventions for the 2017/2020 four-year period.
The resources have not only integrated the provisions of the FUS funding for the show for the support of Italian show tours abroad with the D.M. July 27, 2017, but they represented an essential tool to develop interventions to enhance the value of Italian theater, dance and music abroad and to initiate internationalization processes and integrated actions of exchanges and collaborations between artists and different countries.
Furthermore, the Fund financed translations and publishing works. Prizes for translations into Italian and from Italian into foreign languages, are established for the following sectors:
-literary works in prose and poetry;
-works of literary criticism, artistic criticism, non-fiction, scientific research;
- cinematographic and theatrical scripts.
Individual translators, publishing houses, film and theater production houses of Italian or foreign nationality can apply.
The activities promoted within the "Fund" made it possible to pursue the following results:
- promotion of the creative and cultural sector as an instrument of social inclusiveness (see the event promoted on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities).
- systematic and articulated promotion of Italian creativity, developing training activities, artistic residencies and performative events,
-Support for the development of an international dimension of Italian artists and professionals of live entertainment to operate abroad, also with a view to increasing knowledge and intercultural dialogue, also involving local foreign artists.
- Support to internationalization processes for companies in the live entertainment sector.
The "Advisory Working Group for the Promotion of Italian Language and Culture Abroad" was set up. A deliberate initiative of the Country System (Sistema Paese) General Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI).
The work of the Consultative Group is coordinated by the MAECI and saw the participation of numerous institutional subjects including representatives of the Accademia della Crusca, of the CGIE (Italian General Council abroad), the CRUI (Italian University Rectors Conference), Societa Dante Alighieri, Eduitalia, MIBACT (Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism), MIUR (Ministry of Education, University and Research), RAI Italia, Unitalia and Universities for Foreigners.
In particular, various topics are discussed pursuing the goal, as reported by Eduitalia in a note, is to continue to give strong support the cultural contents proposal to the international public.
Speaking of initiatives in 2021, there will be numerous those planned worldwide to commemorate Dante Alighieri, whose 700th anniversary of his death will occur. Furthermore, the XX Week of the Italian Language in the World entitled "The Italian between word and image: graffiti, illustrations, comics" was attended by the main Italian cartoonists who, with their exceptional works, will contribute in their own way to promoting Italian culture. The awareness is that both comics and graphic novels are two genres very much appreciated especially by young people from the Asian, European and North American world and both constitute an interesting vehicle for promotion.