As part of the celebration for the International Year of Biodiversity, Bioversity International and its partners are hosting the festival “La Settimana della Biodiversità” that will run from the 20-23 May in Rome, at the Auditorium Parco della Musica.
The opening ceremony of the festival will be held on 18 May at the Campidoglio in Rome, where the mayor, Gianni Alemanno, will receive an award on behalf of the Comune di Roma and the Government of Italy, recognizing their contributions to the protection of agricultural biodiversity.
Then from the 20-23rd May, the festival moves to Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica with a series of activity workshops for children, public lectures, round table discussions and a film festival every night.
Some of the highlights include the concert of the L’Ochestra di Piazza Vittorio, on the Thursday evening. There will also be interesting roundtables that will discuss topics such as: “Agriculture is culture: the links between people, food, history and the environment” and “Rome, the city and the country: agriculture, food and biodiversity. The relationships among food, agriculture, territory in the city of Rome”
On the International Day for Biodiversity – Saturday 22 May — Bioversity International and the other Rome-based food agencies – FAO, IFAD and WFP – will join together to issue a Call for Action intended to galvanize support for the use and conservation of agricultural biodiversity.
If you’re passionate about safeguarding our environment, the food we eat, and want to learn more about biodiversity and why it is so important for us and for future generations, this is the festival for you. Admissions to all events are free.
[Adapted from an item on the Bioversity website ]